The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 10

In Excelsis Deo (15 Dec. 1999)

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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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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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The decorations in C.J.'s goldfish bowl change depending on the theme of the episode. For example, in the first season's Christmas episode "In Excelsis Deo", the bowl contains a Christmas tree. In "He Shall, From Time to Time", which features the State of the Union, the bowl contains a podium and two flags. In the season finale "What Kind of Day Has it Been", in which a subplot concerns trouble aboard the space shuttle, a shuttle appears in the bowl. See more »

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Dolores Landingham, the President's secretary, mentions that her twin sons had a low draft number in the lottery. Her sons died in Vietnam on December 24, 1970. The first lottery drawing was held December 1, 1969; with a low lottery number, they would easily be in the field by December 1970. 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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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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