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 »

Director:

Bryan Gordon

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
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
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When recounting the story about being yelled at by an intern from the GAO, Sam (Rob Lowe) calls it the General Accounting Office. The entity is now known as the Government Accountability Office, with that change occurring in 2004 - some three years after the original air date of this episode. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Josh Lyman: It's a weekend, it's spring training, CJ. Mike Piazza is gonna be standing in the batting cage, he's gonna turn and see me, he's gonna say 'Dude!'
C.J. Cregg: Well, I wouldn't want you to miss a legitimate Dude Sighting.
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West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Great but...
8 November 2018 | by morrisonlizSee all my reviews

Seriously that intern would be fired. Watching her behavior really rubbed me the wrong way.


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