The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 8

Enemies

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 1999 on NBC
8.5
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Bartlet and Hoynes argue in front of the Cabinet; C.J. fends off Danny's advances when she suspects he's after a big story; Mallory asks Sam out; the staff leaps hurdles to pass a banking bill.

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  • A more character/relationship driven episode, rather than plot driven.

    7.5
    I love how the VP(Tim Matheson) has the gall to be offended at being accused of leaking a story. It's not like he's never screwed over the administration before or anything.



    And does anyone else find it insane that amendments can be tacked on to a bill that has nothing to do with that bill? Definitely understand Josh's frustration,



    "I do give a damn about hanging a sign outside the White House that says, 'Hey republicans in congress, feel free to slap us around anytime you want to, just to show us that you can.'"



    The Sam, Leo, and Mallory stuff was pretty funny,



    "Don't 'hey baby' me, you addled minded, Machiavellian jerk!"



    Not much plot development in this episode, focused more on relationships, which is okay when done as well as Sorkin does.moreless
  • Review

    10
    In the 8th episode of the first season of the hit TV show The West Wing Titled. Enemies The President Of The United States and The Vice-President Of The United States have an argument in front of the cabinet in a meeting and Danny is looking around to find out way. Sam's date with Leos daughter is put on hold when Leo has him write a birthday message . overall a great funny episode Sam rewriting the birthday message was very funny and I thought they did a good job with that storyline of this episode the rest of the episode was also really well written endmoreless
  • "We talk more about enemies than we used to..."

    6.9
    The question still remains: Who is the enemy? And even in this episode this is not sure who Josh thought when he said the line.



    The main thing seems to go around two things - first is Leo and his daughter who is not happy that Leo is just walking away from his marriage. She gets two tickets from her father and decides to ask Sam out with her. Sam goes with this to Leo and Leo, who does not like the idea that tickets what were originally for him and his wife, will be used that way, so he gives Sam too much work in pointless assignment. But Mallory is clever enough to figure it out and bursts into Leo's office. Intriguing and good storyline but did look little fake . They did not acted it out believably.



    The other main story was around CJ and Danny and the cabinet meeting. Some information leaked out and CJ is trying to stop Danny from publishing it and also find out the who leaked it. They all think it was vice president and some more clearance of his action is made understandable. Maybe he is the enemy? Because he is not happy were he is? Maybe someone else? It all leaves uncertain and somehow not ended.moreless
  • Sam has a date with Leo's daughter.

    9.6
    I thought that this was an amazing episode of The West Wing. I thought that it was nice of Leo to give Mallory the tickets to the oprea that was suppose to be for Leo and his wife. It was nice of Mallory to ask Sam to go with her. I was shocked that the President reacted to the news of Leo and his wife are going to get a divorce but I was really happy to see the President helped Leo with showing Mallory that it was not Leo's fault that her parents are divorcing. It was funny to see Sam writing a birthday message that he was overqualified to write.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Moira Kelly

Moira Kelly

Mandy Hampton (Episodes 1-22)

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

Colin Gray

Colin Gray

Bruce

Guest Star

Charley Lang

Charley Lang

Matt Skinner

Guest Star

Robyn Pedretti

Robyn Pedretti

Candy

Guest Star

Renée Estevez

Renée Estevez

Nancy

Recurring Role

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Delores Landingham

Recurring Role

Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson

John Hoynes

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: While Sam Seaborn is writing a birthday "message" the black cap behind him changes from an ATF hat in one scene to a DEA hat in another scene.

    • This episode marks the one and only time we have seen the Cabinet Room throughout the duration of the series. The room is not to be mistaken with the Roosevelt Room that the West Wing staff use to hold their own meetings in the show. This can be seen by the different colored chairs used in the Cabinet Room scene. And note that the President's chair beside Vice President Hoynes as he is seated is also raised slightly higher than the rest, this is in fact how the President's chair in the actual Cabinets Room is.

    • This was the first 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 four's ·Swiss Diplomacy" and "The Long Goodbye."

    • Bartlett says of Cabinet meetings that he finds them to be a waste of time, but that Leo "assures him that they are constitutionally required." In actual fact, the US Cabinet has no constitutional or legal basis, and is convened at the President's discretion

    • This episode was a 2001 WGA Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Television Writing for Episodic Drama.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Josh: I always knew the day would come when Sam would start selling off entire states. I was just hoping he'd start with Delaware.

    • Sam: You're asking me out on a date.
      Mallory: I'm asking you to accompany me to the Beijing Opera tonight.
      Sam: How is this not a date?
      Mallory: There will be, under no circumstances, any sex for you tonight.
      Sam: Well,like most people I'm an absolute nut for Chinese opera and with your guarantee there will be no sex, I don't see how I can refuse.

    • Josh: We talk about enemies more than we used to.

    • Bartlet: We should organize a staff field-trip to Shenandoah. I could even act as the guide. What do you think?
      Josh: Good a place as any to dump your body.
      Bartlet: What was that?
      Josh: Did I say that out loud?

    • Leo (annoyed at his daughter): I had an opportunity to give you up for adoption.

    • Bartlet: I find these [Cabinet] meetings to be a fairly mind-numbing experience, but Leo assures me they are Constitutionally required.

    • Josh: You're quite a nerd, Mr. President.

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