The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 9

Galileo (29 Nov. 2000)

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The President and NASA plan a TV event for a probe's landing on Mars; satellite photographs show a suspicious-looking fire in Russia; Leo asks Toby and Josh to decide on the next postage stamp; Sam and C.J. have personal reasons for not wanting to accompany the President to a concert.



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Charlotte Cornwell ...
Tad Whitney


The Gallileo V probe is scheduled to land on Mars, and NASA has set up live TV coverage featuring the President. Satellite photographs show a suspicious-looking fire at what the Russians implausibly call an "oil refinery". Leo asks Toby and Josh to decide who should be featured on the next stamp. Sam and C.J. accompany the President to a concert at the Kennedy Center which will also be attended by people they are hoping to avoid for personal reasons. Toby and C.J. disagree over whether a report of the President disliking green beans will turn into a major issue or not. Written by Murray Chapman

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President Clinton allowed use of his President's Box at the Kennedy Center for scenes in this episode. See more »


White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry is talking to the president and says of Iceland's Ambassador, Vigdis Olafsdottir, that "he's very excited to meet you". An Icelandic name finishing in "dottir" is a woman's name (men's names end in "son"), so the Ambassador can't be a he. (In addition, Vigdis is a female forename) See more »


Sam Seaborn: Oh, like there aren't any pictures of you and a call girl?
Mallory O'Brien: No. There aren't any pictures of me and a call girl.
Sam Seaborn: Well, that's a crime.
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No, there aren't any pictures of me and a call girl.
5 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Another drop-in from Mallory, with the interplay between she and Sam as irresistible as ever. An ominous fire rages in a Russian missile silo, but their government maintains that it's an oil refinery. Charlie gets in trouble for saying the President doesn't like string beans. Jed is set up for a live interview as the unmanned Galileo V prepares to land on Mars...then telemetry is lost. Jed and Sam and C.J. wax idealistically poetic, and have some touchingly, sweetly beautiful moments. At the Kennedy Center, they hear a modern classical performance by the Reykjavik Symphony Orchestra. Bartlet pooh-poohs it presumptively, but is profoundly moved.

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