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The West Wing: In This White House

After outdoing Sam on a television program, Bartlet offers to hire Ainsley Hayes, a Republican adviser, as assistant White House counsel, despite being from the Republican party. However, Bartlet's offer shocks the rest of the staff and causes resentment to build. Meanwhile, Toby and Josh attend a summit concerning the cost and availability of AIDS medication in the African countries that need it the most.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 226204
Airdate: Wednesday October 25th, 2000

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Sep 25, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Emily Procter
As Ainsley Hayes

Guest Stars
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Ted McGinley
As Mark Gottfried
Brigid Brannagh
As Harriet
Len Cariou
As Alan Damson, Pharmaceutical Company Leader
Michael Cavanaugh
As Pharmaceutical Company Executive
Michael Chinyamurindi
As Nimbala's Interpreter
Sam Jaeger
As Bill Kelley
Tom Gallop
As Bruce
Zakes Mokae
As President "Ned" Nimbala

Co-Guest Stars
Bill Stevenson
As Jaworski
Charles Noland
As Steve
Jerry Sroka
As Reporter #1
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Kris Murphy
As Katie
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mindy Seeger
As Chris
Molly Schaffer
As Aide
Randy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Sean Patrick Murphy (1)
As Floor Manager
Tom Hall (1)
As Officer
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 is the first appearance of Emily Proctor (Ainsley Hayes).

This episode was nominated for Best Drama Episode at the 2001 Shine Awards.

Republic of Equatorial Kuhndu, the country President Nimbala is representing, is a fictional country.

Episode Quotes
(while Sam is getting defeated on Capitol Beat by Ainsely)
Sam: Please, oh please, let them not be watching.
Josh: (at the White House) Toby, come quick. Sam's getting his ass kicked by a girl.
Toby: Ginger, get the popcorn.

Bartlet: Charlie, I want to hire a woman whose voice I think would fit in nicely around here, she's a conservative Republican. Do you think I should do it?
Charlie: Absolutely, Mr. President. 'Cause I'm told that theirs is the party of inclusion.

Leo: You have an interesting conversational style, do you know that?
Ainsley: It's a nervous condition.
Leo: I used to have a nervous condition.
Ainsley: Really? How did yours manifest itself?
Leo: I drank a lot of scotch.
Ainsley: I get sick when I drink too much.
Leo: I get drunk when I drink too much.

(in Leo's office)
Leo: Were you offered coffee or something to drink?
Ainsley: Yes, the woman who works out there, who I imagine is your secretary, offered me coffee or something.
Leo: Okay.
Ainsley: She was also kind enough to ask for my coat.
Leo: Excellent, and --
Ainsley: She seems to be a very good secretary.
Leo: She'll be happy to hear that, she's standing right outside the door.
(Leo pounds his hand on the door)
Margaret: (from outside) Ow.

Episode Goofs
On Capital Beat, the host asks Sam why the Democrats feel the bill is better than the Republican package that the President vetoed. However in "Ways and Means", it is mentioned that Bartlet has never vetoed a bill.

Cultural References
Capital Beat

The theme music for Capital Beat is the same theme music used for the UK's ITN News at 10.

Ainsley: This White House that loves the Bill of Rights, all of them - except the second one.

The second right that Ainsley is referring to is the second amendment of the Constitution that gives Americans the right to bear arms.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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