The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 17

The White House Pro-Am

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2000 on NBC
8.5
out of 10
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140 votes
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Abbey keeps the staff busy with the fallout when she leaks her personal preference for a Federal Reserve Board appointment and discusses child labor on a talk show, prompting a Congresswoman to offer an amendment which could shoot down the entire international tariff bill; Charlie's date with Zoey is cancelled because of threats by a white supremacist group.moreless

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  • Read the Signs.

    8.5
    As much as I like the First Lady, she was in the wrong. You can't very well lead the charge against child labor when someone else already is. Though Bartlet didn't really have much room to talk waiting a day to name a new FED Chair just because he was Abigail's ex. Their scene at the end of the episode was great.



    Bartlet: No, no however. Just be wrong. Just stand their in your wrongness and be wrong and get used to it.



    Toby and Josh were both great in their meeting with the three congressmen.



    Toby: You're concerned about American labor and manufacturing? What kind of car do you drive?

    Congressman: Toyota.

    Toby: Than shut up.

    Josh: What Toby meant to say was, that we don't get to see you guys often and it's a crying shame.



    Congressman: Are we keeping you two from something more important?

    Toby: Many, many things.



    The relationship between Charlie and Zoey got a little more interesting. I like Zoey's Secret Service agent, Gina.



    Gina: You're looking at the girl who's job it is to jump in front of the bullet. I like it when she stays in her dorm and watches videos.



    Mrs. Landingham(Kathryn Joosten) made an appearance in this episode. As will all the assistants I like her spunky attitude and she adds as much comedy as Donna and Margaret.



    Mrs. Landingham: I'm just not used to having members of the print media in here.

    Danny: I'll try not to get ink on the furniture.

    Mrs. Landingham: Aww, Danny. And I was just about to offer you a cookie.

    Danny: And now?

    Mrs. Landingham: No.



    I should have mentioned her in the review for In Excelsis Deo, as that was her best performance so far.



    Danny's scene with Bartlet was hilarious as well.



    Danny: I'd be revealing someone else's source.

    Bartlet: We're off the record.

    Danny: Also, I'd get in trouble with the First Lady.

    Bartlet: Welcome to the club, Danny. We had some jackets made.



    Danny: Sir, if it makes you feel any better I just gave some very sage dating advice to Charlie Young.

    Bartlet: You're coaching my personal aide on how best to score with my daughter? Yes, Danny, that does make me feel better.

    Danny: Well anything I can do to help, sir.

    Bartlet: Go away.



    This episode had a fair mix of plot and relationship development.moreless
  • Review.

    10
    Spoilers – In the 17 episode of the first season of the hit TV show The West Wing titled The White House Pro-Am.

    The first lady goes on a morning talk show and talks about child labor and the first lady also leaks who she would like on the Federal Reserve Board Charlie dating Zoey cause hate mail and death threats. Over all I thought the episode was really good and not bad all of the stories of the worked nice with each other. The first lady's storylines were the best and made the episode much better. End of episode review.moreless
  • A little different angle story about Zoey and Abbey

    8.5
    This episode concentrated mostly of President's family and his trouble to cope with them.



    Zoe is dating Charlie but they have got many threats so the security thinks they should not go to the night club opening. Charlie takes it hard but after little thinking, chat with Danny and Zoey's bodyguard, he will come to right conclusion and does good for everyone - they stay in to watch vidoes and so the agent can leave. It was quite lovely :D



    The other major storyline concentrates on President's wife who is trying to do her good helping children who are forced to work and also saying what she thinks - but by both she does them way staff does not like it and someone leaks info but instead going to ask nicely they try to get it without confronting first lady leading into little fight in oval office.



    It was different episode but enjoyable.moreless
  • Aside from a vaguely interesting plotline with the First Lady, an unusually boring and shoddily constructed episode. You can miss this one and you won't lose anything. Odd to see an episode like this come after such outstanding ones before it.moreless

    3.0
    Is it just me, or was this episode surprisingly bad for such a good series? To me it seemed hastily written and lacked cohesiveness. The writers seemed to resort to cheap tricks to give things the semblance of being tied together: Sam running into a Congresswoman at the gym, random personal connections between the First Lady and the same congresswoman, a personal meeting between journalist Danny and the President that came out of nowhere (very strange! -- recall that earlier in the season, CJ offered such a talk to Danny as a major quid pro quo. But now all of a sudden it appears that Danny has a personal relationship with the president), and some bizarre book on America 100 years ago to fill out conversation. Also, Toby can be a jerk, but he's not stupid -- in this episode his personality is taken to utter absurdity (when have White House staffers ever treated congressmen with such overt disdain? What a dumb move for the writers to give him). Besides all these, and many more problems, the conversation seemed at many places just to flat-out stall: characters repeat each others' lines needlessly, and fill time with meaningless empty talk. The affair with the First Lady and her staff and the fed chairman held some interest, but aside from that, I found this to be the first episode of the West Wing I did not like, and it was awful. Especially after such great ones before it -- the Sabbath Day episode was stunning -- this episode felt completely out of place.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Nadia Dajani

Nadia Dajani

Lily Mays

Guest Star

Brandon Hammond

Brandon Hammond

Jeffrey Morgan

Guest Star

Rolanda Watts

Rolanda Watts

Melissa

Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Delores Landingham

Recurring Role

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss

Zoey Bartlet

Recurring Role

Timothy Busfield

Timothy Busfield

Danny Concannon

Recurring Role

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    • Toby: You're concerned about American labor and manufacturing?
      Congressman: Yes.
      Toby: What kind of car do you drive?
      Congressman: Toyota.
      Toby: Then shut up.
      Josh: What Toby meant to say was, that we don't get to see you guys often and it's a crying shame.

    • Bartlet: Danny, you must save me from having this conversation with my wife ... Or at least see to it that I am better armed when I inevitably do.
      Danny: ... I'll get in trouble with the First Lady.
      Bartlet: Welcome to the club, Danny. We had some jackets made.

    • Bartlet (to C.J.): But, try to find out who those friends of my wife's are in the wire piece and take them out back and have them shot. Can I do that?
      Leo: Yeah.
      Bartlet: Yeah, Leo says I can do that.

    • Danny: How ya doing, Mrs. Landingham?
      Mrs. Landingham: Fine.
      Danny: You keep glancing over like you're afraid I'm gonna steal something.
      Mrs. Landingham: No, I'm just not used to having members of the print media in here.
      Danny: I'll try not to get ink on the furniture.
      Mrs. Landingham: Aw Danny, and I was just about to offer you a cookie.
      Danny: And now?
      Mrs. Landingham: No.

    • Donna (about a book on life in America 100 years ago): Some medical authorities warned that professional seamstresses were apt to become sexually aroused by the steady rhythm of the foot pedals. They recommended slipping bromide, which was thought to diminish sexual desire, into a woman's drinking water.
      Josh: Why would anyone want to diminish a woman's sexual desire?
      Donna: It can get outta hand!

    • Gina (on letting Zoey visit a nightclub): You're looking at the girl whose job it is to jump in front of the bullet. I like it when she stays in her dorm and watches videos.

    • Bartlet: The market's going to open 200 points down.
      Leo: If we're lucky.
      Bartlet: When was the last time we were lucky?

    • Leo (about a book on life in America 100 years ago): Marijuana, heroin, morphine were all available over the counter at drug stores. According to one pharmacist, heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health. Now they tell me.

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