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In This White House 

After a Republican commentator trounces Sam on television, President Bartlett decides to hire her over the objections of the staff. Josh and Toby mediate a conference between U.S. drug ... See full summary »

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After a Republican commentator trounces Sam on television, President Bartlett decides to hire her over the objections of the staff. Josh and Toby mediate a conference between U.S. drug companies and an African President whose country is dying of AIDS. Written by Taigan

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25 October 2000 (USA)  »

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The number that displays on Ainsley's caller ID when the White House calls is (202) 456-1414. That is the real world telephone number of the White House switchboard. See more »

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Ainsley is alerted to a call from the White House by the phone number 456-1414 showing up on her caller ID. White House phones will not show up on caller ID as anything more than the area code (though the recipient would know it was a White House call, since most blocked calls don't display the area code). See more »

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Ainsley Hayes: Does anybody know how to work caller-ID?
Harriet: Oh, how can you not know how to use a telephone?
Ainsley Hayes: I've been paying attention to other things.
Harriet: Well, pay attention to that because Bruce's friend is gonna call you.
Ainsley Hayes: The agent?
Bruce: Yep.
Ainsley Hayes: I don't need an agent, I need a caller-ID tutorial.
Harriet: You need an agent, Ainsley, you're gonna be a star.
Ainsley Hayes: Used to be, you had to sing and dance.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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Sir?? Sir, you have interrupted me again!!
29 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Ainslie! The debut of one of the show's most beloved characters. Emily Proctor would do twelve episodes as the spunky, conservative White House lawyer. How can a character this great be born of an episode this ham- handed?? Caricaturish republicans spouting amateurish dialogue...a plot line with Ainsley and C.J. that is embarrassingly contrived...here but for the grace of a story thread featuring Zakes Mokae (A DRY WHITE SEASON) as the leader of an AIDS-ravaged African country, would be the first sub-good episode in show history. After Josh and Toby figure out a way to get HIV medications to Africa more cheaply, President Nimbala finds out that he has been ousted in a coup. He returns home, and is shot getting off the plane. Ted McGinley (HAPPY DAYS, THE LOVE BOAT, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, REVENGE OF THE NERDS) plays the suave, genial host of "Capital Beat", on which Ainslie skewers Sam.


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