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The West Wing: The War at Home

As the crisis surrounding the captured DEA agents becomes increasingly worse, Bartlet authorizes a rescue, but the rescue attempt doesn't go as planned. C.J. continues to deal with the fallout of the merited police officer's accused beating while Toby deals with a Senator who threatens to run for President as a third-party candidate after the State of the Union's Social Security reform changes. Meanwhile, Sam arranges for Ainsley to meet the President, but she fails to make a good impression; Bartlet and Abbey talk about possibly running for a second term; and Josh finally gets the poll results from Joey Lucas all while being urged by Donna to ask her out.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x14
Production Number: 226214
Airdate: Wednesday February 14th, 2001

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Nov 06, 2003

Special Guest Stars
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Emily ProcterEmily Procter
As Ainsley Hayes
Marlee MatlinMarlee Matlin
As Joey Lucas

Guest Stars
Richard RiehleRichard Riehle
As Jack Sloan
Sean Patrick Murphy (1)Sean Patrick Murphy (1)
As Floor Manager
Tony PlanaTony Plana
As Mickey Troop
Ted McGinleyTed McGinley
As Mark Gottfried
Bill OBill O'Brien (1)
As Kenny Thurman
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Glenn MorshowerGlenn Morshower
As Mike Chrysler
Gregory Alan WilliamsGregory Alan Williams
As Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams)
Ed Begley, Jr.Ed Begley, Jr.
As Senator Seth Gillette
Adam Alexi-MalleAdam Alexi-Malle
As Translator

Co-Guest Stars
Patrick FallsPatrick Falls
As Billy
Marvin KruegerMarvin Krueger
As Officer #2
Thomas SpencerThomas Spencer
As Jeff, Military Aide
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Emiko PariseEmiko Parise
As Carrie
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
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
For her role in this episode and in "Bartlet's Third State of the Union", Stockard Channing (Abbey Bartlet) was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Episode Quotes
Bartlet: Damn it! How the hell did it happen?
Leo: It was bad intelligence, sir.
Bartlet: You think!?
Leo: Ferente left behind a radio and a soldier at the outpost. And they were deliberately sending us misinformation.
Bartlet: We never anticpated they somebody might try that? We weren't prepared for someone to try and outfox us with a stratagem so sophisticated it's an entire generation behind "Hey look, your shoelaces are untied!?" Is that how I just lost nine guys, to a damn street gang with a ham radio?!

Leo: How you doing, Ainsley?
Ainsley: I'm concerned about peeing on your carpet.
Leo: Ok. Well, now I am, too.
Sam: Tell her it's going to be fine.
Leo: Your skirt's on backwards.

Toby: He's not the President of the United States. He's a junior Senator from North Dakota where nobody lives! 'Cause it's too cold and they don't have a major sports franchise.

Donna: She wants you to ask her out Josh.
Josh: She really doesn't.
Donna: You're missing the signs.
Josh: I'm really not
Donna: I know a thing or two about the ways of love.
Josh: No you don't.
Donna: You're missing the signs.
Josh: I'm thinking of firing you.
Donna: You fired me twice already tonight, I'm impervious.

Bartlet: We try to get people to vote for us and in the process we hope the people force us to do good things.

Josh: Numbers don't lie.
Joey: They lie all the time. They lie when 72% of Americans say they're tired of a sex scandal, while all the while, newspaper circulation go through the roof for anyone featuring the story. If you polled a a hundred Donnas and asked them if they think we should go out, you'd get a high positive response. But, the poll wouldn't tell you it's because she like you. And she's knows it's beginning to show and she needs to cover herself with misdirection.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The War at Home

The episode title comes from a 1996 film of the same title which starred Martin Sheen and his son, Emilio Estevez.

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MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
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