The West Wing

The Short List

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/24/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Bartlet struggles to name a nominee to the Supreme Court when the perfect nominee turns out to be not so perfect; A congressman attacks the staff, claiming that 1 in 3 use drugs.

  • 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 (4)
  • A drug report surfaces about the White House staff.

    By amfarley84, Jun 05, 2007

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  • Another busy day in White House

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Leo: I guess you're the guy with the worst job in the building this week, huh? Josh: I was interrogating this intern from the Legislative Liaison's Office, and she broke down crying while telling me about the bong she had made out of an eggplant. Leo: You can do that? Josh: I used to use a potato. Leo: You've always been industrious.

    • Sam: In 1787, there was a sizable block of delegates who were initially opposed to the Bill of Rights. One member of the Georgia delegation had to stay by way of opposition, "If we list the set of rights, some fools in the future are going to claim that people are entitled only to those rights enumerated and no longer. The framers knew..." Harrison: Were you just calling me a fool, Mr. Seaborn? Sam: I wasn't calling you a fool, sir. The brand new state of Georgia was.

    • Justice Crouch (to Bartlet): You ran great guns in the campaign. It was an insurgency, boy, a sight to see. And then you drove to the middle of the road the moment after you took the oath. Just the middle of the road. Nothing but a long line painted yellow.

    • Bartlet (to Mendoza): You were not the first choice. But you are the last one, and the right one.

    • Sam (about the most important issue of the coming decade): 20s & 30s it was the role of government. 50s & 60s it was civil rights. The next 20 years it will be about privacy. The Internet. Cell phones. Health records. And who's gay and who's not. Besides, in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?

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    Trivia (3)

    • Goof : At the beginning of the episode, when Josh is walking with Donna, she is on the right side of the camera and he's on the right side, but when they turn right and Sam appears they've changed sides and Donna is on the Left and Josh on the right.

    • This is the first appearance of Gail, C.J.'s goldfish.

    • CJ refers to reporter Katie Witt (Kris Murphy) as Kris which is her real name.

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