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The West Wing

Take This Sabbath Day (Season 1, Episode 14)
TV-14
TV Episode | 44 min | Drama

A drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense lawyers on the case is Sam's old high school bully...See moreA drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense lawyers on the case is Sam's old high school bully, and he appeals directly to Sam to involve the president. During a weekend in which he was supposed to be in a yacht race, Sam opts to stay at the W.H. and try to convince his fellow staffers and ultimately Bartlet that the president should commute the sentence. Meanwhile Josh, after a night of heavy drinking at a bachelor party, meets congressional campaign manager Joey Lucas while is hung over. She assails him for having the DNC cut off funding for her candidate, but the decision was deliberate, as the W.H. likes the conservative nutjob currently holding the Calif. seat. Opinions on the death penalty are exchanged throughout the weekend, including those of Quaker Joey Lucas and Toby's rabbi, and Bartlet winds up calling both the Pope and his old parish priest from N.H. for counsel. Written by meebly See less
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Aaron Sorkin (created by) (teleplay by) (story by) | Lawrence O'Donnell (story by) (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.) | Paul Redford (story by)
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Updated Feb 9, 2000

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Feb 9, 2000 (United States)

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Rob Lowe
Sam Seaborn Sam Seaborn   See fewer
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Moira Kelly
Mandy Hampton Mandy Hampton   See fewer
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Dulé Hill
Charlie Young Charlie Young   See fewer
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Allison Janney
C.J. Cregg C.J. Cregg   See fewer
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Richard Schiff
Toby Ziegler Toby Ziegler   See fewer
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John Spencer
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Bradley Whitford
Josh Lyman Josh Lyman   See fewer
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Martin Sheen
Jed Bartlet Jed Bartlet   See fewer
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Marlee Matlin
Joey Lucas Joey Lucas   See fewer
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Noah Emmerich
Bobby Zane Bobby Zane   See fewer
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Janel Moloney
Donna Moss Donna Moss   See fewer
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Bill O'Brien
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Rabbi Glassman Rabbi Glassman   See fewer
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Herb Mitchell
Justice Justice   See fewer
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Renée Estevez
Nancy (as Renee Estevez) Nancy (as Renee Estevez)   See fewer
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Karl Malden
Father Thomas Cavanaugh Father Thomas Cavanaugh   See fewer
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Bonnie Bonnie   See fewer
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Sophia Cruz Sophia Cruz   See fewer
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8.8 / 10 | 775 votes