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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Episode complete credited cast:
C.J. Cregg (credit only)


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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This episode has the smallest number of additional guest stars than any other episode in the entire series, namely just Emily Procter. See more »


As he pours drinks for himself and Toby, Bartlet says "You know what I just found out recently? To be called bourbon it has to come from Kentucky, otherwise it's called 'sour mash'." This is incorrect. There are eight criteria for qualifying as bourbon, recipe ratios, the barrel, and aging. But the only geographic qualification is that bourbon is made in the United States, not any specific state. See more »


Ainsley Hayes: Donna, who gave you those beautiful flowers at your desk?
Josh Lyman: I did! Me. Those are from me.
Ainsley Hayes: What's the occasion?
Donna Moss: Nothing.
Josh Lyman: Our anniversary.
Donna Moss: Our *not* anniversary.
Josh Lyman: Donna doesn't like to talk about it.
Donna Moss: I really don't.
Ainsley Hayes: Okay.
Sam Seaborn: A few years ago Donna's boyfriend broke up with her so she started working for Josh but then the boyfriend told her to come back and she did and then they broke up and she came back to work...
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References The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »


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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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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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