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Drinking Game for The West Wing, created by beyonceclintonknopezieglergatsby (original post here).

General rules:

One sip when:

  • Someone is 'nicknamed'
  • There is flirting (explicit or implicit)
  • A character takes a sip of their drink
  • Someone's name is shouted
  • The policy or strategy is over your head

Five sips if:

  • A bill is referred to by number
  • President Bartlet "flips" on his jacket
  • Someone is dressed in casual clothes
  • Advertisement:
  • Any time there is trivia
  • Something is called a "thing"
  • "What's next?"

Finish your drink if:

  • There is a hug or series of hugs
  • A key vote is won
  • Something is explained for expository purposes
  • You cry one or more tears
  • Toby smiles

Take a shot when:

  • You can identify a guest star before your friends
  • Most of the cast is together in a "family" scene
  • You miss Aaron Sorkin (seasons 5-7 specifically)

Character-specific rule sets:

    President Bartlet 
One sip if he:
  • Monologues for more than 30 seconds
  • Over-reacts in the situation room
  • Does economic-y things

Take a shot if he:

  • Acts like a father to his staff
  • Exhibits symptoms of MS
  • Asserts his authority as president

    Leo Mc Garry 
One sip if:
  • He grins adorably
  • He calls someone 'kid'
  • A reference, however vague, is made to his alcoholism/drug abuse

Take a shot if he:

  • Teaches an amazing, important life lesson
  • Gives a motivational speech
  • Gets upset about Lord John Marbury

    Josh Lyman 
One sip if he:
  • Has UST with Donna or Sam
  • Has the backpack visible
  • Talks about his family/past

Take a shot if he:

  • Dramatically flips his phone shut
  • Crosses the line with Leo or the President
  • Has 'a moment' with Donna

     CJ Cregg 
One sip if she:
  • Has 'a moment' with Toby, Sam, or Josh
  • Is flirty with the press corps
  • Is the most passionate person in the room

Take a shot if she:

  • Sings/lip-syncs/dances
  • Kisses Danny
  • Is yelled at for being underinformed

    Toby Ziegler 
One sip if he:
  • Bounces the pink ball
  • Chews on something
  • Writes out loud

Take a shot if he:

  • Cries
  • Passionately takes the moral high ground
  • Has severe writer's block

    Sam Seaborn 
One sip if he:
  • Mentions sailing/boats
  • Makes a sports reference
  • Is overly idealistic
  • Talks about Princeston

Take a shot if he:

  • Comes up with something inspirational on the fly
  • Acts like Donna/Charlie's big brother
  • Gets engaged or talks about his ex-fiancee

    Will Bailey 
One sip if he:
  • Defends the vice president
  • Speaks in a high-pitched voice when flustered
  • Mentions or appears with his sister

Take a shot if:

  • You realize he isn't quite Sam
  • He controls the weather
  • He impresses/satisfies Toby

    Donna Moss 
One sip if she:
  • Is smarter/more put-together than Josh
  • Goes on a date
  • Says something folksy/mid-western

Take a shot if she:

  • Is overtly emotional towards Josh
  • Appears in formal wear
  • Reaffirms her US citizenship

    Charlie Young 
One sip if he:
  • Sasses the president
  • Talks about his mom/sister
  • Is in awe of the senior staff/democracy

Take a shot if he:

  • Pranks CJ
  • Has to get involved with someone's personal life
  • Openly pines over Zoe

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