Josh speaks to a psychiatrist about the events of the last three weeks: Toby hired musicians for the foyer, an Air Force pilot disobeyed orders, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly.



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Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams)
Bobby (as Gary Cervantes)


Leo orders Josh to speak to a trauma psychiatrist, who asks him to review the events of the last three weeks: Toby insisted on having live music in the foyer for Christmas, an Air Force pilot separated from his flight team without explanation, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly. Also, C.J. looks into a report of a woman freaking out during a tour of the White House. Written by Murray Chapman

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20 December 2000 (USA)  »

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A dazzling episode and true masterpiece
29 February 2016 | by (Täby, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Throughout its seasons "The West Wing" delivers hours upon hours of highly imaginative and creative pieces featuring excellent writing, acting and direction.

In this company, "Noël" stands out as one of the greatest - if not THE

  • greatest episode of the entire series. Featuring Josh Lyman - so

often the comic relief of the show, the guy who has a witty comment to everything - dealing with some truly difficult issues, this episode takes us on a journey through some of the darker issues brought up on television. Remarkably well written by Aaron Sorkin and Peter Parnell with delicious direction from Thomas Schlamme and award-deserving performances from the entire cast in general and Bradley Whitford in particular, I can't tell you enough just how much in awe I am of this episode. Everything works, down to the sound design and music (not unimportant aspects of the episode).


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