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Mr. Willis of Ohio 

In the first of several episodes throughout the series' run that portrays ordinary Americans and how they interact with and ultimately affect the W.H., an Ohio middle school social studies ... See full summary »

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Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin
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Cast

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
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Elisabeth Moss ... Zoey Bartlet
Suzy Nakamura ... Cathy
Allison Smith ... Mallory O'Brien
Renée Estevez ... Nancy (as Renee Estevez)
Al Fann ... Rep. Joe Willis, D-OH
Charley Lang ... Congressman Skinner
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Storyline

In the first of several episodes throughout the series' run that portrays ordinary Americans and how they interact with and ultimately affect the W.H., an Ohio middle school social studies teacher, a widower who has recently filled the brief remaining term of his late wife in the House, joins two other reps to meet with Toby and Mandy about changes to unfair rules in the U.S. Census written into the latest federal budget. The other two, career politicians, are completely resistant to the changes, but Mr. Willis is swayed by a potent argument Toby makes regarding "strict constructionism" (generally conservative and libertarian belief that the U.S. Constitution is not a living document, and must be followed as written, unless officially amended through standard 38-state ratification) and the 14th Amendment. Toby is impressed with the man and his open-mindedness. Elsewhere, Sam tutors C.J. on the finer points of the census. Late in the episode, the staff meets for a late-night poker ... Written by meebly

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On the podcast West Wing Weekly, actor Richard Schiff (Toby) said the on-set TV in the final scene of this episode was blank, so he had nothing to react to. When Toby is watching with admiration as Mr. Willis cast his only vote, Schiff said he was actually imagining what it would be like to have sex with Allison Janney. See more »

Goofs

Votes in the U.S. House of Representatives are done by electronic device and not by roll call. House committee votes are done by roll call. While the vote is being broadcast, Leo tells Toby that "we won it 40 votes ago." As House committees each only have about 50 members each, there is no way that anyone would consider the vote won after only about ten votes. The vote depicted at the end is not a vote in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, it is obviously a full vote in the House. See more »

Quotes

Congressman Gladman: I thought we were here to talk about the census.
Josh Lyman: We are. The White House just wanted to take this opportunity to point out that you are criminals and despots.
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Connections

References Super Fly (1972) See more »

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Learn to Fly
Written and Performed by Foo Fighters
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