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The West Wing: Celestial Navigation

Sam and Toby rush to Connecticut when Roberto Mendoza, Bartlet’s Supreme Court nominee, is jailed for drunk driving. There, Sam and Toby try to secure the secret release of the nominee while doing damage control along the way. Meanwhile, Josh does his best as a replacement White House spokesman when C.J. has an emergency root canal.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 225914
Airdate: Wednesday February 16th, 2000

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Aug 24, 2001

Special Guest Stars
Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos
As Roberto Mendoza

Guest Stars
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
CCH PounderCCH Pounder
As Debbie O'Leary
Robert David HallRobert David Hall
As David Nessler
Vaughn ArmstrongVaughn Armstrong
As Sgt. McNamara

Co-Guest Stars
Charles NolandCharles Noland
As Steve, Reporter #2
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Diana MorganDiana Morgan
As Jesse, Reporter #3
J.P. StevensonJ.P. Stevenson
As Jonathan
Jacqueline TorresJacqueline Torres
As Sondra, Reporter #1
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Reporter, Katie
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Victor LoveVictor Love
As Mike
Bob ThompsonBob Thompson
As Billy, Steward
Kelly FialingKelly Fialing
As Pretty College Student
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
Allison Janney won the 2000 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics" and in this episode.

Episode Quotes
Danny: I'm sorry, Mr. President. You didn't answer the question.
Bartlet: I was hoping you weren't going to notice that, Danny.
Danny: I did, sir.
Bartlet: Then I will tell you that I agree, the Republican party does not have a comprehensive program for combating poverty in this country. That being said, there are countless Republicans who are working very hard to change their party's legacy on some of these issues. And I hope to be working with them to do just that.
Danny: I'm sure that was an answer to some question, Mr. President. It just wasn't the answer to mine.

C.J.: Josh.
Josh: What the hell happened?
C.J.: I had root canal.
Josh: What happened to your cheeks?
C.J.: I had root canal.
Josh: Why are you talking like that?
C.J.: I had root canal!
Josh: Yeah, I heard you the first time. I was just amusing myself.
C.J.: I can suggest some other things you can do with yourself.
Josh: Are you in pain?
C.J.: I had root canal!
Josh: You're going to have to stop saying that because you just look and sound so ridiculous.

Josh: Okay, good, that's a start. Tell me what you think I should do right now.
Donna: Go into your office and come up with a secret plan to fight inflation.

Josh: Yeah. A long story short, you're gonna be reading a bit today about your secret plan to fight inflation.
Bartlet: I have a secret plan to fight inflation?
Josh: No.
Bartlet: Why am I gonna be reading that I do?
Josh: It was suggested in the Press Room that you did.
Bartlet: By who?
Josh: By me.
Bartlet: You told the press I have a secret plan to fight inflation?
Josh: No, I did not. Let me be absolutely clear, I did not do that. Except, yes, I did that.
Bartlet: Josh, I'm a little confused.
Josh: Sir, there was this idiotic round robin. It was sarcastic. There's no way they didn't know that. They were just mad at me for imposing discipline and calling them stupid!
Bartlet: Okay, before we go on. C.J., if blood is gushing from the head wound you just received from a stampeding herd of bison, you'll do the press briefing.

C.J.: Then what was he pulled over for?
Sam: Driving while being... Hispanic?

C.J.: Why'd he refuse the breathalyzer?
Toby: Because he's a crazy man who's out to ruin my life.

Cultural References
Leo: Never argue with a drunk or a fool.

Leo is quoting Gibran Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese poet and artist.

Toby: So you give Barney Fife a hard time to make a point.

Barney Fife is the deputy sheriff from The Andy Griffith Show.

Josh: I believe that my powers of debate can rise to meet the Socratic wonder that is the White House Press Corps.

Socrates was a philosopher credited with founding the reasoning and basic rules for debate and logic.

Sam: Although I’ve gotta say, telling a reporter his question’s stupid’s not like a page out of Dale Carnegie or anything.

Dale Carnegie is an author known for his books on public speaking and orating.

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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