- Mandatory Minimums
"Mandatory Minimums" The West Wing episode Episode no. Season 1
Directed by Robert Berlinger Written by Aaron Sorkin Production code 225919 Original air date May 3 2000 Guest stars Season 1 episodes September 22, 1999 – May 17, 2000
- Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
- A Proportional Response
- Five Votes Down
- The Crackpots and These Women
- Mr. Willis of Ohio
- The State Dinner
- The Short List
- In Excelsis Deo
- Lord John Marbury
- He Shall, from Time to Time...
- Take out the Trash Day
- Take This Sabbath Day
- Celestial Navigation
- 20 Hours in L.A.
- The White House Pro-Am
- Six Meetings Before Lunch
- Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
- Mandatory Minimums
- Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
- What Kind of Day Has It Been
List of The West Wing episodes
"Mandatory Minimums" is the 20th episode of The West Wing.
The President bucks pressure from Republicans in Congress and nominates two advocates for aggressive campaign finance reform to the Federal Election Commission, to Josh Lyman's audible agreement. The President also moves forward with a plan to reverse the 2 to 1 funding ratio for narcotics law enforcement to treatment. Unfavored pollster Al Kiefer returns but quickly finds himself ignored in favor of Joey Lucas, whose presence inspires school-boyish flirting from Josh. C.J. tells Mandy Hampton that she's in the doghouse and will be there for the foreseeable future, due to Mandy's now-public memo which outlines the failings of the Bartlet administration.
C.J. later has a heated argument with reporter Danny Concannon over his uncomplimentary work on the Administration. Leo tells Toby to meet with his ex-wife, Democratic Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt about mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession, and later threatens several staffers of Congressmen whose family members or close friends received preferential treatment when arrested under the tough anti-drug laws they publicly support. Sam's enemies reveal that his relationship with a call girl is known to them. At day's end, the President says they all had a good day and orders that Mandy and Danny be let out of the doghouse.
- Toby's completion of Sam's phrase "tried to practice on my-" "Credulous simplicity?" is a reference to The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, where the Pirate King upon hearing of the Major General's deceit utters "Do you mean to say that to save his contemptible life he dared to practise on our credulous simplicity?"
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