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The West Wing: The Midterms

In the aftermath of the shooting, Josh continues to recover from his bullet wounds while the staff prepares for the upcoming midterm congressional elections. C.J., knowing how the staff was affected psychologically, deflects press questions about the mood in the White House. After Charlie learns more about the shooting, he begins to pull away from Bartlet and Zoey. Meanwhile, Sam encourages a friend to run for congress, and Bartlet keeps an eye on a school board election in New Hampshire.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: 226203
Airdate: Wednesday October 18th, 2000

Director: Alex Graves
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Sep 25, 2003

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Guest Stars
Elisabeth Moss
As Zoey Bartlet
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Alfonso Freeman
As Andrew Mackintosh
Claire Yarlett
As Jenna Jacobs
James Denton
As Tom Jordan (as Jamie Denton)
Rebecca Creskoff
As Sarah Jordan

Co-Guest Stars
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Peter James Smith
As Ed
William Duffy
As Larry
Alan McRae
As Gary With A "G"
Franc Ross
As Sonny Saunders
Jesse Corti
As Dave Stewart
Myles Kilpatrick
As Jeffrey Mackintosh (as Myles Killpatrick)
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
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Rob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Dulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Episode Notes
This episode received the 2001 Scene Stealer award at the Shine Awards.

Episode Quotes
Josh: Toby, come quick - Sam's getting his ass kicked by a girl!
Toby: Ginger, get the popcorn ...

Leo: C.J. Cregg thinks you kill your pets. You don't do that do you?
Ainsley: No, I don't kill my pets, I don't have any pets. I was thinking about getting a pet, but that doesn't matter ...

Leo: Ainsley, don't you want to work in the White House?
Ainsley: Oh, only since I was two.
Leo: Okay then.
Ainsley: It has to be this White House?

TV Moderator: Ainsley Hayes, is that true?
Ainsley: No, it's not.
TV Moderator: Is Sam Seaborn lying?
Ainsley: Lying's an awfully strong word ... yes, he's lying. And we should tell the truth about education. The bill contained plenty of money for new textbooks - also, computer literacy, school safety, physical plant. The difference is we wanted to give the money directly to communities, and let them decide how best to spend it ... on the off chance that the needs of Lincoln High in Dayton are different than the needs of Crenshaw High in South Central L.A.

Bartlet: I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.
Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.
Jacobs: 18:22.
Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would be a good price for her? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My chief of staff, Leo McGarry, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? One last thing, while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits.

C.J.: Sometimes in a democracy other people win.

Toby: Why does it feel like this? I've seen shootings before.
Bartlet: It wasn't a shooting, Toby, it was a lynching. They tried to lynch Charlie right in front of our eyes.

C.J.: Holy interruptus, Batman!

Cultural References
Character: Jenna Jacobs

The character Jenna Jacobs is most likely based on controversial talk show radio host Dr. Laura Schlesinger.

C.J.: Holy interruptus, Batman!

C.J. is referring to the original Batman series in which Robin would uses phrases such as "Holy Polaris, Batman!" frequently.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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