The West Wing: Season 3, Episode 8

The Indians in the Lobby (21 Nov. 2001)

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On the day before Thanksgiving, CJ has to deal with two Stockbridge-Munsee Indians who won't leave the lobby until they get an answer on an application their tribe submitted 15 years ago. ... See full summary »

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On the day before Thanksgiving, CJ has to deal with two Stockbridge-Munsee Indians who won't leave the lobby until they get an answer on an application their tribe submitted 15 years ago. Josh tries to arrange the extradition of an underage boy who's parents sent him to Italy after he killed his teacher. The President learns why Abby wants to have Thanksgiving at Camp David this year, and places and anonymous call to the Butterball Hotline. Written by Taigan

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Mollie Orshansky, the economist mentioned in the conversation between Sam and Bernice Collette from the Office of Management and Budget, was a real economist and statistician who worked as a social science research analyst for the Social Security Administration. See more »

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Josh and Leo refer to the Dekalb County DA, pronouncing Dekalb with the "L," but in Georgia, it's pronounced "De-Kab'." The "L" is silent. See more »

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[about a kid who shot his teacher]
Josh Lyman: His parents, who are in custody, Fed-Exed him to Rome, which is in Italy.
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Josh Lyman: No, it's really in Italy.
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Finally, an episode with native Americans as a theme (yes, there actually are one or two of them left). Two tribal representatives (Gary Farmer and Georgina Lightning) who have been waiting fifteen years for a judicial determination stage a stand-in in the lobby. A nervous C.J. has to convince them to leave. Powerful and moving. Josh is forced to defend Georgia's death penalty for minors to an Italian diplomat. More strong work from Mr. Gianelli. Why does WW always loose its best comedic barrages on Thanksgiving? As Toby listens, Jed makes an hysterical, anonymous call to the Butterball hotline, for cooking tips. Bethersonton. Baharnd. Brilliant.


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