The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Let Bartlet Be Bartlet 

The West Wing staff are feeling malaise as it seems they never get anything accomplished. Meanwhile, a leaked memo is a land mine that could embarrass the administration.

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The West Wing staff are feeling malaise as it seems they never get anything accomplished. Meanwhile, a leaked memo is a land mine that could embarrass the administration.

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The book Josh Lyman carries with him during the first half of the episode is "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" (1999), by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, and historian Garry Wills. See more »

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As C.J. leaves Toby's office, after showing him the memo, she closes the door. The next shot shows Josh and Toby talking about the second year not being better then the first. Over Josh's right shoulder you can see the door is open again. See more »

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President Josiah Bartlet: You didn't know it was raining?
Toby Ziegler: To our credit, sir, we knew it was raining once it started to rain.
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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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I serve at the pleasure...
23 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Amidst malaise over their ineffectual record, the staff reacts to a memo Mandy wrote when she was working for Russell, about the administration's weaknesses and how to defeat them in the next election. Danny lays into C.J. for taking her frustrations out on him. Fitz drops in on a gays-in- the-military meeting, and makes more sense than fifty years of debate. Comedian Paul Provenza (NORTHERN EXPOSURE) debuts as Senate majority leader aide Steve Onorato. Nice moments, but a general lack of deftness which might be traceable to first-time WEST WING director Laura Innes (ER). She would do five more episodes, plus one STUDIO 60, in which the work would improve.


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