The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 18

17 People (4 Apr. 2001)

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Following the Vice-President's remarks to him, Toby realizes the truth behind the President's illness: multiple sclerosis. Toby, Leo, and Bartlet discuss the possible political implications... See full summary »

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Following the Vice-President's remarks to him, Toby realizes the truth behind the President's illness: multiple sclerosis. Toby, Leo, and Bartlet discuss the possible political implications of this if it goes public including possible jail time for the 17 people who now know about the illness. Meanwhile Sam, Josh, Donna and the rest of the staff, unaware of the illness, struggle with a speech the President is to give at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Written by timdalton007

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The 17 people in the title are the First Lady, Elizabeth Bartlet-Westin, Ellie Bartlet, Zoey Bartlet, the President's brother John, Dr Herman Virkman, Vice President John Hoynes, Admiral Fitzwallace, Leo McGarry, Dr David Lee, 5 other doctors and radiologists, Toby Ziegler and of course President Bartlet himself. See more »

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Ainsley says "Fourteenth Article" when she very clearly means "Fourteenth Amendment." There is no Fourteenth Article to the US Constitution (there are 7, and 27 Amendments). See more »

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Toby Ziegler: Leo, Hoynes left bread crumbs! He wanted me to find out!
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The best so far...
25 May 2006 | by (Windsor, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This episode is the best so far. As good or better than 'Oscar' winning feature film.

The sparse cast in this episode only amplify the quality. John Spencer and Janel Moloney both give outstanding performances. Audible sighs, hoots and gasps are bound to result from the viewer.

I now see why attendance at movie theatres is in such decline. Studios may think that audiences want cheap thrills and trashy exploitation (even audiences may believe want it!), but the novelty of more sex, more violence and more spectacle cannot compare to great stories.

Film is dead; the best drama is on television.


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