Season 5, Episode 11 The Benign Prerogative
First Aired: January 14, 2004
In the run-up to the State of the Union address, Bartlet weighs vetoing a crime bill because of sentencing guidelines it imposes. He also considers issuing pardons. Meanwhile, Toby and Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin) “mall test” the speech in Michigan and Florida; and Charlie meets a young woman (Gabrielle Union) at a New Year's Eve party.
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- Premiered: September 22, 1999
- Rating: TV-14
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- Premise: The celebrated ensemble drama following a U.S. president and his staff as they set public policy and face personal problems in a `parallel universe' (as one of the series' executive producers called it) that can be remarkably similar to the real one. An Em… (more)