The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 4

In This White House (25 Oct. 2000)

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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 ... 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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First appearance in the series of Emily Procter playing Ainsley Hayes. See more »

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In the segment marked "Tuesday", Bartlet asks Leo, "Did you see Sam get puréed on Capitol Beat last night?" In the next segment however, Leo says that "the woman who was on Capitol Beat with Sam Sunday." See more »

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President Josiah Bartlet: Leo, hard as you might try, the Republican party isn't going anywhere.
Leo McGarry: We don't know that for sure, sir. They could all end up moving to Vancouver.
President Josiah Bartlet: I don't think so.
Leo McGarry: Me neither, but being in power means everybody else can take a seat for four years.
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Sir?? Sir, you have interrupted me again!!
29 October 2012 | by (Jersey City) – 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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