The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Toby awakens at 3 a.m. with an idea of how to save the social security program for future generations, leading him to meet in secret with the president and volunteer to "touch the third ... See full summary »

Director:

Julie Hébert

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Eli Attie | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Melissa Marsala ... Rina
Josef Sommer ... Steve Gaines
Kate Burton ... Sarah Brainerd
Michael Nouri ... Roy Turner
Scott Allan Campbell Scott Allan Campbell ... Grey Polk
Joaquim de Almeida ... Carlos Carrio
Melissa Fitzgerald ... Carol Fitzpatrick
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Storyline

Toby awakens at 3 a.m. with an idea of how to save the social security program for future generations, leading him to meet in secret with the president and volunteer to "touch the third rail" of American politics. Toby meets with influential Republican senator Gaines about putting aside partisanship in the interest of preserving the critical safety net, and he gets a favorable response, but someone who saw them together leaks the meeting to the press. Toby also gets Dem. senator Brainerd on board with assurances that both sides need to compromise and that the Republican agreed. Elsewhere, Josh tries to help boost the new v.p.'s profile and bland image by having him comically attack the same senator for his weak fundraising efforts. By day's end, both Gaines and Brainerd have publicly withdrawn from Toby's previously secret plan and publicly refused to consider the compromises they'd initially offered. The president angrily orders Toby to fix what he's broken, in response to which Toby... Written by meebly

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In a conversation between President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and Toby near the beginning of the episode, President Bartlet asks Toby (Richard Schiff) if he's just supposed to "pretend he doesn't know who [Toby] is" if Toby's plan goes awry. Toby responds with "We'll always have Paris", a reference to the 1942 film Casablanca (1942). See more »

Goofs

The building labeled as the Russell Senate Office Building is actually the Postal Square Building, three blocks north. See more »

Quotes

Toby Ziegler: I don't know what you're talking about.
Steve Gaines: Either you're lying, or the left hand doesn't know what the far-left hand is doing!
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Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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