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"The West Wing" 20 Hours in L.A. (2000)

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The West Wing: Season 1: Episode 16 -- The President and his staff fly to Los Angeles for a big fund-raiser, but the powerful Hollywood mogul hosting the event threatens to cancel if the President doesn't condemn an anti-gay bill.


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Original Air Date:
23 February 2000 (Season 1, Episode 16)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Alan Taylor 
Writing credits
Aaron Sorkin (created by)

Aaron Sorkin (written by)

Produced by
Rick Cleveland .... co-producer
Kristin Harms .... producer
Julie Herlocker .... associate producer
Michael Hissrich .... co-producer
Thomas Schlamme .... executive producer
Aaron Sorkin .... executive producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Llewellyn Wells .... producer
Original Music by
W.G. Snuffy Walden 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Christopher Nelson 
Casting by
John Frank Levey 
Kevin Scott 
Production Design by
Kenneth Hardy 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Totleben 
Costume Design by
Lyn Paolo  (as Lyn Elizabeth Paolo)
Makeup Department
John Damiani .... key makeup artist
Jeffrey Sacino .... key hair
Greg LaCava .... assistant make-up (uncredited)
Production Management
Neal Ahern Jr. .... unit production manager (as Neal Ahern)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dylan K. Massin .... second assistant director (as Dylan Massin)
Chris Stoia .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kinney Booker .... on-set dresser
J. Gregory Evans .... gangboss
Blanche Sindelar .... property master
Sound Department
Damon Cohoon .... assistant sound editor
Catherine Flynn .... dialogue editor
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor
Dan Hiland .... re-recording mixer
Eric Moss .... assistant sound editor
Walter Newman .... supervising sound editor
Gary D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer
Kenneth B. Ross .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Amy D'Alessandro .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Josh Hayes .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Isaac Chee .... grip
Joe Chess .... camera operator (as Joseph Chess)
Shaun Langham .... best boy
Matthew Pearce .... assistant camera
Sean W. Del Ruth .... film loader (uncredited)
Edward Filian .... grip (uncredited)
Stephen Murphy .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Allen Kennamer .... additional casting
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting
Editorial Department
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering
Jeff Mack .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Robert Foulkes .... location manager
Music Department
Stuart Goetz .... music editor
Ann Kline .... music supervisor
Other crew
Patrick Caddell .... consultant
Mark Johnston .... title designer
Laurie Morgenthal .... power pod technician
Dee Dee Myers .... consultant
Lawrence O'Donnell .... executive story editor (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)
Peter Parnell .... executive story editor
Billy Pittard .... creative director
Paul Redford .... executive story editor
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles (uncredited)
Chris Hanson .... medical technical advisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

During a party Donna walks away from Josh to "Go stalk Matthew Perry ". Matthew Perry goes on to appear in episode 20 of season 4. He also appears in Aaron Sorkin's later TV show 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' with Bradley Whitford who plays Josh Lyman.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The President's plane is said to land at around 6am, with him leaving LAX at 6:20am. The shot of the plane taxiing into the airport is in bright sunlight. In Los Angeles, in January and February, the sun rises at around 7:00am. The plane would have arrived in relative darkness.See more »
[Leo is exasperated that the President is pushing himself too hard]
Leo McGarry:Be that way.
President Josiah Bartlet:Your impersonation of my mother is getting sharper and sharper, you know that?
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Pleasure Cove (1979) (TV)See more »
West Wing Main TitleSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Gather ye rosebuds while you may, Josh, 23 October 2012
Author: robrosenberger from Estero Island

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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