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The West Wing: He Shall, From Time to Time

The White House staff shifts into crisis mode after Bartlet collapses prior to his first State of the Union address. The tension between India and Pakistan heightens when Pakistan gives its commanders control of the nuclear weapons, which leads to the staff once again consulting Lord John Marbury. Meanwhile, Leo publicly discloses his past alcohol abuse and both Sam and C.J. have romantic encounters.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 225911
Airdate: Wednesday January 12th, 2000

Director: Arlene Sanford
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Aug 10, 2001

  • Currently 9.7/10
9.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
John Amos
As Percy Fitzwallace
Recurring
Roger Rees
As Lord John Marbury
Recurring
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Recurring

Guest Stars
Allison Smith
As Mallory O'Brien
Recurring
Harry Groener
As Roger Tribbey
Recurring
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Recurring
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Recurring
Austin Tichenor
As Raymond Burns
David Spielberg
As Congressman
Madison Mason
As Admiral Hackett

Co-Guest Stars
Christopher Kriesa
As Mitch (as Chris Kriesa)
Recurring
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Recurring
Ivan Allen
As Roger Salier, Newscaster
Recurring
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Recurring
Marvin Krueger
As Officer #1
Recurring
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Recurring
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
Ralph Meyering, Jr.
As Tom
Recurring
Roger Ontiveros
As Sidney, Officer #3
Recurring
Ronne Troup
As Pratt
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
In this episode we learn that Bartlet suffers from MS.

This episode, along with "The State Dinner", won Stockard Channing the 2000 Emmy Award for utstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.



Episode Quotes
Bartlet: I'm taking pills, C.J.
C.J.: Are you actually taking them or are you just carrying them around in your pocket?
Bartlet: You know carrying them around in my pocket was a pretty big step for me.

Bartlet: Is it possible I'm taking something called "euthanasia"?
Sam: Echinacea?
Bartlet: That sounds more like it.

Bartlet: You know, I was watching a television program before with a sort of a roving moderator who spoke to a seated panel of young women who were having some sort of problem with thier boyfriend, apparently becuase the boyfriends had all slept with the girlfriends' mothers. Then they brought the boyfriends out and they all fought right there on television. Tell me Toby, these people don't vote do they?

Donna: So, if the Capitol Building blows up...
Josh: Yes.
Donna: The man my country will be looking to is the secretary of agriculture.
Josh: It’s my country too.
Donna: Yeah, but you’ll be dead.
Josh: Which is why I really don’t care that much.
Donna: Josh?
Josh: Donna, I really don’t anticipate the Capitol Building exploding.

Lord Marbury: You know, there are some marvelous flu remedies known in the certain remote parts of the subcontinent. Licorice root, for instance, combined with bamboo sap and a strong shot of whiskey. Ginger root, also, mixed with, uh, citrus peel.
Bartlet: And a strong shot of whiskey?
Lord Marbury: Actually, you can leave everything out except the shot of whiskey.

Josh: We’ve seen some pretty compelling polling samples. We need “people who work for it” and I’ll tell you what else.
Toby: What?
Josh: "The era of big government is over."
Toby: Oh, when did this happen?
Josh: This morning, we had a meeting.
Toby: We decided to offend poor people?
Josh: The people we’re offending won’t be watching the State of the Union.



Episode Goofs
Bartlet tells Tribby that next year the Surgeon General will be stay behind from the State of the Union address in case there is an attack. However, the Surgeon General is not part of the Presidential line of succession and cannot assume the Presidency if a tragedy does occur.



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 12 guide may contain spoilers
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