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The State Dinner 

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 ... See full summary »

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The interpreter claims that there are 583 languages spoken in Indonesia. There are actually over 700 languages spoken in Indonesia. See more »

Quotes

Leo McGarry: You got to work with Toby on the toast.
Toby Ziegler: Don't need him.
Leo McGarry: Yes, you do.
Sam Seaborn: It takes two people to write a toast?
Leo McGarry: The State Department is very particular about these toasts.
Josh Lyman: I'll assign someone from my office.
Mandy Hampton: I can do it.
Josh Lyman: No, you can't.
Mandy Hampton: Why not?
Josh Lyman: Because you're a political consultant and this is an actual, you know, thing.
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Referenced in The West Wing: Two Cathedrals (2001) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Abbie!
20 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – 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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