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The West Wing: 20 Hours in L.A.

President Bartlet and the staff travel to Los Angeles for a fundraiser hosted by a wealthy filmmaker. Back in Washington, Leo has to convince the Vice President to support Bartlet’s stance on an ethanol tax bill that is deadlocked in the Senate. Meanwhile, in order to protect his daughter, Bartlet has the Secret Service close down a restaurant where she’s dining.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 225915
Airdate: Wednesday February 23rd, 2000

Director: Alan Taylor
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Aug 24, 2001

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Marlee Matlin
As Joey Lucas
Tim Matheson
As John Hoynes
Bob Balaban
As Ted Marcus
Jay Leno
As Himself
Veronica Webb
As Herself

Guest Stars
Bill O'Brien (1)
As Kenny Thurman
Elisabeth Moss
As Zoey Bartlet
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
John de Lancie
As Al Kiefer
Jorja Fox
As Gina Toscano
Michael O'Neill
As Ron Butterfield
Chris Hogan
As Mark Miller

Co-Guest Stars
Juan A. Riojas
As Secret Service Agent
Mary Kathleen Gordon
As Woman
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Peter James Smith
As Ed
William Duffy
As Larry (as Bill Duffy)
Bart Braverman
As Shapiro
Bill Bolender
As Man #1
Robert Pine
As Greer
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
Episode Notes
This is the first appearance of Tim Matheson (John Hoynes) since "Enemies".

Moira Kelly (Mandy Hampton) does not appear in this episode.

While at the party, Donna says "Matt Perry, right there, goodbye!". In season 4's "Evidence of Things Not Seen", Matthew Perry begins his brief 3 episode arc as Joe Quincy.

This is the first appearance of Jorja Fox (Gina Toscano). She will appear in four other episodes as Zoey's bodyguard. Fox is known for her role as Sara Sidle on CSI.

Episode Quotes
Josh: How's he [Bartlet] doing in there?
Sam: Oh, he's got that look on his face like he's thinking about ways to kill himself.

Toby: What, I'm not coming in the car?
Bartlet: No, and you know why? Because you made fun of the guacamole.
Toby: I didn't!
Bartlet: I could tell you were thinking it.
Toby: Fair enough.

Josh: She said she was with somebody.
Donna: Oh, Josh!
Josh: Donna, she's with somebody.
Donna: She could've just been saying that.
Josh: Why would she have just been saying that?
Donna: For the allure.

Josh: I'm not gonna knock on her door at one in the morning.
Donna: Yes, 'cause you're whisking back to Washington and you had to see her one more time before you left 'cause God knows what fate awaits you when you get there.
Josh: Are you okay?

C.J.: Pretend like you're talking to me again.
Sam: Okay, but this time let's use code names.
C.J.: Where's Josh?
Sam: He's over there talking to that woman.
C.J.: Interesting.
Sam: Of course it's possible they're just pretending to be talking.
C.J.: Indeed.

Cultural References
Donna: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.

Donna is quoting the first line of the Robert Herrick poem "To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time".

Episode References
At the hotel, Josh has trouble getting his key card to work so Donna comes over to help him. This same situation will occur in season 6's "King Corn".

Jay Leno: You know what would be great? If you could get him to drive his bike into a tree again.

Leno is referring to the "Pilot" in which Bartlet rides his bike into a tree, injuring himself.

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 16 guide may contain spoilers
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