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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 ... President Josiah 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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Trivia

The case Mulready and Lang are speaking of is U.S. v Lopez, a landmark Supreme Court case in which the Supreme Court ended 50 years of precedents allowing Congress to federally mandate certain legal standards (including civil rights and federal gun control laws) based on a very liberal interpretation of the Commerce Clause (Article 1, Section 8. Clause 3) of the U.S. Constitution. 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

Justice Christopher Mulready: So why a racial preference and not an economic one?
Charlie Young: Because affirmative action is about a legacy of racial oppression.
Justice Christopher Mulready: It's about compromising admission standards.
Charlie Young: That's bull. Excuse me. It's about leveling the playing field after 300 years...
Justice Christopher Mulready: See, this is where the liberal argument goes off the tracks. You get stuck in the past. Now, you want to come back at me with "Grading is based on past performance, but admissions should be based on potential, on how a candidate may thrive with this sort of ...
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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American Pie
(uncredited)
Written by Don McLean
Performed by Allison Janney & Mitchell Ryan
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One of the best
19 May 2019 | by swati4891See all my reviews

10/10 doesn't do justice to this episode. It's an excellent example of what this show set out to achieve, of bipartisan politics and compromise, and of the feeling that there's still hope.


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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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