The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 20

Mandatory Minimums (3 May 2000)

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A newly energized administration prepares to take on soft money, increase addiction treatment, and remove mandatory minimum sentencing.



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A newly energized administration prepares to take on soft money, increase addiction treatment, and remove mandatory minimum sentencing.

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Did You Know?


The last Congressman on Leo McGarry's list at the outdoor restaurant is "Sugarbaker", a reference to Suzanne Sugarbaker of "Designing Women" and its spin-off "Women of the House" where the character was elected to Congress. See more »


When Leo confronts the congressional staffers he says that Vicodin and Percocet are Schedule II drugs, in the same legal category as opium. Percocet is Schedule II, but Vicodin is in the slightly lower Schedule III. See more »


Josh Lyman: You know what this is like? This is like The Godfather when Pacino tells James Caan that he's going to kill the cop. It's a lot like that scene only not really.
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References First Blood (1982) See more »


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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Shove your legislative agenda up your...
26 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Bartlet throws down the gauntlet by naming two reformers to the Federal Election Commission. The debut of Kathleen York as Andrea, Toby's ex-wife. She's fun and spontaneous, and a perfect foil. Al Keifer and Joey Lucas spend time at the White House, providing numbers on Bartlet's campaign against racist drug laws. The Josh/Joey adorableness at its peak. The wonderful Bruce Weitz (Belker, HILL STREET BLUES) growls out a delightful Senate Majority Leader. Leo and Toby have a bang-up scene telling opposition staffers with bosses who have drug records in their families, that hypocrisy won't be tolerated. Another classic WEST WING New Jersey reference.

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