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The West Wing: The Short List

A current Supreme Court justice retires, giving Bartlet an opportunity to nominate a justice, but his perfect nominee turns out to be less perfect than Bartlet had originally thought. Meanwhile, a congressman accuses White House staff of drug use.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 225908
Airdate: Wednesday November 24th, 1999

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Aug 03, 2001

  • Currently 9.7/10
9.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Edward James Olmos
As Roberto Mendoza
Ken Howard
As Judge Peyton Cabot Harrison III
Mason Adams
As Joseph Crouch

Guest Stars
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Holmes Osborne
As Peter Lillienfield

Co-Guest Stars
Charles Noland
As Steve, Reporter #2
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Diana Morgan
As Jesse, Reporter #1
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Kris Murphy
As Reporter #3
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Peter James Smith
As Ed
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 episode to feature Gail, C.J.'s goldfish.

Episode Quotes
Josh: Five White House staffers in the room. I would like to say to the 1.6 of you that are stoned right now, it's time to share.

Jed: Which one of you is the man?
Toby: On this one, we'd like to think of ourselves collectively as "da men", sir.

Leo: Where's C.J.?
C.J.: (standing behind him) Right here.
Leo: You should wear a bell around your neck, you know that?

(after a press briefing)
C.J.: Set fire to the room. Do it now.

C.J.: What are you holding?
Danny: It's a goldfish.
C.J.: Why?
Danny: It's for you.
C.J.: Really?
Danny: Josh said you like goldfish.
(C.J. starts laughing)
C.J.: The crackers, Danny. The cheese thing that you have at a party?
Danny: Oh. Oh. You know what, I'm not 100% sure I was supposed to know that.
C.J.: The crackers, Danny.
Danny: Fine. Now I've got a goldfish.
C.J.: Give it to me.
Danny: No no.
C.J.: No, you'll kill it.
Danny: You think I can't take care of a goldfish?
C.J.: I absolutely do not.

C.J.: Why are you here?
Danny: I'm here because there's a basketball team called the New York Knickerbockers who are playing in town tomorrow night.
C.J.: I don't have time to go to a basketball game!
Danny: Neither do I. Which is why I thought we could watch it in your office, while I explain it to you in a patronizing manner, 'cause I know it's something women usually like.
C.J.: Thank you anyway.
Danny: You understand I'll talk slow and explain it in a way a girl would appreciate?

Episode Goofs
During the episode, C.J. calls reporter Katie "Kris" which is her name in real life.

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 9 guide may contain spoilers
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