The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 9

The Short List

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 24, 1999 on NBC
8.9
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Bartlet struggles to name a nominee to the Supreme Court when the perfect nominee turns out to be not so perfect; A congressman attacks the staff, claiming that 1 in 3 use drugs.

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  • A drug report surfaces about the White House staff.

    10
    I thought that this was a great episode with good stoylines. I thought that it was a little two faced of the U.S. government to say that drugs are bad then to have a report surface saying the one third of the staff of the Whit House uses drugs. I thought that it was wrong of who ever had the press confrence about it because he was trying to go after Leo because of a pill addiction he had a few years back. I thought that it was funny to see the president have his mind made up on a supreme court nominee because of his stand on privacy rights.moreless
  • The Short List.

    10
    In the 9th episode of the first season of the hit TV show The West Wing Titled. The Short List.. The West Wing Staff and President Bartlet try to find a nominee for the Supreme Court. There First choice turns out to be the wrong choice for the job on the court. A congressman makes allegations that The White House staff has problems of substance abuse. I thought the episode was really good and not bad not bad all the stories of the episode work out nicely and none of it was boring my overall rainting is 10 out 10.moreless
  • The Gang That Can't Shoot Straight.

    8.0
    Just when you think they got a win, it gets stripped away. Toby summed it up pretty well,



    "We've been doing this for a year and all we've gotten is a year older. Our job approval rating is 48%, and I think that number's soft. And I'm tired of being the field captain for the gang that couldn't shoot straight!"



    Felt bad for Josh having to become the White House's internal drug czar. Leo's confession was a shocker, definitely didn't see that coming. Don't see how it could get much worse, though at least they saved the situation as best they could giving the nom. to Mendoza.



    Haven't mentioned Danny(Timothy Busfield) yet, for which I feel ashamed. He was one of my favorite characters on S60 and I think I like him even more on TWW. I swear that guy was born just to deliver Sorkin dialogue. Also don't mind the romantic stuff with CJ since thus far it's all taken place in the office and hasn't taken away from the main plot(s).moreless
  • Another busy day in White House

    8.2
    Another episode with good tempo and surprises. The main trouble seems to be a candidate for nominee to the Supreme Court. They think they have perfect man but then it comes out he wrote something when he was younger that does not fit so much. Some of the staff are mad as they have the information but noone else has it and he is better in their view of point than other candidates. But the rally who to nominee is not the only problem. Someone says that every third person in White House use drugs. CJ is mad and tries to find out where that information came, Josh is somehow acting weird but he figures out what the problem is - it is Leo who used bills once. But president ensures - he is not going to leave and give up because this. Leo is good man and they will fight!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

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Judge Peyton Cabot Harrison III

Guest Star

Mason Adams

Mason Adams

Joseph Crouch

Guest Star

Holmes Osborne

Holmes Osborne

Peter Lillienfield

Guest Star

Timothy Busfield

Timothy Busfield

Danny Concannon

Recurring Role

Janel Moloney

Janel Moloney

Donna Moss

Recurring Role

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Margaret

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof : At the beginning of the episode, when Josh is walking with Donna, she is on the right side of the camera and he's on the right side, but when they turn right and Sam appears they've changed sides and Donna is on the Left and Josh on the right.

    • This is the first appearance of Gail, C.J.'s goldfish.

    • CJ refers to reporter Katie Witt (Kris Murphy) as Kris which is her real name.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Leo: I guess you're the guy with the worst job in the building this week, huh?
      Josh: I was interrogating this intern from the Legislative Liaison's Office, and she broke down crying while telling me about the bong she had made out of an eggplant.
      Leo: You can do that?
      Josh: I used to use a potato.
      Leo: You've always been industrious.

    • Sam: In 1787, there was a sizable block of delegates who were initially opposed to the Bill of Rights. One member of the Georgia delegation had to stay by way of opposition, "If we list the set of rights, some fools in the future are going to claim that people are entitled only to those rights enumerated and no longer. The framers knew..."
      Harrison: Were you just calling me a fool, Mr. Seaborn?
      Sam: I wasn't calling you a fool, sir. The brand new state of Georgia was.

    • Justice Crouch (to Bartlet): You ran great guns in the campaign. It was an insurgency, boy, a sight to see. And then you drove to the middle of the road the moment after you took the oath. Just the middle of the road. Nothing but a long line painted yellow.

    • Bartlet (to Mendoza): You were not the first choice. But you are the last one, and the right one.

    • Sam (about the most important issue of the coming decade): 20s & 30s it was the role of government. 50s & 60s it was civil rights. The next 20 years it will be about privacy. The Internet. Cell phones. Health records. And who's gay and who's not. Besides, in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?

    • Danny Concannon: It's not my job to help you out. In fact I'd get fired from my job for helping you out.

    • Toby: This isn't the time, Josh. We're taking water over the side. ...We've been here for a year, and all we've gotten is a year older. ...I'm tired of being field captain for the gang that couldn't shoot straight. We're getting this done.

    • Leo: Where is C.J.?
      C.J. (from behind him): Right here.
      Leo: You should wear a bell around your neck, you know that?

    • Josh: You're Leo McGarry. You're not going to be taken down by this small fraction of a man. I won't permit it.

    • Toby: C.J., no leaks. If the name of this nominee is leaked out before I want it to be leaked out, I'm going to blame you, and you're going to find that unpleasant.
      C.J.: I've got to tell you something, Toby. You're hot when you're like this.

    • Jed: Which one of you is the man?
      Toby: On this one, we'd like to think of ourselves collectively as da men, sir.

    • Josh: Five White House staffers in the room. I would like to say to the 1.6 of you that are stoned right now, it's time to share.

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