History YMMV / TheWestWing

19th Jan '18 9:12:48 PM jormis29
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** Joe Quincy, a male version of Ainsley Hayes that offered [[Series/{{Friends}} Matthew Perry]] the chance to successfully [[PlayingAgainstType play against type.]]

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** Joe Quincy, a male version of Ainsley Hayes that offered [[Series/{{Friends}} Matthew Perry]] Creator/MatthewPerry the chance to successfully [[PlayingAgainstType play against type.]]
29th Dec '17 1:38:31 PM SirBob42
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** Also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TTD5-3fuZE]]
20th Oct '17 1:49:46 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* MisBlamed: Many critics accuse Creator/AaronSorkin of making the show a liberal triumphalist fantasy, citing the Bartlett Administration's success at reforming Social Security, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and getting a Democratic successor. All of those plot points happened ''after'' Sorkin left the show, and the Bartlett Administration is portrayed as well-meaning but consistently incompetent during Sorkin's tenure.

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* MisBlamed: Many critics accuse Creator/AaronSorkin of making the show a liberal triumphalist fantasy, citing the Bartlett Administration's success at reforming Social Security, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict conflict, and getting a Democratic successor. All of those plot points happened ''after'' Sorkin left the show, and show; during his tenure, the Bartlett Administration is administration was consistently portrayed as well-meaning well-meaning, but consistently incompetent during Sorkin's tenure.with more than their share of gaffes, mistakes and failures.
20th Oct '17 1:44:45 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* HilariousInHindsight: In the Season 5 episode "[[{{Recap/TheWestWingS05E10TheStormyPresent}} The Stormy Present]]" James Cromwell has a guest role as former President of the United States D. Wire Newman (casually called '''D.W.'''), a loose FictionalCounterpart to UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter. Cromwell would later go on to play RealLife former president [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George]] '''[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush H.W.]]''' [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] in the 2008 UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush biopic ''Film/{{W}}''.

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In the Season 5 episode "[[{{Recap/TheWestWingS05E10TheStormyPresent}} The Stormy Present]]" James Cromwell has a guest role as former President of the United States D. Wire Newman (casually called '''D.W.'''), a loose FictionalCounterpart to UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter. Cromwell would later go on to play RealLife former president [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George]] '''[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush H.W.]]''' [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] in the 2008 UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush biopic ''Film/{{W}}''. Season 4 also features actor James Brolin as Robert Ritchie, the Governor of Florida and the Republican Presidential nominee, who was widely believed to be a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed caricature of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush; Brolin's son [[Creator/JoshBrolin Josh]] would later play Bush in the same film.
30th Jul '17 4:12:03 AM haloinsider
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** Lionel Tribbey
** Oliver Babish
** Bruno Gianelli
** Joe Quincy

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** Ainsley Hayes, an intelligent and even-minded Republican character who was able to have a back-and-forth with Sam.
** Lionel Tribbey
Tribbey, a righteous White House Counsel whose existence allows John Larroquette the opportunity to [[LargeHam bathe in a river of ham.]]
** Oliver Babish
Babish, Tribbey's successor, who adheres to a strict moral code and projects a confidence that allows him to speak candidly with both the President and the First Lady over their respective obstacles during the MS scandal.
** Bruno Gianelli
Gianelli, a Campaign Manager with a high success rate, who - while not deferring to a particular political party - professes himself as someone who listens intently to the wants of the American people, preferring that to telling them what they should want. As a result, he coolly and calmly probing the Bartlet staff on how to function during Seasons 3 and 4, even calling out the President for not giving him proper flexibility to do his job.
** Joe QuincyQuincy, a male version of Ainsley Hayes that offered [[Series/{{Friends}} Matthew Perry]] the chance to successfully [[PlayingAgainstType play against type.]]
30th Jul '17 3:56:42 AM haloinsider
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: ''The West Wing'' was littered with colorful recurring characters and guest characters that fit in exceedingly well with the main cast. A fair amount were so good that the writers debated bringing them back in for further appearances, and those that didn't return usually couldn't because of either the schedules of the performer or the need to adhere to a specific story arc. Some of these characters include:
** Lionel Tribbey
** Oliver Babish
** Bruno Gianelli
** Joe Quincy
29th Jul '17 11:52:16 PM haloinsider
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** Creator/ClarkGregg plays FBI Agent Michael Casper in several episodes scattered between seasons two through five. Partially as a result of this, some [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] fans (as well as Gregg himself) like to think that Phil Coulson worked with the White House before S.H.I.E.L.D. hired him.
** [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise John Billingsley]] turns up as Dr. John Fallow in "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail".



** [[Series/BostonLegal Christian Clemenson]] portrays Evan Woodkirk in "The Women of Qumar".



** Creator/GregoryItzin plays a State Department Official in "Enemies Foreign and Domestic".
** Creator/EvanRachelWood appears as Hogan Cregg in "The Black Vera Wang", near the end of her time on ''Series/OnceAndAgain'', but before her breakthrough role in ''Film/{{Thirteen}}''.



** Creator/ClarkGregg plays FBI Agent Michael Casper in several episodes scattered between seasons two through five. Partially as a result of this, some [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] fans (as well as Gregg himself) like to think that Phil Coulson worked with the White House before S.H.I.E.L.D. hired him.
29th Jul '17 10:52:30 PM haloinsider
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** [[Series/{{Deadwood Jim]] [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Beaver]] plays a reporter in "Manchester (Part 1)".

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** [[Series/{{Deadwood [[Series/{{Deadwood}} Jim]] [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Beaver]] plays a reporter in "Manchester (Part 1)".
29th Jul '17 10:51:34 PM haloinsider
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** [[Series/{{Deadwood Jim]] [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Beaver]] plays a reporter in "Manchester (Part 1)".
29th Jul '17 10:05:52 PM haloinsider
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** James Denton is Tom Jordan in "The Midterms", and would go on to feature in ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' as Mike Delfino.
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