The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 13

The Long Goodbye

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 15, 2003 on NBC



  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Alzheimer's Disease, the disease from which C.J.'s father is suffering, is often referred to as "the long goodbye." This is especially true during the later stages of dementia, due to the slow deterioration of the patient's mental and physical state (on average eight years from the first signs of the disease to death). Former First Lady Nancy Reagan often referred to her husband's Alzheimer's as "the long goodbye" and the Reagan's youngest daughter, Patti Davis, wrote a book by that title reflecting on her father's descent into the disease.