The West Wing

Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

Season 1, Ep 19, Aired 4/26/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Mandy's old memo about Bartlet administration weaknesses surfaces; Josh tries to get administration nominees appointed to the Federal Elections Committee; Sam works to get a better policy on gays in the military.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Sheen

    President Jed Bartlet

  • Dule Hill

    Charlie Young

  • Allison Janney

    Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

  • Moira Kelly

    Mandy Hampton (Episodes 1-22)

  • Rob Lowe

    Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • A necessary argument.

    By kickdoor, May 11, 2010

  • President Bartlett takes a stand.

    By supercin721, Nov 22, 2008

  • When 2 seats open on the FEC, President Bartlett floats the idea of swimming against the Gays in the Military...

    By JoshSeaborn, Mar 19, 2008

  • Review

    By CTUBauer24, Sep 24, 2008

  • They decide to speak up...

    By Parricida, Nov 20, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Leo: That sound alright to you, Josh? Josh: I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States. Leo: Yeah? CJ: I serve at the pleasure of the President. Sam: I serve at the pleasure of President Bartlet. Leo: Toby? (Toby pauses) Toby: I serve at the pleasure of the President. Leo: Good...well let's get in the game! (They leave. Leo follows them to close the door and sees President Bartlet in his office, having heard everything. They acknowledge each other before turning away.)

    • Leo: That guy gets death threats because he's black and he dates your daughter. He was warned: "Do not show up. Your life will be in danger." He said: "To hell with that, I'm going anyway." You said: "No." Prudent or not, this 21 year old at $600 a week said: "I'm going where I want to, cause a man stands up."

    • Fitzwallace: I also think the military shouldn't be an instrument for social change... Problem is, that's what they were saying to me fifty years ago. Blacks shouldn't serve with whites, it would disrupt the unit... You know what? It did disrupt the unit. You know what else? The unit got over it.

    • Mrs. Landingham: You don't get enough roughage. Bartlet: I know I'd like to beat you senseless with a head of cabbage. I know that for damn sure. Mrs. Landingham: Once again, you display an immaturity about vegetables that I think is not at all presidential.

    Notes (1)

    • Awards and Nominations: John Spencer was nominated for the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode in conjunction with "Five Votes Down" Won 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in conjuction with many other episodes from the season

    Trivia (2)

    • Goof: Since Mandy's memo is a work product of her contract with Russell, it would be owned by him, and therefore she could not legally show it to the Bartlet administration. (She could, however, create a new memo for them which said essentially the same thing.)

    • Goof: Sam says that he got the weather update from a Coast Guard First Lieutentant, but there is no such rank. The Coast Guard follows Navy ranks which would be either a Lieutenant or a Lieutenant Junior Grade.

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