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Manchester: Part 1 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Seaborn
Charlie Young
Leo McGarry
White House Counsel Oliver Babish
Bruno Gianelli
Joey Lucas
Nancy McNally
Douglas Wegland
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)  »

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The images of Air Force One seen as the staff climbed onboard in the opening sequence were computer generated. A sly reference to this was made in the next scene where C.J. says she "cannot computer generate images of the first lady" 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 »


Toby Ziegler: C.J.?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Yeah.
Toby Ziegler: You want to play some pool?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I don't know how to play pool.
Toby Ziegler: You wanna play for money?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Sure.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984) See more »


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