The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 16

20 Hours in L.A.

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



  • Trivia

    • In this episode Jorja Fox appears as Zoey's Secret Service agent, although her name is mispelled on the credits she is listed as Jorjan Fox.

    • Marlee Matlin (Joey Lucas) and Elizabeth Moss (Zoey Bartlet) have guest starred in many of ths same series. The have both had recurring roles on, of course, The West Wing, and Picket Fences. They have even appeared on Law & Order, albeit on seperate series of the francise (Matlin on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Moss on Law & Order: Trial By Jury). What's most interesting is that with the frequent recurrence in these roles they have never shared a scene on The West Wing or in Picket Fences. Take this episode for example in which they both appear but not together.

    • When Donna and Josh are checking in to the hotel, Josh has trouble opening his door with his key card. Years later, in the episode "King Corn", after they have both left the White House, they are checking in to rooms that are across from each other and as he is having trouble with his key card yet again, she comes over and helps him.

    • While Josh is talking to Joey Lucas with Kenny, Kenny says what Joey is signing a few signs before she even signed the word he said.

    • As the President boards Air Force One, the entire port wing is visible, including the six-foot vertical winglet at the end. The plane commonly used as Air Force One is one of two modified Boeing 747-200s; Boeing didn't add the winglet until the 747-400 model.

  • Quotes

    • Josh (about the President): How's he doing in there?
      Sam: Oh, he's got that look on his face like he's thinking about ways to kill himself.

    • Bartlet: Is there an epidemic of flag burning going on that I'm not aware of?

    • C.J.: If there's anything I can do.
      Jay Leno: You know what would be great? If you could get him to drive his bike into a tree again.

    • Toby: I just figured out who you were.
      Kiefer: He's gonna say Satan.
      Toby: No, you're the guy that runs into the 7-11 to get Satan a pack of cigarettes.

    • Toby: I'm not coming in the car?
      Bartlet: No, and you know why? Because you made fun of the guacamole.
      Toby: I didn't!
      Bartlet: I could tell you were thinking it.
      Toby: Fair enough.

  • Notes

    • Additional Credits:
      Production Assistancy by Korean Air
      Washington DC Prodcution Services by ThinkFilm Inc.

    • Moira Kelly does not appear in this episode, despite the fact that her character was the one who pushed for the fundraiser in "The Crackpot's and These Women."

    • At the party, a starstruck Donna exclaims, "Matt Perry, right there, goodbye!" Several years later, Matthew Perry appeared as a guest star in three episodes.

  • Allusions

    • Donna: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.

      This is the first line of the poem "To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick (1591–1674). The poem is advice to seize the moment, carpe deim, as Donna correctly interprets.

    • Jay Leno: You know what would be great? If you could get him to drive his bike into a tree again.
      Leno is alluding to the pilot episode, in which Bartlet rides his bike into a tree.