The West Wing (1999–2006)
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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


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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 ... Jed 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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20 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The subplot about the lady who recognizes the painting, although fictional in its particulars, is based on truth in some ways. Bernard, the protocol officer, tells C. J. that the painting author was Gustave Cailloux ( fictional painter, not to be confused with real artist Gustave Caillebotte ). The painting discussed is "The Etretat Cliffs after the Storm" by Gustave Courbet ). The Nazi element of this storyline is based in fact; many pieces of art that had been owned by Jewish families before World War II were looted by the Nazis before their owners had been sent off to concentration camps, as had happened to the lady's family in this episode. See more »


In the flashback scene, while Toby is talking to Josh about the quintet playing in the lobby, he mentions how for the last two Christmases, he has been accused of having no Christmas spirit around the White House and that he's decided to be different this year. The Bartlet Administration has only been in office since January of the previous year, so they only would have been in the White House for one Christmas so far. See more »


Josh Lyman: I don't need a doctor.
Donna Moss: Are you a doctor?
Josh Lyman: No.
Donna Moss: Then be quiet.
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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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