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The Al Smith Dinner 

A pro-life special interest group launches an ad attacking Santos for his abortion stance, but Vinick also sees it as trouble since he's also pro-choice and doesn't want to draw attention ... See full summary »

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Aaron Sorkin (created by), Eli Attie
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Senator Arnold Vinick
Kristin Chenoweth ... Annabeth Schott (credit only)
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper (credit only)
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah Bartlet (credit only)
Janeane Garofalo ... Louise Thornton
Ron Silver ... Bruno Gianelli
Patricia Richardson ... Sheila Brooks
Dean Norris ... Steve Hodder - Republican Party Chairman
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Storyline

A pro-life special interest group launches an ad attacking Santos for his abortion stance, but Vinick also sees it as trouble since he's also pro-choice and doesn't want to draw attention to the issue. With Vinick ahead in the polls, he has no incentive to debate Santos and thus continues to drag his feet over negotiations. Back at the White House, C.J. orders new Communications Director Will Bailey to not answer questions from the press about the leak investigation. Written by Murray Chapman

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Trivia

In this episode Alan Alda calls Donna Moss Tippi Hedren. In the episode "Life on Mars" She refers to herself as Tippi Hedren when she's being stalked by a bird See more »

Goofs

The Al Smith Dinner, officially known as The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is actually held on the third Thursday of October, about 3 weeks before the election. A graphic at the beginning of the episode states the episode begins 63 days before the election, which would place the episode beginning in early August, and the episode time line does not allow for the Dinner to be in it's real historical time frame. See more »

Quotes

Louise Thornton: Let this attack stand and we strip away what's different about Santos: he's a religious Catholic, not another secular Democrat who can be portrayed as hostile to heartland values.
Matthew Santos: Leo?
Leo McGarry: I worry about elevating this, but if the charge sticks it could kill us with values voters and that puts Vinick's nine-point lead in the bank.
Matthew Santos: We hit Vinick and we hit him hard!
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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