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The State Dinner 

While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff deal with a multitude of other problems: Josh and Mandy argue over the best way to ... See full summary »


Thomas Schlamme


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Moira Kelly ... Mandy Hampton
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
Lisa Edelstein ... Laurie
Timothy Busfield ... Danny Concannon
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
David Rasche ... Carl
Dennis Cockrum ... Captain
John Kapelos ... Seymour Little


While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff deal with a multitude of other problems: Josh and Mandy argue over the best way to handle an FBI standoff with militants in Idaho; Leo (and eventually Bartlet) intervenes in a negotiations between the Teamsters Union and national reps for the trucking industry; Toby tries to convince an Indonesian cabinet member to release a friend of his, an activist or incites anti-government protests, from prison; Sam witnesses Laurie at work as a call girl, serving as the state dinner date for a big fund raiser; and a pre-season hurricane initially threatens the Atlantic Coast, and then moves out to sea, where it puts an entire naval fleet in peril. Written by meebly

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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

10 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Stockard Channing had only just met Martin Sheen and established that their two characters had three daughters when she shot her first scene with him. See more »


President Bartlet is told that the battle group threatened by the hurricane is made up of, "The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, which carries 5,000 men. Two guided missile cruisers, two destroyers, and two battleships ..." The last U.S. battleship in service, the U.S.S. Missouri, was decommissioned in 1992. At the time of filming (1999) there were no battleships in active service. See more »


C.J. Cregg: You're a rabble rouser, you know that? You rouse rabbles.
Danny Concannon: Hey!
C.J. Cregg: I went and looked at your big Vermeil demonstration. Six people in Lafayette Park with oak tag and magic markers.
Danny Concannon: I didn't say it was Selma, Alabama, or anything.
C.J. Cregg: Six people! Six pathetic people protesting on a Friday and you just lent their weak and feeble voices a megaphone. What do you call that?
Danny Concannon: A job well done.
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Bartlet tells joke to Indonesian President
8 February 2018 | by jack-99296See all my reviews

The funniest scene is when president Bartlet tells a joke to the Indonesian President, who reacts with his usual stone face. President tries to recover- hysterical. But I recently saw the episode again, and this time, that scene was missing. There were the other scenes between the 2, but not the joke scene. What happened?

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