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The West Wing: Mandatory Minimums

President Bartlet names two Democrats to the Federal Election Commission, despite threats not to do so. However, the polls show that the public’s reaction the appointments are not good. Toby agrees to meet with his ex-wife to hear her reaction to a new drug policy. Meanwhile, C.J. makes a mistake that sets the staff back and Leo agrees to be the front man for the drug law revisions.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x20
Production Number: 225919
Airdate: Wednesday May 03rd, 2000


Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Sep 14, 2001

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Marlee MatlinMarlee Matlin
As Joey Lucas
Recurring

Guest Stars
Bill OBill O'Brien (1)
As Kenny Thurman
Recurring
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Recurring
John de LancieJohn de Lancie
As Al Kiefer
Recurring
Kathleen YorkKathleen York
As Rep. Andy Wyatt
Recurring
Paul ProvenzaPaul Provenza
As Steve Onorato
Recurring
Suzy NakamuraSuzy Nakamura
As Kathy
Recurring
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Recurring
Bruce WeitzBruce Weitz
As Senate Majority Leader

Co-Guest Stars
Charles NolandCharles Noland
As Steve
Recurring
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Recurring
Diana MorganDiana Morgan
As Jesse
Recurring
J.P. StevensonJ.P. Stevenson
As Jonathan
Recurring
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Recurring
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Recurring
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Recurring
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Recurring
Mindy SeegerMindy Seeger
As Chris
Recurring
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
Michael LuckermanMichael Luckerman
As Aide #1 (Stuart)
Paul LaurencePaul Laurence
As Aide #2
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
This is Kathleen York's first appearance as Toby's ex-wife, Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt. She will be a frequent, recurring guest star throughout the series.



Episode Quotes
Toby: Sam, you're going to come to a verb soon, right?
Sam: Okay, you know what this is called?
Toby: Bad writing?
Sam: Imagery.

Donna: You should notice that Josh has on a nice suit.
Margaret: That is a nice suit.
Josh: Donna.
Donna: We'll call it his Joey Lucas suit.

Margaret: Joey Lucas is coming?
Josh: We need a California expert and this is my regular Tuesday suit.
Margaret: You assign your clothes days of the week?

Josh: I'd like to clear up that I ... I don't have suits for the days of the week. This is just a regular suit.
Sam: It's a nice suit.
Donna: Sure, it's a nice suit. It's his Joey Lucas ...
Josh: Donna!

Sam: I wanna tell the Senate Majority Leader that he can take his legislative agenda and stick it up his ass!
Josh: I already did that. Know what this is like? This is like The Godfather. When Pacino tells James Caan that he's gonna kill the cop. It's a lot like that scene, only not really ... It is like that scene. I'm James Caan. Sam, you're Al Pacino. Toby, you're the guy who shows Pacino how to make tomato sauce.

Josh: I wore this suit, special today. This isn't my regular Tuesday suit.
Joey: You have a regular Tuesday suit?
Josh: No.
Joey: For me?
Josh: Yeah.

Bartlet: (to Toby) When you were married to her did you call her "Congresswoman Wyatt"?



Episode Goofs
While Toby is talking to Andy, Andy's tag and chain change positions between shots. In some shots the chain is over her jacket, some shots the tag is tucked into her pocket, and in other shots it's inside of her jacket.



Cultural References
Sam: He ... are you saying, he ... he tried to practice on my ...
Toby: ... credulous simplicity?

Toby is quoting a line from Act II of the play The Pirates of Penzance.



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  |  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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