The West Wing (1999–2006)
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The Stackhouse Filibuster 

Josh finalizes a six billion-dollar health care that has strong support from both parties in both houses and appears to be a slam dunk for passage, but 78-year-old Senator Howard Stackhouse... See full summary »


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

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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
Tim Matheson ... Vice President John Hoynes
George Coe ... Sen. Howard Stackhouse
Cara DeLizia ... Winifred Hooper
Melissa Fitzgerald ... Carol Fitzpatrick
Timothy Davis-Reed ... Mark O'Donnell
William Duffy ... Larry
Peter James Smith ... Ed


Josh finalizes a six billion-dollar health care that has strong support from both parties in both houses and appears to be a slam dunk for passage, but 78-year-old Senator Howard Stackhouse pulls a last-minute surprise: he wants money added for autism research or he'll filibuster. Thinking it's just a bluff, Josh blows off the senator, who then filibusters for more than eight hours while the w.w. staff waits desperately to begin their weekend, with the episode unfolding as staffers write e-mails to family members describing the evening's action. Elsewhere, Sam tries to eliminate various costly government documents, for which he's taken to task by a very young intern. Written by meebly

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14 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Senator Stackhouse (George Coe) appears to be a left-leaning Democrat in this episode, but previous mentions show him leaning to the right in opposition to the President (Martin Sheen). The West Wing: In This White House (2000) mentions Stackhouse as one of the men Capital Beat tried to get to speak on the right in opposition to Sam (Rob Lowe), before they went with Ainsley Hayes (Emily Procter). "Mandatory Minimums" also shows him on the right of the issue. See more »


At the end, the Senator sent to ask a question to Senator Stackhouse says, "Point of Order Mr. Speaker" but in fact according to Parliamentary Procedure the proper way to ask a question to the speaker is "Point of Information." A 'point of order' is a question regarding the Parliamentary Procedure being used. See more »


Mark O'Donnell: CJ, it's Friday night, I'm supposed to have dinner with my girlfriend. She's gonna kill me.
C.J. Cregg: Yeah, but you know what, Mark, this is just the kind of thing that can cleanse the palate of a relationship that's gone stale, like a fine sorbet.
Mark O'Donnell: We've been goin' out for three weeks.
C.J. Cregg: And she's already bitchin' about dinner?
Mark O'Donnell: CJ...
C.J. Cregg: Lose her.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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My favorite Episode
23 February 2018 | by fewbooksSee all my reviews

Picking a favorite episode of a series that is this good can be very difficult. I have watched this show from start to finish at least 5 times (God Bless Netflix). I love everything about this episode but most of all I like how they all come together at the end to help a grandfather. It makes me cry every time.

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