The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Danny tells C.J. some important news about the President's son-in-law over dinner; C.J. attempts to broker an international deal to stop genocide in Darfur; Josh twists C.J.'s arm to get her to help the Santos campaign.


Andrew Bernstein


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Bradley Whitford

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Senator Arnold Vinick (credit only)
Kristin Chenoweth ... Annabeth Schott (credit only)
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss (credit only)
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Timothy Busfield ... Danny Concannon
Annabeth Gish ... Elizabeth Bartlet Westin
Steven Eckholdt ... Doug Westin
George Cheung ... Chinese Ambassador Ling-Po (as George Kee Cheung)
Tim Guinee ... Steve Laussen


During his dinner date with C.J., Danny reveals some startling news about the President's son-in-law. A combination of events prompts C.J. to realize that the time she has remaining in her powerful position is dwindling; she begins a complicated game of diplomacy with France, Germany, and China to affect real change in Darfur, where thousands of people are being killed each week. Josh is in town to coordinate the Santos campaign with the Bartlet administration, and seems to know more than he should about government decisions. Written by Murray Chapman

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15 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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In this episode, Will says the line "I can't act. I'm a terrible actor." Bradley Whitford (who plays Josh) wrote the script for this episode. Along with the line, the stage directions read "Will waddles in. The actor playing Will struggles to be remotely honest. Toby ignores the insincere, one dimensional acting of the guy playing Will. Will enters- scene dies. Will does deep background cross that nobody believes and punctures the suspension of disbelief globally." Joshua Malina (who plays Will) said later "Hat tip to Whitford. This was a solid prank. . . I think they made him take [the stage directions] out of the final script, sadly. It was very mean and funny." See more »


In the last scene, Kate Harper says that a nuclear power plant in California might "blow up." Nuclear generating stations cannot explode like a bomb. The fuel is nowhere close to being enriched enough. They can vent radioactive steam or water, however. See more »


Danny Concannon: I'm halfway through my life and I'm never quite sure if I'm doing anything right until I'm completely done doing it wrong.
C.J. Cregg: Work with it.
Danny Concannon: So, this may not come out right.
C.J. Cregg: I forgive you.
Danny Concannon: And incrementalism is not an option. I'm forced into a heroic posture.
C.J. Cregg: Heroic can be good.
Danny Concannon: Feels funny.
C.J. Cregg: You can do it.
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West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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