The West Wing (1999–2006)
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The Lame Duck Congress 

The administration considers recalling Congress to pass a nuclear test ban treaty; a Ukranian politician arrives unannounced at the White House; Sam reluctantly asks Ainsley to summarize a position paper; C.J.'s personal and professional relationship with Danny becomes more complex.

Director:

Jeremy Kagan

Writers:

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

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
Timothy Busfield ... Danny Concannon
Emily Procter ... Ainsley Hayes
Evgeniy Lazarev ... Vassily Kononov (as Eugene Lazarev)
Mike Starr ... Senator Tony Marino
NiCole Robinson ... Margaret
David Kaufman ... Bob Fowler
Richard Tanner ... Joe Fox
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Storyline

The administration is concerned that the newly elected Congress will be less likely to pass the nuclear test ban treaty, and so considers recalling the outgoing Congress to push it through. A Ukranian reformist politician breaches diplomatic protocol by arriving at the White House and demanding to meet with the President. Sam continues to underestimate Ainsley when he asks her to summarize a position paper on small business hiring practices. C.J.'s personal and professional relationship with Danny becomes more complex as she needs him to leak a story but also wants to punish his newspaper for their unflattering recent coverage. Written by Murray Chapman

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

8 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Previously on the West Wing" spoken by Leo (John Spencer). See more »

Goofs

One of the senator's aides orders his risotto made with chicken broth instead of oil. Risotto is always made with broth, not oil, so there is no need to request broth as a replacement. See more »

Quotes

Leo McGarry: I'm getting older over here, C.J.
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Connections

References Norma Rae (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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