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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President Bartlet is drinking from a Dayton Flyers mug. Martin Sheen was born in Dayton, Ohio, home of the University of Dayton Flyers. See more »

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President Nimbala points out to the drug representative that his company has high profits from sales of fluconazole, to which Toby remarks that, "There is more money to be made in giving a white guy an erection than curing a black man of AIDS." Fluconazole has nothing to do with erections. It's used to treat fungal infections, not erectile dysfunction. See more »

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Sam Seaborn: No, man, why participate in the process when you can get a job commenting on it?
Ainsley Hayes: You think because I don't want to work here it's because I can get a better gig on Geraldo? Gosh, let's see if there could possibly be any other reason why I wouldn't want to work in this White House? This White House that feels that government is better for children than parents are. That looks at forty years of degrading and humiliating free lunches handed out in a spectacularly failed effort to level the playing...
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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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