The West Wing/The State Dinner

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The State Dinner
Season 1, Episode 7
Airdate November 10, 1999
Production Number 225906
Written by Aaron Sorkin
and Paul Redford
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
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The State Dinner is the seventh episode of the first season of The West Wing.

Starring: Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn), Moira Kelly (Mandy Hampton), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), 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: Stockard Channing (Abbey Bartlet)

Guest Starring: Lisa Edelstein (Brittany "Laurie" Rollins), Timothy Busfield (Danny Concannon), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), David Rasche (Carl Everett), Dennis Cockrum (Captain), John Kapelos (Seymour Little), Peter Kors (Rahmadi Sumahidjo Bambang), Sal Landi (FBI Agent Chafey), William Lucking (Bobby Russo), Steve Rankin (FBI Agent #2), Jeff Williams (Harold Lewis)

Co-Starring: Kathryn Joosten (Mrs. Landingham), Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol), Ariono Suriawinata (President of Indonesia), Nelson Mashita (Minaldi), Bradley James (Secret Service Agent), Rod Porter (Photographer), Tyler Bowe (Gomez), Jacqueline Torres (Sondra), Mindy Seeger (Chris), Jana Lee Hamblin (Bobbi), J.P. Stevenson (Reporter), Colin Gray (Reporter)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Mandy: The FBI guy's been in there for a couple of hours. Do you think it's a good sign?
    Josh: I really don't know.
    Mandy: I'm asking what you think...
    Josh: I don't have any thoughts on it one way or the other.
    Mandy: What's happening with the teamsters?
    Josh: I don't know.
    Mandy: Any news on the hurricane?
    Josh: Not that I'm aware of.
    Mandy: What is it you do here exactly?
    Josh: (pauses) It's never really been made clear to me...