The West Wing/Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

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Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
Season 1, Episode 2
Airdate September 29, 1999
Production Number 225901
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
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Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc is the second episode of the first season of The West Wing.

Starring: Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn), Moira Kelly (Mandy Hampton), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), John Spencer (Leo McGarry), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman)

And Martin Sheen (President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet)

Special Guest Star: Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Captain Morris Tolliver M.D.)

Guest Starring: Lisa Edelstein (Brittany "Laurie" Rollins), Merrin Dungey (Daisy Reese), Renee Estevez (Nancy), John Bedford Lloyd (Senator Lloyd Russell), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), Suzy Nakamura (Kathy)

And Tim Matheson (Vice President John Hoynes)

Co-Starring: Kathryn Joosten (Mrs. Landingham), NiCole Robinson (Margaret), Gilles Savard (LaRouche), Bill Duffy (Staffer), Jana Lee Hamblin (Bobbi), Victor Love (Mike), Andy Umberger (Stevie), Rose Rollins (Suzanne), Robyn Pedretti (Candy), J. August Richards (Bill), Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol), Peter James Smith (Ed), Mary Kay Wulf (Janet), Tammy Tavares (Woman), Chuti Tiu (Woman #2), Steven M. Gagnon (Officer #1), Eric Fleeks (Officer #2), Chris Hendrie (Businessman), Paul Doherty (Aide #1), Neal Moran (Aide #2), Bradley James (Secret Service Agent), Brad Van Grack (Pedestrian)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Josh Lyman: Victory is mine! Victory is mine! Great day in the morning people. Victory is mine!
    Donna Moss: Good morning, Josh.
    Josh Lyman: I drink from the keg of glory, Donna. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land.
    Donna Moss: It’s gonna be an unbearable day.
  • Toby Ziegler: Mrs. Landingham, does the President have free time this morning?
    Delores Landingham: The President has nothing but free time, Toby. Right now he’s in the residence eating Cheerios and enjoying Regis and Kathie Lee. Should I get him for you?
    Toby Ziegler: Sarcasm’s a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham.
    Delores Landingham: What age would that be, Toby?
    Toby Ziegler: Late twenties?
    Delores Landingham: Atta boy.
  • Josh Lyman: Someone give me a river to forge, a serpent to slay.
    C.J. Cregg: What’s his problem?
    Donna Moss: He’s been drinking from the keg of glory. We’re to bring him all the muffins and bagels in the land.
  • President Jed Bartlet: C.J., on your tombstone, it’s gonna read, "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc."
    C.J. Cregg: Okay, but none of my visitors are going to be able to understand my tombstone.
  • Sam Seaborn: A vague quote from Hoynes will disappear by the end of the next news cycle. A fistfight between Leo and the Vice President’s got juice.
  • Sam Seaborn: About a week ago, I accidentally slept with a prostitute.
    Toby Ziegler: Really?
    Sam Seaborn: Yes.
    Toby Ziegler: You accidentally slept with a prostitute?
    Sam Seaborn: Call girl.
    Toby Ziegler: Accidentally?
    Sam Seaborn: Yes.
    Toby Ziegler: I don’t understand. Did you trip over something?
  • President Jed Bartlet: You stole my steaks.
    Delores Landingham: I didn’t steal them. I was simply following the direct orders of Captain Morris Tolliver, M.D. who would like to see your diet contain a little less...
    President Jed Bartlet: You are a cattle rustler, Mrs. Landingham.
    Delores Landingham: If you say so, Mr. President... And no scotch tonight, sir.
    President Jed Bartlet: Between you and Dr. Tolliver, who needs a wife or a mother?