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Another lively episode centered around a lavish W.H. party, this one for Abbey's birthday the night before a N.H. medical board begins hearings on whether to suspend her license over her ... See full summary »

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Another lively episode centered around a lavish W.H. party, this one for Abbey's birthday the night before a N.H. medical board begins hearings on whether to suspend her license over her secret treatment of her husband's MS. Abbey repairs to the residence with C.J. and Amy Gardener to get blitzed on wine and discuss her concerns about her medical career. Donna is restricted from joining the party because a decades-old cartography error puts her birthplace in Canada. Toby and U.K. Ambassador Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees) repair to a nearby bar to share a bottle of very rare Scotch and to discuss a planned W.H. visit by an IRA political activist, which culminates in Marbury surprising Toby with his progressive vision. Late in the episode, Donna joins the women in the residence and makes an off-the-cuff remark that causes Abbey to rethink her stance on the issue of her license. Written by meebly

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Often misspelled (or unknown), here canon confirms the actual spelling of the First Lady's shortened name. It can be seen on her birthday cake during her party and shortened from Abigail, this FLOTUS spells it as Abbey. Viewers and fans alike often get this incorrect. See more »

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The premise that Donna's birthplace brings doubt on her citizenship,while comical, is astronomically unlikely. Donna is from Wisconsin, which does not border Canada. For this episode it is revealed that she was born in Warroad, Minnesota which is about 10 miles south of the most distinct border anywhere between the US and Canada (the 40th parallel). For Donna's birthplace to be in Minnesota, and for that place to be subject to a dispute or realignment of the national border, Donna would literally have to have been born in the equivalent of a swamp. See more »

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President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: Look, obviously we knew that this was going to be a thing, but it doesn't have to be tonight, right?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: No, absolutely not. I shall take it up with Gerald.
Abbey Bartlet: Who's Gerald?
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: I'm pretty sure he means Leo.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Hmm. Oh, do you have a new Chief of Staff?
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: No.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Well, then Gerald it is!
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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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Abagail! May i grasp your breasts?
18 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Hear ye, hear ye, his boozy, randy lordship is back in town! Marbury (Roger Rees) returns, to ogle Abbey's breasts and protest the White House's meeting with an IRA leader. He and Toby have a brilliant, unforgettable conversation in a smoke-filled bar. Sam has an equally blow- out plot line as Hector Elizondo (AMERICAN GIGOLO, CHICAGO HOPE) drops in as his old physics professor, to counsel him on why funding for a supercollider shouldn't be cut off. Depressed during her birthday celebration, Abbey takes C.J., Amy, and Donna upstairs to get boozy. The talk gets lubricated and loose, and Donna tells Abbey to just admit that she lied and broke laws. Abbey mispronounces the name of King Boudouin, which only super-geek fans of QUIZ SHOW (or, um, Belgium) would know.


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