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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

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

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

Co-Guest Stars
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Emiko Parise
As Carrie
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Marvin Krueger
As Officer #2
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Patrick Falls
As Billy
Thomas Spencer
As Jeff, Military Aide
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
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.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
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