The West Wing (1999–2006)
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The West Wing staffers are introduced as each learns via phone or pager that the President was in a cycling accident. Josh faces the possible loss of his job after an on-air insult of a ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Seaborn
... Mandy Hampton
... C.J. Cregg
... Toby Ziegler
... Leo McGarry
... Josh Lyman
... Jed Bartlet
... Mary Marsh
... Laurie
... Cathy
... Mallory O'Brien
... Billy
... Donna Moss
... Al Caldwell
... Mrs. Landingham
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The West Wing staffers are introduced as each learns via phone or pager that the President was in a cycling accident. Josh faces the possible loss of his job after an on-air insult of a political opponent, which Toby tries to prevent by having Josh make a personal apology. Sam's fling the previous night with Laurie, who unbeknownst to Sam is a call girl, puts him in hot water, which he compounds when ineptly lecturing a class of 4th-graders about the White House and then asking their teacher which child is Leo's daughter. Leo must deal with the fallout from Josh's blunder, as well as 137 Cuban refugees who escaped on rafts and are seeking asylum. The president walks in during Josh's apology, recites the First Commandment, and lambastes three Christian pols for not denouncing a fringe group.

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22 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Janel Moloney, who plays Donna, appeared in another Sorkin TV show Sports Night as Monica Brazelton from the wardrobe department. See more »

Goofs

During the senior staff meeting and a room shot, at 8 minutes 54 seconds, Josh's Identification Badge is showing the White House Logo. It then shows Sam speaking for two seconds, then returning to the main room shot at 8 minutes 56 seconds, with Josh's ID Badge showing picture side up. See more »

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[discussing a large group of Cubans currently floating from Havana to Miami on rafts]
Leo McGarry: How many are there?
Josh Lyman: We don't know.
Leo McGarry: What time exactly did they leave?
Josh Lyman: We don't know.
Leo McGarry: Do we know when they get here?
Josh Lyman: No.
Leo McGarry: True or false: If I were to stand on high ground in Key West with a good pair of binoculars, I'd be as informed as I am right now.
Josh Lyman: That's true.
Leo McGarry: The Intelligence budget's money well spent.
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References ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Welcome to the West Wing
21 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a wonderful pilot episode of what became a wonderful show (well, at least for the first four years), penned by the incredible talent that is Aaron Sorkin.

To introduce and get us to like all those characters, even the minor ones, and establish the world that is the daily life of West Wing staffers, as well as trying to tell a story, was a huge task, but it's all carried off in style.

A lovely first episode.


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