The West Wing (1999–2006)
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C.J.'s first day as Chief of Staff gives her a new appreciation for Leo's skill in the role. While struggling to keep up with her hectic schedule, she must handle the sudden appearance of ... See full summary »

Director:

Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Debora Cahn | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet (credit only)
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper (credit only)
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Kristin Chenoweth ... Annabeth Schott
Lily Tomlin ... Deborah Fiderer
Anna Deavere Smith ... Nancy McNally
Steve Ryan ... Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson
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Storyline

C.J.'s first day as Chief of Staff gives her a new appreciation for Leo's skill in the role. While struggling to keep up with her hectic schedule, she must handle the sudden appearance of abandoned Soviet nuclear material, counter political maneuvering within the Cabinet, and assert her authority with the staff and the President. Toby conducts a press briefing after which C.J. orders him to quickly find someone to fill the role permanently. The Democratic Party enlists Josh's help to talk Congressman Matt Santos out of taking an early retirement. Written by Murray Chapman

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This marks Jimmy Smits' and Kristin Chenoweth's first appearances in the series. See more »

Goofs

When Donna and Toby are about to interview the first person for Press Secretary, a crew member is visible just after the person opening the door clears the frame on the right side of the screen. He is kneeling with a boom microphone extending towards Donna and Toby. See more »

Quotes

Toby Ziegler: C.J., wow this is hard. Couldn't be happier that you got this gig. But I think it's just time for me to go. Six years is a - I just thinks it's time for me to move on, and this is my letter of resignation to the President.
Josh Lyman: I don't want to pile on, but working for one of my closest friends is, I think, I'm not going to be at my best.
[Toby and Josh put down letters]
C.J. Cregg: Josh, you can't...
[looks at Josh, then Toby]
Jed Bartlet: I'm sorry to barge in.
C.J. Cregg: Mr. President, can I have just a minute?
Jed Bartlet: I'll make this quick. I...
[...]
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Soundtracks

West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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