The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Holy Night 

Toby's estranged father appears in his office a couple of nights before Christmas. Leo and Jed find themselves trying to fix problems as well as their consciences.


Thomas Schlamme


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 7 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn (credit only)
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Adam Arkin ... Dr. Stanley Keyworth
Timothy Busfield ... Danny Concannon
Jerry Adler ... Jules Ziegler
Elisabeth Moss ... Zoey Bartlet
John Diehl ... Claypool
Trent Ford ... Jean Paul


Toby's estranged father appears in his office a couple of nights before Christmas. Leo and Jed find themselves trying to fix problems as well as their consciences.

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English | Yiddish

Release Date:

11 December 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Toby (Richard Schiff) returns to his office and finds Julie looking at one of the newspaper clippings on the wall - it is the same newspaper that is in the Westley Police Station, when Sam (Rob Lowe) and Toby go to get Judge Mendoza (Edward James Olmos) out of jail (The West Wing: Celestial Navigation (2000)). See more »


The introduction to the episode puts Toby's birth on Decembr 23, 1954, and shows his father working for Murder, inc. around that time. Murder, inc. actually operated from 1934 until 1940, when top lieutenant Abe "Kid Twist" Reles turned informer. See more »


Josh Lyman: I just need to tell you this. Come here. Sorry, come here.
Toby Ziegler: Josh...
Josh Lyman: Come here. All right, it was desperation. It wasn't out of a desire to do evil. He had a young family and he barely spoke the language. He went to jail. He went to jail and you went to school, and it was all a half century ago. Look what he did in two generations. What room did you just walk out of?
Toby Ziegler: I appreciate that that's what you think. Do I get to think what I think?
Josh Lyman: No, you don't, cause you don't know what I know.
Toby Ziegler: What?
Josh Lyman: ...
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The Girl From Ipanema
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by The Whiffenpoofs
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Truly Amazing
26 June 2012 | by talentedripplesSee all my reviews

This series is amazing. From season 1 to season 5 the writing is flawless, and well executed. The actors who grace the halls of this infamous and fictional west wing work together in a cohesive, elegant and enchanting manner. The entire cast works wonderfully together.

This series is funny and enchanting and heart breaking and moving all at the same time. Each episode brings a new point to the table. The West Wing is about the people more than the politics because I've seen this series four times and I still don't have a clue what they are talking about. And yet, I love it still. This is a testament to the writing skills of the writing team because the personal relationships and characterisation could easily lost amongst the politics. It most certainly is not.

The West Wing sports complicated characters whose reactions to the situations they are put in are consistent and believable. Each character is endearing in their own way whilst displaying many other qualities.

Yet series 6 and 7 are not recommended. They are dull, boring, and excruciatingly painful to watch. It's long, drawn out and holds little substance.

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