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The West Wing: Six Meetings Before Lunch

When Zoey attends a party where one of her friends is caught using illegal drugs, C.J. tries to keep the story out of the media. The staff celebrates when Supreme Court nominee Mendoza is confirmed by the Senate. Josh meets with Jeff Breckenridge, a nominee for assistant attorney general who believes in slavery reparations. Meanwhile, Sam fights with Mallory over private school vouchers and Mandy works to get two new pandas for the National Zoo.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 225917
Airdate: Wednesday April 05th, 2000

Director: Clark Johnson
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Aug 31, 2001

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Carl LumblyCarl Lumbly
As Jeff Breckenridge

Guest Stars
Allison SmithAllison Smith
As Mallory O'Brien
Elisabeth MossElisabeth Moss
As Zoey Bartlet
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Jorja FoxJorja Fox
As Gina Toscano
Suzy NakamuraSuzy Nakamura
As Kathy
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Christopher WynneChristopher Wynne
As Edgar Drumm

Co-Guest Stars
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Erin LeShawn WileyErin LeShawn Wiley
As College Student #2
Heather DawnHeather Dawn
As College Student #1
Kenneth ChoiKenneth Choi
As Secret Service Agent #1 Mike
Kimiko GelmanKimiko Gelman
As Secret Service Agent Kelly
Todd SandlerTodd Sandler
As Secret Service Agent #2

Michael OMichael O'Neill
As Ron Butterfield
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
We learn Sam's middle name is Norman.

The six meetings that the episode title refers to are: Josh and Jeff Breckenridge, Sam and Mallory, C.J. and Zoey, C.J. and Gina, Mandy and Toby, and C.J. and President Bartlet.

Episode Quotes
Mallory: Don't play dumb with me.
Sam: No, honestly, I am dumb. Most of the time I'm playing smart.

Josh: You didn't want to talk to me about banana bars by any chance, did you?
Mandy: Panda bears.
Josh: Donna has stylish penmanship.
Mandy: I think we should get a panda bear.
Josh: You say that now but I'm the one who's gonna end up feeding him and walking him.

Toby: I feel like I've lost 180 pounds. I am smiling, I am laughing, I am enjoying the people I work with -- I gotta snap outta this. What's on your mind?
Mandy: I want you to help me get the Chinese to give us a new panda bear to replace LumLum.
Toby: Well that did the trick.

Toby: They give us two regular bears, a bucket of black paint, a bucket of white paint, bam bam next case.
Mandy: It's hard to believe that the wildlife lobby was nervous about you.
Toby: I know, I'm Mr. Wildlife.

Bartlet: Do you think I could have taken George Washington?

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 18 guide may contain spoilers
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