The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 15

Celestial Navigation (16 Feb. 2000)

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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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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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The exterior of the police station in "Celestial Navigation" is the show's post-production office. See more »

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

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Sgt. MacNamara: [explaining his arrest of Roberto Mendoza for suspicion of drunk driving] I'm the one that pulled him over, you know. His driving was erratic. Still not entirely convinced he hadn't been drinking.
Sam Seaborn: Well, you have a problem there.
Sgt. MacNamara: What's that?
Sam Seaborn: Judge Mendoza has chronic persistent hepatitis, which is a non-progressive form of liver inflammation. If he'd had enough to drink to blow point one on the blood-alcohol, he'd be dead right now.
[drinks from coffee cup]
Sam Seaborn: This is good coffee.
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Sam's in Foggy Bottom
22 October 2012 | by (Jersey City) – 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 towering...it 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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