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With the exception of only a few episodes, each episode of the West Wing opens with a character saying "Previously on the West Wing."  There are only 8 episodes where the tagline is not spoken:

  • The Pilot
  • Take This Sabbath Day (the episode opens on oral argument before the US Supreme Court)
  • Isaac and Ishmael (the episode was aired shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001)
  • The West Wing Special Episode (a documentary commemorating the 100th episode of the series)
  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic (there is a "previously" montage - but there is no introduction by a cast member)
  • "The Dogs of War" - although President Bartlet uses that exact phrase in 7A WF 83429"
  • The Stormy Present - the episode begins with President Lassiter (not seen) penning a letter to President Bartlet before Lassiter's death.
  • Access - a "documentary" that profiles actual former White House Press Secretaries and weaves in C.J.'s tenure as Press Secretary.

Of Note:

  • Mandy Hampton, who had only a brief arc on the first season of the show and disappeared without explanation, speaks the tagline in the second and twelfth episodes of the first season of the series.
  • Sam Seaborn speaks the tagline in consecutive episodes in Season 1 (1.19 and 1.20) and again in Season 2 (2.14 and 2.15).
  • C.J. speaks the tagline in consecutive episodes twice in Season 2 (2.11, 2.12 and 2.20, 2.21), and again in Season 4 (4.17 and 4.18) and Season 5 (5.11 and 5.12)
  • C.J. speaks the tagline in three consecutive episodes in Season 5 twice (5.3, 5.4, and 5.5) (5.15, 5.16, and 5.17). and four times at the end of that same season (5.19 through 5.22) and again in Season 6 (6.9, 6.10, and 6.11)
  • Leo speaks the tagline in consecutive episodes twice in Season 3 (3.3, 3.4 and 3.14, 3.15).
  • Josh does not speak the tagline until the last episode of Season 2 (2.22) and does not speak it at all in Seasons 4 and 5.  He speaks the tagline again in Season 6 (6.15)
  • Sam speaks the tagline for the last time in Episode 10 of Season 3, six episodes before his departure to run for Congress in California (episode 4.16).
  • Toby speaks the tagline in consecutive episodes in Season 4 (4.13 and 4.14).
  • In Season 6, Leo speaks the tagline for episodes 6.2 and 6.3, in which Leo suffers his severe heart attack, resulting in his resignation as Chief of Staff.  In Season 7, Leo speaks the tagline in episode 7.9, which was the episode immediately prior to the West Wing cast recognizing the death of John Spencer.  Prior to episode 7.10, Martin Sheen introduces the episode by stating these are the final episodes of John Spencer's work before his death from a heart attack in December of 2007.
  • C.J. closes out the final season, speaking the tagline in the final thirteen episodes of Season 7, for a total of 18 episodes in that season.

Frequencies per character:

  • C.J. Cregg - 66
  • Leo McGarry - 28
  • Sam Seaborn - 20
  • Toby Ziegler - 14
  • Charlie Young - 9
  • Donna Moss - 5
  • Josh Lyman - 3
  • Mandy Hampton - 2

"Winners" by season:

  • Season One - Sam, 6 episodes
  • Season Two - C.J, 6 episodes / Leo, 6 episodes (tie)
  • Season Three - Sam, 8 episodes
  • Season Four - C.J., 9 episodes
  • Season Five - C.J., 15 episodes
  • Season Six -  C.J., 11 episodes
  • Season 7 - C.J., 18 episodes

Season OneEdit

  1. Pilot: none
  2. Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc: Mandy
  3. A Proportional Response: C.J.
  4. Five Votes Down: Leo
  5. The Crackpots and These Women: Sam
  6. Mr. Willis of Ohio: Toby
  7. The State Dinner: C.J.
  8. Enemies: Donna
  9. The Short List: C.J.
  10. In Excelsis Deo: Sam
  11. Lord John Marbury: Charlie
  12. He Shall from Time to Time: Mandy
  13. Take out the Trash Day: Sam
  14. Take this Sabbath Day: none
  15. Celestial Navigation: C.J.
  16. 20 Hours in L.A.: Leo
  17. The White House Pro-Am: Charlie
  18. Six Meetings Before Lunch: C.J.
  19. Let Bartlet be Bartlet: Sam
  20. Mandatory Minimums: Sam
  21. Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: Charlie
  22. What Kind of Day Has it Been?: Sam

Season TwoEdit

  1. In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part I: Sam
  2. In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part II: Leo
  3. The Midterms: Charlie
  4. In This White House: C.J.
  5. And It's Surely to Their Credit: Sam
  6. The Lame Duck Congress: Leo
  7. The Portland Trip: Toby
  8. Shibboleth: Donna
  9. Galileo: Charlie
  10. Noel: Leo
  11. The Leadership Breakfast: C.J.
  12. The Drop-in: C.J.
  13. Bartlet's Third State of the Union: Leo
  14. The War at Home: Sam
  15. Ellie: Sam
  16. Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail: Leo
  17. The Stackhouse Filibuster: Donna
  18. 17 People: C.J.
  19. Bad Moon Rising: Leo
  20. The Fall's Gonna Kill You: C.J.
  21. 18th and Potomac: C.J.
  22. Two Cathedrals: Josh

Season ThreeEdit

  1. Isaac and Ishmael: none
  2. Manchester, Part I: Sam
  3. Manchester, Part 2: Leo
  4. Ways and Means: Leo
  5. On the Day Before: Sam
  6. War Crimes: Josh
  7. Gone Quiet: Sam
  8. The Indians in the Lobby: C.J.
  9. The Women of Qumar: Sam
  10. Bartlet for America: Leo
  11. H. CON-172: C.J.
  12. 100,000 Airplanes: Sam
  13. The Two Bartlets: Toby
  14. Night Five: Leo
  15. Hartfield Landing: Leo
  16. Dead Irish Writers: Sam
  17. The U.S. Poet Laureate: Charlie
  18. Stirred: Josh
  19. Documentary Special: none
  20. Enemies Foreign and Domestic: none
  21. The Black Vera Wang: Sam
  22. We Killed Yamamoto: Leo
  23. Posse Comitatus: Sam

Season FourEdit

  1. 20 Hours in America, Part I: Leo
  2. 20 Hours in America, Part II: Donna
  3. College Kids: C.J.
  4. The Red Mass: Charlie
  5. Debate Camp: Sam
  6. Game On: C.J.
  7. Election Night: Leo
  8. Process Stories: Donna
  9. Swiss Diplomacy: C.J.
  10. Arctic Radar: Sam
  11. Holy Night: C.J.
  12. Guns not Butter: Charlie
  13. The Long Goodbye: Toby
  14. Inauguration, Part I: Toby
  15. Inauguration, Part II: C.J.
  16. The California 47th: Toby
  17. Red Haven's on Fire: C.J.
  18. Privateers: C.J.
  19. Angel Maintenance: Toby
  20. Evidence of Things Not Seen: C.J.
  21. Life On Mars: Leo
  22. Commencement: C.J.
  23. Twenty-Five: Leo

Season FiveEdit

  1. 7A WF 83429: C.J.
  2. The Dogs of War: Leo
  3. Jefferson Lives: C.J.
  4. Han: C.J.
  5. A Constituency of One: C.J.
  6. Disaster Relief: Toby
  7. Separation of Powers: C.J.
  8. Shutdown: Leo
  9. Abu el Banat: C.J.
  10. The Stormy Present: none
  11. The Benign Prerogative: C.J.
  12. Slow News Day: C.J.
  13. The Warfare of Genghis Khan: Charlie
  14. An Khe: Leo
  15. Full Disclosure: C.J.
  16. Eppur Si Muove: C.J.
  17. The Supremes: C.J.
  18. Access: none
  19. Talking Points: C.J.
  20. No Exit: C.J.
  21. Gaza: C.J.
  22. Memorial Day: C.J.

Season SixEdit

  1. NSF Thurmont: C.J.
  2. The Birnam Wood: Leo
  3. Third-Day Story: Leo
  4. Liftoff: Toby
  5. The Hubbert Peak: C.J.
  6. The Dover Test: Leo
  7. A Change Is Gonna Come: C.J.
  8. In The Room: Toby
  9. Impact Winter: C.J.
  10. Faith Based Initiative: C.J.
  11. Opposition Research: C.J.
  12. 365 Days: Leo
  13. King Corn: C.J.
  14. The Wake Up Call: Leo
  15. Freedonia: Josh
  16. Drought Conditions: C.J.
  17. A Good Day: Toby
  18. La Palabra: C.J.
  19. Ninety Miles Away: Toby
  20. In God We Trust: C.J.
  21. Things Fall Apart: Leo
  22. 2162 Votes: C.J.

Season SevenEdit

  1. The Ticket: C.J.
  2. The Mommy Problem: Toby
  3. Message of the Week: C.J.
  4. Mr. Frost: Leo
  5. Here Today: Toby
  6. The Al Smith Dinner: C.J.
  7. The Debate: C.J.
  8. Undecideds: C.J.
  9. The Wedding: Leo
  10. Running Mates: C.J.
  11. Internal Displacement: C.J.
  12. Duck and Cover: C.J.
  13. The Cold: C.J.
  14. Two Weeks Out: C.J.
  15. Welcome to Wherever You Are: C.J.
  16. Election Day (Part I): C.J.
  17. Election Day (Part II): C.J.
  18. Requiem: C.J.
  19. Transition: C.J.
  20. The Last Hurrah: C.J.
  21. Institutional Memory: C.J.
  22. Tomorrow: C.J.

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