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The West Wing: What Kind of Day Has It Been?

Bartlet and the staff prepare for a town meeting with college students while dealing with getting an American pilot, who was shot down in Iraqi territory, home before he’s captured. Toby’s brother is involved in a potential disaster on an orbiting space shuttle. Josh works to convince the Vice President to change his stance on campaign finance reform. Later, as Bartlet and the staff leave the meeting, bullets begin to fly.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 225921
Airdate: Wednesday May 17th, 2000

Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Sep 28, 2001

Special Guest Stars
John AmosJohn Amos
As Percy Fitzwallace
Tim MathesonTim Matheson
As John Hoynes

Guest Stars
Elisabeth MossElisabeth Moss
As Zoey Bartlet
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Jorja FoxJorja Fox
As Gina Toscano
Michael OMichael O'Neill
As Ron Butterfield
Suzy NakamuraSuzy Nakamura
As Cathy
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon

Co-Guest Stars
Charles NolandCharles Noland
As Steve
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
George McDanielGeorge McDaniel
As Officer #2
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Larry StahoviakLarry Stahoviak
As Steve
Lisa CroisetteLisa Croisette
As Patty
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Ralph Meyering, Jr.Ralph Meyering, Jr.
As Tom
Steven M. GagnonSteven M. Gagnon
As Officer #1
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
In conjunction with several other episodes, this episode won the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

This is Moira Kelly's final appearance as Mandy Hampton though her departure is never explained. It is assumed that it is due to the memo she wrote on the administration's weaknesses, but it is never directly explained.

C.J.'s fish bowl has a Space Shuttle decoration.

Episode Quotes
Bartlet: Two politicians are having an argument. One of them stands up and says, "You're lying!" The other one answers, "Yes, I am, but hear me out."

Bartlet: I am excited about it. You come to the end of a long day, you sit back, you open a beer, you watch a sporting event.That's what men do.
Charlie: Girl's softball.
Bartlet: If that's what's on, then that's what they watch. It's either that, or a cricket match between Scotland and Bermuda. Now, I am an educated man, Charlie, but when someone tries to explain cricket to me, all I want to do is hit him in the head with a teapot.

Leo: Hey, Sam was here before. We've got some kind of signal?
Leo: What is that?
Josh: It's the signal.
Leo: It looks like a hip-hop gesture.
Josh: It's, uh, a plane taking off.
Leo: Doesn't look like a plane taking off.

Bartlet: Listen, have I gotten any of the names right so far?
Charlie: No sir, but you came damn close on a couple of them.

Episode Goofs
Bartlet and Fitzwallace talk about the eagle facing the arrows during war-time. However, this contradicts Executive Order 9646 that states that the eagle must always face the olive branch.

Episode References
Charlie: (to Josh) You were right; it doesn't go away.

This refers to "A Proportional Response" in which Josh tells Charlie that the feeling that he has while watching Bartlet address the nation from the Oval Office won't go away.

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
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