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The West Wing: Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

Rumors fly when a memo surfaces that outline the weakness of the administration. C.J. soon finds that a reporter has the memo and she tries to persuade him not to publish it. Sam and Toby meet with the military to work out a better policy about gays in the military. Meanwhile, Josh tries to get Democrats nominated when two Federal Election Commission members resign and Leo has issues with the White House’s e-mail system.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x19
Production Number: 225918
Airdate: Wednesday April 26th, 2000

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Sep 07, 2001

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
John Amos
As Percy Fitzwallace

Guest Stars
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Paul Provenza
As Steve Onorato
Renee Estevez
As Nancy
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Aaron Lustig
As Jerry Graham
Andy Buckley
As Mike Satchel
James DuMont
As Major Thompson
Richard Penn
As Blakely
Ted Marcoux
As Major Tate

Co-Guest Stars
Charles Noland
As Steve
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Kris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
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
This episode, in conjunction with several others from the season, was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series in the 2000 Emmy Awards.

For this episode, and in conjunction with "Five Votes Down", John Spencer (Leo McGarry) won the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Episode Quotes
Leo: Oh Margaret, Margaret -- I'm sorry, I'm going to have to -- I hung in there as long as I could, but you long since passed the point when I stopped caring.

Donna: How'd it go?
Josh: How do you know to be standing here?
Donna: I see you at the window.
Josh: You don't have a window.
Donna: You have a window.
Josh: What are you doing in my office when I'm not there?
Donna: Looking for you at the window.
Josh: Okay.

Bartlet: You didn't know it was raining?
Toby: To our credit, sir, we knew it was raining once it started to rain.

Mrs. Landingham: You're not getting enough ruffage in your diet, you know I'm right about that.
Bartlet: I know I'd like to beat you senseless with a head of cabbabe, I know that for damn sure.
Mrs. Landingham: Once again you display an immaturity about vegetables that I think is not at all presidential.

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 19 guide may contain spoilers
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