History Series / TheWestWing

24th Jun '16 1:44:25 PM MrItty
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% Can anyone enumerate these supposed five? I can only think of Leo, the Surgeon General ("Jed, look where you're standing"), and the
% priest who heard his confession. Who are the other two?
24th Jun '16 1:23:25 PM MrItty
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** {{Flashback}}s reveal that Donna was trolled by her predecessor before the Bartlet administration took over, convinced to believe that there was a nuclear reactor buried in the Whitehouse garden. When Josh later mocks her for her naiveté, she herself trolls him and makes him believe the same thing.
24th Jun '16 11:28:09 AM MrItty
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* SpySpeak: "Leo McGarry would like you to meet an old friend from home." ("Bartlet's Third State of the Union")

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* SpySpeak: "Leo McGarry [=McGarry=] would like you to meet an old friend from home." ("Bartlet's Third State of the Union")
24th Jun '16 9:08:00 AM MrItty
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** It's given a small CallBack in season four, when a gunman shoots at the outside of the Whitehouse and Josh discusses it with an applicant to the Counsel's office:
--> '''Joe''': You know, I though I heard what sounded like gunshots when we were talking before, but I didn't... Did you hear the shots?
--> '''Josh''': No, but I heard a brass quintet playing "The First Noel," so I just assumed somebody somewhere was locked and loaded.
*** This callback is actually inverted, as Josh's actual PTSD symptom has him interpreting music as sirens, rather than the sound of an emergency (gunfire) being interpreted as music.
24th Jun '16 8:52:17 AM MrItty
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** Played double straight when while still reeling from the learning about President Bartlett's [[spoiler:concealed MS diagnosis]], Sam refers to him as simply "Bartlett". Toby immediately calls him on it, "'''President''' Bartlet, Sam, come on.". A few scenes later, Sam then passes it on, correcting a political operative who makes the same mistake.
24th Jun '16 8:23:51 AM MrItty
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** Also subverted when CJ is tasked by Toby with finding out who leaked information about the President's decision regarding school vouchers, and Donna confesses. She then continues to confess to a series of increasingly improbable crimes, revealing that she was pulling CJ's leg.
** Played straight when the entire staff wonders who leaked national security information regarding a military space shuttle, to save the lives of 4 astronauts. The guilty party turns out to be [[spoiler:Toby, who is summarily fired by the President]].
24th Jun '16 8:14:57 AM MrItty
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** Somewhat justified in that Vice President Hoynes and Chief of Staff Leo started out the series married, but eventually got divorced (due in one case to infidelity and in the other job-related lack of attention), and {{Flashback}}s reveal that Toby also got divorced prior to the start of the series.
24th Jun '16 8:02:54 AM MrItty
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** Subverted with the President's third daughter. It initially appears the husband-to-be is a bumbling, nerve-ridden geek who is marrying his daughter because he accidentally got her pregnant and they need to get married [[MySecretPregnancy before anyone finds out]]. However, he manages to impress the President with his impassioned speech about the moment he fell in love with and decided to marry his daughter.
24th Jun '16 7:49:43 AM MrItty
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** Regular character Sam Seaborn was written out in an odd way. He unintentionally promised to run for a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. New character of Will Baily is written in at the same time. A line of dialog establishes that Will is being promoted to Sam's old position, and that if Sam loses the election, he will return to the White House in a promoted position, to "take the knucklehead stuff off his desk." A further line of dialog from the same character states that Sam is unequivocally going to lose the election. In the next episode, however, neither Sam nor the election are mentioned again. Sam gets one throwaway line about a season later, but other than that, everyone forgets about him.
*** Averted in the last couple episodes of the series, when Josh re-recruits him back to the White House for the new administration, and we learn that Sam, having apparently indeed lost the election, for some reason returned to working for a law firm rather than the White House.
24th Jun '16 7:36:54 AM MrItty
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* AuthorCatchPhrase: "What Kind of Day Has It Been", used as a finale episode in [[SportsNight four]] [[Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip of]] Aaron Sorkin's shows''.

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* AuthorCatchPhrase: "What Kind of Day Has It Been", used as a finale episode in [[SportsNight four]] [[Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip of]] Aaron Sorkin's shows''.shows.


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** The finale also has a callback involving [[spoiler:the deceased]] Leo. As President Bartlet is about to leave office, Leo's daughter Mallory gives him a wrapped gift. He unwraps it on the plane, to discover it is [[spoiler:the framed "Bartlet for America" napkin that Leo had written before the first campaign, that the President had given to Leo as a gift a couple seasons back]]


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** In what may be an odd case of BuffySpeak coming from generally very intelligent people working at the White House, nearly any situation, regardless of complexity, is simply described as a "thing".
--> '''Toby''': "So, there's gonna be a thing", informing others that a senior staffer had written a memo detailing their own failings, and it has leaked to the press.
--> '''Josh''': "This isn't a thing!", assuring Sam and Toby that he'll be fine with Joey Lucas, on whom he had a minor crush, coming to work at the White House.
--> '''Sam''': "So, here's a thing...", pointing out the technicality that the Speaker of the House hadn't yet invited the President to give the State of the Union address.
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