The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 16

20 Hours in L.A.

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 2000 on NBC

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  • The staff heads to the West Coast for an event filled schedule.

    This episode contains a brilliant turn by Bob Balaban as a heavyweight Hollywood Studio Chief, who, as it happens, is gay The culmination of the trip to California is a campaign fundraiser he is hosting at his home. He attempts to hold the fundraiser hostage unless President Bartlett makes a statement in support of Gays in the military. Towards the end of the evening, there is an exquisitely played scene with Balaban and Martin Sheen discussing Balaban's tactics and the wisdom of the President not making such an overt statement. The quiet intensity and weariness of both men, men who are charged with overseeing massive humanity on a daily basis, combined with an actor's generosity to create a scene that remains memorable 10 years later. The rest of the staff wander this party, star-struck, fending off development deals and pseudo-celebrity hangers-on. Much humor in this episode.
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