h/t to commenter J at Balloon-Juice for reminding me how much I miss West Wing. “…is there a chance I could kill my guests? I’m not saying that’s a deal breaker.”
BTW, the USDA has changed its recommendations since this show was written.
A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. For reasons of personal preference, consumers may choose to cook turkey to higher temperatures.