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The West Wing: Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail

It's once again "Big Block of Cheese" Day, and the staff is sent out to meet with organizations that aren't typically heard from at the White House. Toby is assigned to meet with World Bank protesters while C.J. meets with the Cartographers for Social Equality. Meanwhile, after a friend of Donna's enlists Sam's help in getting her late grandfather a pardon; and Bartlet is enraged when complications arise surrounding his choice location for his Presidential library.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 226216
Airdate: Wednesday February 28th, 2001

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Nov 13, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Roma Maffia
As Rhonda Sachs

Guest Stars
Anna Deavere Smith
As Nancy McNally
Clark Gregg
As Special Agent Michael Casper
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Brent Hinkley
As Donald Huke
Christopher Neiman
As OMB Staffer
John Billingsley
As John Fallow
Jolie Jenkins
As Stephanie Gault
Jordan Baker
As Cynthia Sayles

Co-Guest Stars
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Peter James Smith
As Ed
William Duffy
As Larry
Free Brooks
As Protestor #2
Richard Stay
As Terry Webber
Shana O'Neil
As Protester #1
Shirley Jordan
As FBI Receptionist
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 his work in this episode, Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn) was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Don HenleyNew York Minute 

Episode Quotes
Bartlet: What plaid-flannel-wearing cheese-eating yahoo-of-a-milkman governor signed that idiot bill into state law? (pause) It was me, wasn't it?
Charlie: Yes, sir.

Toby: How many different ways do you know to kill a man?
Rhonda: How many different ways do I need?
Toby: I like you.

C.J.: No cameras.
Toby: You negotiated that?
C.J.: Yeah.
Toby: They agreed to it?!
C.J.: You wanna make out with me right now, don't you?
Toby: When don't I?

Toby: In my day, we knew how to protest.
C.J.: What day was that?
Toby: 1968.
Josh: How the hell old were you when you were protesting?
Toby: My sisters took me.

Episode Goofs
In one scene, Barlet places his glasses in his left pocket. Near the end of the scene, Bartlet pulls the glasses out of his right pocket.

Cultural References
John Fallow: ... teach geography using the Peter's projection map instead of the traditional Mercator.

Gerardus Mercator is a 16th century German cartographer who produced several world maps using longitude to aid sea navagation.

Josh: If these guys find Brigadoon on that map, you'll call me, right?

Brigadoon is a musical by Frederick Loewe that was made into a motion picture in 1954. The musical tells the story of Brigadoon, a small, Scottish town that only appears for one day every 100 years.

Episode Title: Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail.

The episode title comes from a line of the song "New York Minute" by Don Henley of The Eagles. The song is also featured in the episode.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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