History Series / TheWestWing

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.
30th Jan '17 8:41:06 AM 06tele
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--->'''Will: Amy, we have a problem for your office.

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--->'''Will: --->'''Will''': Amy, we have a problem for your office.
30th Jan '17 8:40:23 AM 06tele
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** There are of course numerous references to Gilbert and Sullivan.

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** There are of course numerous references to Gilbert Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, but the subtlest and Sullivan.funniest one was from Will in Season 4's "Privateers":
--->'''Will: Amy, we have a problem for your office.
--->'''Amy''': No, you can't. 'Cause it's only my first day, and Mrs. Bartlet already has me overthrowing the government.
--->'''Will''': The legitimacy of her membership in the DAR is being questioned because her qualifying relative was a pirate.
--->'''Amy''': A pirate?
--->'''Will''': [''absolutely deadpan''] [[ThePiratesOfPenzance A pirate, a pirate. Oh, yes, a pirate, he.]]
29th Jan '17 5:25:14 PM DustSnitch
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* EpisodeDiscussionScene: There's one before the first post-9/11 episode, explaining that the episode that follows doesn't take place in continuity and is to be thought of as a stand alone play.
27th Jan '17 4:20:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* DifferentStatesOfAmerica: This is in the background; the last real-life President who is identified is Richard Nixon, and the US election rotation is two years off from what it is in the actual world (i.e. President Bartlet was first elected in 1998 and ran for re-election in 2002, instead of 1996 and 2000 respectively).
18th Jan '17 8:04:09 AM 06tele
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*** In a season 4 episode Bartlet himself rebuts this, when Josh is willing to trample on the Third Amendment if it'll mean passing the federal budget. Bartlet points out that Josh was doing it not for the sake of the country but so as not to let Leo down, and says "You know what the difference is between you and me? I want to be the guy. You want to be the guy the guy counts on."
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