History Series / TheWestWing

27th Mar '17 8:48:51 PM TheNicestGuy
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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Bartlett does not go so far as to forbid his black aide Charlie from dating his white daughter Zoey, but he does not mince words about how much trouble it's likely to cause. He is completely right. The relationship gets two people shot.
22nd Mar '17 5:15:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ComplexityAddiction: Kate comes to this realisation during the US[=/=]Canada border tensions subplot in "A Good Day". Everyone in the Situation Room is so used to dealing with crises that they've gotten themselves rigidly locked into a near-permanent crisis mode. This has the result that what ''should'' be a completely inconsequential situation nearly becomes a war between the United States and Canada because everyone involved unnecessarily over-complicates the situation by [[SeriousBusiness acting as if a couple of schmucks who just got lost and accidentally wandered into Canada is tantamount to an illegal military incursion that requires official sabre-rattling, back-channel diplomatic wrangling and a war-footing military build-up]].

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* ComplexityAddiction: Kate comes to this realisation during the US[=/=]Canada border tensions subplot in "A Good Day". Everyone in the Situation Room is so used to dealing with crises that they've gotten themselves rigidly locked into a near-permanent crisis mode. This has the result that what ''should'' be a completely inconsequential situation nearly becomes a war between the United States and Canada because everyone involved unnecessarily over-complicates the situation by [[SeriousBusiness acting as if a couple of schmucks who just got lost while hunting and accidentally wandered into Canada is tantamount to an illegal military incursion that requires official sabre-rattling, back-channel diplomatic wrangling and a war-footing military build-up]].
22nd Mar '17 5:14:49 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ComplexityAddiction: Kate comes to this realisation during the US[=/=]Canada border tensions subplot in "A Good Day". Everyone in the Situation Room is so used to dealing with crises that they've gotten themselves rigidly locked into a near-permanent crisis mode. This has the result that what ''should'' be a completely inconsequential situation nearly becomes a war between the United States and Canada because everyone involved unnecessarily over-complicates the situation by [[SeriousBusiness acting as if a couple of schmucks who just got lost and accidentally wandered into Canada is tantamount to an illegal military incursion that requires official sabre-rattling, back-channel diplomatic wrangling and a war-footing military build-up]].
2nd Mar '17 11:22:42 PM Gesperitia
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** Roberto Mendoza was being interviewed for a job he didn't even know he was in the running for: Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. He is asked, point blank, in the Oval Office, in front of the President of the United States, what he would do if the President ordered someone to be fired for refusing to take a drug test. His immediate response? [[LawfulGood Order the employee be reinstated, as the drug test is an illegal search]].

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** Roberto Mendoza was being interviewed for a job he didn't even know he was in the running for: Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. He is asked, point blank, in the Oval Office, in front of the President of the United States, what he would do if the President ordered someone to be fired for refusing to take a drug test. His immediate response? [[LawfulGood [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Order the employee be reinstated, as on the grounds that the drug test is constitutes an illegal search]].
2nd Mar '17 11:20:15 PM Gesperitia
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** Bartlet unintentionally passed one of Josh's by displaying his will to pass a bill that cut profits for farmers but allowed poor people to buy milk.
** Toby was allowed to stay on Bartlet's campaign because he advised the Governor to be honest when the other advisers were for placating and pandering.
** Roberto Mendoza was being interviewed for a job he didn't even know he was in the running for: Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. He is asked, point blank, in the Oval Office, in front of the President of the United States, what he would do if the President ordered someone to be fired for refusing to take a drug test. His immediate response? [[LawfulGood Order the employee be reinstated, as the drug test is an illegal search]].
19th Feb '17 2:10:27 PM Vale
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** It is, however, hinted that Lord John Marbury's misnaming of Leo as "Gerald" might not be as accidental as all that. Whenever a conversation between Leo and Lord John turns serious Lord John clearly demonstrates that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he's a lot sharper than he first appears]] (including getting Leo's name right and treating him with appropriate gravitas), and the first time Lord John runs into CJ Cregg after her promotion to White House Chief of Staff he wryly notes that her promotion makes her "the new Gerald."

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** It is, however, hinted strongly implied that Lord John Marbury's misnaming of Leo as "Gerald" might not be as accidental as all that.that, and is done just to tease and exasperate him. Whenever a conversation between Leo and Lord John turns serious Lord John clearly demonstrates that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he's a lot sharper than he first appears]] (including getting Leo's name right and treating him with appropriate gravitas), and the first time Lord John runs into CJ Cregg after her promotion to White House Chief of Staff he wryly notes that her promotion makes her "the new Gerald."



* AlternateUniverse: A lot of shows of political nature implicitly take place in these but ''West Wing'''s case is notable for the fact that ''UsefulNotes/RichardNixon'' is the last president from our universe in the show's timeline.

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* AlternateUniverse: A lot of shows of political nature implicitly take place in these but ''West Wing'''s case is notable for the fact that ''UsefulNotes/RichardNixon'' is the last president from our universe confirmed in the show's timeline.
7th Feb '17 3:49:29 AM 06tele
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* ViewersAreGeniuses: Heaven help you if you didn't pay attention in the episode, or knew nothing about American poltics.

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: Heaven help you if you didn't pay attention in the episode, or knew nothing about American poltics.politics. After Sorkin left, the writing tended to become a little more self-explanatory.
* VillainBall: In season 5, Speaker of the House Haffley's whole plan is basically to be obstructive as possible until the White House gives him what he wants, and it works for him as long as he can convince the public that he's restraining the White House from spending excessive amounts of money on foolish liberal nonsense. [[spoiler: It stops working for him when Bartlet, tired of Haffley's obstructionism, calls his bluff by shutting down the entire federal government, ''and then'' making a big show of walking up to the Hill to break the deadlock. When Haffley hesitates a few minutes too long about letting them in to talk, Bartlet just leaves, making it look like the Republicans care more about getting what they want than they do about reaching an agreement. Haffley's position is fatally weakened, and Bartlet is able to strongarm him into agreeing to a budget.]]



* VillainBall: In season 5, Speaker of the House Haffley's whole plan is basically to be obstructive as possible until the White House gives him what he wants, and it works for him as long as he can convince the public that he's restraining the White House from spending excessive amounts of money on foolish liberal nonsense. [[spoiler: It stops working for him when Bartlet, tired of Haffley's obstructionism, calls his bluff by shutting down the entire federal government, ''and then'' making a big show of walking up to the Hill to break the deadlock. When Haffley hesitates just too long about letting them, Bartlet leaves, making it look like the Republicans care more about getting what they want than they do about breaking the deadlock. Haffley's position is fatally weakened, and Bartlet is able to strongarm him into agreeing to a budget.]]
7th Feb '17 3:46:39 AM 06tele
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* VillainBall: In season 5, Speaker of the House Haffley's whole plan is basically to be obstructive as possible until the White House gives him what he wants, and it works for him as long as he can convince the public that he's restraining the White House from spending excessive amounts of money on foolish liberal nonsense. [[spoiler: It stops working for him when Bartlet, tired of Haffley's obstructionism, calls his bluff by shutting down the entire federal government, ''and then'' making a big show of walking up to the Hill to break the deadlock. When Haffley hesitates just too long about letting them, Bartlet leaves, making it look like the Republicans care more about getting what they want than they do about breaking the deadlock. Haffley's position is fatally weakened, and Bartlet is able to strongarm him into agreeing to a budget.]]
6th Feb '17 10:25:19 AM Gosicrystal
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-->''"What's next?"''

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-->''"What's next?"''next?"''
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6th Feb '17 10:20:20 AM Gosicrystal
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* BrooklynRage: Toby.

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* %%* BrooklynRage: Toby.



* {{Bulungi}} : Equatorial Kundu.

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* {{Bulungi}} : {{Bulungi}}: Equatorial Kundu.



* ByNoIMeanYes: Done a couple of times in "Celestial Navigation":
-->'''Toby:''' She called him a racist.
-->'''Josh:''' She didn't use that word.
-->'''Toby:''' What word did she use?
-->'''Josh:''' Well, yes, she used that word.

-->'''President Bartlet:''' You told the press I have a secret plan to fight inflation?
-->'''Josh:''' No, I did not. Let me be absolutely clear, I did not do that. Except, yes, I did that.



** In addition to the above, there's the president's Cane in the first episode.

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** In addition to the above, there's the %%** The president's Cane in the first episode.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The NBC character bio of Vinick said that he was born in New York before moving to California as a kid. This was probably a HandWave to explain why Alan Alda makes no attempt to tone down his thick New York accent, despite his character hailing from Southern California.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
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The NBC character bio of Vinick said that he was born in New York before moving to California as a kid. This was probably a HandWave to explain why Alan Alda makes no attempt to tone down his thick New York accent, despite his character hailing from Southern California.



* NoExceptYes:
** Done a couple of times in "Celestial Navigation":
-->'''Toby:''' She called him a racist.
-->'''Josh:''' She didn't use that word.
-->'''Toby:''' What word did she use?
-->'''Josh:''' Well, yes, she used that word.
** And then later, Josh does it again:
-->'''President Bartlet:''' You told the press I have a secret plan to fight inflation?
-->'''Josh:''' No, I did not. Let me be absolutely clear, I did not do that. Except, yes, I did that.
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