The West Wing (1999–2006)
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The Benign Prerogative 

In inexplicably finishing the speech early Toby is left with nothing to do. However, the State of the Union speech needs testing, so Toby flies out to meet Joey Lucas to perform mall tests.

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Carol Flint | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
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
Gabrielle Union ... Meeshel Anders
Marlee Matlin ... Joey Lucas
Michael Hyatt ... Angela Blake
Melissa Marsala ... Rina
NiCole Robinson ... Margaret
Bill O'Brien Bill O'Brien ... Kenny Thurman
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Storyline

In inexplicably finishing the speech early Toby is left with nothing to do. However, the State of the Union speech needs testing, so Toby flies out to meet Joey Lucas to perform mall tests.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The pardon of fictional tribal leader Gabriel Lesseur discussed in the episode is most likely a reference to Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who was convicted of the murder of two FBI agents during a conflict at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. His story is recounted in the 1992 documentary, Incident at Oglala. See more »

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Josh Lyman: If you wanna throw light on how minimums and guidelines conspire to produce disproportionate punishments...
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: ... and worse: leave judges impotent! Our judicial system is predicated on an individual's right to a fair trial. But how individual is that process, if a 258 box grid seales your fate before you ever step foot in front of a judge, a FEDERAL judge, that my office has invested considerable effort in selecting, who is then constrained from exercising basic common sense, while twenty-nine ...
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West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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