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The West Wing: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

While the staff nervously awaits the newest poll results, Bartlet begins to reassign Federal Election Committee members in order to start campaign finance reform. But his plan is delayed when a photographer catches Sam giving a gift to his call girl friend. Meanwhile, C.J. worries that she’s being marginalized for her recent mistakes and Josh clashes with Joey.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x21
Production Number: 225920
Airdate: Wednesday May 10th, 2000

Director: Don Scardino
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Sep 21, 2001

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Marlee Matlin
As Joey Lucas

Guest Stars
Bill O'Brien (1)
As Kenny Thurman
David Huddleston
As Max Lobell
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Lisa Edelstein
As Laurie
Renee Estevez
As Nancy
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Austin Pendleton
As Barry Haskell
Lawrence Pressman
As Ken Cochran
Thom Gossom, Jr.
As Ted Mitchell

Co-Guest Stars
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Don Chastain
As Reporter #2
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Kris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Peter James Smith
As Ed
William Duffy
As Larry
Bruce Wright
As Ross Kassenbach
Conrad Bachmann
As Ken Kato
Justin Colvin
As Rodney
M.G. Mills
As Rob Konrad
Sherry Houston (1)
As Dan Larsen
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
Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), for her performance in this episode and "Celestial Navigation", won the 2000 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Episode Quotes
Donna: They gotta start the poll, Josh. It's 7:05.
Josh: It's 10 to 7.
Donna: No, it's really not.
Josh: It's 7:05?
Donna: Yeah.
Josh: That's ridiculous.
Donna: I'm not making it up.
Josh: My watch says 10 to 7.
Donna: That's cause your watch sucks.
Josh: My watch is fine.
Donna: Your watch says 10 to 7.
Josh: How do I know it isn't 10 to 7?
Donna: Cause those large clocks on the wall that are run by the U.S. Navy, say your watch sucks. In fact, they say your watch sucks in four different time zones.

Bartlet: It's actually 607 small islands in the South Pacific. Interestingly, while its total land mass is only 270 square miles, it occupies more than a million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. Population is 127,000 and the U.S. Embassy is located in the state of Pohnpei and not, as many people believe, on the island of Yap.
Toby: Why would a person have that information at their disposal?
Bartlet: Parties.

Josh: Did Toby find a country?
Donna: The Federated States of Micronesia.
Josh: Is that a real country?
Donna: Yes, it's located 2500 miles southwest of Hawaii where you've never taken me.
Josh: When was I suppose to take you to Hawaii?
Donna: Anytime. It's something bosses do.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

The episode title is a take on the Benjamin Disraeli quote: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

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 21 guide may contain spoilers
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