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Recap / The West Wing S 04 E 21 Life On Mars

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A couple of odd questions from reporters lead CJ and Joe Quincy to discover that VP Hoynes is having an affair with his staffer, to whom he leaked sensitive information. To spare the administration and himself from the scandal, Hoynes resigns.


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  • Camp Gay: Stu Winkle, gossip columnist.
  • How We Got Here: The episode begins with Bartlett receiving Hoynes's resignation letter from one of his staff.
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  • Tempting Fate: Everyone feels incredibly stupid repeating the "life on Mars" question asked by the science reporter, until Leo confirms that the report does exist and is classified.
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