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The West Wing: The Lame Duck Congress

Sam, Josh, Toby and Bartlet consider calling back Congress from their winter holiday break in order to push through a nuclear test-ban treaty. A drunken Ukrainian leader shows up at the White House demanding a meeting with President Bartlet. Meanwhile, Donna attempts to get the President to back legislation on stress injuries; Sam reluctantly works with Ainsley Hayes; and C.J. argues with Danny over him wanting access to the President for an exclusive story.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 226206
Airdate: Wednesday November 08th, 2000

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Oct 02, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon

Guest Stars
Emily Procter
As Ainsley Hayes
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Brian Stepanek
As Senator's Aide #2
David Kaufman
As Bob Fowler
Eugene Lazarev
As Vasily Konanov
Mike Starr
As Tony Marino
Richard Tanner
As Joe Fox
Tegan West
As Peter
Wayne Wilderson
As Senator's Aide #3

Co-Guest Stars
Charles Noland
As Steve
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Kris Murphy
As Katie
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Amy Turner
As Waitress
Sima Kostov
As Russian Woman
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
Amy Turner, who guest stars as a waitress, is a staff writer for Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.

Episode Quotes
Bartlet: Charlie!
Charlie: Yes, sir?
Bartlet: Could I have a couple of aspirin? Or a weapon of some kind to kill people with?

Sam: I don't need your help. I'm asking for your help so let's not make a federal --
Ainsley: (into her phone) Dad, it's me. Sam's asking for my help.
Sam: Put the phone down.
Ainsley: (into her phone) Gotta go, dad, I need to help Sam.
Sam: That must have rolled them in the aisles back in Georgia.
Ainsley: I'm from North Carolina.
Sam: Wherever it was you studied baton twirling.
Ainsley: That'll be Harvard Law School.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Lame Duck Congress

In politics, a "Lame Duck" session is a session where old members of a group meet after an election of new members before the new terms have started. Lame Duck can also refer to an elected official who has lost a reelection but holds their office until inauguration.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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