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The West Wing: And It's Surely to Their Credit

Ainsley Hayes has a rough first day as new White House counsel after she receives her first assignment: clean up after two staffers who gave an inaccurate testimony before the House. Her day isn't made any easier when she gets a less then welcome response from the staff and is later humiliated by two other staffers, Mark Brookline and Steve Joyce. Meanwhile, Josh's insurance denies his claims for his recent medical bills and Sam urges Josh to sue the shooters -- which happens to be the Ku Klux Klan.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 226205
Airdate: Wednesday November 01st, 2000

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Oct 02, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
John Larroquette
As Lionel Tribbey

Guest Stars
Emily Procter
As Ainsley Hayes
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Daniel Roebuck
As Lt. Buckley
Paul Perri
As Steve Joyce
Steven Flynn
As Mark Brookline
Tom Bower
As Ed Barrie

Co-Guest Stars
Bradley James
As Donnie
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Jack Shearer
As Engineer
Karen Lockhart
As OEOB Staffer
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
The song that the staff sing in the basement is "He Is an Englishman" from H.M.S. Pinafore. The episode title is a line from the song that they sing.

Episode Quotes
Ainsley: I just want to die.
Leo: Oh, it's the White House. You'll get used to that feeling.

Bartlet: Sorry everybody, this is gonna be it. Four is my lucky number.
Donna: This is take five, sir.
Bartlet: Five is my lucky number. Fifth-take-Bartlet, that's what Jack Warner used to call me.
Donna: Did you really know Jack Warner, Mr. President?
Bartlet: Yeah, because I used to be a contract player in Hollywood and I'm 97 years old.
Donna: Okay.

(to Abbey about Nellie Bly's 72-day tour)
Bartlet: She sounds like an incredible woman, Abbey. I'm particularly impressed that she beat a fictional record. If she goes twenty-one thousand leagues under the sea, I'll name a damn school after her. Let's have sex.

Cultural References
Episode Title: And It's Surely to Their Credit

"And It's Surely to Their Credit" is a line from Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore".

Abbey: You don't know who Nellie Bly is, do you?

Nellie Bly is a 19th-20th century journalist and is noted as one of the first female journalists.

Bartlet: I’m sorry. Leaf peeping? Is that something we do now?

Leaf peeping is a common hobby where people watch the leaves change colors during the fall and admire the autumn colors.

Bartlet: One-take Bartlet. That’s what old Jack Warner used to call me.

Director Jack Warner is the co-founder of Warner Brothers Studios along with his brothers Harry, Albert, and Sam. For his contributions to the entertaiment industry, Jack received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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