The State Dinner
The West Wing Season 1

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While a gala state dinner for the leader of Indonesia is prepared for and transpires, the president (Martin Sheen) and his staff must deal with numerous sensitive situations. Federal agents are involved in an armed standoff with a group of extremists who are holding hostages, a powerful hurricane is coming down on a Naval vessel, and Teamsters are threatening to strike. Danny Concannon (Timothy Busfield) flirts with Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney), Sam (Rob Lowe) spots his call-girl girlfriend at the dinner on the arm of a politician, and Josh, Toby, and C.J. attempt to get a request granted from an Indonesian official. This episode marks the first appearance of Stockard Channing as First Lady Abigail Bartlet.


Martin Sheen
as President Josiah Bartlet
Rob Lowe
as Sam Seaborn
Moira Kelly
as Madeline Hampton
John Spencer
as Leo McGarry
Richard Schiff
as Toby Ziegler
Allison Janney
as C.J. Cregg
Dulé Hill
as Charlie Young
Elisabeth Moss
as Zoey Bartlet
Stockard Channing
as Abigail Bartlett
Kathryn Joosten
as Delores Landingham
Ariono Suriawinata
as President of Indonesia
Peter Kors
as Bambang
Timothy Busfield
as Concannon, Danny
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