The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Josh speaks to a psychiatrist about the events of the last three weeks: Toby hired musicians for the foyer, an Air Force pilot disobeyed orders, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly.


Thomas Schlamme


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Adam Arkin ... Dr. Stanley Keyworth
Paxton Whitehead ... Bernard Thatch
Gregory Alan Williams ... Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams)
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Bobby (as Gary Cervantes)
Daniel von Bargen ... Air Force General Ken Shannon
Yo-Yo Ma ... Yo-Yo Ma
Melissa Fitzgerald ... Carol


Leo orders Josh to speak to a trauma psychiatrist, who asks him to review the events of the last three weeks: Toby insisted on having live music in the foyer for Christmas, an Air Force pilot separated from his flight team without explanation, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly. Also, C.J. looks into a report of a woman freaking out during a tour of the White House. Written by Murray Chapman

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20 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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"Previously on the West Wing" spoken by Leo (John Spencer). See more »


The Cliffs at Etretat were a common scene for painters in the 19th century. There was not a contemporary of Courbet called Gustave Cailloux. Bernard Thatch confused two artists. Courbet's first name was Gustave and he had a contemporary called Alphonse de Cailleux, in full Alexandre-Alphonse-Achille, vicomte de Cailloux. See more »


Stanley Keworth: I swear, I am completely unimpressed with clever answers.
Josh Lyman: And I was so hoping we'd have a second day.
Stanley Keworth: [pause] You're in nine kinds of pain. You don't even know what's going on inside of you. And you are so locked into damage control that you can't...
Josh Lyman: You diagnosed me in eight hours?
Stanley Keworth: Josh, I diagnosed you in five minutes.
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Carol Of The Bells
Written by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych and Peter Wilhousky (as Peter J. Wilhousky)
Performed by The United States Air Force Band and The Singing Sergeants
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A dazzling episode and true masterpiece
29 February 2016 | by artur-artborgSee all my reviews

Throughout its seasons "The West Wing" delivers hours upon hours of highly imaginative and creative pieces featuring excellent writing, acting and direction.

In this company, "Noël" stands out as one of the greatest - if not THE - greatest episode of the entire series. Featuring Josh Lyman - so often the comic relief of the show, the guy who has a witty comment to everything - dealing with some truly difficult issues, this episode takes us on a journey through some of the darker issues brought up on television. Remarkably well written by Aaron Sorkin and Peter Parnell with delicious direction from Thomas Schlamme and award-deserving performances from the entire cast in general and Bradley Whitford in particular, I can't tell you enough just how much in awe I am of this episode. Everything works, down to the sound design and music (not unimportant aspects of the episode).


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