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The West Wing/20 Hours in America

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20 Hours in America
Season 4, Episodes 1 & 2
Airdate September 25, 2002
Production Number 175301
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Christopher Misiano
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20 Hours in America is the first and second episodes of the fourth season of The West Wing, and the sixty-sixth and sixty-seventh episodes overall.

Starring: 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)

and Martin Sheen (President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet)

Special Guest Stars: Ron Silver (Bruno Gianelli)

with John Amos (Admiral Percy Fitzwallace)

and Lily Tomlin (Debbie Fiderer)

Guest Starring: Anna Deavere Smith (Nancy McNally), Allison Smith (Mallory O'Brien), Amy Adams (Cathy), NiCole Robinson (Margaret Hooper), Renée Estevez (Nancy), Joan MacIntosh (Meredith Walker), Valorie Armstrong (Mrs. Harrison), Art Chudabala (Congressman Peter Lien), Alan Dale (Mitch Bryce), Victor McCay (Peter), Danielle Harris (Kiki), John Gallagher, Jr. (Tyler), Ernestine Jackson (Fiona), Joel Marsh Garland (Cap), John P. Connolly (Matt Kelley), Don Perry (Muriel Keith), Allan Wasserman (Donald McKittridge), Andrew McFarlane (Anthony Marcus)

Co-Starring: Maria Gonzalez Palmier (Civilian), Dan Gerrity (Civilian), Jack Tate (Civilian), Kim Webster (Ginger), Peter James Smith (Ed), William Duffy (Larry), Kris Murphy (Katie), Timothy Davis-Reed (Mark), Tori Reid (Aide), S.E. Perry (Officer), Larry Cox (Staffer), Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol), Amy Harmon (Volunteer), Harry O'Toole (Man at Counter), David Early (Bartender), Aaron Marcus (Deskman), Jeff Gage (Train Conductor), Susan Allenbach (Driver), Robert Noble (Butler), John Fletcher (Photographer), Thomas Crawford (Bill Lacey), Randolph Brooks (Arthur), Albert Owens (Senator), Mary-Pat Green (Senator)

Uncredited: Stockard Channing (Abbey Bartlet)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement


President's campaign team is in Indiana talking about new energy sources and whatnot.

Josh, Toby and Donna are lost in Indiana. Missed motorcade. Gets a drive to nearest airport. Out of diesel. waits at a grocery store. Starts a conversation about speech remarks. Timezone shift screw up. Finally lands in a restaurant for food. 'I dont like mondays' song trivia.

Back in DC, Josh calls Sam and asks him to staff the President. Wide angle lens.

Leo in security brief at White House. Leo was let known about Qumari case reopened. Tells president about it.

Potus speaks at Reynolds Air force base. On his way back he interviews a candidate for personal Secretary. Meets Bruno and talks about new polls.

Chairman Fitswallace and Leo sit down. Discuss situation.

Bruno and C.J sit down to discuss First lady's response to one of the questions.

Sam in Oval office as staff for Potus and President takes in a new Congressman (Mexican?). Meets Mr. Keith.

Josh, Toby and Donna finally arrive a train station to head to nearest commercial Air Port. Only to take wrong train.

Nancy meets Leo and Fitz. Finds out Qumar's claim of having a phone call is a bluff. But there is a bigger danger than they calling US as culprit. They calling someone else culprit.

President meets Ms. Federer.

C.J briefs 2 pipe bomb setting off at a university.

President gives a speech. the speech. Mallory meets Sam.

Josh and Toby argue about campaign. Donna chides. Toby meets a guy in bar -- talks about education.

President meets Nancy, Fitz and Leo. Finds out Qumar is going to blame Israel next morning.

President makes it clear that they need a Lawyer for Qumari case.

Leo meets Lawyer Jordan. Tells her about Abdul's assassination.

President gives a speech at a public school about needing more teachers and leaders.

Toby returns to office, talks to Josh about college tuition tax deductible.

Charlie meets Debbie.

President, Leo and Fitz meet. Follows up on pipe bombings. Gets some leads.

Cambridge, Massachusetts: "Decisions are made by who show up"

President meets Jordan.

Appoints Fiderer as secretary.

Josh sees Amy at University rock concert.

Toby draws a plan to make tuition tax deductible.




The Show

  • The song playing while President Bartlett gives his speech is "I Don't Like Mondays" sung by Tori Amos.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments