ReWatching The West Wing – Season One – Episode Two – Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

bSeason One – Episode Two – “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc”
Original Air Date: September 29, 1999
Roundtable: KP moderates with: Lindsay, RobbyK, and Lauren (the “Rookie” viewing each episode for the first time!)

TVGUIDE SYNOPSIS: President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) chooses a young Naval officer (Reuben Santiago-Hudson) as his personal physician; CJ tries to get a point across to the Vice President (Tim Matheson); after informing his colleagues about his liaison with a call girl, Sam (Rob Lowe) returns to the place where they met.

OPENING:

MANDY
[yells] Are you crazy?!
MANDY
Are you crazy?!
RUSSELL
Mandy.
MANDY
Have you lost your mind?

WHO DO WE MEET THIS WEEK?:
A few new comers in the West Wing Universe this week!

Margaret Hooper: Assistant to the Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (NiCole Robinson)
Margaret is hurriedly trying to keep up with Leo. She asks Leo if he made an appointment for a meeting and when he replies in the affirmative, she mentions that may be something he should tell her!

RobbyK: Love Margaret. Such great casting and writing for all the minor roles. We never learn much about her personal life but she is such a fleshed out character. I just looked it up it turns out she has a last name. Anyone…. It’s Hooper! NiCole Robinson is so good in this role and I have never seen her in anything else. I feel like she is still working over there in the White House. I looked it up, she was a waitress at Monks Cafe for three episodes of Seinfeld.

Lindsay: While Donna gets the Most Loyal assistant award, Funniest Assistant award goes to Margaret. She has some of the funniest lines in the entire series. The writing on this show is so good that it even took into account the relationships that the assistants would have with each other and their bosses. All the assistants play a nice opposite to their boss.

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