The West Wing (1999–2006)
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When an admittedly weak gun-control bill the White House has been backing turns out to be five votes short of House passage, Josh makes deals and threats to several Democratic reps, while ... See full summary »

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Michael Lehmann

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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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
Michael McGuire ... Congressman Cal Tillinghouse
Thom Barry ... Congressman Mark Richardson
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Jay Underwood ... Congressman Christopher Wick
Mark Blum ... Rep. Katzenmoyer
Sara Botsford ... Jenny McGarry
Jillian Armenante ... Leela
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When an admittedly weak gun-control bill the White House has been backing turns out to be five votes short of House passage, Josh makes deals and threats to several Democratic reps, while Leo appeals to Hoynes for help. Elsewhere, while working the bill, Leo misses his anniversary, which he tries in vain to atone for, but eventually his wife Jenny decides to leave him. Written by meebly

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Drama

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TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode takes obvious liberties with real life firearms, probably to avoid legal problems. The real life Ruger mini-14 is referred to as a "Rutger 14" and the real life Tec-9 is referred to as a "Tech-9". See more »

Goofs

During the show, Josh refers to a "Rutger Mini 14" assault rifle. The rifle is in fact a "Ruger Mini-14". Later, an off screen reporter also mentions a "Rutger 14" Additionally, the written script refers to a "Tech 9" vs. the real weapon "Tec 9". The latter difference obviously doesn't manifest in the spoken version. See more »

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[to an affectionate couple as he passes them in a hallway]
President Josiah Bartlet: Hey there, fella. She deserves a nice room and some supper.
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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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What he pays me for.
15 April 2011 | by kickdoor02See all my reviews

This episode endeared me more to the characters. I love how they fight so hard for a bill that they know isn't even what they really want, because they have to save face and get what they can. Just seems so fruitless, its hard not to feel for them. Then they don't even get to enjoy what little victory there would've been thanks to Hoynes(really speaks to how upset Leo was that he would still go to the VP's AA meeting after that). I swear, after five minutes in politics I wouldn't have a single strand of hair left to yank out in frustration. Just makes me wish they could get a real solid win. And as Josh said,

"Sam, LBJ never would've taken this kind of crap from Democrats in congress. He would've said, 'you're voting my way in exchange for which I might remember you name, pal'."

I wish the other dems. would just get behind their administration. They've made it clear that Bartlet does what he wants whether that goes against party politics or not, but he also always does what he thinks is right. That's better than a Pres. who does something he knows or feels is wrong just because it's what is expected from a democrat. As when Leo is telling Rev. Al in the first episode that Bartlet went around the country trying to convince teen girls not to get abortions, I strongly disagree with that, but I respect him for not acting like a machine that just spits out a leftist's agenda. Josh's meetings with Katzenmoyer and Wick were great though,

"President Bartlet's a good man. He's got a good heart. He doesn't hold a grudge...that's what he pays me for."

"You know, I realize as an adult not everyone shares my view of the world, and with an issue as hot as gun control I'm prepared to accept a lot of different points of view as being perfectly valid, but we can all get together on the grenade launcher! Right?"

Leo's personal stuff brought the episode down a little, just never cared for romantic relationships in my dramas, but the in office scenes were great. Coming off the excellence of A Proportional Response might have also taken some of the shine off this one, but there really are no bad episodes of Sorkin's West Wing.


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