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Bartlet for America 

In an episode dotted with flashbacks, Leo and his attorney Jordon Kendall (Joanna Gleason) face a Congressional inquiry into whether the president lied to the American people regarding his ... See full summary »


Thomas Schlamme


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
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
Tim Matheson ... Senator John Hoynes
Joanna Gleason ... Atty. Jordon Kendall
Mark Feuerstein ... Clifford Calley
Clark Gregg ... FBI Special Agent Michael Casper
James Handy ... Rep. Joseph Bruno, R-PA
Steven Gilborn ... Rep. Paul Dearborn, R


In an episode dotted with flashbacks, Leo and his attorney Jordon Kendall (Joanna Gleason) face a Congressional inquiry into whether the president lied to the American people regarding his MS, but this particular day of hearings concerns itself more with Abby and her secretly medicating Jed, and later with Leo's having fallen off the wagon during the campaign (a politically motivated Republican rep on the committee witnessed Leo drunk in his room three days before the nomination); we see the meeting in which Leo talked N.H. Governor Bartlet into running for president, introducing his idea, "Bartlet for America", on a cocktail napkin, which the president later frames and returns to Leo as a gift in thanks for all he's done for the president over the years; Cliff Calley, Donna's boyfriend and special counsel to the judicial oversight committee, asks the committee chair to halt the inquiry before the rep can compel Leo to admit his personal transgression; Leo asks Jordon to Xmas Eve ... Written by meebly

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12 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Josh (Bradley Whitford) asks Sam (Rob Lowe) to look for someone to get Gibson (David St. James) out Leo McGarry (John Spencer)'s hearing, Sam flips through the pages of his contact-book and three of the pages have identical scribblings. See more »


When recounting a time meeting with potential donors, Leo mentions Johnny Walker Blue Label is aged 60 years. Blue Label is actually a blended Scotch with no age statement. The reason there is no age statement is that in order to place the age on a bottle of Scotch, even a blend, it must display the age of the youngest whisky in the blend. Rumors are vast and plentiful, but the prevailing thought is that there are whiskies as young as 12 years and as old as 40 years. The actual number is a secret held by Diageo. See more »


Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: That's where you're going with this?
[surprise line of questioning]
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: Yeah.
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: Just to embarrass the guy.
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: Just?
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: Leo McGarry's sobriety isn't the subject of these hearings. These hearings are to investigate if any rules, ethical or otherwise, were broken by Jed Bartlet while he was running for President.
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: That's nice, but I live in the actual world, where the object of these hearings is to win.
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: No, it's not.
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: It's the object of the majority.
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: Not while I'm the majority counsel it's not; this is bush ...
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