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The West Wing: Shibboleth

As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, Bartlet must decide what to do with 83 Chinese citizens who stowed away on a ship bound for California in order to seek asylum from religious persecution. C.J. has her own minor crisis to deal with when she is forced to chose one of the two turkeys that will receive a Presidential "pardon". Meanwhile, Toby encourages the President to appoint Leo's sister to an education post despite Leo's objections; Josh, Sam and Toby make plans to watch the football game; and Charlie is sent out to find the perfect knife for Bartlet to use for Thanksgiving dinner.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 226208
Airdate: Wednesday November 22nd, 2000

Director: Laura Innes
Story: Patrick Caddell
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Oct 09, 2003

Guest Stars
Annie CorleyAnnie Corley
As Mary Marsh
F. William ParkerF. William Parker
As Reverend Al Caldwell
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Deborah HedwallDeborah Hedwall
As Josephine McGarry, Ph.D.
Henry OHenry O
As Jhin Wei
Sam AndersonSam Anderson
As John LaSalle

Co-Guest Stars
Charles NolandCharles Noland
As Steve, Reporter #1
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Mark, Reporter #2
Al RodrigoAl Rodrigo
As Commander Cale
Cameron DaddoCameron Daddo
As Aide #2
Ivar BroggerIvar Brogger
As Aide #1
Joe DJoe D'Angerio
As Joseph Russo
John MarianoJohn Mariano
As Bertram
John ProskyJohn Prosky
As Aide #4
Jonah RooneyJonah Rooney
As Morton Horn
Rich CooperRich Cooper
As Aide #3
Sharon OmiSharon Omi
As Gardner
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
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Rob LoweRob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard SchiffRichard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Episode Notes
This episode was nominated for a 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

This episode, in conjunction with several others from this episode, won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Cedarmont KidsWe Gather Together 

Episode Quotes
Donna: Didn't you go to elementary school?
C.J.: Yes, right before being a National Merit Scholar.

Bartlet: (to the turkey) By the power vested in me by the Constitution of the United States, I hereby pardon you.
Morton: Okay.
Bartlet: No, it's not okay! Morton, I can't pardon a turkey. If you think I can pardon a turkey, then you have got to go back to your school and insist you be better prepared to go out in the world.
Donna: You can't pardon a turkey, sir?

C.J.: They sent me two turkeys. The more photo-friendly of the two gets a presidential pardon and a full life at a children's zoo, and the runner-up gets eaten.
Bartlet: If the Oscars were like that, I'd watch.

Josh: I was just flipping a nickel in my office - sixteen times it came up tails.

Episode Goofs
Toby says that Jamestown was incorporated in the 16th century. However, Jamestown was incorporated in 1607, which is in the 17th century.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
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