10:11:23 PM May 17th 2013
"Sorkin was fond of making homages to and referencing musical theatre, most impressively from 1776. It could be argued that there are references in every single episode due to one character being a descendant of a character in 1776 (Pres. Bartlet, and his three daughters as well, of course) and through Sorkin's taking Josh's last name from a minor 1776 character (Dr. Lyman Hall of Georgia)." Those aren't references to 1776, those are just the names of two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. As much as I love the movie, it doesn't predate the actual signing.
04:31:54 PM Jul 20th 2012
Drop What You Are Doing has been renamed to Dramatic Drop. It was listed on this page as a Zero-Context Example, so I could not tell if it actually applies, or was misuse based on the old, somewhat misleading name. If anyone actually knows whether this trope applies, and can provide some context, they should feel free to re-add the trope under the new name. cheers