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The West Wing: The Benign Prerogative

With the State of the Union address nearing, Bartlet goes over a long list of prisoners that qualify for pardons while considering the potential political repercussions due to "the benign prerogative". Charlie meets an attractive woman and shares small, private White House facts, and is horrified to learn that she’s a White House reporter. Meanwhile, Toby and Joey Lucas "mall test" an upcoming presidential speech; Abbey vows to be more pro-active when it comes to influencing Jed; and Bartlet entertains a couple from Colorado.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x11
Production Number: 176061
Airdate: Wednesday January 14th, 2004

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Guest Stars
Doug HaleDoug Hale
As Network Host
Anthony R. JonesAnthony R. Jones
As Mr. Holmes
Brooke BaumerBrooke Baumer
As Bradenton Pollster
Charles C. Stevenson, Jr.Charles C. Stevenson, Jr.
As Bradenton Pollster
Charles HowertonCharles Howerton
As Actor President
Chris Gardner (1)Chris Gardner (1)
As First Guest
Margot RoseMargot Rose
As Portia Colgrave
Mark CostelloMark Costello
As Himself
Stephen Lee (2)Stephen Lee (2)
As Registered Voter
Will Hall (2)Will Hall (2)
As Other Guest
Main Cast
Martin SheenMartin Sheen
As President Jed Bartlet
John SpencerJohn Spencer
As Leo McGarry
Allison JanneyAllison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Richard SchiffRichard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Joshua MalinaJoshua Malina
As Will Bailey
Warning: The West Wing season 5 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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