Josiah Bartlet is Dolores Landingham's padawanThe episode "Two Cathedrals" shows a mentor-student relationship between the two, with the older woman latching onto a young man in whom she sees incredible potential, becoming more of a parental figure to him than his father, insisting upon his calling her by a formal title, and grooming him to play a major role in reshaping the world into what, from her point of view at least, is a better place. The clincher is at the end of the episode, when Jed shouts for her after her death and she shows up to give him advice much like Obi-Wan did for Luke after his death. Jed doesn't seem at all surprised to see her; and their conversation acknowledges her death, so it's taking place after she's passed on. Not once does the President question his sanity because of this, so it's not out of the question that he was expecting it. Force ghost, anyone?
Will Bailey and Elsie Snuffin had an incestuous relationshipWhen 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 stepsister? 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.
Josiah Bartlet secretly agreed with Toby's shuttle leakThe president has broad powers when it comes to federal crimes - he can completely pardon a criminal or reduce his sentence to any degree. It would be possible for Bartlet to let Toby's conviction stand but reduce his punishment to a simple fine, as in the real-life Scooter Libby case. If Bartlet genuinely thought Toby was wrong but wanted to spare him a prison sentence, that would be the logical thing to do. But a freeze-frame of Bartlet's pardon shows that Toby's conviction is completely overturned. Therefore, Bartlet agreed that the shuttle should have been made public. All his protestations to the contrary were political posturing. Even when he rages at Toby in private, he's just ensuring that Toby can honestly say that the president was angry at him for the leak.
Toby's ex-wife is JewishSure, her surname is "Wyatt" and she's a redhead. But we know that her son had a bris ceremony, which means she and Toby consider him Jewish. Since it's traditionally the religion of the mother that determines whether a child is Jewish, Andrea Wyatt must be Jewish herself.
The Entire West Wing Universe is an Alternate Reality...Quasi-canonical because the show features skewed election cycles to the ones in the real world, but over the years many fans have suggested various jumping off points for when the timeline skew happened. A popular one is that Nixon was impeached and a special election was held, restarting the 4-year Presidential cycle at 1974. Perhaps, since Ford didn't pardon Nixon, he wins the 1976 election instead of losing narrowly as in our universe. By the time Ronald Reagan gets a chance to be elected, he's considered far too old or showing clear signs of Alzheimner's. There's never a "Reagan Revolution," and the whole US political climate is less viciously partisan. This explains why everyone seems much more polite and reasonable on The West Wing, and why a Democratic White House could hire two Republican lawyers, which would be impossible (or at least controversial) in our universe. This, by the way, also explains why they inexplicably have a super secret military space shuttle in the 6th season. The space program had more support and more competent suppliers in this timeline.
The show's universe has its own The West Wing, and it depicts our universeThis was popular a while back in one alternate-history newsgroup; the only permitted discussion about recent events in our own timeline was in the form of discussions purportedly 'from' that universe, about the show.
Mandy's PTSD after the shootout at the end of the first season manifested as an ability to break the fourth wall.
Jean Paul doesn't belong on the Karma Houdini page at all.He hasn't been seen since slipping Zoe a roofie because he was taken to a CIA black site and remained there for the rest of the series.
Mandy was an AurorShe was assigned to protect the muggle President from a particularly dangerous Dark Wizard, ala Kingsley Shacklebolt in Half Blood Prince. When the wizard was defeated, she disappeared off the face of the earth.
Bruno is the father of Margaret's childIn The Black Vera Wang the two exchange a moment when Bruno gives her a fairly expensive looking necklace (the box even looks like the sort you would put an engagement ring in) and the two smile at each other.
Sam's unnamed fiancée in the final episode is Ainsley Hayes and the two will go on to be The West Wing universe’s version of Carville and Matalin.There was romantic tension aplenty between the two when they first worked together, but neither wanted to sully their reputation by acting on it. Once they were both working in the private sector, they were free to date. Since they will both resume working in the White House under Santos, they are keeping it quiet until the actual wedding date is set, which is why they didn't appear together in the final episode. Sam was gearing up to confess to Josh, who was too busy to hear it at the time. Part of Sam’s motivation in encouraging Josh and Donna to finally get together was so that he and Ainsley wouldn’t be the only couple working together in the White House.
Mandy was swallowed by a crack in time.In the fifth series of Doctor Who, a recurring plot element are 'cracks in time' which have fractured every single moment of reality and, if some poor unfortunate gets too close to one, ends up not just killing them, but erasing them from history altogether so that no one remembers they even existed. This would explain why a fairly significant member of the senior staff of the President of the United States can not only disappear, but no one ever mentions or alludes to her ever again; she's been wiped from reality.
Jed Bartlett generates inspiring musicOr possibly Martin Sheen. It's the only logical explanation for how so many of the episodes end.
Mandy willingly quit her job at the White House to...
Josh Lyman is only kept on staff in fear of blackmailThe man has done so much collateral damage to their administration, the only reason he is kept on is because if he was let go, he would expose every little dirty secret and flaw in the Bartlet administration. It would be like the business with the Vice President, but worse, as he is more connected to all of the staff, and knows more of their dirty laundry. The only reason he's tolerated is because his goals are the same as theirs, and his support staff(Donna) actually gets things done.
FBI Special Agent Mike Casper is merely a cover identity of SHIELD Agent Phil CoulsonTony was righter than he knew when he said that Coulson's first name was agent...
The First Lady Abagail Bartlet was once known as RizzoHer relationship with Danny Zuko didn't last and she decided to clean up her act. She decided to change her name, go to med school and attended Notre Dame. Only Jed knows about her wild past and her exceptional singing ability.
Jed Bartlet is actually adopted, and the biological son of Peggy OlsonA childless wealthy couple from New Hampshire wanted a heir, and fortunately, there was a young girl up in New York with an illegitimate baby. Sure, being born in 1960 might make him a little young for how he looks on the show, but MS and the Presidency would age anyone. Jed's father's resentment of him is not just envy of his intellect but the living reminder of his own infertility. This would, of course, make his REAL mother Catholic as well, which might make it all the more important to have him raised as such. And of course, it explains Zoey.