The West Wing: Season 6, Episode 4

Liftoff (10 Nov. 2004)

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C.J.'s first day as Chief of Staff gives her a new appreciation for Leo's skill in the role. While struggling to keep up with her hectic schedule, she must handle the sudden appearance of ... See full summary »



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C.J.'s first day as Chief of Staff gives her a new appreciation for Leo's skill in the role. While struggling to keep up with her hectic schedule, she must handle the sudden appearance of abandoned Soviet nuclear material, counter political maneuvering within the Cabinet, and assert her authority with the staff and the President. Toby conducts a press briefing after which C.J. orders him to quickly find someone to fill the role permanently. The Democratic Party enlists Josh's help to talk Congressman Matt Santos out of taking an early retirement. Written by Murray Chapman

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The representative from the Republic of Georgia refers to "President Rustaveli." Shota Rustaveli (1172-1216) is the author of Georgia's national epic, 'The Knight in the Panther Skin'. See more »


When Donna and Toby are about to interview the first person for Press Secretary, a crew member is visible just after the person opening the door clears the frame on the right side of the screen. He is kneeling with a boom microphone extending towards Donna and Toby. See more »


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The hunky one and the perky one...
14 December 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

After three humorless episodes, Deborah Cahn again demonstrates she's the only one who knows how to write sorkin-funny. It's C.J.'s first day as Chief of her get creamed! And misrepresented. And bullied by the male establishment. But there's also a brilliant practical joke wherein Toby and Josh (then Jed) pretend to resign. Plus, Georgia (not the state) asks her to accept a gift of weapons-grade uranium. Two of the final three undebuted major characters roll in, as Annabeth Schott (the irrepressible Kristin Chenoweth - KRISTIN, GCB) non-interviews for press secretary. Josh tries to talk congressperson Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits - SWITCH, NYPD BLUE) out of early retirement. Say hello to the tallest and shortest WW regulars ever, one of whom (the perky one) would be criminally underused.

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