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The West Wing: Take Out the Trash Day

Josh and Sam meet with the Senate appropriations subcommittee to try to get Leo out of having to attend a hearing over his past alcohol abuse problems. Bartlet and the staff debate what the appropriate response should be to the new sex education study while Mandy believes that a couple shouldn’t attend the signing of a hate crimes bill brought on by the death of their son. Meanwhile, C.J. continues to flirt with a White House reporter, Toby goes up against congressmen holding up the appointments for the Public Broadcasting Corporation, and Bartlet urges Zoey to drop a sociology class when the professor teaches ideas very different from his own.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x13
Production Number: 225912
Airdate: Wednesday January 26th, 2000

Director: Ken Olin
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Aug 17, 2001

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
James Handy
As Joseph Bruno
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Renee Estevez
As Nancy
Suzy Nakamura
As Kathy
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Dakin Matthews
As Simon Blye
Linda Gehringer
As Jennifer Lydell
Liza Weil
As Karen Larsen
Ray Baker
As Jonathan Lydell

Co-Guest Stars
Bradley James
As Donnie
Charles Noland
As Steve, Reporter #3
Jacqueline Torres
As Sondra, Reporter #2
Jana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi, Reporter #1
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Kris Murphy
As Katie Witt, Reporter #4
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Larry Sullivan
As Hamlin (as Larry Sullivan, Jr.)
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
Guest star Liza Weil (Karen Larsen) is known for her role as Paris Gellar on Gilmore Girls.

Episode Quotes
Donna: Why give them all the stories we aren't wild about on Friday?
Josh: Because the press has x-column inches to fill. They're going to fill them no matter what. So if we give them one story, it's x column inches.
Donna: Why on Friday?
Josh: Because nobody reads the paper on Saturday.

Sam: There's a town in Alabama that wants to abolish all laws except the Ten Commandments. Well, they're going to have a problem. Coveting thy neighbor's wife, for instance. How're you going to enforce that one?

(while reading the Sex Education Report)
C.J.: (to Danny) I'm anticipating any joke you could possibility make and not finding any of them funny.

Mrs. Landingham: Would you like to share what's in that report, sir?
Bartlet: With you?
Mrs. Landingham: Yes.
Bartlet: No.
Mrs. Landingham: May I ask why not, sir?
Bartlet: Because I'd rather not be in therapy for the rest of my life.

C.J.: Well, what are they recommending?
Josh: Something called Abstinence Plus.
C.J.: What's that mean?
Josh: Well, Sam's renamed it, "Everything But".
C.J.: "Everything But"... And so the "sticky wicket" joke was --
Josh: A regrettable pun.

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 13 guide may contain spoilers
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