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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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 »

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Ainsley Hayes: I'm not gonna say anything. I'm not gonna spill anything. I'm not gonna get Republican juice on you. I'm just gonna sit there and learn.
Sam Seaborn: What?
Ainsley Hayes: From the master, Sam. I wanna learn from the master.
Sam Seaborn: You see, women think that kind of thing works, but it doesn't.
Ainsley Hayes: [takes a step closer to him] It really does Sam.
Sam Seaborn: [turns and walks away, Ainsley follows] I'll let you come to the hill, you'll summarize my memo.
Ainsley Hayes: I'll use punctuation and everything. You might even get extra credit.
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References Rocky and His Friends (1959) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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