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 »


The baseball cap on the display case behind Sam Seaborn's desk changes from one bearing the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency (ATF) logo to one bearing the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) logo between Mallory storming out to confront her father and returning later to ask Sam out for coffee and dessert. See more »


C.J. Cregg: First of all: you're wrong. Second of all: shut up. Third: I went to Hoynes with your thing and he said he wasn't the one who talked to you and I believe him and he's really pissed at me and he's right. And fourth:
[thinks what to say]
C.J. Cregg: shut up again.
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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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