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The West Wing: Bartlet for America

The White House is adorned with holiday decorations, but the staff is feeling anything but merry as they deal with threats to firebomb black churches in Tennessee on Christmas Eve. Leo is also lacking the holiday spirit as he prepares to testify to the House committee concerning the non-disclosure of Bartlet's MS issue -- and the $650 an hour he's paying his lawyer doesn't help any. Flashbacks reveal the President's reasons for not disclosing his illness during his time as governor.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x9
Production Number: 227210
Airdate: Wednesday December 12th, 2001

Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Dec 02, 2004

Special Guest Stars
Tim MathesonTim Matheson
As John Hoynes

Guest Stars
Clark GreggClark Gregg
As Special Agent Michael Casper
James HandyJames Handy
As Joseph Bruno
Joanna GleasonJoanna Gleason
As Jordon Elaine Kendall
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Mark FeuersteinMark Feuerstein
As Cliff Calley
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Doug BallardDoug Ballard
As Ed Pratt
Ellis E. WilliamsEllis E. Williams
As Algiss Skyler
Mark HutterMark Hutter
As Rep. Erickson (R)
Randy ThompsonRandy Thompson
As CEO Donor
Steven GilbornSteven Gilborn
As Paul Dearborn
Todd WaringTodd Waring
As Rep. Rathburn

Co-Guest Stars
David St. JamesDavid St. James
As Darren Gibson
Joe OJoe O'Connor
As Rep. Calhoun
Greta SeshetaGreta Sesheta
As Congresswoman
Judy KainJudy Kain
As Event Planner
Thomas CarringtonThomas Carrington
As Congressional Staffer
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
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Episode Quotes
Mrs. Landingham: Governor, does it frustrate you to constantly aim for humour and yet miss so dramatically?

Cliff: This is why good people hate us. This, right here. This thing. This isn't what these hearings are about. He cannot possibly have been properly prepared by counsel for these questions, nor should he ever have to answer them publicly. And if you proceed with this line of questioning, I will resign this Committee, and wait in the tall grass for you, Congressman. Because you are killing the party.

Mike: In thirteen years with the bureau I've discovered that there's no amount of money, man-power or knowledge that can equal the person you're looking for being stupid.
Bartlet: God, well, some of the stupidest criminals in the world are working right here in America. I've always been very proud of that.

Leo: Don't help me.
Josh: I'm gonna help you, 'cause you know why?
Leo: 'Cause you walk around with so much guilt about everybody you love dying that you're a compulsive fixer?

Abbey: Sam Seaborn's very funny.
Bartlet: Which one is he?
Abbey: The young one.
Bartlet: They're all young.

Episode References
Bartlet: Well, well, well.
Bartlet: Dodged a bullet.
Leo: For the moment.
Bartlet: Which is more than I can say for me in Rosslyn.

Bartlet is referring to him being shot in episode entitled "What Kind of Day it has been?"

Leo: Don't help me.
Josh: I'm going to help you, 'cause you know why?
Leo: 'Cause you walk around with so much guilt about everybody you love dying
that you're a compulsive fixer?
Josh: No, Leo, no. It's 'cause a guy is walking down the street and he falls into
a hole, see.

This is a reference to the episode "Noel" where Leo tells a story to Josh about a guy who falls in a hole.

Leo: This guy's walking down a street, when he falls in a hole. The walls are so
steep. He can't get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up "Hey you! Can you
help me out?" The doctor writes him a prescription, throws it down the hole and moves
on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up "Father, I'm down in this hole, can you
help me out?" The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then
a friend walks by. "Hey Joe, it's me, can you help me out?" And the friend jumps in
the hole! Our guy says "Are you stupid? Now we're both down here!" and the friend says,
"Yeah, but I've been down here before, and I know the way out."

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