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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

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Tim Matheson
As John Hoynes

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

Co-Guest Stars
Andy Milder
As Mark, V. P. Assistant
Charles Noland
As Steve
David O. Katz
As Staffer #3 (as David Katz)
Jana Lee Hamblin
As Bobbi, Reporter #2
Larry Stahoviak
As Staffer #1
Lisa Croisette
As Staffer #2
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mindy Seeger
As Chris
Peter James Smith
As Ed
Randy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Robyn Pedretti
As Candy, V. P. Aide #1
Shishir Kurup
As Zach
Timothy Davis-Reed
As Mark
William Duffy
As Larry
Darren Foreman
As V.P. Aide #2
Dilva Henry
As News Anchor
Harrison Young
As Senator Tom Grissom
Pete Leal
As Steward
Ron Harper
As Chairman
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 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
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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