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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

Special Guest Stars
Roger ReesRoger Rees
As Lord John Marbury

Guest Stars
David GrafDavid Graf
As Colonel Mark Chase
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Renee EstevezRenee Estevez
As Nancy
Rocky CarrollRocky Carroll
As Corey Sykes

Co-Guest Stars
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Eric PayneEric Payne
As Secret Service Agent (as Eric A. Payne)
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Randy BrooksRandy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Mark, Reporter
Tom Hall (1)Tom Hall (1)
As Mike, Officer
Alberto IsaacAlberto Isaac
As Tada Sumatra
Brian WattBrian Watt
As Staffer
Eliott GoretskyEliott Goretsky
As Staffer
Elkin AntoniouElkin Antoniou
As Alice, Bartender (as Elkin Antoniou G)
Erik HollandErik Holland
As Peter Hans
Jodie HansonJodie Hanson
As Caprice
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
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
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