The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 18

Six Meetings Before Lunch

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 05, 2000 on NBC
8.8
out of 10
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146 votes
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Episode Summary

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Mendoza is confirmed by the Senate; Mandy needs Toby's help to replace a dead panda bear; Sam angers Mallory when she reads a position paper that he wrote supporting school vouchers; Josh meets with Jeff Breckenridge, who is irritating certain Congressmen with his stance on slavery reparations.moreless

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  • The Jackal, two pandas, and 1.7 trillion dollars.

    9.0
    I felt like popping a bottle of something myself during the cold open, really was nice to see them get a big win that they so richly deserve(and need). And it got even better after that,



    Sam: Now we're gonna go in there and we're gonna watch CJ do The Jackal, and believe me if you haven't seen CJ do The Jackal, than you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it's meant to be done.



    I concur, though I might give up getting to watch it for Malory. Seeing Toby in such a good mood was nice, and a little odd.



    Toby: You on the other hand should turn that frown upside down.

    Margaret: I'm sorry?

    Toby: Let a smile be your umbrella, Margaret.

    Margaret: Okay, now you're scaring the crap out of me Toby.



    Leave it to Mandy to find a way to ruin it with her panda bear plan. Bartlet didn't have much time in this episode but he still killed it when he was talking about George Washington to Charlie. Josh's meeting with Breckenridge was interesting, discussing reparations, I agree its the kind of thing that's never going to stop being debated.



    Great getting to see the team have something to celebrate, and the plot kept me interested through out the episode.moreless
  • Review

    10
    Spoilers – In the 18th episode of the first season of the hit TV show The West Wing titled Six Meetings Before Lunch. Toby is happy about getting the person on The supreme Court who they wanted on The Supreme Court.

    Josh has a conversation about civil rights reparations. Sam and Mallory argue about school vouchers and Zoey goes to a party where someone was arrested and it creates problems for The West Wing Staff. Over all I liked the episode and the thought Sam's storyline was the best out of all of them all the end of the review.moreless
  • Toby is in good mood until.. candy bar.. no.. panda bear.

    8.4
    It was charming episode with many different storyline, focus in many characters. Toby has his glory when Mendoza is accepted by Senat. Sam has troubles with Leo's daughter who read some paper he wrote not knowing that it did not reflect his real opinion - but he does not say that and continues arguing with her and all ends quite nice. Josh has to deal with man who has some interesting thoughts about history and slavery and he will have debat all day long. But the main trouble seems to be Zoey again - she was in party where they arrested a young man who had drugs. Zoey is ambushed by a reporter and she lies...moreless
  • Toby's day of jubilee.

    10
    Six Meetings Before Lunch was a great episode of The West Wing. I really liked that the White House was able to get Mendoza confirmed by the senate. I thought that it was great that Toby was in a good mood that Mendoza was confirmed and that before they got all the votes Toby was freaking out about people celebrating to early. I thought that it was funny that the President got mad at the reporters because one approched Zoey at her school. How funny was it that Toby's mood changed as soon as Mandy asked him about getting a new panda bear.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

Christopher Wynne

Christopher Wynne

Edgar Drumm

Guest Star

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Jeff Breckenridge

Guest Star

Erin LeShawn Wiley

Erin LeShawn Wiley

College Student #2

Guest Star

Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox

Gina Toscano

Recurring Role

Suzy Nakamura

Suzy Nakamura

Kathy

Recurring Role

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss

Zoey Bartlet

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The Andrew Johnson fireplace in "Mural Room" - (room with the big fireplace and the painted walls) is lid in the scene with Josh and Donna while in season 02 episode 11 "Leadership Breakfast" opening scene it has been welled shut since 1896.

    • Sam's middle name is Norman.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Mallory: Wow.
      Sam: What?
      Mallory: For a guy who's trying to date me, that was pretty snotty.
      Sam: Well, hang on. These are office hours. If I'd know I was working on that I would have had a whole different attitude.

    • Mallory: How could you write that position paper?
      Sam: Which position paper?
      Mallory: Don't play dumb with me.
      Sam: No, honestly I am dumb. Most of the time I'm playing smart.

    • Gina: I'm gonna look through an FBI photo album of teenage Nazis.
      CJ: Why?
      Gina: I'm on a break.

    • Mandy: I think we should get a panda bear.
      Josh: You say that now, but I'm the one who's gonna end up feeding him.

    • Margaret: Hey, Toby.
      Toby: Hey there, Margaret.
      Margaret: You all right?
      Toby: Of course I'm all right. Why wouldn't I be?
      Margaret: You don't usually say "Hey there Margaret."
      Toby: What do I usually say?
      Margaret: You usually growl something inaudible.
      Toby: Not today... You on the other hand should turn that frown upside down.
      Margaret: Excuse me?
      Toby: Let a smile be your umbrella.
      Margaret: Okay, now you're scaring the crap out of me.
      (They walk off in separate directions.)
      Toby singing: Gray skies are going to clear up... Hi Bobby. Put on a happy face. Hi Janet.

    • Toby: You're talking to me during "The Jackal"?!

    • Bartlet (quoting from a book by George Washinton): "In public, put not your hands on any part of your body that is usually covered."
      C.J.: Well, I do what it takes to keep the press corps happy, Mr. President.

    • Sam: It's my day of jubilee.
      Mallory: I despise you and everything you stand for.
      Sam: All right, my day was a little bit better a few seconds ago, but that's all right.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The staff making a big deal about C.J. singing "The Jackal" is similar to another of Aaron Sorkin show's episode plot. In the Sports Night episode "Dear Louise" the staff of the show makes a big deal about Dana (Felicity Huffman) drinking Margarita's and singing "Boogie Shoes." Several other plots from Sports Night will show up on The West Wing in one form or another along with several actors from the show.

    • What are the six meetings?
      1. Josh and Jeff Breckenridge
      2. Sam and Mallory
      3. C.J. and Zoey
      4. Mandy and Toby
      5. C.J. and Gina
      6. C.J. and the President

    • Music:
      Allison Janney lip syncs "The Jackal" from Ronny Jordan's The Quiet Revolution CD.
      Toby sings "Put on a Happy Face" in the hallway. The music is by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. The song if from Bye, Bye, Birdie.

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