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16th Jun '16 5:15:35 PM zeldafanjtl
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** I remember hearing Sam and Ainsley mentioned at least once after their characters had disappeared. I don't recall what it was for Ainsley, but after Josh had a particularly disastrous TV appearance someone mentioned to him that Sam had called to ask how he was doing.
16th Jun '16 5:11:09 PM zeldafanjtl
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** Alternate Solution: They chose not to invoke the fourth section, or didn't have time. A president has only been shot once in real life since the 25th Amendment was passed (Ronald Reagan) and the fourth section was not invoked; according to The Other Wiki, it's because Vice President Bush was on a plane at the time so couldn't assemble the cabinet. If I recall Hoynes had to be yanked from a speaking engagement elsewhere in the country and Bartlet's surgery took at most a few hours so I'm not sure it would've been possible to invoke it.
16th Jun '16 5:02:32 PM zeldafanjtl
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*** But didn't Lassiter directly precede Bartlet? I'm not sure they ever outright said that, but the fact that Newman and Walken were the only living former presidents at the time of Lassiter's funeral makes it unlikely that there was another president in there somewhere, especially considering the series starts less than a year into Bartlet's presidency, so this phantom president would've had to have died a few months after leaving office for there to not be any mention of his funeral.
19th May '16 10:39:34 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ...return to her [[{{OneTreeHill}} hometown in North Carolina with her teenaged son.]] Her real name was Karen, and "Mandy" was just a professional pseudonym she took up while working in Washington. Bartlett and the White House security had to know "Mandy"/Karen's real name, of course, for security purposes (because after all, this ''is'' TheWhiteHouse), but the public only knew her as "Mandy" in order to protect her privacy and allow her son to have a relatively normal life. Eventually when Karen moved back to Tree Hill, nobody seemed to even realize that she had been one of Bartlett's staff members.

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* ...return to her [[{{OneTreeHill}} [[{{Series/OneTreeHill}} hometown in North Carolina with her teenaged son.]] Her real name was Karen, and "Mandy" was just a professional pseudonym she took up while working in Washington. Bartlett and the White House security had to know "Mandy"/Karen's real name, of course, for security purposes (because after all, this ''is'' TheWhiteHouse), but the public only knew her as "Mandy" in order to protect her privacy and allow her son to have a relatively normal life. Eventually when Karen moved back to Tree Hill, nobody seemed to even realize that she had been one of Bartlett's staff members.



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27th Feb '16 3:45:44 PM Evighet
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[[WMG: Leo insisted on CJ as Chief of Staff because he wanted Josh to go out and find the next democratic president]]
Josh is the political savant of the cast and Leo knows he would recognize a great candidate when everyone else might be looking in a different direction - and he knows Josh is the one most likely to run a successful campaign. Furthermore, he knows that being CoS is Josh's main career goal and he wants his surrogate son to be able to do so for a "fresh", new president with at least four years ahead of him. Appointing him Bartlet's CoS would have locked him in, but by finding his own candidate and running his campaign he would be able to take the CoS job from the very starting point of a new administration. Essentially, Leo wanted Josh to be able to do what Leo himself had done with Bartlet - and it worked.
27th Feb '16 10:57:18 AM nombretomado
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[[WMG: FBI Special Agent Mike Casper is merely a cover identity for SHIELD Agent [[Film/TheAvengers Phil Coulson]]]]

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[[WMG: FBI Special Agent Mike Casper is merely a cover identity for SHIELD Agent [[Film/TheAvengers [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Phil Coulson]]]]
7th Jul '15 7:37:10 PM nombretomado
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When Sam meets Will and Elsie working on their Californian campaign, he instantly assumes that they are, or were, romantically involved. It's a reasonable assumption for an Aaron Sorkin show - two young, attractive people of the appropriate gender working together are almost guaranteed to have some kind of romantic history, the more excruciating the better. But Will describes Elsie as his "stepsister", so that's out. And yet - why make her a ''step''sister? For the same reason Boone and Shannon on {{Lost}} were stepsiblings - so they could have a shocking incestuous affair without genetic issues. This would explain why Will is so reluctant to work in the White House - he's afraid of being found out and causing yet another scandal for the administration. Presumably, this storyline was quietly dropped when Aaron Sorkin left the show, and Elsie with him.

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When Sam meets Will and Elsie working on their Californian campaign, he instantly assumes that they are, or were, romantically involved. It's a reasonable assumption for an Aaron Sorkin show - two young, attractive people of the appropriate gender working together are almost guaranteed to have some kind of romantic history, the more excruciating the better. But Will describes Elsie as his "stepsister", so that's out. And yet - why make her a ''step''sister? For the same reason Boone and Shannon on {{Lost}} ''Series/{{Lost}}'' were stepsiblings - so they could have a shocking incestuous affair without genetic issues. This would explain why Will is so reluctant to work in the White House - he's afraid of being found out and causing yet another scandal for the administration. Presumably, this storyline was quietly dropped when Aaron Sorkin left the show, and Elsie with him.
1st Jun '15 7:45:16 AM LongLiveHumour
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** This is the generally accepted explanation. Ford then won the 1974 election, then lost in 1978 to D W Newman (a JimmyCarter analogue), who would in turn lose in 1982 to Owen Lassiter (a RonaldReagan analogue), who would serve two terms before being succeeded by an unnamed centrist Republican (judging by how Leo was a cabinet member despite being a Democrat), who also served two terms before Bartlet's first win in 1998.

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** This is the generally accepted explanation. Ford then won the 1974 election, then lost in 1978 to D W D.W. Newman (a JimmyCarter UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter analogue), who would in turn lose in 1982 to Owen Lassiter (a RonaldReagan UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan analogue), who would serve two terms before being succeeded by an unnamed centrist Republican (judging by how Leo was a cabinet member despite being a Democrat), who also served two terms before Bartlet's first win in 1998.
26th May '15 3:52:46 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** Alternately, the third is currently on-orbit and unavailable (the Shuttle's orbital delta-V with a smallish payload is only about a kilometer per second).
7th Apr '15 5:32:02 PM dmcreif
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[[WMG: FBI Special Agent Mike Casper is merely a cover identity of SHIELD Agent [[Film/TheAvengers Phil Coulson]]]]
[[Film/IronMan Tony]] was righter than he knew when he said that Coulson's first name was agent...

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[[WMG: FBI Special Agent Mike Casper is merely a cover identity of for SHIELD Agent [[Film/TheAvengers Phil Coulson]]]]
[[Film/IronMan Tony]] Tony Stark]] was righter than he knew when he said that Coulson's first name was agent...
"agent"...
*This is a theory that even Coulson's own actor Creator/ClarkGregg supports.
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