The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 6

The Lame Duck Congress (8 Nov. 2000)

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The administration considers recalling Congress to pass a nuclear test ban treaty; a Ukranian politician arrives unannounced at the White House; Sam reluctantly asks Ainsley to summarize a position paper; C.J.'s personal and professional relationship with Danny becomes more complex.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vassily Kononov (as Eugene Lazarev)
Senator Tony Marino
Joe Fox


The administration is concerned that the newly elected Congress will be less likely to pass the nuclear test ban treaty, and so considers recalling the outgoing Congress to push it through. A Ukranian reformist politician breaches diplomatic protocol by arriving at the White House and demanding to meet with the President. Sam continues to underestimate Ainsley when he asks her to summarize a position paper on small business hiring practices. C.J.'s personal and professional relationship with Danny becomes more complex as she needs him to leak a story but also wants to punish his newspaper for their unflattering recent coverage. Written by Murray Chapman

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In this episode the viewer learns what 'C.J.' stands for when 'President Bartlet' calls her 'Claudia Jean'. See more »


The one senator's aide orders his risotto made with chicken broth instead of oil. Risotto is always made with broth, not oil, so there is no need to request broth as a replacement. See more »


Sam Seaborn: You reversed my position.
Ainsley Hayes: Yeah.
Sam Seaborn: I gave this to you to summarize, and you didn't summarize it so much as you reversed my position.
Ainsley Hayes: I gave it a little polish, yeah.
Sam Seaborn: You reversed my position.
Ainsley Hayes: It's shorter.
Sam Seaborn: It is shorter... and you reversed my position.
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Performed by Pete Anthony
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