The West Wing (1999–2006)
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In Excelsis Deo 

When a homeless veteran dies on the National Mall and his body remains uncollected for hours, Toby becomes fixated on getting him a proper burial.

Director:

Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah Bartlet
Lisa Edelstein ... Laurie
Timothy Busfield ... Danny Concannon
Paul Austin Paul Austin ... George Huffnagle
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Tom Quinn Tom Quinn ... John Noonan
Renée Estevez ... Nancy (as Renee Estevez)
Raynor Scheine ... Homeless Man

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Storyline

When a homeless veteran dies on the National Mall and his body remains uncollected for hours, Toby becomes fixated on getting him a proper burial.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Trivia

A stuffed penguin is on a table during a scene in which Charlie and Ms Landingham are discussing why Ms Landingham is depressed over Christmas. This is the same penguin called "Hugsy" that Joey from "Friends" gives away to Rachael's daughter Emma. See more »

Goofs

C.J. is very surprised to learn her Secret Service code name is "Flamingo". This is understandable since they use a generic name for White House Press Secretary (Matrix). See more »

Quotes

Dolores Landingham: [Toby is leaving to go to the funeral he arranged] Toby? I'd like to come along.
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Soundtracks

Samson, HWV 57: Act III Scene 2: Air: How willing my paternal love (Sung in German): Act III: Let their celestial concerts all unite
(uncredited)
Written by George Frideric Handel
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The Best Episode of the Best Show Ever
23 February 2020 | by kevinfmSee all my reviews

More than twenty years on and I'm just starting to rewatch the show, whjich I do every year or so. There are so many really good bits in so many episodes that it can be hard to decide which one is best ... and then I watch this one again.

It's an episode that if anything gets better the more often you watch it, especially having seen the whole show at least once so you really understand the characters' personalities and motivations.

Maybe one day I'll be able to watch the closing scenes - a montage switching between a choir singing in the White House and the funeral of a homeless war veteren - with dry eyes.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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