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The West Wing: Galileo

As Bartlet prepares to speak to thousands of elementary students as the Galileo probe approaches Mars, major problems begin to pop up, including a missing F-15 fighter pilot, a fire inside a Russian nuclear missile silo, and the loss of contact with the Galileo probe. Meanwhile, Josh and Donna work together to decide whose face will appear on the newest postage stamp; and C.J. and Sam accompany Bartlet to a concert where they run awkward situations with people they've tried to avoid.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x9
Production Number: 226209
Airdate: Wednesday November 29th, 2000

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Oct 23, 2003

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Guest Stars
Allison Smith
As Mallory O'Brien
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Charlotte Cornwell
As Russian Ambassador Nadia Kozlowski
Colm Feore
As Tad Whitney
John Carroll Lynch
As Jack Reese
Troy Ruptash
As Scott Tate

Co-Guest Stars
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Molly Schaffer
As Staffer
Tom Hall (1)
As Officer Mike
Ann Lim
As Staff Aide
Duffy Epstein
As Aide #1
Matthew Dickens
As Benny, Man #3
Nigel Gibbs
As Aide #2
Nina Hodoruk
As Military Aide
Steve Shih
As Man #1
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, in conjunction with several episodes this season, won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

In conjunction with "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 2", Allison Janney won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Episode Quotes
C.J.: Everyone's stupid in an election year, Charlie.
Charlie: No, everyone gets treated stupid in an election year, C.J.

Mallory: And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?
Sam: Yes.
Mallory: Why?
Sam: Because it's next. For we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill, and we saw fire. And we crossed the ocean, and we pioneered the West, and we took to the sky. The history of man is hung on the timeline of exploration, and this is what's next.

Episode Goofs
This episode centers around the Galileo 5 Mars mission. In the real world, there was only one Galileo mission to Mars, not five.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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