The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 21

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 10, 2000 on NBC
8.9
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Bartlet gets closer to making the FEC campaign finance reform-friendly, but his opponents strike back by making Sam's former dalliance with the call girl public knowledge; CJ waits anxiously for the administration's approval rating.

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  • The Ambassador Shuffle and friends but for the love of money.

    8.0
    I felt really bad for Barry Haskel, the FEC chair that they brought to the White House to convince to back up their play, for how he was kind of hamstrung by Leo and Bartlet, though it was funny to watch. The ambassador shuffle was interesting. Pretty impressive of them to turn what was a problem in its own right(replacing the US ambassador to Bulgaria) into the solution to another problem(getting a fourth commissioner behind them on the FEC). Plus Bartlet's reaction was great,



    Bartlet: Hey, I like this. 'Cause if everyone keeps moving up one, I get to go home.



    As was his meeting with Senator Lobell,



    Bartlet: ...You name it, we disagree.

    Lobell: You know why?

    Bartlet: 'Cause I'm a lily livered, bleeding heart liberal, egghead, communist.

    Lobell: Yes, sir. And I'm a gun toting, redneck, son of a *****.

    Bartlet: Yes you are.



    Sam's story with Lori was pretty upsetting. I had a feeling her friend Janine was going to sell them out by the way she was paying such close attention to Lori's phone call with Sam. It was good of Toby to back up Sam, and Bartlet making sure she would be accepted to the Bar was the kind of gesture I've come to expect from him. As was him making a hilarious comment afterward,



    Bartlet: It's nice when we can do something for prostitutes once and awhile, isn't it?



    Josh and Joey were great together in their scenes as well. And I was glad CJ was right about the polls, hopefully that will get her out of the dog house with the staff.



    I was expecting a little more of a lead in going into the season finale, not that its a bad thing that this wasn't, I just wasn't expecting such a stand alone episode(can't really blame me, having come off of Studio 60 which basically had a three episode lead in into the finale). Still a good episode though.moreless
  • Review

    10
    In the 21th episode of the first season of the hit TV show The West Wing titled Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics. Sam's association with Laurie comes back to hunt him and The West Wing staff. The West wing staff a wait President Bartlet's approval rating numbers to see if they should be worried. Overall I liked all of the storylines of the episode mostly Sam's as it was the best out of all of them. The FEC story was also done well. My overall rating for this episode of The West Wing is 10 out of 10 Perfect Score.moreless
  • Sam, after a months playing with faith, finally is caught with Laurie.. and president had excellent strategy to deal with ambassadors..

    8.4
    It was quite vice versa episode with different approaches. First a little storyline concentrates the staff predictions about their points after this week. CJ makes most optimistic prediction and Leo somehow sums all the messages and her idea gets lost. In the end they will get even more.



    On the same time president has to deal with one ambassador and he has brilliant strategy - move one there, the one who was there, else.. and so one.. and get everything in place. The humor on that decision - it was enjoyable.



    But the major happening is Sam and Laurie - she is having graduation and they say he cannot go. So, he comes later and gives her a present.. but it was all a set up by Laurie's friend who sell them for newspaper.. and now.. it is out...moreless
  • The President has troubles with an ambassidor and Sam is caught with Laurie.

    9.3
    Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics was a very good episode there were thing that I liked about it and disliked. I liked that the President worked to get the former ambassidor to Bulguria a job evan though I do not think that he deserved it but I can understand why he did it. I really hated the fact that Laurie's friend set her up for public humiliation because she was offered 50,000 dollars just to get her in a picture with Sam. I was really happy that the President was so supportive of what happened and told Sam to call her and tell her there will be a job in the US atternys office.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

Thom Gossom Jr.

Thom Gossom Jr.

Ted Mitchell

Guest Star

David Huddleston

David Huddleston

Max Lobell

Guest Star

Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton

Barry Haskell

Guest Star

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Laurie

Recurring Role

Renée Estevez

Renée Estevez

Nancy

Recurring Role

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Joey Lucas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sam: You're not going to fire the ambassador. You're going to promote him.
      Bartlet: To what?
      Sam: Ambassador to Paraguay.
      Bartlet: And what happenes to the ambassador to Paraguay?
      Sam: You make him ambassador to Bulgaria.
      Bartlet: I like this. If everybody keeps moving up one, I get to go home.

    • Cochran: I think it would be appropriate at this time to make a confession. I never voted for you.
      Bartlet: Well, thanks for trying, but here I am anyway.

    • Bartlet: Let me just tell you, I need a favor. I need you to hire a guy.
      Mitchell: Who sir?
      Bartlet: A former ambassador to Bulgaria.
      Mitchell: Who is that, sir?
      Bartlet: Ken Cochran.
      Mitchell: Well, isn't Ken Cochran the current ambassador to Bulgaria?
      Bartlet: Not for long. Look, he's a good man, a smart man, I think he'd make a very good corporate officer.
      Mitchell: Why is he being fired, sir?
      Bartlet: Gross incompetence. I'll be right back.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Allison Janney won a 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode in conjunction with "Celestial Navigation"

    • Don Scardino, who directed this episode, also directed Aaron Sorkin's play, "A Few Good Men," on Broadway.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode Title: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
      The title comes from a Benjamin Disraeli quote: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

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