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The West Wing: 18th and Potomac

The White House staff and the President deal with the disastrous hypothetical poll results but are torn away from the national broadcast announcing his condition when the newly elected Haitian president flees and requests sanctuary in the U.S. embassy. C.J. and Leo discuss the keeping the news under wraps while Babish talks to Abbey about her treatment of Bartlet's MS. Meanwhile, Josh has to deal with two Senators who aren't supporting the Bartlet Administration's lawsuit against tobacco companies; and Mrs. Landingham buys a new car, but her excitement soon turns tragic.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x21
Production Number: 226221
Airdate: Wednesday May 09th, 2001

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Dec 04, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Marlee Matlin
As Joey Lucas
Oliver Platt
As Oliver Babish
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet

Guest Stars
Anna Deavere Smith
As Nancy McNally
Bill O'Brien (1)
As Kenny Thurman
Glenn Morshower
As Mike Chrysler
Gregory Alan Williams
As Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams)
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Victor McCay
As Jake Dandridge
John Rubinstein
As Andy Ritter
Peter Michael Goetz
As Paul Hackett
Richard McGonagle
As Senator Warren
Robert Walden
As Senator Rossiter

Co-Guest Stars
Ana Mercedes
As Sally
Bradley James
As Donnie, Secret Service Agent
Charles Noland
As Steve
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Eric Payne
As Agent At Door (as Eric A. Payne)
Kris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mindy Seeger
As Chris
Roger Ontiveros
As Sidney
Thomas Spencer
As Jeff, Officer #1
Timothy Davis-Reed
As Mark
Wendy Haines
As Abbey's Secret Service Agent

Carlos Cervantes
As Bobby
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 was nominated for a 2001 Prism Award for Best TV Prime Time Drama Series Episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Johann Sebastian BachSuite for Orchestra Number 3 in D Major 

Episode Quotes
Toby: If everybody out there takes it the way she did, we may be okay. If a few more people in here took it the way she did, that'd be all right, too.
Josh: Was that for me?
Toby: That was for me.

Mrs. Landingham: (about her new car) When you get inside, there's this --
Bartlet: Smell?
Mrs. Landingham: How did you know?
Bartlet: It's the smell of freedom ... and the chemicals they treat your dashboard with.

Mrs. Landingham: You know I could beat you up anytime I want, sir.
Bartlet: Secret Service would have you down like a calf at a rodeo.

Leo: We're not going to stop, soften, detour, postpone, circumvent, obfuscate or trade a single one of our goals to allow for whatever extracurricular nonsense is coming our way in the next days, weeks and months.
Toby: When did we decide this?
Leo: Just now.

Reporter: You didn't answer my question.
C.J.: How about that.

Episode Goofs
It is stated that the Marine's are armed with M-14s. However, M-14s were phased out in the 1970s and replaced with M-16s.

Cultural References
Leo: Dessalines is in the trunk of the ambassador's car!

Dessalines, the name of the Haitian President-elect, is a possible reference to J.J. Dessalines, a Haitian military general.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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