* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Sure, it's {{anvilicious}}, but it's a pretty darn good anvil: It's worth it to fight for truth and justice against political corruption, even when it looks like a lost cause.
* TearJerker: The finale.
* TheWoobie: Jefferson Smith. He just wants Truth, Justice and the American Way! But Washington just isn't run that way anymore.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[DeletedScene The original script]] ended with a sequence back in Smith's home state where [[spoiler: the Taylor machine gets busted, there's a parade in honor of Smith, Smith and Paine reconcile, and Smith introduces Saunders to his mother and his collection of pets.]] Test audiences found it anticlimactic, so it was cut.
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