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Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House.

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The West Wing: Bad Moon Rising  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 19

The President decides that he needs an opinion from White House Counsel Oliver Babish (Oliver Platt) on whether his MS cover-up constituted a criminal conspiracy. Meanwhile, an oil spill off the Delaware coast hits home to Sam, Josh must deal with a Mexican economic crisis, and C.J. searches for the source of a press leak about a possible change in the President's position on school vouchers. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Mar 2 at 8:39 AM - 1 comment

The West Wing: 17 People  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 18

Toby is told about the President's multiple sclerosis, becoming the 17th person to know, and he and the President have a heated row over the matter. Meanwhile, the President considers an extensive security alert for the nation's airports, and staffers struggle to punch up a speech the President is set to give at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Feb 16 at 12:12 PM - 6 comments

The West Wing: The Stackhouse Filibuster  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 17

Staffers are blindsided when an elderly Senator (George Coe) begins a Friday night filibuster before a vote on a crucial health care bill, until Donna discovers information that changes their perspective. Meanwhile, Toby is puzzled when the Vice President (Tim Matheson), normally a champion of the oil industry, volunteers to attack it for "price gouging", and Sam is alternately annoyed at and impressed by a feisty GAO intern (Cara DeLizia). [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Feb 8 at 6:48 AM - 5 comments

The West Wing: Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 16

It's Big Block of Cheese Day II: The Cheesening! [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Feb 1 at 7:58 AM - 13 comments

The West Wing: Ellie  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 15

The President is put in a tricky spot when the Surgeon General (Mary Kay Place) makes questionable comments regarding the legalization of marijuana, and his daughter Ellie (Nina Siemaszko) makes a comment supporting her to Danny Concannon. Toby spars anew with his ex-wife (Kathleen York) but finds a clever way to work on Social Security reform, and Sam gets tough with a film producer (Robert Knepper) who took a cheap shot at the President. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 26 at 9:55 AM - 1 comment

The West Wing: The War at Home  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 14

For all intents and purposes, this is the second half of a two-parter, as we start just a few hours after the State of the Union, and the captured DEA agent situation in Colombia continues. We also see more of the fallout over inviting a cop long ago accused of brutality (Richard Riehle); and Senator Seth Gillette (D-ND) (Ed Begley Jr.) gets mad at Toby for the President's tack to the right. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 19 at 7:24 AM - 1 comment

The West Wing: Bartlet's Third State of the Union  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 13

The President addresses the nation, and five DEA agents are taken hostage in Colombia. C.J. discovers an invited guest to the State of the Union speech has a questionable background, while Capital Beat does a three-hour show live from the West Wing. Josh, Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin), and Donna run an important telephone survey that will influence a gun-control initiative the staff has been planning. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 17 at 4:55 AM - 1 comment

The West Wing: The Drop-In  Season 2, Episode 12

Leo tries to convince President Bartlet of the importance of supporting a missile defense plan, while Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees) is appointed British ambassador to the United States. Toby and Sam clash over a speech the President gives to an environmental group. C.J. tries to talk a comedian (Rocky Carroll) out of embarrassing the Bartlet administration. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 13 at 10:59 AM - 1 comment

The West Wing: The Leadership Breakfast  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 11

With Congress reconvening, the White House is planning a "leadership breakfast" to encourage bipartisan cooperation. Toby locks horns in negotiations with the Republican Majority Leader's new Chief of Staff (Felicity Huffman) on minimum wage, against C.J.'s wishes and to a truly disastrous end. Both Sam and Donna try, and fail, to impress an influential newspaper columnist. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 10 at 7:45 AM - 0 comments

The West Wing: Noël  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 10

Josh grows ever more anxious and volatile after his shooting, and is ordered by Leo to see a psychiatrist. C.J. uncovers a Nazi-looted painting at the White House and Sam voices support for tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma makes a guest appearance. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 27, 2016 at 12:39 PM - 4 comments

The West Wing: Galileo  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 9

NASA prepares to receive the first pictures from their new Mars probe, accompanied by a live broadcast with the President. Meanwhile, the Russian government covers up a missile silo fire, a report that the President doesn't like green beans poses an electoral problem in Oregon, and Josh investigates the consequences of honoring a man who called for Puerto Rican statehood. C.J. promotes a staffer to Deputy Press Secretary but then faces a slew of disappointed interviewees at a Kennedy Center concert. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 13, 2016 at 10:22 AM - 7 comments

The West Wing: Shibboleth  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 8

A shipload of Chinese immigrants lands in California seeking asylum, claiming to be persecuted Christians. In the meantime, Leo's sister is being vetted for a job in the administration, and Charlie is looking for the perfect carving knife. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Nov 29, 2016 at 6:12 AM - 7 comments

The West Wing: The Portland Trip  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 7

The President is taking a red-eye to Portland, Ore., to deliver an education address, and Sam must go with him because he can't get the speech right. Toby must also go, to help Sam, and C.J. has to go, too, because she's being punished for making disparaging remarks about the President's alma mater, Notre Dame. Back at the White House, Josh spars with a gay Republican congressman over a bill on homosexual marriage, and Leo monitors a minor crisis in the Persian Gulf involving an oil tanker. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Nov 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM - 2 comments

The West Wing: The Lame Duck Congress  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 6

Josh, Toby and Sam want the President to consider calling a lame-duck session of Congress to try to pass a test-ban treaty, and C.J. leaks news of this to Danny---who initiated the story in the first place by asking if the White House was "considering" calling the session. Meanwhile, Donna goes on the warpath over carpel-tunnel syndrome; Sam and Ainsley teach each other a thing or two; and a Ukrainian reformer shows up---drunk---at the White House, demanding to see the President. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Nov 7, 2014 at 9:18 PM - 3 comments

The West Wing: And It's Surely to Their Credit  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 5

Ainsley Hayes meets her new boss, White House counsel Lionel Tribbey, and receives her first assignment: clean up after two domestic-policy staffers who presented inaccurate testimony before a House committee. Meanwhile, Sam hits upon the idea of Josh suing the hate group whose members shot him; and C.J. stares down a soon-to-retire general who's planning to blast the Administration on TV talk shows. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Oct 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM - 12 comments

The West Wing: In This White House  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 4

The West Wing gets a right winger as young Republican lawyer Ainsley Hayes signs on as Associate White House Counsel. She's offered the job at the insistence of the President, after he sees her demolish Sam on a TV talk show. Meanwhile, the president of an AIDS-ravaged African country visits the White House and spars with drug-company executives. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Oct 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM - 8 comments

The West Wing: The Midterms  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 3

In the aftermath of the shooting, the Administration is polling at 81 percent. But those numbers are soft, Sam cautions, and no one disagrees. Moreover, they probably won't hold up for the midterm elections in 12 weeks. Still, Toby wants to use this honeymoon as leverage for a domestic-terrorism initiative. In fact, he's obsessed with it. The President also seems obsessed---with thwarting an old foe who is running for a school-board seat in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Sam enlists an old law-school classmate to run for an open House seat. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Oct 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM - 8 comments

The West Wing: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part 2  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 2

As the Bartlet Administration deals with the shooting (and with Josh still not out of the woods), flashbacks recall how the staff made it to the West Wing. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Oct 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM - 12 comments

The West Wing: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part 1  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 1

All the President's men and women scramble in the chaotic wake of an assassination attempt that leaves some victims fighting for their lives. Meanwhile, as a manhunt continues, the wounded drift in and out of surgery recalling how Bartlet's team came together during the dark months of his longshot primary campaign. Elsewhere, the press department is hounded by the media for details of the shooting while a military crisis looms in Iraq. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Sep 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM - 7 comments

The West Wing: What Kind of Day Has It Been  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 22

While Bartlet gets ready for a town-hall meeting with college students, several staff members are concerned about a downed U.S. plane in the Iraqi desert. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Sep 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM - 10 comments

The West Wing: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 21

While the staff awaits the results of a poll on the President's popularity, Joey Lucas and Josh don't see eye-to-eye on an issue, and Sam's friend graduates from law school. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Sep 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM - 6 comments

The West Wing: Mandatory Minimums  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 20

Bartlet makes two nominations; Josh clashes with a senator; Joey Lucas arrives to work on a special project. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Sep 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM - 2 comments

The West Wing: Let Bartlet Be Bartlet  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 19

Problems facing the staff include a memo criticizing the President that Mandy wrote while working for the opposition, plus meetings about gays in the military and campaign funding. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Sep 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM - 3 comments

The West Wing: Six Meetings Before Lunch  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 18

The President's daughter is questioned by a writer about a party she attended; Josh discusses monetary reparations for descendants of slaves. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 29, 2014 at 5:17 AM - 10 comments

The West Wing: The White House Pro-Am  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 17

Diplomacy figures into how best to advise the First Lady on some actions; hate mail prompts the President to ask his daughter to cancel a date. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM - 6 comments

The West Wing: 20 Hours in L.A.  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 16

During a quick trip to L.A., Bartlet meets his daughter's new Secret Service agent and attends a fund-raiser at the home of a movie executive. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM - 4 comments

The West Wing: Celestial Navigation  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 15

While Sam and Toby go to Connecticut to get the President's Supreme Court nominee out of jail, Josh tells a group about a typical day at the White House. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 19, 2014 at 7:10 AM - 7 comments

The West Wing: Take This Sabbath Day  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 14

Bartlet spends the weekend deciding on whether or not to commute the sentence of a man convicted of drug-related murders. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 15, 2014 at 6:54 AM - 7 comments

The West Wing: Take Out the Trash Day  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 13

The staff has to deal with a possible hearing involving Leo, a sex-education bill, funding for PBS-TV and the source of some news leaks. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:21 AM - 18 comments

The West Wing: He Shall From Time to Time  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 12

Bartlet collapses while preparing to deliver his second State of the Union address; Leo faces the press about his past substance-abuse problems. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:33 PM - 13 comments

The West Wing: Lord John Marbury  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 11

As India prepares to invade the Pakistan-held Kashmir territory, Bartlet seeks the advice of an India expert; meanwhile, Josh testifies at a hearing. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Aug 5, 2014 at 7:11 AM - 11 comments

The West Wing: In Excelsis Deo  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 10

Amid Christmas preparations, Toby looks into a homeless person's background, while Danny and C.J. discuss a first date. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 31, 2014 at 7:24 AM - 12 comments

The West Wing: The Short List  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 9

Just before Bartlet is ready to name a Supreme Court nominee, he considers another possible candidate. Meanwhile, there are accusations of drug use among the staff. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:28 PM - 10 comments

The West Wing: Enemies  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 8

Word leaks out that Bartlet and the Vice President clashed at a cabinet meeting; Mallory invites Sam to the opera; Leo tries to prove a point to his daughter. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM - 17 comments

The West Wing: The State Dinner  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 7

While preparations are underway for a state dinner with the president of Indonesia, the staff deals with a labor dispute, a hurricane and a siege. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM - 6 comments

The West Wing: Mr. Willis of Ohio  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 6

A widower who took over his late wife's seat in Congress reveals his accountability in a census matter; the President asks Josh to help Charlie relax. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM - 17 comments

The West Wing: The Crackpots and These Women  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 5

While the staff deals with problems ranging from UFOs to smallpox, Bartlet prepares for a press conference and makes chili for his daughter, Zooey. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM - 23 comments

The West Wing: Five Votes Down  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 4

While staff members strive to regain five crucial votes on a gun bill, Leo McGarry is told by his wife that their marriage is in trouble. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM - 17 comments

The West Wing: A Proportional Response  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 3

Bartlet wants an unexpected response to a plane being shot down; Josh believes that a job applicant might be just right to be the President's aide; C.J. talks to a reporter who's heard about Sam's friendship with a call girl. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM - 5 comments

The West Wing: Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 2

Leo hires Mandy as a consultant to the President. Vice President Hoynes rebuffs C.J. when she tries to discuss a comment he made. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 1, 2014 at 7:59 AM - 26 comments

The West Wing: Pilot  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 1

The senior members of the White House staff are summoned to the office early in the morning to handle several difficult situations. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM - 34 comments