The West Wing

The Long Goodbye

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 1/15/03
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  • Episode Description
  • While Toby unsuccessfully attempts to fill her shoes in the briefing room, C.J. returns to Dayton, where she gives a speech at her high school reunion, reconnects with an old friend, and struggles to deal with her father's worsening Alzheimer's.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Allison Janney

    Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

  • Richard Schiff

    Toby Ziegler

  • Bradley Whitford

    Josh Lyman

  • Jon Robin Baitz

  • Alex Graves

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A great episode for the wrong show

    By Ummagnumma, Mar 05, 2006

  • CJ episode

    By Parricida, Feb 28, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Talmidge Cregg: I started smoking again because I forgot that twenty years ago I quit.

    • C.J. (on cell phone to Toby): No. I didn't mean that you have no social skills, Toby. I, I'm sorry if you think I was being insensitive to you... I, I think you're very... You're a very pretty girl Toby.

    Notes (3)

    • Dayton, Ohio is the home town of Allison Janney and Martin Sheen.

    • The Dayton scenes in this episode were filmed in Oak Park, Illinois, and the restaurant scenes were filmed at Horwath's in Elmwood Park, Illinois. Those were, however, real copies of the Dayton Daily News in the first briefing room scene.

    • Stockard Channing, Dule Hill, Rob Lowe, Joshua Malina, Janel Moloney, John Spencer, and Martin Sheen do not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • C.J. Cregg grew up in Dayton, Ohio as did Allison Janney who portrays her.

    • This was the third of only three episodes to have not been written or co-written by Aaron Sorkin during his tenure as executive producer, the others being season one's "Enemies" and season four's "Swiss Diplomacy."

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: Alzheimer's Disease, the disease from which C.J.'s father is suffering, is often referred to as "the long goodbye." This is especially true during the later stages of dementia, due to the slow deterioration of the patient's mental and physical state (on average eight years from the first signs of the disease to death). Former First Lady Nancy Reagan often referred to her husband's Alzheimer's as "the long goodbye" and the Reagan's youngest daughter, Patti Davis, wrote a book by that title reflecting on her father's descent into the disease.

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