The West Wing (1999–2006)
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A North Korean pianist announces his intention to defect in the Oval Office. While the staff passionately debate his request they also fight to get the President's choice of Vice President ... See full summary »

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Aaron Sorkin (created by), Peter Noah (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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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
Mary-Louise Parker ... Amy Gardner
Jesse Bradford ... Ryan Pierce
Gary Cole ... Vice President Bob Russell
Ron Canada ... Under Secretary of State Theodore Barrow
Christopher Cousins ... Rep. Theo
Tony Lee ... Jai Yung Ahn - Pianist
NiCole Robinson ... Margaret
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A North Korean pianist announces his intention to defect in the Oval Office. While the staff passionately debate his request they also fight to get the President's choice of Vice President nominated by a new and hostile Speaker of the House. Written by h_berry

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Although Josh Lyman makes a lot of insulting Wisconsin jokes, Bradley Whitford is actually from Wisconsin. See more »

Goofs

When the immensely-educated Will Bailey is writing the State of the Union speech, he mentions to the Undersecretary of State that "Article I" gives the president power of Commander-in-Chief, while the power actually comes under the Constitution's Article II. See more »

Quotes

C.J. Cregg: We've certainly come a long way from "Give me your tired, your poor." If we don't allow this defection, if we blithely exploit this young man's ignorance, then I don't know who we are anymore.
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Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Music, Politics, this episode was amazing.
16 August 2011 | by stamstampSee all my reviews

Personally, I think this episode is one of the best (if not the best) of the series yet. The cinematography (the lighting was almost bewitching!), the script, the acting, it was amazing. I was pretty amaze with Tony Lee's performance, truly capturing the essence of the desire for freedom and the obligation to put his desire behind world's need. The ending was remarkable, illustrating the point Sorkin was trying to make: it's the most unpredictable regime in the world.

Not only that, the scene where Toby and Will was humorously describing Robert Russell, was not only funny, but exceptionally well written. The words are so hard to be comprehend, you might need a dictionary to perfectly understand it!


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