History Series / TheWestWing

17th Jun '17 8:07:58 AM whatkindofadayhasitbeen
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** Josh's therapist in Noel leads him to acknowledge that he has PTSD from his being shot. It is made very clear that Josh isn't cured and will need follow-up therapy.

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** Josh's [[spoiler: therapist in Noel leads forces him to acknowledge that he has PTSD from his being shot.shot]]. It is made very clear that Josh isn't cured and will need follow-up therapy.
17th Jun '17 7:38:29 AM whatkindofadayhasitbeen
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*** In one specific occasion, he also [[spoiler: yells at the President in the Oval Office, after exhibiting odd and concerning behavior for several weeks. However, his coworkers recognize this for what it is: a massive red flag of Josh's worsening PTSD]].



** Toby warns a the same investigator who threatened Leo about his own version of the trope: [[PapaWolf "I'm told that on my sunniest days I'm not that fun to be around. I wonder what's gonna happen when you make my children a part of your life."]] Bonus points for his chillingly calm, matter-of-fact delivery.

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** Toby warns a the same investigator who threatened Leo about his own version of the trope: [[PapaWolf "I'm told that on my sunniest days I'm not that fun to be around. I wonder what's gonna happen when you make [[spoiler: my children children]] a part of your life."]] Bonus points for his chillingly calm, matter-of-fact delivery.



* BilingualBonus: Bartlet speaks untranslated Latin in "Two Cathedrals."

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* BilingualBonus: Bartlet speaks untranslated Latin in "Two Cathedrals."" Abbey also states that he speaks four languages - two of which are English and Latin and none of which are French, although it is never revealed what the other two are.



* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Averted in the couple of episodes where there is a shooting.

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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Averted in the [[spoiler: couple of episodes where there is a shooting.shooting]].



* BrickJoke: The President is introduced in the Pilot episode after having ridden into a tree on a bicycle (that Leo lent him) with a cane. At the end of the series, upon leaving office, he mentions that with his free time he'd like to ride a bicycle some more [[spoiler: and he once again requires a cane to walk.]]

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* BrickJoke: The President is introduced in the Pilot episode after having ridden into a tree on a bicycle (that Leo lent him) with a cane. At the end of the series, upon leaving office, he mentions that with his free time he'd like to ride a bicycle some more [[spoiler: and and, as a result of his worsening MS, he once again requires a cane to walk.]]walk]].



* BulletHolesAndRevelations: There is a shooting at the end of the Season 1 finale. At the beginning of Season 2, it is revealed that [[spoiler: the President was shot in the abdomen and sustained fairly minor injuries, while Josh suffered a bullet wound to the chest which lacerated a major artery and very nearly killed him]].



** Oliver Babish, whose first episode was pretty clearly written to be Lionel Tribbey, but John Larroquette wasn't available, so they recast and renamed the character.

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** Oliver Babish, whose Babish (whose first episode was pretty clearly written to be Lionel Tribbey, but John Larroquette wasn't available, so they recast and renamed the character.character).



* BurningTheFlag: PennAndTeller "burn" a flag at Zoe's birthday party after stuffing it into a rolled-up copy of the Constitution as an example of the rights given by the First Amendment: the flag is gone, but the Constitution is unharmed. Naturally, this causes something of a PR stir.



** In the fourth season, Sam's running for Congressman in California, and Toby is helping with his campaign. Toby gets into a fight with a guy at a restaurant when the man gets physically threatening towards Andrea, and after he's booked, he calls in to Air Force One about it, using a cell phone that apparently belongs to a hooker.

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** In the fourth season, Sam's [[spoiler: running for Congressman in California, and Toby is helping with his campaign. campaign]]. Toby gets into a fight with a guy at a restaurant when the man gets physically threatening towards Andrea, and after he's booked, he calls in to Air Force One about it, using a cell phone that apparently belongs to a hooker.hooker, referencing Sam's history with Laurie in Season 1 when Sam admonishes hiim for it.



** In season 6 Josh has trouble with his hotel keycard and Donna has to help him, just like in Season 1's "20 Hours in L.A."
** In the same episode, "King Corn," Josh admonishes Santos for alienating voters and sarcastically suggests that he next tell North Dakota that South Dakota has a cooler name. Josh sent Donna to hear the North Dakota Democratic Party's case to drop the "North" from their name in an earlier episode.

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** In season 6 Josh has trouble with his hotel keycard and Donna has to help him, just like in Season 1's "20 Hours in L.A."
", although [[spoiler: now Donna is no longer his assistant and they are working on opposing campaigns. Ouch]].
** In the same episode, "King Corn," Josh admonishes Santos for alienating voters and sarcastically suggests that he next tell North Dakota that South Dakota has a cooler name. Josh sent Donna to hear the North Dakota Democratic Party's case to drop the "North" from their name in an four years earlier episode.[[spoiler: making the episode all that more painful given their awkward reunion]].



** Josh gives a lovely MeaningfulEcho in Bartlet for America to Leo's heartwarming speech from Noel:

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** Josh gives a lovely MeaningfulEcho in Bartlet for America to Leo's heartwarming speech from Noel:Noël:


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** Much more tragically, there are several callbacks involving Josh and the people he cares about dying.
*** When [[spoiler: Leo dies at the end of Season 7]], Donna tells him that he ([[spoiler: Leo]]) was "so proud" of him. In a flashback to the night Josh's father dies, many years earlier, Josh and the President have a conversation about how Josh's father was proud of him and the work he did - using almost the same words that Donna does.
*** Related to that, the timing of [[spoiler: Leo's death is eerily similar to the timing of Josh's father's, given that they both died on or around a massive win for Josh's campaign. He lost a father figure on a day that he should have been celebrating - twice.]]
*** Josh tells the President that his father died of a pulmonary embolism - the same thing [[spoiler: Donna develops when Josh returns to her hospital room and discovers that she has been rushed into surgery and is once again in critical condition.]]
---> '''Doctor''': There's been a complication. She ([[spoiler: Donna]]) developed a pulmonary embolism. It's a-
---> '''Josh''': (cutting him off, fearfully) A blood clot.
24th May '17 5:46:17 AM DoctorNemesis
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** For that matter, President Bartlett himself is an expy of Bill Clinton with some of John F. Kennedy's character traits thrown in, and with the tendencies towards infidelity both men had removed. Abby Bartlet is correspondingly First Ladies Hillary Clinton (with similar elements of Jackie Kennedy in the mix as well).

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** For that matter, President Bartlett himself is basically an expy of Bill Clinton with some of John F. Kennedy's character traits thrown in, and with the tendencies towards infidelity both men had removed. Abby Bartlet is correspondingly First Ladies Hillary Clinton (with similar elements of Jackie Kennedy in the mix as well).
24th May '17 5:45:51 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Vice President John Hoynes is something of a veiled {{Expy}} of Lyndon Johnson, being a Southern Democrat serving as Vice President to a northern Democratic President with tension existing between the two. Hoynes's complaints of being sidelined and given only the thankless ceremonial busywork to do by Bartlet also mirrors Johnson's disgruntlement at feeling similarly neglected and taken for granted under President Kennedy. He also shares similarities with Al Gore, another Southern Democrat who also felt a bit sidelined by the President he served under.



** In one specific episode exploring US foreign policy, two expys for former US presidents are temporarily introduced (though neither are ever referenced thereafter). Bartlet travels to the state funeral of Owen Lassiter, seemingly based on Ronald Reagan (Lassiter was a right-wing two-term Republican from southern California, who controversially propped up foreign dictatorial regimes - the episode aired about 6 months before Reagan's actual death). Joining him for the trip is D.W. Newman, a Jimmy Carter expy (Newman is a Democrat, spent his one term in office dealing with problems in the Middle East, and has become outspokenly liberal in retirement)

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** In one specific episode exploring US foreign policy, two expys for former US presidents are temporarily introduced (though neither are ever referenced thereafter). Bartlet travels to the state funeral of Owen Lassiter, seemingly based on Ronald Reagan (Lassiter was a right-wing two-term Republican from southern California, who controversially propped up foreign dictatorial regimes - the episode aired about 6 months before Reagan's actual death). Joining him for the trip is D.W. Newman, a Jimmy Carter expy (Newman is a Democrat, spent his one term in office dealing with problems in the Middle East, and has become outspokenly liberal in retirement)retirement). Lassiter also appears to have some Nixon qualities, and his state funeral is based on the one held for Nixon on his death in 1997.
** For that matter, President Bartlett himself is an expy of Bill Clinton with some of John F. Kennedy's character traits thrown in, and with the tendencies towards infidelity both men had removed. Abby Bartlet is correspondingly First Ladies Hillary Clinton (with similar elements of Jackie Kennedy in the mix as well).
24th May '17 5:36:07 AM DoctorNemesis
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** John Hoynes for John Edwards. (This is actually a better example of [[LifeImitatesArt Life Imitates Art]]. Many of the things that happened to Hoynes in the series (running for Vice President, a failed Presidential campaign, a career-destroying sex scandal) actually happened to John Edwards in real life only after they happened to John Hoynes on TV. Hoynes' character was actually modeled at least partly on Lyndon Baines Johnson.)
4th May '17 10:01:01 AM CosmicFerret
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** There were, in fact, dozens of small supporting parts which were filled by well-known actors and actresses, including William Devane, Creator/KristinChenoweth, Mark Feuerstein, Creator/MaryLouiseParker, Danica [=McKellar=], Jesse Bradford, John Laroquette, Creator/GeraldMcRaney, Daniel Van Bargen, David Graf, Creator/HalHolbrook, Creator/MarkHarmon, Jorja Fox, Taye Diggs, Creator/ClarkGregg, Ron Silver, Creator/MarleeMatlin, Patrick Breen, Creator/JaneaneGarofalo, Patricia Richardson, Mitch Pileggi, Creator/StephenRoot, Creator/TedMcGinley, Jay Mohr, George Coe, Annabeth Gish, Lawrence O'Donnell, Evan Rachel Wood, Donald Moffat, John de Lancie, Felicity Huffman, Adam Arkin, Joanna Gleason, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Mary Kay Place, Don S. Davis, Ray Wise, Creator/JKSimmons, and Creator/NoahEmmerich. At its height, the West Wing was ''the'' show to be on in much the same way as ''Series/{{Batman}}'' was in the 1960s, and just like ''Series/{{Batman}}'', stars were clamoring to make cameos.

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** There were, in fact, dozens of small supporting parts which were filled by well-known actors and actresses, including William Devane, Creator/KristinChenoweth, Mark Feuerstein, Creator/MaryLouiseParker, Danica [=McKellar=], Jesse Bradford, John Laroquette, Creator/GeraldMcRaney, Daniel Van Bargen, David Graf, Creator/HalHolbrook, Creator/MarkHarmon, Jorja Fox, Taye Diggs, Creator/ClarkGregg, Ron Silver, Creator/MarleeMatlin, Patrick Breen, Creator/JaneaneGarofalo, Patricia Richardson, Mitch Pileggi, Creator/StephenRoot, Creator/TedMcGinley, Jay Mohr, George Coe, Annabeth Gish, Lawrence O'Donnell, Evan Rachel Wood, Donald Moffat, John de Lancie, Felicity Huffman, Adam Arkin, Joanna Gleason, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Mary Kay Place, Don S. Davis, Creator/DonSDavis, Ray Wise, Creator/JKSimmons, and Creator/NoahEmmerich. At its height, the West Wing was ''the'' show to be on in much the same way as ''Series/{{Batman}}'' was in the 1960s, and just like ''Series/{{Batman}}'', stars were clamoring to make cameos.
26th Apr '17 8:45:35 AM foxfireman
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-->'''CJ:''' "Wouldn't you just give anything if she was from Tibet?"

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-->'''CJ:''' ''[grins]'' "Wouldn't you just give anything if she was from Tibet?"
23rd Apr '17 2:32:46 PM nombretomado
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As per Sorkin's style, the show is wall-to-wall dialogue. The characters spend the entirety of every episode having lengthy, pointed arguments about real concerns such as public education, foreign aid and gun control, in a style of patter which carefully balances sober and didactic with nutty and didactic. All sides of an issue are covered (the show even gave the reason for the US Navy's infamous four-hundred-dollar ashtrays), although the show still has a distinctly liberal bias, with more than a few Republicans being portrayed as arrogant and out of touch. It did get a fair bit of criticism from conservatives for this, but many saw it as the best attempt to date to try to be a truly fair and balanced drama about UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. The show is notorious for the WalkAndTalk -- to create the illusion of activity in the midst of all this discussion, the characters constantly walk around the White House as they talk, despite the fact that they rarely have any place to go. Its nickname on TelevisionWithoutPity was "pedeconferencing", which was also picked up by Sorkin and Schlamme, among others.

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As per Sorkin's style, the show is wall-to-wall dialogue. The characters spend the entirety of every episode having lengthy, pointed arguments about real concerns such as public education, foreign aid and gun control, in a style of patter which carefully balances sober and didactic with nutty and didactic. All sides of an issue are covered (the show even gave the reason for the US Navy's infamous four-hundred-dollar ashtrays), although the show still has a distinctly liberal bias, with more than a few Republicans being portrayed as arrogant and out of touch. It did get a fair bit of criticism from conservatives for this, but many saw it as the best attempt to date to try to be a truly fair and balanced drama about UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. The show is notorious for the WalkAndTalk -- to create the illusion of activity in the midst of all this discussion, the characters constantly walk around the White House as they talk, despite the fact that they rarely have any place to go. Its nickname on TelevisionWithoutPity Website/TelevisionWithoutPity was "pedeconferencing", which was also picked up by Sorkin and Schlamme, among others.
18th Apr '17 6:01:55 PM nombretomado
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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 [[Series/SportsNight four]] [[Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip [[Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip of]] Aaron Sorkin's shows.
3rd Apr '17 6:04:57 PM nombretomado
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--->'''Will''': [''absolutely deadpan''] [[ThePiratesOfPenzance A pirate, a pirate. Oh, yes, a pirate, he.]]

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--->'''Will''': [''absolutely deadpan''] [[ThePiratesOfPenzance [[Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance A pirate, a pirate. Oh, yes, a pirate, he.]]
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