The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 13

Take Out the Trash Day (26 Jan. 2000)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Young (credit only)
Simon Blye
Jonathan Lydell
Karen Larson


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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The Hate Crimes Prevention Act dealt with in this episode is a reference to the real-life "Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act." The real act was named after Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who in 1998 was beaten and murdered because of his homosexuality (and whose story was the basis for the character of Lowell Lydell, whose homophobic murder figures in several The West Wing (1999) episodes); and James Byrd, Jr, who in 1998 was dragged behind a Jasper, Texas, pickup truck and murdered because he was black. The real bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama on October 28, 2009, almost ten years after this episode first aired. See more »


While discussing funding for PBS, one of the aides talks about licensing for the Muppets and mentions Fuzzy Bear which Toby corrects as Fozzie Bear. Fozzie Bear is not a Muppet featured on Sesame Street but is part of the cast of The Muppet Show and the various movies. Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog and a few minor characters are the only muppets to appear on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. See more »


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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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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