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The West Wing: Enemies

Bartlet’s political rivals attach a land-use rider is to a vital banking bill. C.J. attempts to silence rumors that Bartlet and Vice President Hoynes fought during a Cabinet meeting, despite the rumors being true. Leo isn’t happy when his daughter, Mallory, asks Sam out, and is less enthusiastic when he accepts. Meanwhile, C.J. continues to ignore Danny’s advances when she begins to suspect that he’s only trying to get a lead on a story.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 225907
Airdate: Wednesday November 17th, 1999

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Jul 27, 2001

  • Currently 9.7/10
9.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Tim Matheson
As John Hoynes

Guest Stars
Allison Smith
As Mallory O'Brien
Charley Lang
As Matt Skinner
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Renee Estevez
As Nancy
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon

Co-Guest Stars
Colin K. Gray
As Bruce, Reporter
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Jana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Robyn Pedretti
As Candy
Shirley Y. Scott
As Mildred, Court Stenographer
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 episode was nominated for WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Writing for Episodic Drama.

This is the first episode to not have Aaron Sorkin credited as a writer, story, or teleplay.

Episode Quotes
Bartlet: We should organize a staff field-trip to Shenandoah. I could even act as the guide. What do you think?
Josh: Good a place as any to dump your body.
Bartlet: What was that?
Josh: Did I say that out loud?

Sam: You're asking me out on a date.
Mallory: I'm asking you to accompany me to the Beijing Opera tonight.
Sam: How is this not a date?
Mallory: There will be, under no circumstances, any sex for you tonight.
Sam: Well, like most people, I'm an absolute nut for Chinese opera and with your guarantee there will be no sex, I don't see how I can refuse.

Josh: You're quite a nerd, Mr. President.

Josh: We talk about enemies more than we used to.

Mandy: Are you listening to me?
Toby: Yes.
Mandy: What was the last thing I said?
Toby: The last thing you said was "Are you listening to me?"

Mandy: You guys are idiots. Did you know that?
C.J.: In our own defense, we actally do know that.

Episode Goofs
Bartlet: I find [Cabinet] meetings to be a fairly mind-numbing experience, but Leo assures me they are Constitutionally required.

In actuality, Cabinet is formed and convened at the judgment of the President, and has no constitutional basis or requirement.

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 8 guide may contain spoilers
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