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Take Out the Trash Day 

In preparation for the Friday night briefing for the Saturday papers and news broadcasts -- nicknamed "take out the trash day" because it disposes of all the stories the White House doesn't... See full summary »

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In preparation for the Friday night briefing for the Saturday papers and news broadcasts -- nicknamed "take out the trash day" because it disposes of all the stories the White House doesn't want heavy coverage on, and because Saturday is the least read paper of the week -- the staff take on a variety of chores: C.J. prepares to meet with the family of a Matthew Shepard-type victim of murder just because he was gay, and discovers something unexpected about the young man's reticent father; Josh and Sam contend with an angry Republican house committee leader who wants to make a deal to avoid public hearings on Leo's alcoholism; the president must read and wince through a graphic report on sex education in public schools; Danny pesters C.J. about an aide to the v.p. living on high off of taxpayer dollars. Written by meebly

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26 January 2000 (USA)  »

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This episode features both Dakin Matthews and Liza Weil, who also starred together in Gilmore Girls (2000). See more »

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In a discussion about PBS Toby mentions he was raised on Sesame Street. Being that Toby was born in 1954 and Sesame Street debuted in 1969 it is doubtful that Toby was a regular viewer. See more »

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Leo McGarry: He's been a good friend to me.
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: In good times, Leo. It's not hard to like a guy when he's doing well. The measure of a man is how does he behave when things are otherwise?
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References Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser (1972) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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You watched Julia Child?
22 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

C.J. and Mandy meet the parents of a homosexual teen killed in a hate crime, and discover the father's reticence isn't about homophobia, but about shame over the administration's weak position on gay rights. Republican Senator Bruno (James Handy, in the first of two fine appearances) agrees to avoid public hearings over Leo's drug addictions, in exchange for burying a sex ed report. Toby defends Julia Childs' funding. More C.J./Danny smooching. The final scene, between Leo and the junior staffer (Liza Weil, GILMORE GIRLS) who outed him, is exquisite. He tries to understand her reasons, she tries to understand his alcoholism, and he un-fires her.


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