History Recap / TheWestWingS01E03AProportionalResponse

12th Oct '16 1:20:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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* SeriousBusiness: Among the President's senior staff, the fact that the President is "snapping at the First Lady" is frequently raised as a serious issue. From what we see of their relationship when it's eventually introduced, this also counts as OOCIsSeriousBusiness.
12th Oct '16 12:47:11 AM DoctorNemesis
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-->'''Leo:''' Apparently, the people of his district are ''so'' patriotic that if the President of the United States himself visited... they'd kill him. ''(He and Bartlet burst out laughing)''

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-->'''Leo:''' Apparently, the people of his district are ''so'' patriotic that if the President of the United States himself visited...were to show up... they'd kill him. ''(He and Bartlet burst out laughing)''
12th Oct '16 12:45:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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* HypocriticalHumour: Leo points out a certain fallacy in Bertram Coles's boast that President Bartlet, should he ever visit Coles's congressional district, "might not make it out alive".
-->'''Leo:''' Apparently, the people of his district are ''so'' patriotic that if the President of the United States himself visited... they'd kill him. ''(He and Bartlet burst out laughing)''
21st Jul '16 6:29:28 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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25th Nov '15 6:08:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* SelfPlagiarism: In ''TheAmericanPresident'', when he makes the decision to attack Libya, President Andrew Shepherd says, "Someday someone's gonna have to explain to me the virtue of a proportional response." There's also an element of IronicEcho, in that President Shepherd, though he recognized the necessity of the attack, didn't like having to do it in the first place, while here, President Bartlet thinks a proportional response is too little (at least until Leo talks him down).

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* SelfPlagiarism: In ''TheAmericanPresident'', ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'', when he makes the decision to attack Libya, President Andrew Shepherd says, "Someday someone's gonna have to explain to me the virtue of a proportional response." There's also an element of IronicEcho, in that President Shepherd, though he recognized the necessity of the attack, didn't like having to do it in the first place, while here, President Bartlet thinks a proportional response is too little (at least until Leo talks him down).
19th Nov '15 9:25:33 PM DoctorNemesis
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* [[SecondEpisodeIntroduction Third Episode Introduction]]: This was Charlie's first appearance in the series.

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* [[SecondEpisodeIntroduction Third Episode Introduction]]: This was Charlie's first appearance in the series.series.
* ThreatBackfire: Bertram Coles's posturing statement about the President "not getting out of here alive" if he visits a military base potentially threatened by military cuts not only leads to Toby Ziegler insinuating that the Secret Service is investigating him for threatening the life of the President, when Bartlet hears it he bursts out laughing.
19th Nov '15 7:51:55 AM lipranzer
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Back in the Roosevelt Room, Josh is asking Charlie what he assures him are routine questions ("Have you ever tried to overthrow the government?"), and points out to a still-nervous Charlie that the job of personal aide is a much better job than the bike messenger job. Sam comes in, and Josh introduces the two of them. Sam gets upset on Charlie's behalf when [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Josh starts to asks Charlie about his personal life]], and he becomes disruptive enough that Josh asks Sam to step outside the room with him. Once outside, Josh points out Sam knew when he took the job he was going to be held to a higher standard, but Sam says he's just sticking to his principles. Toby interrupts them, saying the retaliatory strike has occurred, and they need to go to Leo's office.

[[DescriptionCut In Leo's office]], he tells the staff about Pericles One and the targets (two munitions dumps, a bridge and Syrian intelligence headquarters). He tells Toby and Sam to finish their speech, and tells C.J. to sit in on a briefing and repeats his order not to tell the press anything until they're ready. C.J. wants to speak to the President alone, and Leo assures her everything will be fine. Everyone leaves except Josh, who starts to bring up the President snapping at the First Lady until Leo tells him it's the wrong time. Josh then brings up Charlie, and mentions how much he likes him and how qualified he is for the job, but Josh is worried about the image of a black man waiting on the President and holding the door open for him. Leo points out *he* opens the door for the President, and if Charlie is the right man for the job, they should hire him regardless of the image. Admiral Fitzwallace joins them, and after he and Josh greet each other, Josh leaves. Fitzwallace tells Leo he needs to calm the President down, and tells him the President is really doing fine, he just doesn't know it. Leo thanks him, and brings up Charlie. Fitzwallace tells Leo as long as they pay Charlie a good wage and treat him with respect, it makes no difference what kind of job he has.

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Back in the Roosevelt Room, Josh is asking Charlie what he assures him are routine questions ("Have you ever tried to overthrow the government?"), and points out to a still-nervous Charlie that the job of personal aide is a much better job than the bike messenger job. Sam comes in, and Josh introduces the two of them. Sam gets upset on Charlie's behalf when [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Josh starts to asks Charlie about his personal life]], and he becomes disruptive enough that Josh asks Sam to step outside the room with him. Once outside, Josh points out Sam knew when he took the job he was going to be held to a higher standard, but Sam says he's just sticking to his principles. Toby interrupts them, saying the retaliatory strike has occurred, and they need to go to Leo's office.

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tells the staff about Pericles One and the targets (two munitions dumps, a bridge and Syrian intelligence headquarters). He tells Toby and Sam to finish their speech, and tells C.J. to sit in on a briefing and repeats his order not to tell the press anything until they're ready. C.J. wants to speak to the President alone, and Leo assures her everything will be fine. Everyone leaves except Josh, who starts to bring up the President snapping at the First Lady until Leo tells him it's the wrong time. Josh then brings up Charlie, and mentions how much he likes him and how qualified he is for the job, but Josh is worried about the image of a black man waiting on the President and holding the door open for him. Leo points out *he* opens the door for the President, and if Charlie is the right man for the job, they should hire him regardless of the image. Admiral Fitzwallace joins them, and after he and Josh greet each other, Josh leaves. Fitzwallace tells Leo he needs to calm the President down, and tells him the President is really doing fine, he just doesn't know it. Leo thanks him, and brings up Charlie. Fitzwallace tells Leo as long as they pay Charlie a good wage and treat him with respect, it makes no difference what kind of job he has.
1st Nov '15 2:44:19 PM beack7
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* HandWave: Josh and Leo worrying about hiring a black man to fill just a servant's role in the White House is basically Aaron Sorkin and NBC doing the same thing in regards to hiring a black actor to just play a servant role.

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* HandWave: Josh and Leo worrying about hiring a black man to fill just a servant's role in the White House is basically Aaron Sorkin and NBC doing the same thing in regards to hiring a black actor to just play a servant role.
17th Mar '15 8:33:18 AM lipranzer
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* SeinfeldianConversation: Before President Bartlet comes into the Situation Room for the first time, Admiral Fitzwallace mentions how the coffee is different from what they usually have.



* SeinfeldianConversation: Before President Bartlet comes into the Situation Room for the first time, Admiral Fitzwallace mentions how the coffee is different from what they usually have.
12th Feb '15 8:15:26 AM lipranzer
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/GoodTimes James Evans]] is now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.



* [[SecondEpisodeIntroduction Third Episode Introduction]]: This was Charlie's first appearance in the series.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: As Josh is sitting around with nothing to do:
-->'''Josh:''' I'm like a writer on a movie set.
-->'''Donna:''' Have you ever been on a movie set?
-->'''Josh:''' No, but I hear stories.

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* [[SecondEpisodeIntroduction Third Episode Introduction]]: This was Charlie's first appearance in the series.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: As Josh is sitting around with nothing to do:
-->'''Josh:''' I'm like a writer on a movie set.
-->'''Donna:''' Have you ever been on a movie set?
-->'''Josh:''' No, but I hear stories.
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