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Take Out the Trash Day 

In preparation for the Friday night briefing for the Saturday papers and news broadcasts -- nicknamed "take out the trash day" because it disposes of all the stories the White House doesn't... See full summary »

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... Sam Seaborn
... Mandy Hampton
... Charlie Young (credit only)
... C.J. Cregg
... Toby Ziegler
... Leo McGarry
... Josh Lyman
... Jed Bartlet
... Danny Concannon
... Donna Moss
... Cathy
... Simon Blye
... Rep. Joseph Bruno, R-PA
... Jonathan Lydell
... Karen Larson
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In preparation for the Friday night briefing for the Saturday papers and news broadcasts -- nicknamed "take out the trash day" because it disposes of all the stories the White House doesn't want heavy coverage on, and because Saturday is the least read paper of the week -- the staff take on a variety of chores: C.J. prepares to meet with the family of a Matthew Shepard-type victim of murder just because he was gay, and discovers something unexpected about the young man's reticent father; Josh and Sam contend with an angry Republican house committee leader who wants to make a deal to avoid public hearings on Leo's alcoholism; the president must read and wince through a graphic report on sex education in public schools; Danny pesters C.J. about an aide to the v.p. living on high off of taxpayer dollars. Written by meebly

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26 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This episode features both Dakin Matthews and Liza Weil, who also starred together in Gilmore Girls (2000). See more »

Goofs

While discussing the Board of Directors CPB, the President incorrectly states that it was members of the House that were holding up his nominations. See more »

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Donna Moss: What's take out the trash day?
Josh Lyman: Friday.
Donna Moss: I mean, what is it?
Josh Lyman: Any stories we have to give the press that we're not wild about, we give all in a lump on Friday.
Donna Moss: Why do you do it in a lump?
Josh Lyman: Instead of one at a time?
Donna Moss: I'd think you'd want to spread them out.
Josh Lyman: They've got X column inches to fill, right? They're going to fill them no matter what.
Donna Moss: Yes.
Donna Moss: So if we give them one story, that story's X column inches.
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References Live from Lincoln Center (1976) 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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