I have a recurring daydream in which I’m sitting around with the cast of West Wing, binge watching West Wing until the wee hours of the night. We’ll order pizza, watch Allison Janney do “The Jackal,”, Bradley Whitford may braid my hair— who knows where this night is going? Well, as it turns out, Allison Janney has a similar fantasy. She told THR that she hasn’t seen every episode of the series (what, were you too busy being IN the show or something?), but she “would love to get some of my cast mates together and sit in my living room and binge-watch a bunch of episodes.” Okay, so maybe the one slight difference in her fantasy is that I’m not exactly a part of it, but I’m willing to overlook that.
In prepping for a hypothetical marathon/hair-braiding party, the cast talked about their favorite episodes. Uh oh — I feel my hand reaching for my box set.
Allison Janney listed a three-way tie between the prank war in “Hartsfield’s Landing”
“The Women of Qumar,” which earned her an Emmy,
And “Liftoff,” where CJ transitions to Chief of Staff.
Rob Lowe mentioned the pilot, as well as the Big Block of Cheese Day episode, “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail.” He picked that episode because it (like the pilot) is “very Sam-centric and that character really got a really nice moment in the sun.” However, Sam wasn’t in the very best scene of the episode. Sorry, Rob.
Elizabeth Moss said she just loved anytime she got to spend with Martin Sheen. Which I think is what most of us would say if we were her.
Janel Moloney (Donna) went with the heart-wrenching “In the Shadow of Two Gunmen,” which deals with the aftermath of Bartlet’s assassination attempt, which flashing back to the early presidential campaign. The flashbacks also show the meeting of Donna and Josh, and for a character who famously wasn’t supposed to be anything resembling an important role, that must have been nice to see.
Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff both went with the episode I feel the need to put myself through the torment of watching every damn Christmas, “Noel.” Josh’s PTSD + Adam Arkin + Yo-Yo Ma? I think these guys may have the correct answer.
Vivian Kane can’t look at that upside down map for more than about three seconds. It freaks her out.