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The West Wing: The Stackhouse Filibuster

The staff, eager to begin their weekend, are blindsided when a stubborn, elderly Senator takes the floor to stage a Friday-night filibuster against the Family Wellness Act bill everyone thought they had in the bag. Toby becomes suspicious when the Vice President, who typically supports the oil industry, suddenly supports a fuel-emission standards bill. Meanwhile, C.J. racks her brain in order to find a ceramic cat statue given to the President by an Egyptian official who expects to see it on his next visit to the White House; and Josh works hurriedly in order to catch his flight to Florida to see the New York Mets' spring training camp.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x17
Production Number: 226217
Airdate: Wednesday March 14th, 2001

Director: Bryan Gordon
Story: Peter McCabe (3)
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Nov 20, 2003

Special Guest Stars
Tim MathesonTim Matheson
As John Hoynes

Guest Stars
George CoeGeorge Coe
As Senator Howard Stackhouse
Cara DeLiziaCara DeLizia
As Winifred Hooper

Co-Guest Stars
Andy MilderAndy Milder
As Mark, V. P. Assistant
Charles NolandCharles Noland
As Steve
David O. KatzDavid O. Katz
As Staffer #3 (as David Katz)
Jana Lee HamblinJana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi, Reporter #2
Larry StahoviakLarry Stahoviak
As Staffer #1
Lisa CroisetteLisa Croisette
As Staffer #2
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mindy SeegerMindy Seeger
As Chris
Peter James SmithPeter James Smith
As Ed
Randy BrooksRandy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Robyn PedrettiRobyn Pedretti
As Candy, V. P. Aide #1
Shishir KurupShishir Kurup
As Zach
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Mark
William DuffyWilliam Duffy
As Larry
Darren ForemanDarren Foreman
As V.P. Aide #2
Dilva HenryDilva Henry
As News Anchor
Harrison YoungHarrison Young
As Senator Tom Grissom
Pete LealPete Leal
As Steward
Ron HarperRon Harper
As Chairman
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
This is the first appearance of Tim Matheson (John Hoynes) since "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1".

Episode Quotes
Bartlet: We'll just pretend that there's no candlelight.
Leo: And that we're not paranoid homophobes.

Sam: Hey, I'm senior staff.
Winifred: Gee, genuflect when you say that, fella.

Senator Stackhouse: That is how you prepare Virginia Green apple pie. Let's turn now to David Copperfield.

C.J.: It's our first filibuster, and I'm not a rules expert, but the rules of a filibuster are simple enough - you keep the floor as long as you hold the floor. What does that mean? It means you can't stop talking, ever. You can't eat, and you can't drink, which is fine, because you can't leave the chamber to use the bathroom, either. But all that's nothing compared to this: you're not allowed to sit down-you're not allowed to lean on anything or, for that matter, anyone.

Episode Goofs
While Josh is typing on his computer, Donna enters his office and asks what he's doing and during this time you can see screen of the computer. The shot changes and Josh types a couple of letters and then it returns to the computer screen. Now two more paragraphs have appeared since the last shot, but seeing that Josh only typed a couple of letters, there is no way he was able to type two entire paragraphs.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
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