The West Wing (1999–2006)
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The Supremes 

A Supreme Court Justice dies, forcing the administration's hand on picking a desirable replacement who can be confirmed by a hostile Congress.

Director:

Jessica Yu

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Glenn Close ... Chief Justice Evelyn Baker Lang
Jesse Bradford ... Ryan Pierce
William Fichtner ... Justice Christopher Mulready
Lily Tomlin ... Deborah Fiderer
Mitchell Ryan ... Senator Roland Pierce
Milo O'Shea ... Chief Justice Roy Ashland
Melissa Marsala ... Rina
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Storyline

Josh's efforts to break the deadlock over judicial nominees is brought to a head by the death of a Supreme Court Justice. With the Republicans controlling Congress, the administration's chances of getting a replacement they want appear to be slim. Despite this, Josh and Toby begin back-channel negotiations over a radical scheme which could be exactly what the overly-moderate judicial system needs. Written by Murray Chapman

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Senator Pierce describes his nephew as "lean and hungry," a reference to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look, he thinks too much; such men are dangerous." See more »

Goofs

The characters state that there is no liberal on the court. In the first season Bartlett put Justice Mendoza on the bench, who was quite liberal. If for some reason Mendoza had left the bench, Bartlett would have appointed another liberal, so no matter what there would have been a democrat on the bench. See more »

Quotes

Toby Ziegler: You were yanking my chain?
Justice Christopher Mulready: You call me for a meeting with a democratic President in the middle of the night, are you really going to give me crap about yanking your chain?
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Brilliant episode
24 March 2007 | by meriksenSee all my reviews

This episode leaves me with a good feeling. I have to admit that I had misty eyes all through the last half hour. And its difficult to claim that "West Wing" usually does that to the viewers.

The reason for my joy for this episode is two-folded. First of all there is Glenn Close, perfectly casted as a liberal judge. Second there is the message, that the gloomy impression of a Left and Right in USA, unable to communicate, is not true.

The beauty lies in the compromise that does not look like the usual compromise. Instead of victory for the mediocre, we see a victory of the genius.

This episode is also the last high peak before the series finally loses its momentum.


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