The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 16

20 Hours in L.A. (23 Feb. 2000)

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The President meets Zoey's new bodyguard on a 20-hour trip to California; Josh tries to keep a fund raiser from being canceled; Leo needs the VP to break a 50-50 tie in the Senate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Hampton (credit only)
Veronica Webb
Ted Marcus


President Bartlet is making a whirlwind 20-hour trip to Los Angeles. On the flight he meets Zoey's new bodyguard, who assures him that she will protect his daughter from those who have been sending racist threats. Josh is excited to hear that Joey Lucas will be at the evening's fund raiser, but dismayed to learn that the host is threatening to cancel the party unless the President makes a public statement supporting gay rights. Back in Washington, Leo needs to convince Vice President Hoynes to break a 50-50 tie by voting for an ethanol gas tax. Written by Murray Chapman

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Lisa Edelstein who played Sam's call-girl friend before disappearing from the show makes a cameo appearance at the fundraising party. See more »


When Joey Lucas speaks with Josh about flag burning, she quotes an old proverb in Latin "Vox populi, vox Dei". Her sign language translator pronounce the "i" in "populi" as in Iowa when it must be pronounced as in Indiana. See more »


President Josiah Bartlet: [talking about Josh] And don't you ever slap Josh Lyman around again. That guy is the White House Deputy Chief of Staff. He's not one of your associate producers.
Ted Marcus: You're right.
President Josiah Bartlet: Don't screw around with me now, Ted. I'm really not in the mood.
Ted Marcus: I mean it. You're right.
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Gather ye rosebuds while you may, Josh
23 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

The Presidential caravan heads to CA, for a banquet hosted by studio chief Ted Marcus (WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW). Ted jerks Josh around, and threatens to cancel the party unless Bartlet comes out against an anti-gay bill. Leo asks Hoynes to break a 50-50 senate tie, voting for ethanol subsidies, which he campaigned against. Pollster Al Kiefer (John de Lancie, STAR TREK: TNG-DS9-VOY) offers unsettling numbers on flag- burning...and an unsettling moment for Josh, who discovers him in Joey Lucas' hotel room. Plus the debut of Jorja Fox (MEMENTO, CSI) as secret service agent Gina Toscano, assigned to Zoey's detail. C.J.'s ignorance of the movie business is ridiculous, given her later backstory as a Hollywood publicist. The chemistry between Donna and Josh has become exquisite, and the scene between Balaban and Sheen is towering. Not enough? Okay, you made me say it...Hasselhoff.

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