The West Wing

Season 6 Episode 4

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 2004 on NBC
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Margaret and Charlie prove to be invaluable allies as C.J. has a rough first day in her new position, made even more difficult by a Russian bearing radioactive gifts and a Defense Secretary's attempts to undermine her; Toby's less than stellar performance in the briefing room makes the search for a new press secretary a top priority, and Josh volunteers Donna to assist him in interviewing potential candidates; faced with a number of vulnerable seats in the upcoming election, Josh attempts to dissuade Matthew Santos from dropping out of another race for the House.moreless

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  • CJ's first day on the job.

    8.8
    CJ's sudden promotion may not have been explained completely, but here we get to see what happens to her on the first day of her job. In a Capra-esque fashion she stumbles initially but a sudden bit of inspiration at the end saves the day. Would it have been more realistic if her entire first day sucked? I think so. Toby's struggle with his new task seems more acceptable and certainly more enjoyable. But who in the administration came up with the idea of putting a man with limited social skills at the head of press office? Again, the writers may have chosen a good plot rather than a realistic set of events.moreless
David Hadinger

David Hadinger

Donald Donchick

Guest Star

Eugene Alper

Eugene Alper

Roman Mindeli

Guest Star

David Shatraw

David Shatraw

Ed Merridy

Guest Star

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Annabeth Schott

Recurring Role

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Margaret

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Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald

Carol Fitzpatrick

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • CJ: I love you. Desperately.
      Toby: I know.
      CJ: They lowballed the estimates. Hutchinsons trying to railroad the Georgia Project because he can't afford it. [CJ kissed Toby on the cheek.]
      Toby: I could be good at briefing.
      CJ: That's debatable. Bring her in to do the search. Put her in media relations.
      Toby: I don't think that parts a good idea.
      CJ: She'll be helpful to you... If you wanna brief, you should brief. You know why? Because I trust you. And you most certainly have a quality.
      Toby: I'm watchable.

    • CJ: You got the energy quarterly?
      Bartlet: I got it right here, thank you.
      CJ: I'd like it back.
      Bartlet: How about you get your own copy?
      CJ: We're not ready to assess domestic nuclear storage facilities, sir. The team hasn't evaluated all the options and I haven't presented you with complete information.
      Bartlet: You don't think this is a good start?
      CJ: I think it's you doing my job for me. You're looking at this based on DOD's call. Their perspective is valid, but it's only one perspective, and until we've gathered all the others, if you need something to read, I recommend the new Benjamin Franklin bio. It's a real page turner. [Grabs papers and begins to exit] Thank you, Mr. President.
      Fidderer: What was that?
      Bartlet: I just got spanked.
      Fidderer Hmm... Sorry I missed it. She still nervous?
      Bartlet: I don't think so, no.

    • Josh: (reading a note that CJ sent him and Toby) J and T, nothing without you.

    • C.J.: I love you desperately.
      Toby: I know.

    • C.J. (to Margaret): You're an odd woman, and I've never quite understood you, but you are extremely capable and you run this office like a Swiss watch, and you're tall, which is reassuring. Leo may need you, and if he does, that's okay, but if he's willing to part with you, I hope you'll stay.

    • C.J.: Sure, I'll tiger-team it. Grrrr!
      Bartlet: What was that?
      C.J.: Nothing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Jimmy Smits and John Spencer previously costarred on the NBC series "L.A. Law" for one season in 1990-1991.

    • Jimmy Smits joins the cast as future presidential candidate Matt Santos. Kristin Chenoweth starts her recurring role as Annabeth Schott. Stockard Channing and Mary McCormack do not appear in this episode.

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