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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Was shot on location because a small fire had burned parts of the set. See more »


In The Black Vera Wang we meet C.J's niece Hogan. C.J says "My older brothers are golf crazies" Indicating that she has more then one older brother. Yet they do not appear, they are never mentioned and there is no evidence of their existence in the home. C.J is left to deal with her fathers illness alone without and help from her "brothers" See more »


Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: [on the phone] No, I didn't mean that you have no social skills, Toby... I'm sorry if you think I was being insensitive to your... I think you're very... you're a very pretty girl, Toby.
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References The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »


The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria Da Capo
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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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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