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Josh speaks to a psychiatrist about the events of the last three weeks: Toby hired musicians for the foyer, an Air Force pilot disobeyed orders, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly.


Thomas Schlamme


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah Bartlet
Adam Arkin ... Dr. Stanley Keyworth
Paxton Whitehead ... Bernard Thatch
Gregory Alan Williams ... Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams)
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Bobby (as Gary Cervantes)
Daniel von Bargen ... Air Force General Ken Shannon
Yo-Yo Ma ... Yo-Yo Ma
Melissa Fitzgerald ... Carol


Leo orders Josh to speak to a trauma psychiatrist, who asks him to review the events of the last three weeks: Toby insisted on having live music in the foyer for Christmas, an Air Force pilot separated from his flight team without explanation, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly. Also, C.J. looks into a report of a woman freaking out during a tour of the White House. Written by Murray Chapman

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When Josh (Bradley Whitford) talks to Sam (Rob Lowe) in his office, there is a Christmas stocking on the wall beside the chalkboard. Twenty minutes later, when Leo (John Spencer) is there, the stocking has disappeared. See more »


In "Noël" (#2.10) (2000) the scene where Bernard Thatch (Paxton Whitehead) and C. J. Cregg (Allison Janney) are discussing the painting "The Cliffs at Etretat", Thatch makes two mistakes that no art expert, or art snob would possibly make. First, the painting is in fact titled "The Cliffs at Etretat after a storm" and more glaringly, the artist was Gustav Courbet, not Gustav Cailloux, about whom Thatch says, "was a contemporary of Courbet who was considerably more gifted." Gustave Cailloux, incidentally, does not exist. See more »


Josh Lyman: You're not going to understand it.
Stanley Keworth: I'm a fairly well-educated guy.
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Joy To The World
Written by Isaac Watts, with music attributed to George Frideric Handel
Performed by The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
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A dazzling episode and true masterpiece
29 February 2016 | by artur-artborgSee all my reviews

Throughout its seasons "The West Wing" delivers hours upon hours of highly imaginative and creative pieces featuring excellent writing, acting and direction.

In this company, "Noël" stands out as one of the greatest - if not THE - greatest episode of the entire series. Featuring Josh Lyman - so often the comic relief of the show, the guy who has a witty comment to everything - dealing with some truly difficult issues, this episode takes us on a journey through some of the darker issues brought up on television. Remarkably well written by Aaron Sorkin and Peter Parnell with delicious direction from Thomas Schlamme and award-deserving performances from the entire cast in general and Bradley Whitford in particular, I can't tell you enough just how much in awe I am of this episode. Everything works, down to the sound design and music (not unimportant aspects of the episode).


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20 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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