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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26 April 2000 (USA)  »

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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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Sam refers to 1st Lieutenant Emily Lowenbrau of the U.S. Coast Guard. Sam would not have referred to a Coast Guard officer as "1st Lieutenant" because there is no such rank in the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard follows the Navy's rank designations. Emily Lowenbrau may have been a Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG), equivalent to a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, or a Lieutenant (LT), equivalent to a Captain in the Army. In either case, Sam would have referred to her simply as "Lieutenant". See more »

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[Prior to the president's speech at the American Association of Trout Fishermen convention]
Leo McGarry: Are you going to concentrate on this now, or is your head going to be on changing the nature of democracy?
President Josiah Bartlet: No, I'm definitely going to be thinking about the trout fishermen, Leo, 'cause that's where my focus should be.
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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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