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Bartlet's Third State of the Union 

While a live TV show is broadcast from the West Wing following the State of the Union, the staff must covertly deal with a hostage situation in Colombia. CJ learns that a special guest at ... See full summary »

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Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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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
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
Emily Procter ... Ainsley Hayes
Marlee Matlin ... Joey Lucas
Corbin Bernsen ... Henry Shallick
Tony Plana ... Mickey Troop
Richard Riehle ... Off. Jack Sloan
Kathryn Joosten ... Dolores Landingham
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Storyline

While a live TV show is broadcast from the West Wing following the State of the Union, the staff must covertly deal with a hostage situation in Colombia. CJ learns that a special guest at the state of the union has a black mark on his record that could taint the administration. Ainsley Hayes is afraid to meet the President in person. Written by Taigan

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The theme that plays during the opening of the live Capitol Beat segment from The White House is also the old theme for the British ITN nightly news show. See more »

Goofs

The title of this episode indicates that this is President Bartlet's third State of the Union. However it would only be his second, as since 1989 American presidents have not considered the speech they give to a joint session of Congress early in their first year in office a State of the Union message, because they have not been in office for the previous year in order to reflect on it. See more »

Quotes

Donna Moss: You have to ask a girl out on a date. You can't just randomly tumble into a girl sideways and hope she breaks up with you soon, the way you always do.
Josh Lyman: Why not?
Donna Moss: Because you can't!
Josh Lyman: You just said I always do.
Donna Moss: Josh, I can help you or I can not help you. It's up to you.
Josh Lyman: Then I absolutely choose not helping me.
Donna Moss: You want me to ask her out for you?
Josh Lyman: Yeah. That's exactly what I want you to do.
Donna Moss: [Joey walks in] Joey...
Josh Lyman: Sit down.
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Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Blame it on the Bossa Nova
Written by Barry Mann (uncredited) and Cynthia Weil (uncredited)
Performed by Eydie Gormé
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