The West Wing (1999–2006)
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In a lecture at Georgetown, Josh recalls the previous week at the White House, during which he replaced a dentally impaired C.J. in the press room and gave a memorably disastrous briefing, ... See full summary »


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Deborah O'Leary, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
David Nessler
Sgt. MacNamara


In a lecture at Georgetown, Josh recalls the previous week at the White House, during which he replaced a dentally impaired C.J. in the press room and gave a memorably disastrous briefing, responding to a reporter's question (sarcastically, although taken quite seriously) that the White House had a secret plan to fight inflation. Meanwhile, he's intermittently on the phone with Toby and Sam, who have flown to Connecticut and are now lost in a rental car on the Connecticut Turnpike. They've gone on critical business: the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Roberto Mendoza, was pulled over by the local police for "driving while Hispanic" and refused to take a drunk test, so he was incarcerated. Toby has to talk the judge down from making a big public issue of his arrest by fighting the charges in court. Written by meebly

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16 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Sam and Toby walk into a Connecticut police station to spring their Supreme Court nominee. When they introduce themselves as presidential aides, the duty officers don't believe them until the senior man recognizes Toby from a picture, with the President in the Oval Office, that appeared in that day's paper. Three seasons later, in the Christmas episode "Holy Night", we see Toby's father, Julie Ziegler, admiring the same front page that has found its way into a frame and onto the wall in Toby's office. See more »


The President oversleeps and the 7am staff meeting starts late. The clock on the desk in the Oval Office reads 3:00. See more »


Josh Lyman: [Toby has phoned Josh to tell him that he and Sam are lost] Toby, how hard can it be to find the Wesley police station?
Toby Ziegler: I don't know, Josh, but while we're looking, can you tell me a little more about the President's secret plan to fight inflation?
Josh Lyman: [brief pause] How long before you let up on me on that?
Toby Ziegler: Oh, it's gonna take a little while, I would think.
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References Rocky and His Friends (1959) See more »


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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Sam's in Foggy Bottom
22 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Josh does an interview show, while Toby and Sam go to Connecticut to get Supreme Court nominee Mendoza out of jail, after he'd been arrested on a false drunk-driving charge. Josh's emergency substitution for C.J. in a press conference, because she had emergency root canal, turns into a flaming disaster. Playing the Wesley police sergeant is Vaughn Armstrong (ENTERPRISE). There's also a little CCH Pounder, for all you SHIELD fans out there. The jail cell scene between Toby and Mendoza is touches upon the raw wound of racism that still festers in this country. Olmos' rage and humiliation are palpable. One of the top ten scenes in show history.

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