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The West Wing: The State Dinner

With a state dinner in honor of an Indonesian president drawing closer, President Bartlet must deal with several problems including an FBI hostage standoff, a nearing category 4 hurricane, and a potential teamsters union strike. Meanwhile, the First Lady prepares to host the dinner, a reporter flirts with C.J., and Sam is surprised when he spots his call girl friend in attendance at the dinner.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 225906
Airdate: Wednesday November 10th, 1999

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Jul 27, 2001

  • Currently 10/10
10/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet

Guest Stars
Dennis Cockrum
As Captain
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Lisa Edelstein
As Laurie
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
David Rasche
As Carl Everett
Jeff Williams (1)
As Harold Lewis
John Kapelos
As Seymour Little
Peter Kors
As Rahmadi Sumahidjo Bambang
Sal Landi
As Chafey
Steve Rankin
As FBI Agent #2
William Lucking
As Bobby Russo

Co-Guest Stars
Bradley James
As Secret Service Agent (Donnie)
Colin K. Gray
As Bruce, Reporter
J.P. Stevenson
As Jonathan, Reporter
Jacqueline Torres
As Sondra
Jana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mindy Seeger
As Chris
Ariono Suriawinata
As President of Indonesia (Rahm Siguto)
Nelson Mashita
As Minaldi
Rod Porter
As Photographer (Harry)
Tyler Bowe
As Gomez
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
Dulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Moira Kelly
As Mandy Hampton
Episode Notes
This is the first appearance of Stockard Channing (First Lady Abbey Bartlet).

This episode won the Outstanding Costumes for a Series award at the 2000 Emmys.

Episode Quotes
Sam: Do you really think it's a good idea to invite people to dinner and then tell them exactly how to run their lives?
Toby: Absolutely. Otherwise, it's just a waste of food.

Abbey: You know, one of the things that happens when I stay away too long is that you forget you don't have the power to fix everything. You have a big brain, and a good heart, and an ego the size of Montana. You do, Jed. You don't have power to fix everything. But I do like watching you try.

Mandy: It really bugs you that the President listens to me sometimes.
Josh: Yes, but you shouldn't take it personally. It bugs me when the President listens to anyone who isn't me.

Josh: I look good tonight, don't I?
Mandy: Yes.
Josh: You look good too, but I look even better.

C.J.: Danny, when you flirt with me, are you doing it to get a story?
Danny: No, I'm doing it to flirt with you.

Danny: What are you wearing tonight?
C.J.: Your paper wants to know what I'm wearing?
Danny: No, it's just for me.

Sam: (to Josh) We look good, don't we?
Mandy: Do you guys want to be alone?

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 7 guide may contain spoilers
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