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The West Wing: Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Sam, despite the rest of the staff urging him not to, decides to publicly pursue the call girl he spent the night with. C.J. tries to make the best of the ongoing clash between the Vice President and President over a bill. Meanwhile, President Bartlet hires Mandy Hampton as his consultant and the plane carrying Bartlet’s doctor is shot down, leaving a young African-American Navy captain to substitute as the President’s physician.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 225901
Airdate: Wednesday September 29th, 1999

Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Jul 06, 2001

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
As Morris Tolliver

Guest Stars
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Lisa Edelstein
As Laurie
Renee Estevez
As Nancy
Suzy Nakamura
As Kathy
Tim Matheson
As Vice President John Hoynes
John Bedford Lloyd
As Lloyd Russell
Merrin Dungey
As Daisy Reese

Co-Guest Stars
Andy Umberger
As Stevie
Bradley James
As Donnie
Jana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Peter James Smith
As Ed
Robyn Pedretti
As Candy
Rose Rollins
As Suzanne
Steven M. Gagnon
As Officer #1
Victor Love
As Mike
William Duffy
As Larry
Brad Van Grack
As Pedestrian
Chris Hendrie
As Businessman
Chuti Tiu
As Woman #2
Eric Fleeks
As Officer #2
Gilles Savard
As Larouche
Neal Moran
As Aide #2
Paul Doherty
As Aide #1
Tammy Tavares
As Woman #1
Main Cast
Martin Sheen
As President Jed Bartlet
John Spencer
As Leo McGarry
Allison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Bradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Rob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Moira Kelly
As Mandy Hampton
Episode Notes
This is the first appearance of Tim Matheson (Vice President John Hoynes).

Episode Quotes
Mandy: I could kill you with my shoe!

Toby: Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham.
Mrs. Landingham: What age would that be, Toby?
Toby: Late twenties?
Mrs. Landingham: Attaboy.

Sam: About a week ago I accidentally slept with a prostitute.
Toby: Really?
Sam: Yes.
Toby: You accidentally slept with a prostitute?
Sam: Call girl.
Toby: Accidentally?
Sam: Yes.
Toby: I don't understand. Did you trip over something?

Cultural References
Episode Title: Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

The episode title is a Latin phrase that translates as "After this, therefore because of this". In political sciences, it is known as the Theory of Coincidental Correlation, meaning that it's incorrect to assume that one event caused a second event to occur.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerJohn Wells  |  Thomas Schlamme  |  Aaron Sorkin
ProducerKristin Harms  |  Llewellyn Wells
Co-ProducerMichael Hissrich
Production DesignerJon Hutman
EditorChristopher Nelson (1)
CastingBarbara Miller (2)  |  John Levey  |  Kevin Scott (1)
Unit Production ManagerJean Higgins
First Assistant DirectorTony Alder
Second Assistant DirectorBrian Bettwy
MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Director of PhotographyThomas Del Ruth
Warning: The West Wing season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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