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The President returns from Tokyo and is met by a wave of controversy after Surgeon General Griffith says that marijuana should be legalized. Things are made worse when the President's daughter, Ellie, tells reporter Danny Concannon that her father would never fire the Surgeon General. But Bartlet has much more personal things to worry about after he confronts Ellie about her statement. Meanwhile, Toby is forced to ask his ex-wife, a Maryland Congresswoman, for help regarding the Social Security panel; and Charlie's choice of movie for the President to watch ends up creating more controversy than expected.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x15
Production Number: 226215
Airdate: Wednesday February 21st, 2001


Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Nov 13, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Mary Kay Place
As Dr. Millicent Griffith
Recurring

Guest Stars
Kathleen York
As Rep. Andy Wyatt
Recurring
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Recurring
Ned Schmidtke
As Industry Leader #1
Recurring
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
Nina Siemaszko
As Ellie Bartlet
Recurring
Peter James Smith
As Ed
Recurring
Renee Estevez
As Nancy
Recurring
Paul Eiding
As Labor Leader
Robert Knepper
As Morgan Ross

Co-Guest Stars
Greg Wrangler
As Secret Service Agent
Recurring
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Recurring
Kris Murphy
As Katie
Recurring
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Recurring
Mindy Seeger
As Chris
Recurring
Timothy Davis-Reed
As Mark
Recurring
William Duffy
As Larry
Recurring
Greg Baker
As Interviewer
James Kiriyama-Lem
As Industry Leader #2
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
This episode marks the first appearance of Nina Siemaszko (Ellie Bartlet). Though her character has been mentioned several times in the past episodes, this is the first time that she is seen.



Episode Quotes
Josh: All right. First things first - what time is it in Tokyo?
Toby: They're fourteen hours ahead.
Josh: I thought it was thirteen.
C.J.: Guys, there are clocks on the wall.

Charlie: Well he would have especially enjoyed the scene where the Prince Myshkin character has a seizure while engaging in an erotic fantasy in a Long Island church.
Mrs. Landingham: Charlie, please don't say the word "erotic" in the Oval Office.
Charlie: I'd be perfectly happy never to say any of those words anywhere ever again.

Andy: I find that when I skip over the first step and move right to the second step, it becomes a lot harder for people to say no.

Toby: I bring you here, and we sit, and we have coffee, and we have Danish, in the hope that calmer and, dare I say, prettier heads prevail.
Andy: Oh, I miss patronizing, sexist Toby.
Toby: I was referring to myself.

Josh: He's gonna land in Washington an hour before he took off.
Sam: Yeah.
Josh: That story doesn't beat the Surgeon General?



Cultural References
The Family Values Leadership Council

The Family Values Leadership Council, a fictional group, is most likely a reference to the Family Research Council.



Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
 
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