The West Wing (1999–2006)
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A Proportional Response 

After being offered "a proportional response" to the Syrian military's downing of a U.S. military plane on a medical mission (and carrying his newly named personal physician), the president... See full summary »

Director:

Marc Buckland

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Moira Kelly ... Mandy Hampton
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
John Amos ... Percy Fitzwallace
Renée Estevez ... Nancy (as Renee Estevez)
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Suzy Nakamura ... Cathy
Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Landingham
NiCole Robinson ... Margaret
Rose Rollins ... Suzanne
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Storyline

After being offered "a proportional response" to the Syrian military's downing of a U.S. military plane on a medical mission (and carrying his newly named personal physician), the president demands an option that will have greater impact. Leo gradually must talk him down, while Bartlet snipes at everyone, including Abby. The president ultimately agrees to the initial option, but is not happy about it. Charlie Young is introduced as an applicant for a messenger job whom Josh decides to hire as Bartler's personal aide (note: he mentions being sent to Josh by Mrs. De La Guardia, who is later introduced in season four as Debbie Fiderer, who becomes Mrs. Landingham's replacement). Written by meebly

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Josh calls C.J. a "shiksa feminista". "Shiksa" is a Yiddish word used to refer to a non-Jewish woman. "Feminista" is a slang word used to describe a modern feminist. See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned that one of the weapons used in the strike on Syria is the AIM-54 Phoenix missile. This is an air-to-air missile and no person in the episode mentions any aerial engagements with the Syrian Air Force, therefore this missile would not of been used. There is no reason for the President to mention it in his speech. See more »

Quotes

[the President wants a disproportionate response to an American plane being shot down]
Leo McGarry: And do you think ratcheting up the body count is going to act as a deterrent?
President Josiah Bartlet: You're damn right I do.
Leo McGarry: Oh, well then you're just as stupid as these guys who think that capital punishment is going to be a deterrent for drug kingpins. As if drug kingpins didn't live their day-to-day lives under the possibility of execution. And their executions are a lot less dainty than ours, and tend to take place without the ...
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Connections

References Hard Copy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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