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The West Wing: The Crackpots and These Women

The staff must deal with several problems throughout the course of a day, including UFOs and smallpox. The senior staff meets with several interest groups referred to as "the crackpots". Josh becomes shaken when he receives a card that instructs him where to go in case of a nuclear attack. Meanwhile, Toby and President Bartlet clash over plans for a trip to California and Bartlet prepares for a press conference.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 225904
Airdate: Wednesday October 20th, 1999

Director: Anthony Drazan
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Jul 20, 2001

Guest Stars
Elisabeth MossElisabeth Moss
As Zoey Bartlet
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Renee EstevezRenee Estevez
As Nancy
Sam LloydSam Lloyd
As Bob Engler
Suzy NakamuraSuzy Nakamura
As Kathy
David FabrizioDavid Fabrizio
As Jonathan Lacey
Guy BoydGuy Boyd
As Stanley Maxwell

Co-Guest Stars
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Juwan Howard (1)Juwan Howard (1)
As Mr. "Rodney Grant" Collins
Michele MarshMichele Marsh
As Economist
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
This is the first appearance of Elisabeth Moss (Zoey Bartlet).

This is the first episode to feature the theme music that will be used for the rest of the series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Marian AndersonAve Maria 

Episode Quotes
Toby: It’s “Throw Open Our Office Doors To People Who Want To Discuss Things That We Could Care Less About ... Day”.

C.J.: There's an article I want you to read in The New Yorker.
Josh: What's it about?
C.J.: Smallpox.
Josh: The disease?
C.J.: No, the dessert topping, Josh.

Bartlet: Ten years ago, the Federal budget had a deficit of 22 billion dollars but the national debt rose from 5.2 trillion to 5.4 trillion in the same fiscal year
Economist: You knew those figures in your head?
Leo: The President's startlingly freakish that way.

Sam: Because there are levels, and an order to our Air Force Command, and to jump from a radar officer to the Commander in Chief would skip several of those levels.
Bob: Like what?
Sam: Like the Pentagon, and, you know, perhaps therapy.

Bartlet: Do you want to play or do you want to write my eulogy?
Toby: Can I be honest with you?

Sam: What can I do for you, Bob?
Bob: In a nutshell?
Sam: So to speak.
Bob: We'd like the White House to pay a little more attention to UFOs.
Sam: Are we paying any attention at all right now?
Bob: No.
Sam: Thank God.

C.J.: More people get killed each year getting change out of a vending machine than get killed in a wolf attack. Number of people killed last year retrieving change from a vending machine: four. Number of people killed by a wolf attack: zero.

Josh: (to Leo) Is today total crackpot day?

Josh: What did you want to talk about?
Leo: First off (he slaps him on top of the head) That's for total crackpot day.

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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