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The West Wing: The Drop-In

Leo continues to try to get President Bartlet to back the expensive missile defense system while the President fulfills his Chief Diplomat duties by welcoming foreign ambassadors to the U.S., including the charming Lord John Marbury. Meanwhile, C.J. is sent out to convince a comedian to decline an invitation to a dinner in which the President will be in attendance. Elsewhere, Sam is enraged when Toby adds a "drop-in" to Sam's seemingly perfect speech without his consent.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x12
Production Number: 226212
Airdate: Wednesday January 24th, 2001


Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Oct 30, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Roger Rees
As Lord John Marbury
Recurring

Guest Stars
David Graf
As Colonel Mark Chase
Recurring
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Recurring
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
Renee Estevez
As Nancy
Recurring
Rocky Carroll
As Corey Sykes

Co-Guest Stars
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Recurring
Eric Payne
As Secret Service Agent (as Eric A. Payne)
Recurring
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Recurring
Kris Murphy
As Katie
Recurring
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Recurring
Randy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Recurring
Timothy Davis-Reed
As Mark, Reporter
Recurring
Tom Hall (1)
As Mike, Officer
Recurring
Alberto Isaac
As Tada Sumatra
Brian Watt
As Staffer
Eliott Goretsky
As Staffer
Elkin Antoniou
As Alice, Bartender (as Elkin Antoniou G)
Erik Holland
As Peter Hans
Jodie Hanson
As Caprice
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
Roger Rees (Lord John Marbury) previously appeared in "He Shall, From Time to Time".



Episode Quotes
Bartlet: Sweden has a one hundred percent literacy rate, Leo. One hundred percent! How do they do that?
Leo: Well, maybe they don't, and they also can't count.

Lord Marbury: You've forgotten that it doesn't work.
Leo: You know what I haven't forgotten?
Lord Marbury: What?
Leo: That we opened up a big can of whoopass on you at Yorktown.

Josh: You know, can I say this? Why don't we just give the sixty billion dollars to North Korea in exchange for not bombing us?
Bartlet: It's almost hard to believe that you're not on the National Security Council.
Josh: I know, I feel they're missing an important voice.

Donna: Is it true that Leo can't stand a guy named Lord John Marbury?
Josh: Why?
Donna: A reporter asked me.
Josh: What's a reporter doing talking to you?
Donna: He's a friend of a friend.
Josh: Leo McGarry has nothing but respect and affection for Lord John Marbury.
Donna: That's what I said.
Josh: Good, because Leo thinks he's a lunatic.



Cultural References
Global Defense Council

The Global Defense Council, the main topic of Bartlet's speech, is a fictional group that was the main focus of the movie The American President, which was also written by Aaron Sorkin.

Bartlet: You know what you are? You are the Charlie Brown of missile defense. The Pentagon is Lucy.

In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown would go to kick a football and right before he put his foot out to kick it, Lucy, who would be holding the ball, would pull the ball away and Charlie Brown would fall over.



Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
 
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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