The West Wing (1999–2006)
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On the night of the State of the Union, Sam has to explain the process of writing the speech and grading reaction to it to a magazine reporter (Traylor Howard) throughout the evening; C.J. ... See full summary »

Director:

David Nutter

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Mary-Louise Parker ... Amy Gardner
Marlee Matlin ... Joey Lucas
Traylor Howard ... Lisa Shureborn
Bill O'Brien Bill O'Brien ... Kenny Thurman
Nancy Linehan Charles ... Oncologist #1
Howard S. Miller ... Dr. Ken Walker
Nicholas Hormann ... Oncologist Bobby
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Storyline

On the night of the State of the Union, Sam has to explain the process of writing the speech and grading reaction to it to a magazine reporter (Traylor Howard) throughout the evening; C.J. arranged the coverage aware that the reporter, Lisa Sherbourn, is Sam's ex-fiancée; flashing back to the speechwriting process, we see the president dining with several of Abbey's medical colleagues, and they ponder the future of cancer research, motivating Bartlet to ask that a section be added to the SOTU in which he calls for U.S. scientists to find a cancer cure by 2012; the staff, convinced that the Congressional censure is weighing heavily on the president, tries to talk him out of this bold but risky proposal. Written by meebly

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When Sam (Rob Lowe) is explaining to Lisa (Traylor Howard) where the focus groups for the State of the Union speech are located, he incorrectly pronounces Los Feliz, CA as "Las Filez", CA. However this is an acceptable (and even preferred) pronunciation in Southern California. See more »

Goofs

After Sam finishes reading the section about curing cancer, the camera displays the laptop before he deletes the text. The title of the document open is "N_Science.doc", upon hitting delete the title changes to "Curing_Cancer.doc" and there is a slight shift in the angle of the laptop. See more »

Quotes

Sam Seaborn: Over the past half century, we've split the atom, we've spliced the gene and we've roamed Tranquility Base. We've reached for the stars and never have we been closer to having them in our grasp. New science, new technology is making the difference between life and death, and so we need a national commitment equal to this unparalleled moment of possibility. And so I announce to you tonight that I will bring the full resources of the Federal Government and the full reach of my office to this ...
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The Surrey With the Fringe on Top (from Oklahoma!)
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Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
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