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The West Wing: In Excelsis Deo

As Christmas quickly approaches, President Bartlet sneaks out to finish some last minute shopping. Toby, after learning more about a forgotten Korean War veteran, arranges a funeral for him. C.J. tries to get the staff to focus on the hate crime issue again while continuing to fend off the reporter who keeps asking her out. Sam and Josh plan a strike against Congressman Lillenfield who’s been hinting at Leo’s past involving drug and alcohol abuse.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 225909
Airdate: Wednesday December 15th, 1999

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Aug 03, 2001

Guest Stars
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
As Laurie
Renee EstevezRenee Estevez
As Nancy
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Paul AustinPaul Austin
As George Huffnagle
Reiner SchöneReiner Schöne
As Homeless Man
Tom QuinnTom Quinn
As John Noonan

Co-Guest Stars
Bradley JamesBradley James
As Donnie
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Jana Lee HamblinJana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Christian CopelinChristian Copelin
As Jeffrey Lucas
Lance ReddickLance Reddick
As DC Police Officer
Morina PierceMorina Pierce
As Jessica Hodges
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 episode was nominated for several awards including the 2001 WGA Laurel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Writing for Episodic Drama and a 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series.

This episode won several awards including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (in conjunction with other episodes from this season), the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Richard Schiff) (in conjunction with other episodes from this season), and the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Episode Quotes
Leo: Well, nothing says Christmas like animal fables in iambic verse.

(while signing cards)
Leo: Who's this for?
Margaret: Elizabeth.
Leo: Who the hell is that?
Margaret: Your sister.

Josh: Could you stop looking at me with the face --
Donna: It's my face.
Josh: -- like I just killed your hamster.

C.J.: My Secret Service name is Flamingo.
Danny: That's nice.
C.J.: I have to go feed my fish.

(Sam and Toby are arguing about when the new millennium starts)
Sam: The common sensibility, to quote Stephen Jay Gould -
Toby: Stephen Jay Gould needs to look at a calendar.
Sam: Gould says "this is a largely unresolveable issue."
Toby: Yes, it's tough to resolve, yes. You have to look at a calendar.

C.J.: What's your Secret Service code name?
Sam: They just changed them.
C.J.: I know. What's yours.
Sam: Princeton.
C.J.: Mine's Flamingo.
Sam: That's nice.
C.J.: No it's not nice.
Sam: The flamingo's a nice-looking bird.
C.J.: The flamingo's a ridiculous-looking bird.
Sam: You're not ridiculous-looking.
C.J.: I know I'm not ridiculous-looking.
Sam: Any way for me to get out of this conversation?

Josh: I believe I would eat that book before I read it.

Cultural References
Episode Title: In Excelsis Deo

The episode title comes from a line from the Christmas carol "Angels We Have Heard On High". In Latin, the episode title means "to God in the highest".

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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