History Series / TheWestWing

9th Jan '16 8:27:36 PM trims2u
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* HandcuffedBriefcase: CJ's first day as the President's Chief of Staff includes a Bulgarian official who's been sent to sell the US a bunch of nuclear materials his country doesn't want anymore, and he has to awkwardly manage the metal briefcase of paperwork that's handcuffed to him. (Despite being a fairly realistic show about the Presidency, though, the nuclear football never makes an appearance.)
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* HandcuffedBriefcase: CJ's first day as the President's Chief of Staff includes a Bulgarian Republic of Georgia official who's been sent to sell the US a bunch of nuclear materials his country doesn't want anymore, and he has to awkwardly manage the metal briefcase of paperwork that's handcuffed to him. (Despite being a fairly realistic show about the Presidency, though, the nuclear football never makes an appearance.)
20th Dec '15 6:21:45 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Season Five is a lot more downbeat and gloomy than the previous four seasons, particularly in the first half. The fallout from the cliffhanger of Season Four sends Bartlet into a prolonged HeroicBSOD and creates a rift between him and Abbey, the senior staff spend a lot of time demoralised due to both this and the new Speaker of the House flexing his muscles and smacking them around heavily in the process, and everyone consequently seems to be more cynical and at each other's throats a lot more. This is arguably one of the reasons why Season Five is [[SeasonalRot generally less well-received than the other seasons]].
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Season Five is a lot more downbeat and gloomy than the previous four seasons, particularly in the first half. The fallout from the cliffhanger of Season Four sends Bartlet into a prolonged HeroicBSOD and creates a rift between him and Abbey, the senior staff spend a lot of time demoralised due to both this and the new Speaker of the House flexing his muscles and smacking them around heavily in the process, and everyone consequently seems to be more cynical and at each other's throats a lot more. This While things generally pick up a bit, this is arguably one of the reasons why Season Five is [[SeasonalRot generally less well-received than the other seasons]].
20th Dec '15 6:20:42 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Season Five is a lot more downbeat and gloomy than the previous four seasons, particularly in the first half. The fallout from cliffhanger of Season Four sends Bartlet into a prolonged HeroicBSOD and creates a rift between him and Abbey, the senior staff spend a lot of time demoralised due to both this and the new Speaker of the House flexing his muscles and smacking them around heavily in the process, and everyone consequently seems to be more cynical and at each other's throats a lot more. This is arguably one of the reasons why Season Five is [[SeasonalRot generally less well-received than the other seasons]].
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Season Five is a lot more downbeat and gloomy than the previous four seasons, particularly in the first half. The fallout from the cliffhanger of Season Four sends Bartlet into a prolonged HeroicBSOD and creates a rift between him and Abbey, the senior staff spend a lot of time demoralised due to both this and the new Speaker of the House flexing his muscles and smacking them around heavily in the process, and everyone consequently seems to be more cynical and at each other's throats a lot more. This is arguably one of the reasons why Season Five is [[SeasonalRot generally less well-received than the other seasons]].
20th Dec '15 6:18:35 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Season Five is a lot more downbeat and gloomy than the previous four seasons, particularly in the first half. The fallout from cliffhanger of Season Four sends Bartlet into a prolonged HeroicBSOD and creates a rift between him and Abbey, the senior staff spend a lot of time demoralised due to both this and the new Speaker of the House flexing his muscles and smacking them around heavily in the process, and everyone consequently seems to be more cynical and at each other's throats a lot more. This is arguably one of the reasons why Season Five is [[SeasonalRot generally less well-received than the other seasons]].
14th Dec '15 3:07:26 PM Discar
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The Presidents Daughter is no longer a trope.
* ThePresidentsDaughter ** Bartlet has three daughters (no sons), and all three receive some form of harassment by his political opponents at some point during the show. Zoey exemplifies this trope to a tee, however, by being the kidnap victim during the cliffhanger arc between Seasons 4 and 5. ** One episode had Bartlet explain that during a trip to Egypt his guide kept describing him as "Abu el Banat" to Bedouins who would laugh at him but serve him tea. He finds out "Abu el Banat" means "Father of daughters" and that the Bedouins were giving him tea out of sympathy.
14th Dec '15 10:55:55 AM Discar
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* HostageMacGuffin: Zoey Bartlett being kidnapped was feared by characters since the beginning. Their fears were realized when she was kidnapped in the Season Four finale. She's rescued in the second episode of S5 with next to nothing revealed about who kidnapped her or why though.
12th Dec '15 6:58:15 AM DoctorNemesis
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It's hinted well before Season Six
** It is, however, hinted at in Season Six that Lord John Marbury's misnaming of Leo as "Gerald" might not be as accidental as all that. The first time Lord John runs into CJ Craig 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 at in Season Six that Lord John Marbury's misnaming of Leo as "Gerald" might not be as accidental as all that. The 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 Craig after her promotion to White House Chief of Staff, Staff he wryly notes that her promotion makes her "the new Gerald."
12th Dec '15 1:01:18 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The nuclear power plant catastrophe that occurs out of nowhere and completely derails Senator Vinick's presidential campaign halfway through season seven occurs solely to provide a credible way for the election race to suddenly become more or less even after an entire half-season of Vinick being the clear frontrunner and Santos lagging way behind.
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** The nuclear power plant catastrophe that occurs out of nowhere and completely derails Senator Vinick's presidential campaign halfway through season seven occurs solely to provide a credible way for the election race to suddenly become more or less even after an entire half-season of Vinick being the clear frontrunner and Santos lagging way behind. Although this one's arguably justified, in that it's a reference to several so-called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_surprise October surprises]]", in which Presidential campaigns have been significantly impacted by sudden events that have occurred fairly late in the game.
8th Dec '15 12:06:28 AM Ominae
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* HandcuffedBriefcase: CJ's first day as the President's Chief of Staff includes a Bulgarian official who's been sent to sell the US a bunch of nuclear materials his country doesn't want anymore, and he has to awkwardly manage the metal briefcase of paperwork that's handcuffed to him. (Despite being a fairly realistic show about the Presidency, though, the nuclear football never makes an appearance.)
25th Nov '15 6:07:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheAmericanPresident''. Notably, some cast members were also transferred; Anna Deavere Smith moved fron White House Press Secretary (CJ's role) to National Security Advisor, and Joshua Malina was originally an unimportant coworker of the heroine, and Leo's role was originally played by ''Martin Sheen''! This makes re-watching the movie almost indescribably eerie, as one expects Sheen-as-Leo to just kick Michael Douglas out of the Oval Office. Not only did they recycle most of the cast, they also recycled most of the situations, and even several of the lines of dialogue.
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheAmericanPresident''.''Film/TheAmericanPresident''. Notably, some cast members were also transferred; Anna Deavere Smith moved fron White House Press Secretary (CJ's role) to National Security Advisor, and Joshua Malina was originally an unimportant coworker of the heroine, and Leo's role was originally played by ''Martin Sheen''! This makes re-watching the movie almost indescribably eerie, as one expects Sheen-as-Leo to just kick Michael Douglas out of the Oval Office. Not only did they recycle most of the cast, they also recycled most of the situations, and even several of the lines of dialogue.
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