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The West Wing: The Leadership Breakfast

With Congress reconvening, the White House plans a bi-partisan "leadership breakfast". To do so, Toby has to meet with Ann Stark, the Senate Majority Leader's chief of staff, to work out the details. Meanwhile, Sam wants to move the media briefing room out of the White House; and after Leo, Donna and Sam embarrass themselves in front of a columnist, Leo asks Josh to apologize for him.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 226211
Airdate: Wednesday January 10th, 2001

Director: Scott Winant
Story: Paul Redford
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Oct 30, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Felicity Huffman
As Ann Stark

Guest Stars
Corbin Bernsen
As Congressman Henry Shallick
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret

Co-Guest Stars
Charles Noland
As Steve
Ivan Allen
As Newscaster Roger Salier
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Patrick Falls
As Billy, Steward
Peter James Smith
As Staffer Ed
Tom McCarthy (1)
As Senator Randall Thomas
William Duffy
As Staffer Larry
Bruce Winant
As Henry Hanson
Dude Walker
As Simon
Kevin Fry
As Staff Aide #2
Marc Goldsmith
As Staff Aide #1
Rhonda Overby
As Reporter
Tim Williams (1)
As Craig, Reporter
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
In conjunction with "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1", John Spencer (Leo McGarry) was nomiated for the 2001 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Felicity Huffman, who guest stars as Ann Stark, previously starred on Aaron Sorkin's series Sports Night as Dana Whitaker.

Episode Quotes
Josh: I'm holding ... your underwear ... in my hand ... right now. And the way I know it's your underwear is that your name sewn in the back, which is obviously something we'll spend some time talking about at a later date.

C.J.: Why were you holding women's underwear before?
Josh: Never needed a reason before.

Cultural References
Toby: I'm shocked, shocked, I say, to find there's gambling going on in this establishment.

Toby is quoting a line from the film Casablanca spoken by a police officer.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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