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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:

France Nov 13, 2003

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

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

Co-Guest Stars
Greg WranglerGreg Wrangler
As Secret Service Agent
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Mark
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie
Mindy SeegerMindy Seeger
As Chris
William DuffyWilliam Duffy
As Larry
James Kiriyama-LemJames Kiriyama-Lem
As Industry Leader #2
Greg BakerGreg Baker
As Interviewer
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
Dulé HillDulé 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?

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