The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 7

The State Dinner (10 Nov. 1999)

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While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff deal with a multitude of other problems: Josh and Mandy argue over the best way to handle an FBI standoff with militants in Idaho; Leo (and eventually Bartlet) intervenes in a negotiations between the Teamsters Union and national reps for the trucking industry; Toby tries to convince an Indonesian cabinet member to release a friend of his, an activist or incites anti-government protests, from prison; Sam witnesses Laurie at work as a call girl, serving as the state dinner date for a big fund raiser; and a pre-season hurricane initially threatens the Atlantic Coast, and then moves out to sea, where it puts an entire naval fleet in peril. Written by meebly

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Stockard Channing had only just met Martin Sheen and established that their two characters had three daughters when she shot her first scene with him. See more »

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The interpreter says he cannot interpret because he speaks Javanese and the president speaks only Batak. Batak is an ethnicity, not a language. There are seven Batak languages. See more »

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Donna Moss: I'm not wild about this whole Indonesian business.
Josh Lyman: What's the problem?
Donna Moss: I've been doing some reading on my own.
Josh Lyman: Oh, I wish you wouldn't do that.
Donna Moss: Why?
Josh Lyman: Because you tend to call some bizarre factoid from a less-than-reputable source and then you blow it all out of proportion.
Donna Moss: I do not.
Josh Lyman: Donna...
Donna Moss: I just thought you might like to know that in certain parts of Indonesia, they summarily execute people they suspect of being sorcerers.
Josh Lyman: What?
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Abbie!
20 October 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

At a state dinner for the President of Indonesia, a fund raiser (David Rasche, SLEDGE HAMMER!) shows up with Sam's call girl friend as his date. Sam offers her $10,000 to not go home with him. And the debut of...Abbie Bartlet! Stockard Channing (GREASE, THE STOCKARD CHANNING SHOW) slides right in, and it's perfect. Danny openly flirts with CJ. Priceless. And the first of many quips at New Jersey's expense. Someone on the writing staff (perhaps New Yorker Sorkin himself) will take great delight over the coming seasons in Garden State roasting. At the end, the President talks to a bleeding sailor on a ship being battered by a hurricane.


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