The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 8

Enemies (17 Nov. 1999)

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A crucial banking bill is at risk when political rivals of environmentally sensitive President Bartlet attach a land-use rider to it that would allow strip-mining some of the Montana ... See full summary »

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A crucial banking bill is at risk when political rivals of environmentally sensitive President Bartlet attach a land-use rider to it that would allow strip-mining some of the Montana wilderness. C.J. tries to stamp out rumors that the Chief Executive chastised the Vice President during a cabinet meeting. An overworked Leo isn't too keen on his independent daughter Mallory dating the handsome Sam. C.J. continues to fend-off the romantic charms of a perceptive reporter with a knack for sniffing out juicy stories. Former lovers Mandy and Josh clash over the administration's attempt to jettison the land-use rider that might also ruin passage of the more important banking bill. Written by Jackson Cornelle

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This episode marks the one and only time we have seen the Cabinet Room throughout the duration of the series. The room is not to be mistaken with the Roosevelt Room that the West Wing staff use to hold their own meetings in the show. This can be seen by the different colored chairs used in the Cabinet Room scene. And note that the President's chair beside Vice President Hoynes as he is seated is also raised slightly higher than the rest, this is in fact how the President's chair in the actual Cabinets Room is. See more »

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When the vice-president comes into the oval office, the president is annotating a report; he appears to write something in the margin but when the camera turns, the paper has no annotations on. See more »

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Charlie Young: Sam, tomorrow is the Assistant Transportation Secretary's 50th birthday and Leo wants you to write a message from the President.
Sam Seaborn: He wants me?
Charlie Young: Yeah.
Sam Seaborn: He wants me to write a birthday message for the President?
Charlie Young: Nancy Becker needs it tonight.
Sam Seaborn: Are you sure he doesn't want someone who, you know, isn't staggeringly overqualified for the job?
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Good a place as any to dump your body...
20 October 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

A top-ten Josh entry, as he stews over a retributional rider attached to a banking bill, and finally uses the President's nerd-like love of national parks to find a solution. Jed belittles Hoynes, and they finally have it out. Throw in some Danny...and Leo's daughter Mallory (Allison Smith, KATE & ALLIE) asking Sam to the Chinese opera. Leo and the President conspire to keep Sam otherwise occupied. What the heck ever happened to that plot line, by the way? Not that Mallory disappeared, but the chemistry between them was scrumptious, and then...nothing. There's a story there somewhere. Anyway, it's not a birthday card - it's a birthday message.


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