The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Following the Vice-President's remarks to him, Toby realizes the truth behind the President's illness: multiple sclerosis. Toby, Leo, and Bartlet discuss the possible political implications... See full summary »

Director:

Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg (credit only)
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Emily Procter ... Ainsley Hayes
William Duffy ... Larry
Peter James Smith ... Ed
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Storyline

Following the Vice-President's remarks to him, Toby realizes the truth behind the President's illness: multiple sclerosis. Toby, Leo, and Bartlet discuss the possible political implications of this if it goes public including possible jail time for the 17 people who now know about the illness. Meanwhile Sam, Josh, Donna and the rest of the staff, unaware of the illness, struggle with a speech the President is to give at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Written by timdalton007

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Allison Janney (C.J.) was originally in this episode but had to be written out when she had to fly to London, England to film extra scenes for The Hours. See more »

Goofs

As he pours drinks for himself and Toby, Bartlet says "You know what I just found out recently? To be called bourbon it has to come from Kentucky, otherwise it's called 'sour mash'." This is incorrect. There are eight criteria for qualifying as bourbon, recipe ratios, the barrel, and aging. But the only geographic qualification is that bourbon is made in the United States, not any specific state. See more »

Quotes

Toby Ziegler: It's never happened before, right?
Leo McGarry: No.
Toby Ziegler: The Vice President would never challenge a sitting President for the nomination.
Leo McGarry: 'Course not.
Toby Ziegler: You see his itinerary for the weekend?
Leo McGarry: Who?
Toby Ziegler: The Vice President.
Leo McGarry: I don't keep tabs on John.
Toby Ziegler: He's giving a speech at a semiconductor plant. The title of the speech is, "Clean Air Industry in the High-tech Corridor of the Industrial Northeast."
Leo McGarry: Where?
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Connections

References The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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The best so far...
25 May 2006 | by coy_dog0See all my reviews

This episode is the best so far. As good or better than 'Oscar' winning feature film.

The sparse cast in this episode only amplify the quality. John Spencer and Janel Moloney both give outstanding performances. Audible sighs, hoots and gasps are bound to result from the viewer.

I now see why attendance at movie theatres is in such decline. Studios may think that audiences want cheap thrills and trashy exploitation (even audiences may believe want it!), but the novelty of more sex, more violence and more spectacle cannot compare to great stories.

Film is dead; the best drama is on television.


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