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The West Wing: A Proportional Response

Still angry about an American jet being shot down in the Mideast, President Bartlet overrules a plan for a “proportional” military strike put together by the joint chiefs of staff. Bartlett wants a more severe attack, but the type of attack he wants would result in thousands of casualties. While Leo tries to cool Bartlet down, C.J. talks to Sam about the possible ramifications of his ongoing relationship with Laurie, the call girl. Meanwhile, Josh hires an African American teenager as an aide to the President.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 225902
Airdate: Wednesday October 06th, 1999

Director: Marc Buckland
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

France Jul 13, 2001

 
Special Guest Stars
John AmosJohn Amos
As Admiral Percy Fitzwallace
Recurring
John AmosJohn Amos
As Admiral Percy Fitzwallace
Recurring

Guest Stars
Renee EstevezRenee Estevez
As Nancy
Recurring
Renee EstevezRenee Estevez
As Nancy
Recurring
Suzy NakamuraSuzy Nakamura
As Kathy
Recurring
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Recurring
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Marvin KruegerMarvin Krueger
As Officer #1
Recurring
Marvin KruegerMarvin Krueger
As Officer #1
Recurring
Rose RollinsRose Rollins
As Suzanne
Recurring
Rose RollinsRose Rollins
As Suzanne
Recurring
Chad McKnightChad McKnight
As Staffer #2
Recurring
Chad McKnightChad McKnight
As Staffer #2
Recurring
Christopher KriesaChristopher Kriesa
As Officer #3
Recurring
George McDanielGeorge McDaniel
As Officer #2
Recurring
George McDanielGeorge McDaniel
As Officer #2
Recurring
Victor LoveVictor Love
As Mike
Recurring
Ivan AllenIvan Allen
As Roger Salier
Recurring
Jana Lee HamblinJana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi
Recurring
Jana Lee HamblinJana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi
Recurring
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Recurring
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Recurring
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Recurring
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Recurring
Mindy SeegerMindy Seeger
As Chris
Recurring
Mindy SeegerMindy Seeger
As Chris
Recurring
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Recurring
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Recurring
Andrew ShaiferAndrew Shaifer
As Reporter #4
Hunter Von LeerHunter Von Leer
As Officer #4
Jack MontoyaJack Montoya
As Floor Manager

Uncredited
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Recurring
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Recurring
Main Cast
John SpencerJohn Spencer
As Leo McGarry
Allison JanneyAllison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Allison JanneyAllison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Rob LoweRob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard SchiffRichard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Rob LoweRob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Moira KellyMoira Kelly
As Mandy Hampton
Moira KellyMoira Kelly
As Mandy Hampton
Episode Notes
This is the first apperance of Dulé Hill (Charlie Young) and John Amos (Admiral Percy Fitzwallace).

Admiral Percy Fitzwallace is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Though he isn't credited, this episode marks the first appearance of recurring guest star Timothy Busfield (Danny Concannon).



Episode Quotes
Josh: What's the good of being in power if you're not going to haul your enemies in for questioning?

C.J.: Admiral Fitzwallace is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Leo McGarry is White House Chief of Staff, I'm your host, C.J. Let's play our game.

Toby: How the hell did I get into trouble?
Josh: Today? All you had to do was get out of bed.

Sam: Have you ever tried to overthrow the government?
Charlie: No, sir.
Sam: What the hell's been stopping you?

C.J.: What this is about, Sam, is you're a high-profile, very visible, much-noticed member --
Sam: You just said three things that all mean the same thing.

Josh: You know what, C.J., I think I'm the best judge of what I mean, you paranoid Berkely shiksa feminista! Well that was way too far.
C.J.: No, no. Well, I've got a staff meeting to go to and so do you, you elitest Harvard fascist missed-the-Dean's-list-two-semesters-in-a-row Yankee jackass!



Episode Goofs
Timothy Busfield makes his first appearance as a reporter called Danny - but he's not credited even though he plays an important and significant part in this episode.

When President Bartlet, Sam, and Toby are standing in front of Bartlet's desk, Sam's glasses appear and disappear as the camera changes angles.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerJohn Wells  |  Aaron Sorkin
ProducerLlewellyn Wells  |  Kristin Harms
Co-ProducerMichael Hissrich
Production DesignerJon Hutman
EditorChristopher Nelson (1)
CastingBarbara Miller (2)  |  John Levey  |  Kevin Scott (1)
Unit Production ManagerJean Higgins
Second Assistant DirectorBrian Bettwy
MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Director of PhotographyThomas Del Ruth
 
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