The West Wing: Season 3, Episode 13

The Two Bartlets (30 Jan. 2002)

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Toby is concerned when President Bartlett forgoes an opportunity to speak out in favor of affirmative action during the Iowa caucuses and confronts the President on the real reasons ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Garcia ...
Thomas Knickerbocker ...
Civilian (as Tom Knickerbocker)


Toby is concerned when President Bartlett forgoes an opportunity to speak out in favor of affirmative action during the Iowa caucuses and confronts the President on the real reasons underlying his Dr. Jekyl & Uncle Fluffy personality shifts. Meanwhile Josh makes plans for a vacation with Amy and then must cancel them. Written by Havan Ironoak

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While aboard Air Force One, Toby receives a call from Sam, who, based on departure time, direction, and airspeed, guesses that Toby is over Cumberland, West Virginia. There is no such place; Sam seems to combine Cumberland, Maryland, and New Cumberland, West Virginia. Based on the waypoints named in the pilot's announcement and Sam's statement of the track of Air Force One while departing from Andrews Air Force Base en route to Iowa, the flight could easily pass over or near either or both of those cities. See more »


Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: So, the 4-H convention.
Toby Ziegler: We're not going.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I don't get it. How can you not want to see the butter cow?
Toby Ziegler: I'm that way.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: You understand it's a life-size cow made entirely of butter.
Toby Ziegler: We're not going.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: There's also a butter Elvis and a butter Last Supper which has, I swear to God, Toby...
Toby Ziegler: Butter on the table?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: It's got butter on the table right there between butter James and butter Peter, an almost mind-blowing vortex of art and material that dares the viewer to recall Marcel Duchamp.
Toby Ziegler: How do they keep it...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Did your father beat you, Mr. President?
17 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Jed, Toby, and Leo come to grips with Bartlet's two public faces. Josh redeems a failed vacation with Amy. The wonderful Sam Lloyd (SCRUBS) returns as conspiracy theorist Bob Engler, to set Sam spinning again, this time about a gold-less Fort Knox. One of the most gut-punching scenes (of the entire series) has Toby asking the President whether his father beat him. It's ever-so-slightly contrived, as both the process Toby went through to figure this out, and the likelihood that he would be so blunt with the President, both rest on ground that's a tiny bit shaky. But that's a quibble you only make well after the fact. The scene is transfixing.

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