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

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg) does not appear in this episode - one of the rare times that one of the actors in the opening credits is not an episode of the series. See more »

Goofs

Near the end in the Oval Office, right before Toby asks Leo, "Why not heighten security?", a light or reflector is visible in the reflection of one of the glass doors leading out onto the portico when the crew member holding it points or moves it upward. The lighting of that scene changes as a result. See more »

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Toby Ziegler: No, I don't think you did either, sir. I meant that during a night of extreme chaos and fear, when we didn't yet know if we'd been the victims of domestic or foreign terrorism, or even an act of war, there was uncertainty as to who was giving the national security orders and it was because you never signed a letter. So I'm led to wonder, given your condition and it's lack of predictability, why there isn't simply a signed letter sitting in a file someplace. And the answer, of course, is that if...
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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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