History Heartwarming / TheWestWing

5th May '16 10:24:56 AM HBICece
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** And after this scene, Toby becomes one of the strongest voices [[spoiler:in favor of Bartlet invoking the 25th Amendment for the duration of Zoe's abduction]], because "I've known my kids for five minutes, and if somebody was hurting them, I'd drop napalm on Yellowstone to get them to stop."

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** And after this scene, Toby becomes one of the strongest voices [[spoiler:in favor of Bartlet invoking the 25th Amendment for the duration of Zoe's abduction]], because "I've known my kids for five minutes, and if "If somebody was hurting them, I'd drop napalm on Yellowstone to get them to stop.stop, letting some prisoners out of jail wouldn't be nothing, and I've known my kids about forty-five minutes."
27th Mar '16 10:50:07 PM ecaillaux
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** Earlier in that episode, Leo is describing Bartlet preparing himself for a debate: "You ever see a pitcher work the mound so the dirt does exactly what his feet want it to do? That's the President. He sees it as a genuine opportunity to change minds - also his best way of contributing to the team. He likes teams. I love him so much." He says the last line in such a tender yet matter-of-fact way that you know he means it.
1st Mar '16 12:16:11 PM Evighet
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*** Not only did he offer, but he totally, one hundred percent ''meant'' that offer. You can actually see him starting to rifle through his shirt and pockets, looking for his wallet to go buy the ticket, and is slightly disappointed when Josh reminds him that he's just won the primary. Afterwards, the look of gratitude Josh gives him is a heartwarming moment all of its own, showing exactly when the father/son relationship between the two was defined.

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*** **** Not only did he offer, but he totally, one hundred percent ''meant'' that offer. You can actually see him starting to rifle through his shirt and pockets, looking for his wallet to go buy the ticket, and is slightly disappointed when Josh reminds him that he's just won the primary. Afterwards, the look of gratitude Josh gives him is a heartwarming moment all of its own, showing exactly when the father/son relationship between the two was defined.



* Aaron Sorkin appearing in the crowd during Santos' inaugeration.


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* Aaron Sorkin appearing in the crowd during Santos' inaugeration.
1st Mar '16 12:10:43 PM Evighet
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* The scene when [[spoiler:Zoe being safely returned from her kidnapping.]] To say nothing of Bartlett [[spoiler:voluntarily handing over the Oval Office to a hard-line Republican until she is returned. And, despite the fears of Bartlet's staff, the hardline Republican and his staff pointedly refusing to take advantage of the situation to push through some favourable legislation.]]

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* The scene when [[spoiler:Zoe [[spoiler:Zoey being safely returned from her kidnapping.]] To say nothing of Bartlett [[spoiler:voluntarily handing over the Oval Office to a hard-line Republican until she is returned. And, despite the fears of Bartlet's staff, the hardline Republican and his staff pointedly refusing to take advantage of the situation to push through some favourable legislation.]]



*** All in all, the relationship between Santos and Josh. Josh seems to feel he's always letting the congressman down or that Santos plain doesn't like him much as a person. However, Santos himself actually shows the exact opposite (except, possibly, Ellie's wedding episode). He seems to have utter faith in Josh's political mind, relies on him to a great degree and worries about him when he's stressed out or going through something difficult (one of his first questions after Leo is taken to the hospital on election day is to ask about Josh and how he's handling it, and when later asked if he needs Josh back at a crucial part of the day he responds that he needs Josh to be wherever he needs to be). Josh, on his end, has so much faith in the potential he sees in Santos that he quits his White House job and travels to Houston to convince Santos to run for president, and he never loses faith in Santos' abilities. There are several heartwarming moments between the two of them, for instance in "''The Cold''" when Santos is informed that they are now tied nation-wide with Vinick - his first reaction is to seek out Josh and celebrate with him.



*** Not only is Josh not jealous of CJ becoming Chief of Staff, he's very encouraging and supportive, doing his best to make the transition as easy for her as possible. Even when, in a later episode, she has to exclude him from a summit he's been instrumental in arranging he gives her no criticism, in fact he assures her that she's making the right call.



* An out-of-universe example: Kristen Chenoweth (Annabeth) singing "[[{{Wicked}} For Good]]" at John Spencer's private funeral.


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* Leo's distress when he learns that his army friend Kenny has been using the system to get a contract deal and make millions. He spent three days in the jungle together with Kenny during the Vietnam war, with Kenny carrying a badly wounded Leo on his back and caring for him. He tells Jed about the men in the rescue choppers who died saving them and how he and Kenny had a responsibility to live their lives with dignity and integrity to honor their sacrifice. Jed gently tells him that Leo has done enough all on his own to honor that, and that those men would be as proud to know him as Jed is.
* This exchange between Leo and Margaret when he visits the White House after his heart attack.
-->'''Leo''': Hey sweetie!
-->'''Margaret''': Hey boss! *they hug*
* In the episode ''King Corn'' (season six), Russel, Santos and Vinick all oppose the useage of ethanol as fuel but it would be near political suicide to say something about it in Iowa. Santos almost does anyway, but reins himself in at the last second. Vinick, however, does speak his mind on the issue. Later on Santos tells Vinick that although his staff might be horrified, Santos is proud of what he did.
** Similarly, after Santos turns down Russel's offer of being his VP running mate, despite more or less the entire democratic party urging him to do so, Santos asks Josh if he's mad. Josh's response? That he is proud.
* Annabeth clutching Leo's hand while she sleeps on the plane in an early season seven episode.
* Despite their previous fighting during the later parts of season six and early season seven, and despite Toby not believing in Santos as a potential winner in the presidential race, when election day draws near Toby begins to secretly help Josh with campaign strategy and Josh follows his advice. After all the time they've spent at each other's throats at that point it's great seeing them working together again.
* While Vinick's team are discussing how Leo's death might affect the election, not to mention the fact that they can contest a Santos win because of Leo's death and they can try to use the tragic event to sway undecided voters in their favour, Vinick himself is adamantly against drawing any gain from it. He reminds them that he knew Leo personally for a long time and that this is about a person's life. Meanwhile Bruno sits quietly, having also known Leo personally for quite some time and refusing to want to spin his death in their own campaign's favour.
* After Leo's funeral, Toby is reluctant to leave the cathedral until the members of the press have cleared out. Charlie asks, on CJ's behalf, if Toby will be at Arlington, making it fairly obvious that she's hoping the answer will be no. Charlie then shows Toby that he supports him as a friend by walking out of the cathedral with him.
* Aaron Sorkin appearing in the crowd during Santos' inaugeration.
* Ronna welling up at the sight of the Oval Office. After seven seasons with the Bartlet administration you've gotten used to the locations where the show is set and it's not so awe-inspiring anymore. Then someone from the new president's administration walks in and her reaction reminds us of the significance of the room.
* From the season six Christmas episode, the scene where the three Bartlet sisters stand together and watch a choir singing Christmas songs. It's one of the few times we see all three of them together and they seem so fond of each other and relaxed when they are together.
** On a related (and also heartbreaking) note, the episode "7A WF 83429" shows Ellie being very affected by [[spoiler:her baby sister's kidnapping]]. Nina Siemaszko does it with hardly any dialogue, a brilliant performance. You really get the sense that she and [[spoiler:Zoey]] have a close relationship.
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* Kristen Chenoweth (Annabeth) singing "[[{{Wicked}} For Good]]" at John Spencer's private funeral.
* Donna becoming a major character because Bradley Whitford immediately picked up on the great chemistry between himself and Janelle Moloney and suggested to Aaron Sorkin that she should have a bigger part. Had it not been for this she would have been a minor character, like Ginger or Carol, and we would never have had [[FanPreferredCouple Josh and Donna]].
* While filming the scene where Donna learns that Josh has been shot, there was one take where Richard Schiff (Toby) altered the line and said: "Brad has been hit" (Brad referring to Bradley Whitford who plays Josh). Allegedly this was the take that got the most emotional response from Janelle Moloney (Donna) and thus the one used for her reaction shot in the episode.
11th Jan '16 9:07:40 AM Toxic_Orange_Juice
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* After [[{{CurbStompBattle}} destroying Ritchie in the final Presidential debate, Bartlet shakes his hand and reassures him he'll be back.

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* After [[{{CurbStompBattle}} destroying Ritchie Ritchie]] in the final Presidential debate, Bartlet shakes his hand and reassures him he'll be back.
11th Jan '16 9:07:04 AM Toxic_Orange_Juice
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* After [[{{CurbStompBattle}} destroying Ritchie in the final Presidential debate, Bartlet shakes his hand and reassures him he'll be back.
9th Dec '15 7:01:02 PM DoctorNemesis
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* When Donna learns about the President's MS, her first response is to ask whether the President is in a lot of pain or discomfort. Particularly heartwarming since pretty much everyone else who's reaction we've seen on learning the news has mainly been some combination of betrayal and anger at being lied to.
4th Oct '15 5:33:37 PM Temmere
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* During a Thanksgiving episode, Bartlet is driving Charlie crazy trying to find a new carving knife to use for the family dinner. Bartlet has a perfectly good family knife ''made by Paul Revere'' that his Declaration-signing ancestor owned... but the President wants a new one because he's giving the Paul Revere knife [[LikeASonToMe to Charlie]].
** [[spoiler:This was also when Zoey and Charlie were still dating... and the gift could be interpreted as a sign from Bartlet that he hopes the knife may yet remain in the family...]]
* Leo's relationship with Ainsley Hayes in ''And t's Surely to their Credit'':

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* During a Thanksgiving episode, Bartlet is driving Charlie crazy trying to find a new carving knife to use for the family dinner. Bartlet has a perfectly good family knife ''made by Paul Revere'' that his Declaration-signing ancestor owned... but the President wants a new one because he's giving the Paul Revere knife [[LikeASonToMe to Charlie]].
** [[spoiler:This was also when Zoey and Charlie were still dating... and the gift could be interpreted as a sign from Bartlet that he hopes the knife may yet remain in the family...]]
* Leo's relationship with Ainsley Hayes in ''And t's It's Surely to their Credit'':
26th May '15 1:50:03 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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** The United States Armed Forces granting permission to shoot at Arlington National Cemetery and providing a Navy Chaplain and a Marine Corps Honor Guard - ''all actual service members performing their actual roles in a military funeral'' - because the show's military liasons were impressed by the episode's passionate argument that no American servicemember's death should be treated in such an undignified way.
16th May '15 11:43:24 PM Smoko
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*** Hell, he even offers to fly back with Josh just so he won't have to ride on the plane alone. Never mind that he just won the nomination, has a room full of supporters waiting for him, and needs to make an acceptance speech.

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*** Hell, he even offers to fly back with Josh just so he won't have to ride on the plane alone. Never mind that he just won the nomination, has a room full of supporters waiting for him, and needs to make an acceptance speech. speech.
**** Not only did he offer, but he totally, one hundred percent ''meant'' that offer. You can actually see him starting to rifle through his shirt and pockets, looking for his wallet to go buy the ticket, and is slightly disappointed when Josh reminds him that he's just won the primary. Afterwards, the look of gratitude Josh gives him is a heartwarming moment all of its own, showing exactly when the father/son relationship between the two was defined.
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