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Manchester: Part I 

The staff is hunkered down in the Bartlets' hometown of Manchester, N.H., where they work with political consultants Bruno, Doug and Connie on the president's official announcement that ... See full summary »


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Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
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
Oliver Platt ... White House Counsel Oliver Babish
Ron Silver ... Bruno Gianelli
Marlee Matlin ... Joey Lucas
Anna Deavere Smith ... Nancy McNally
Evan Handler ... Douglas Wegland
Connie Britton ... Connie Tate


The staff is hunkered down in the Bartlets' hometown of Manchester, N.H., where they work with political consultants Bruno, Doug and Connie on the president's official announcement that he'll be seeking a second term; meanwhile, they all lament various W.H. events of the previous four weeks, including a huge strategic mistake by Josh, a pivotal FDA announcement scheduled for the same day as the president's speech, an ongoing battle between then president and first lady, and a major press room gaffe by C.J. Written by meebly

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10 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Silver (in Reversal of Fortune) and Evan Handler (in American Crime Story) have both portrayed attorney Alan Dershowitz. See more »


When Toby and Charlie play their game of pool, Charlie is seen to break a set-up for Nine Ball. After the game, Several striped balls are seen on the table, and Toby even rolls the 12 ball into a pocket. In Nine Ball, the highest number ball used is the 9 ball itself, and no higher numbered balls are used at all. See more »


Reporter: I think the question was, was he physically and emotionally prepared to make a life-and-death decision after what he'd just been through?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: He'd been through a TV interview and a press conference. The President finds you all annoying, but not prohibitively debilitating.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


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I'm from the United States of suck my-
14 November 2012 | by robrosenbergerSee all my reviews

What, we couldn't have had another terrorist attack, to put off this season-opening clunker for another couple weeks? Sorry if that was in bad taste, but you know what they say the difference between tragedy and comedy is. Anyway, nothing gels in this one. Nothing snaps. Sorkin wasn't proud of his writing...and for good reason. As the campaign for re-election gets going, three political strategists join the inner circle, led by Bruno Gianelli (the inestimable Ron Silver - REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, RHODA), who would do eighteen episodes over the rest of the run. Silver had some brilliant moments, but overall he never quite popped. His lieutenants are played by Evan Handler (STUDIO 60, CALIFORNICATION) and Connie Britton (SPIN CITY). Fine performers, but probably due to their guilt-by-association with this two-parter, they were dropped after a few episodes. Connie had some potential chemistry with Sam, but again the producers avoid that road for Mr. Seaborn. C.J. makes a huge press room gaffe, and offers her resignation. Joey Lucas and Oliver Babish and the regulars have some decent moments, but this episode never rises out of the muck it calls home.

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