The West Wing: Season 5, Episode 9

Abu el Banat (3 Dec. 2003)

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The entire Bartlet family tries to gather for an early Christmas dinner at the w.h., but inevitable delays occur, as the president must deal with an overseas crisis, Ellie is held up at her... See full summary »


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The entire Bartlet family tries to gather for an early Christmas dinner at the w.h., but inevitable delays occur, as the president must deal with an overseas crisis, Ellie is held up at her lab, and five-year-old grandson Gus is having tantrums. In addition, Doug Westin, Jed and Abby's son-in-law, approaches Josh about running for an open congressional seat in his home district; Josh, Leo and the New Hampshire Democratic Party have already chosen a viable local candidate, but Doug persists, while Jed, who likes and respects Doug, still thinks it's Liz who should be running for Congress. Written by meebly

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President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: You know, 15 years ago, we took a trip to Egypt, all five of us, saw the pyramids and Luxor, then headed up into the Sinai. We had a guide, a Bedouin man, who called me "Abu el Banat." Whenever we'd meet another Bedouin, he'd introduce me as "Abu el Banat." The Bedouin would laugh and laugh and then offer me a cup of tea. And I'd go and pay them for the tea, and they wouldn't let me. "Abu el Banat" means "father of daughters." They thought the tea was the least they could do.
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father of daughters
7 December 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Another worthy entry in the WEST WING yule-a-thon! The presidential family gathers for Christmas dinner at the White House...sort of. Jed is stuck in a meeting, Ellie arrives even later, and people are coming and going from the table as family drama swirls, most of it over Liz and her husband Doug Westin (Steven Eckholdt - THE L WORD), who comes to Josh seeking the President's endorsement in a run for congress. The DNC has another candidate in mind, and Josh miserably and repeatedly tries to get this message across. Steven would do five episodes, and have some great moments. The most whopping scene in this one is between Jed and Liz, where a family's past and present come thudding together.

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