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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

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

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

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

Carlos CervantesCarlos Cervantes
As Bobby
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 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
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