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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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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 »

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While discussing the Board of Directors CPB, the President incorrectly states that it was members of the House that were holding up his nominations. See more »

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Donna Moss: What's take out the trash day?
Josh Lyman: Friday.
Donna Moss: I mean, what is it?
Josh Lyman: Any stories we have to give the press that we're not wild about, we give all in a lump on Friday.
Donna Moss: Why do you do it in a lump?
Josh Lyman: Instead of one at a time?
Donna Moss: I'd think you'd want to spread them out.
Josh Lyman: They've got X column inches to fill, right? They're going to fill them no matter what.
Donna Moss: Yes.
Donna Moss: So if we give them one story, that story's X column inches.
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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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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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