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The West Wing: Five Votes Down

With only five votes keeping an important bill restricting the sale of automatic weapons, the staff has only 72 hours to find a way to get the five votes. Toby has to testify when he is accused of manipulating the stock market after one of his stock purchases becomes extremely profitable. Meanwhile, President Bartlet accidentally takes the wrong medication for his aching back and Leo’s long hours begin to strain his home life.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 225903
Airdate: Wednesday October 13th, 1999

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Jul 13, 2001

Special Guest Stars
Tim MathesonTim Matheson
As Vice President John Hoynes

Guest Stars
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Thom BarryThom Barry
As Mark Richardson
Jay UnderwoodJay Underwood
As Christopher Wick
Mark BlumMark Blum
As Rep. Katzenmoyer
Michael McGuireMichael McGuire
As Cal Tillinghouse
Sara BotsfordSara Botsford
As Jenny McGarry

Co-Guest Stars
Bradley JamesBradley James
As Donnie Secret Service Agent #1
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Ivan AllenIvan Allen
As Newscaster #3 (Roger Salier)
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mongo BrownleeMongo Brownlee
As Secret Service Agent #2
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Penny GriegoPenny Griego
As Newscaster #1
Victor LoveVictor Love
As Reporter (Mike)
Cynthia AbelnCynthia Abeln
As Female Groupie #1
Hanna CheekHanna Cheek
As Female Groupie #3
Julia PearlsteinJulia Pearlstein
As Volunteer
Mia TateMia Tate
As Cocktail Waitress
Paige Taylor AdamsPaige Taylor Adams
As Female Groupie #2
Sheila FrazierSheila Frazier
As Newscaster #2
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
Rob LoweRob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard SchiffRichard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Moira KellyMoira Kelly
As Mandy Hampton
Episode Notes
Martin Sheen was nominated for the 2000 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode and in "Take This Sabbath Day".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Barbara StreisandHappy Days Are Here Again 

Episode Quotes
C.J.: Mr. President. Did you by any chance take your back pills?
Bartlet: I don’t mind telling you C.J. I was in a little pain there.
Leo: Which did you take, sir, the Vicadin or the Percocet?
Bartlet: I wasn’t supposed to take ‘em both?

Leo: There are two things in the world you never want to let people see how you make 'em: laws and sausages.

C.J.: Excuse me, Toby. I'm heading out to lunch and I'm a little short. You wouldn't happen to have $125,000 I could borrow?

Sam: Where are you going?
Josh: Where are you going?
Sam: I was following you.
Josh: I was following you. All right, don't tell anyone this happened, okay?

C.J.: Okay, Mr. President, we're going to have someone take you back to bed.
Bartlet: No no no. Sit sit sit. One of you's got a problem, and I'm here to help. You guys are like family. You've always been there for me. You've always been loyal, honest, hard-working good people, and I love you all very much, and I don't say that often enough. (to Sam) So, tell me what the problem is, Toby.
Sam: I'm Sam, sir.
Bartlet: Sam, of course you are.

Toby: There's literally no one in the world that I don't hate right now.

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
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