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The Indians in the Lobby 

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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Alberto Fedrigotti, Italian Chargé d'Affaires


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 an anonymous call to the Butterball Hotline. Written by Taigan

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21 November 2001 (USA)  »

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During the president's call to the Butterball hotline, it is mentioned that the zip code for Fargo, North Dakota is 50504. This is incorrect. The 14 zip codes for Fargo, North Dakota are 58102-58109 and 58121-58126. See more »


[the President is pretending to be Joe Bethersontin from Fargo, and trying to find the best way to cook stuffing]
Butterball Hotline: Do you have an accurate thermometer?
President Josiah Bartlet: Oh, yeah. It was presented to me as a gift from the personal sous chef to the king of... auto sales in...
Toby Ziegler: Fargo.
President Josiah Bartlet: Fargo. Phil Baharnd. The man can sell a car like, well, like anything.
Butterball Hotline: Very good, sir. You have a good Thanksgiving.
President Josiah Bartlet: And you do too. Thanks a lot.
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A personal gift from the sous chef of the King of...
16 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

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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