When a homeless veteran dies on the National Mall and his body remains uncollected for hours, Toby becomes fixated on getting him a proper burial.

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When a homeless veteran dies on the National Mall and his body remains uncollected for hours, Toby becomes fixated on getting him a proper burial.

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15 December 1999 (USA)  »

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In the first season episode "In Excelsis Deo", after reading through the script, the Pentagon was very touched by the handling of the story line dealing with the death of a homeless veteran of the Korean conflict. In fact, they were so impressed that they gave the show access to film at Arlington National Cemetery, (ANC is administered by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington). The Department of Defense then supplied the Marine Honor Guard and chaplain, and set up the whole funeral. During the funeral scene, all persons in uniform are members of the U.S. Armed Forces, performing their actual roles in a military funeral. Richard Schiff, (Toby Zeigler) has said that it was such a powerful and moving story, that after every take, he broke down and cried. See more »

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At the beginning of the episode, Toby Ziegler is called to the Korean War Memorial about his business card having been found in a dead man's pocket. In the shots of the Mall, the Washington Monument is surrounded by scaffolding that was in place during 1999-2000 for renovation. But in a later shot showing the White House at night, the Monument in the background suddenly has no scaffolding. See more »

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Dolores Landingham: [Toby is leaving to go to the funeral he arranged] Toby? I'd like to come along.
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Little Drummer Boy
Written by Harry Simeone, Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati
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2 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a very conservative guy, and not a big fan of West Wing, BUT I happened to catch this episode in a hospital waiting room one day. I think this episode is the best thing I have ever seen on TV, period. The montage between the Arlington funeral and the children's choir in the White House was some of the best production I have ever seen anywhere. Pure genius! If it weren't for the show's generally liberal bias I would have become a big fan based on this episode alone. I have to give my props to the creative writers. I wish they had left out the political commentary and had been more balanced (over the entirety of the series). It wouldn't have hurt the quality of the series and this episode shows what they were capable of, if they would just entertain and not try to preach.


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