The West Wing: Season 4, Episode 13

The Long Goodbye (15 Jan. 2003)

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C.J. takes a short trip to her home in Dayton to check on her father, who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, and to give a speech at her high school reunion; at the Dayton airport, she ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Seaborn (credit only)
Will Bailey (credit only)
Donna Moss (credit only)
Talmidge Cregg
Molly Lapham
Libby Lapham
Terry Beaver ...
Lee Voight
Elijah Roberts ...
Libby's Son Harry


C.J. takes a short trip to her home in Dayton to check on her father, who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, and to give a speech at her high school reunion; at the Dayton airport, she meets an old high school acquaintance and they have a quick fling. Written by meebly

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Allison Janney's character of C.J. Cregg returns to her hometown of Dayton, Ohio for her high school reunion. Janney's real-life hometown is Dayton, but in the episode, her character is stated as attending West Dayton High School. There is no West Dayton High School in Dayton, and the episode itself was actually filmed in Chicago. The producers originally wanted to shoot the episode in Dayton but found it more cost-effective to shoot in Chicago. See more »


CJ says to her father "It's February," but the episode came in sequence before the Inauguration (which takes place on 20th January). See more »


Talmidge Cregg: [about Toby] That man lacks grace and charm.
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References The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »


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4 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm working my way through my West Wing Boxset so when it became obvious that this episode wasn't going to be directly linked to any of the on going plots or feature any of the other main characters (though Josh and Leo do appear but not in a speaking capacity) other than C.J it was slightly tempting to skip on to the next episode. However much like another similar episode of an Aaron Sorkin show (Studio 60's 'The Disaster Show') this is well worth sticking with.

From the funny exchanges between C.J and Toby to the heartwarming scenes between C.J and her father this episode manages to showcase just how good television can be. So while I accept that this episode may not be every West Wing fans favourite I am very glad I didn't skip on.

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