History Trivia / TheWestWing

12th Aug '16 9:41:15 PM nombretomado
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** Hoynes' line about his alcoholism - "I liked beer a little bit too much in college." - may reference actor Tim Matheson's previous role as a drunken lout in the classic movie ''AnimalHouse.''

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** Hoynes' line about his alcoholism - "I liked beer a little bit too much in college." - may reference actor Tim Matheson's previous role as a drunken lout in the classic movie ''AnimalHouse.''Film/AnimalHouse.''
28th Jul '16 3:03:58 PM haloinsider
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* RetroactiveRecognition: {{Juno}} and [[TheHelp Skeeter Phelan's]] mom was the White House press secretary (after work as [[Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's]] [[OneSceneWonder high school guidance counselor]]), and [[Series/{{Psych}} Gus]] used to be the President's personal aide.
** [[Series/CSIMiami Calleigh Dusquesne]] was a BlondeRepublicanSexKitten before joining up with Horatio and co.
** [[Series/{{House}} Dr. Lisa Cuddy]] is a call girl! (Though, I'm pretty sure House already made that joke).
*** Her friend Jeanine from law school is [[Series/TwentyFour Michelle Dessler]].
** Congressman David Wallace argued against gays in the military before [[Series/TheOfficeUS becoming CFO of Dunder-Mifflin]].
** [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Ron Swanson]] as a wildlife campaigner. Who'd have thought...
** [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Admiral Adama]] as a judge!
*** And [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Forrest]] arrested him due to racial profiling. ''Awkward...''
** Sometime between retiring as Chief of Police of New York City and raising a four generation cop family, [[Series/BlueBloods Henry Reagan]] ran a drug company trying to work out a deal with AIDS-stricken African nations.
** [[Series/{{NCIS}} Leroy Jethro Gibbs]] as secret service protection for the Press Secretary.
** Before he worked for SHIELD, [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Agent Coulson]] was Special Agent Michael Casper of the FBI.
** MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell was Bartlet's dad, who (in the words of Mrs Landingham) was "a prick who could never get over the fact that he wasn't as smart as his brothers".
** [[Series/TheWire Cedric Daniels]] plays a DC cop in "In Excelcis Deo."
** [[Series/{{Community}} Danny Pudi]] has a single line in season 7, his earliest known acting credit.
** Who can forget [[Series/MadMen Peggy Olson]] being the President's youngest daughter?
** Before [[Series/TheNewsroom Jim Harper]] was an EP, he volunteered for Bartlet in Indiana.
** Evidently [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Mayor of Sunnydale]] briefly maneuvered his way into being the Secretary of Agriculture for a while.
28th Jul '16 3:01:42 PM haloinsider
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** Sorkin intended Zoe's kidnappers to be domestic terrorists, which was why Nancy [=McNally=] said that it was probably a cheap-shot operation in the episode when it happened, and there were [[{{Foreshadowing}} many incidents with domestic terrorists throughout the season]]. The new showrunners went with generic Muslim terrorists who were mad about Sharif.

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** Sorkin intended Zoe's kidnappers to be domestic terrorists, which was why Nancy [=McNally=] said that it was probably a cheap-shot operation in the episode when it happened, and there were [[{{Foreshadowing}} many incidents with domestic terrorists throughout the season]]. The new showrunners went with generic Muslim terrorists who were mad about Sharif.Sharif.
** According to Liza Weil on the "West Wing Weekly" podcast, there was some talk of making the Karen Larsen character a recurring presence following "Take Out the Trash Day", but it ultimately didn't come to fruition.
15th Jul '16 5:41:47 AM Pren
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* CreatorBacklash: Richard Schiff hated his storyline in Season 7, and has never done another major TV role, not wanting to risk again spending years crafting a character only to be forced by the writing to betray him.
10th Jul '16 12:41:15 PM OmarKarindu
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** Evidently [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Mayor of Sunnydale]] briefly maneuvered his way into being the Secretary of Agriculture in Season 1.

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** Evidently [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Mayor of Sunnydale]] briefly maneuvered his way into being the Secretary of Agriculture in Season 1.for a while.
10th Jul '16 12:39:10 PM OmarKarindu
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** Evidently [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Mayor of Sunnydale]] briefly maneuvered his way into being the Secretary of Agriculture in Season 1.
3rd Jul '16 6:25:53 AM DragoonWraith
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** In 2006, the British parliament enacted the stunt depicted in "A Good Day" (2005), an event now known in Parliamentary history as "The _West Wing_ Plot".

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** In 2006, the British parliament enacted the stunt depicted in "A Good Day" (2005), an event now known in Parliamentary history as "The _West Wing_ ''West Wing'' Plot".
3rd Jul '16 6:25:00 AM DragoonWraith
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** In 2006, the British parliament enacted the stunt depicted in "A Good Day," an event now known in Parliamentary history as "The *West Wing* Plot" (2005).

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** In 2006, the British parliament enacted the stunt depicted in "A Good Day," Day" (2005), an event now known in Parliamentary history as "The *West Wing* Plot" (2005)._West Wing_ Plot".
3rd Jul '16 6:24:19 AM DragoonWraith
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** In 2006, the British parliament enacted the stunt depicted in "A Good Day," an event now known in Parliamentary history as "The *West Wing* Plot" (2005).
27th Mar '16 4:14:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/ApocalypseNow Captain]] [[Film/TheDeadZone Greg Stillson]] [[Film/ApocalypseNow Willard]] is the President, [[Film/{{Grease}} Rizzo]] is the first lady, [[Film/TheRock FBI Director James Womack]] became the Chief of Staff, [[Film/BillyMadison Eric Gordon]] is his deputy, [[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark Eddie Carr]] is the communications director, Billy Hixx is ''his'' deputy, [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] is a governor and [[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights The Sheriff of Rottingham]], [[Series/{{Cheers}} Robin Colcord]], is an ambassador. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong?
** [[Disney/TheLionKing Nala the Lion]] is a media consultant (OK, it's actually a HeyItsThatVoice), [[Series/{{Thirtysomething}} Elliot Weston]] is a reporter, and [[Film/RichieRich Lawrence Van Dough]] is White House Counsel.
** [[Film/PoliceAcademy Tackleberry]] is a Colonel.
** [[Series/{{Mash}} Hawkeye Pierce]] (with the help of [[Series/HomeImprovement Jill Taylor]]) and [[StarWars Bail Organa]] (with wife [[MeetTheParents Pam Byrnes]]) running for president.
** And [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Mayor Wilkins]] as the Secretary of Agriculture. I can just see the Giant Snake Demon plowing through the walls of the White House...
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q himself]] likes to give conservative, pandering advice to the President as a pollster.
*** Which actually wouldn't be completely out of character if Q was really bored.
** [[Film/HarryPotter Lucius Malfoy]] is a reporter in Palestine who takes an interest in the Deputy Chief of Staff's secretary.
** [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown]] is a famous constitutional scholar.
** [[Series/SportsNight Jeremy Goodwin]] gets brought in as the new Deputy Communications Director, with stepsister [[TheWonderYears Winnie Cooper]] for initial support.
** [[Series/{{JAG}} Clayton Webb]] is going undercover as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
** Somehow, it's not surprising that John Hoynes is [[Film/AnimalHouse an inveterate womanizer]].
** The new VP is [[AmericanGothic Lucas Buck]]? No wonder he gives me the creeps.
*** And no wonder no one really likes him, as he is also [[Film/OfficeSpace Lumbergh]].
** [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus Ms. Frizzle]] is the President's secretary!
** [[Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr Socrates Poole]] is putting together a World War II exhibit at the Smithsonian.
** [[Series/GoodTimes James Evans, Sr.]] is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (later in the series the Chairman was [[Series/{{Lost}} John Locke.]]
** [[Series/TheSopranos Richie Aprile]] appears in one episode as Tony's rabbi. Italian mobsters can become rabbis, apparently. Who knew?
** Before becoming a crime scene investigator, [[Series/{{CSI}} Sara Sidle]] was a agent for the Secret Service attached to protect the President's daughter.
** Creator/CarlLumbly was Jeff Breckenridge.
** [[Series/{{NCIS}} Leroy Jethro Gibbs]] served as a Secret Service agent protecting CJ [[spoiler:for a while]].
** Prior to his recruitment by [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D]], Agent Coulson was an FBI agent under the name of Casper, assigned to the White House. [[WordOfDante And Clark Gregg concurs.]]
** [[Series/{{Desperate Housewives}} Rex Van de Kamp]] succeeded [[Series/{{Roseanne}} Dan Conner]] as Speaker of the House.
** [[Creator/AaronSorkin WordOfGod]] [[note]] for the first 4 years at least [[/note]] is in attendance during President Santos' inauguration.
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