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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Multiple-Emmy-award-winning political drama (1999-2006) created by Aaron Sorkin, starring Martin Sheen as the idealized President of the United States, nerdily intellectual Democrat Jed Bartlet. The real focus, however, is on his smart and dedicated staff, who roam the White House endlessly discussing the pressing political issues of the moment. In fact, the President wasn't even originally intended to appear very often, but Sheen was so impressive in the pilot that he was made a regular instead of the original four-episodes-a-season plan.The rest of the cast includes Stockard Channing as the President's wife Abbey, John Spencer as Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, Allison Janney as White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, Bradley Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman, Rob Lowe as Deputy Director of Communications Sam Seaborn, Dule Hill as the President's assistant Charlie, Janel Moloney as Josh's secretary Donna, and Richard Schiff as Director of Communications Toby Ziegler. Additional cast includes Marlee Matlin, who plays political consultant Joey Lucas, and is one of the few times an actual deaf person is cast in a major television program, and Mary-Louise Parker as feminist spokesperson/First Lady's Chief of Staff Amy Gardner.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })As per Sorkin's style, the show is wall-to-wall dialogue. The characters spend the entirety of every episode having lengthy, pointed arguments about real concerns such as public education, foreign aid and gun control, in a style of patter which carefully balances sober and didactic with nutty and didactic. All sides of an issue are covered (the show even gave the reason for the US Navy's infamous four-hundred-dollar ashtrays), although the show still has a distinctly liberal bias, with more than a few Republicans being portrayed as arrogant and out of touch. It did get a fair bit of criticism from conservatives for this, but many saw it as the best attempt to date to try to be a truly fair and balanced drama about Washington, D.C.. The show is notorious for the Walk and Talk — to create the illusion of activity in the midst of all this discussion, the characters constantly walk around the White House as they talk, despite the fact that they rarely have any place to go. Its nickname on Television Without Pity was "pedeconferencing", which was also picked up by Sorkin and Schlamme, among others.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })It's also notorious for its vanishing characters. The characters played by Rob Lowe and Moira Kelly never officially left; they merely were never seen again, despite the fact that Lowe in particular was an integral part of the White House social order (and had just had a running plot which gave him a perfect way out). This is just a quirk of Sorkin's which even his most ardent fans find irritating and inexplicable. Lowe, it should be noted, returned close to the finale and had his resignation and intermezzo period explained. Mandy is still on her bus to Mandyville.The first four seasons were written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. They left at the end of the fourth season, to be replaced by John Wells (of ER fame). Rather than trying to emulate Sorkin's style, Wells decided to emphasize the personal lives of the characters over the politics, and the show moved more to the middle of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism and dealing with many current events issues. The last two seasons also shifted the plot out of the White House and into the next presidential race, adding Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits as the Republican and Democratic frontrunners (Alda's Emmy would tie the show with Hill Street Blues as the most honored drama in Emmy history). Despite lacking even one mention of superdelegates, the Santos-vs-Vinick campaign is noted for its stunning accuracy and is possibly the single most realistic fictional depiction of an American presidential political campaign anywhere. It's also notable for the fact that the presidential race, written and aired in 2005/06, has a more-than-passing resemblance to the 2008 presidential campaign, with a charismatic young non-white Congressman (Santos/Obama) facing off against a moderate "straight talking" Republican from the American Southwest (Vinick/McCain). The writers have said they based Santos on then-Senator Obama after the latter's speech at the 2004 National Democratic Convention.After NBC moved the show up against the inexplicable ratings juggernaut Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ratings declined to the point where, in 2006, it was cancelled. The re-election arc did give a perfect out for its Grand Finale.Is now featured, in its entirety, on Netflix. Though, this is likely to change in May 2020 with the launch of HBOMax.In 2020, the cast came together on HBO Max to restagenote at Aaron Sorkin's insistence, the event is most emphatically not a reunion "Hartsfield Landing" from Season 3 as part of an initiative to encourage voting ahead of the 2020 US presidential election. Due to John Spencer's passing, Sterling K. Brown stepped in to play Leo.Here is a Character Sheet, as well as a Best Episode crowner and an episode recap page that needs love.Doesn't have anything to do with Beauty and the Beast.
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Fangirl: Josh Lyman's "hos" on lemonlyman.com. In fact, he has college girls asking for his autograph and telling him how awesome he is as early as the third episode.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: Okay, so the show took place before Obama vs. McCain in 2008. But it's possible that Bartlet was based on Bill Clinton, House Speaker Haffley was based on Newt Gingrich, and his Senate counterpart on Bob Dole.
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Walk and Talk: Trope Codifier, the show even parodied it at one point with a new White House Intern tripping during the scene. This also lampshaded by Will, who comments that it's as good as an aerobic workout.
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Heroic BSoD: The second season episode "Noel" has Josh undergoing something like this, as it's revealed that he's been suffering from PTSD for three weeks. Sam has a less dramatic one after he discovers his father's infidelities in "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail."
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Darker and Edgier: Season Five is a lot more downbeat and gloomy than the previous four seasons, particularly in the first half. The fallout from the cliffhanger of Season Four sends Bartlet into a prolonged Heroic BSoD and creates a rift between him and Abbey, the senior staff spend a lot of time demoralised due to both this and the new Speaker of the House flexing his muscles and smacking them around heavily in the process, and everyone consequently seems to be more cynical and at each other's throats a lot more. While things generally pick up a bit, this is arguably one of the reasons why Season Five is generally less well-received than the other seasons.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: An intellectual, Catholic Democrat from New England becomes President with a womanizing Texas senator as his running mate.
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Tempting Fate: Toby is constantly on the warpath to prevent this when they're about to celebrate a political victory before the votes are actually cast, as he explains in "Six Meetings Before Lunch" and demonstrates numerous times thereafter. Sam's speech for the President includes an opening line about the magnificent vista, which Toby recommends being ready to change in case it rains. Sam goes on and on about how much faith he has in the forecast given to him by the Coast Guard, which is when the thunderstorm breaks, complete with well-timed lightning flash. (Naturally, the line change doesn't make it in.)
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Ripped from the Headlines: Lowell Lydell is an expy of Matthew Shepard, and the genocide in Equatorial Kundu is uncannily similar to the one in Rwanda (use of ID cards, use of machetes, propaganda on the radio directing mobs about where to attack, the forced incest, the West's reluctance to get involved, etc.)
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CJ is The Social Expert, manipulating people without them noticing that she is charming their pants off.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Jed Bartlet is still desperately seeking his abusive father's approval, and is called out on this by both Toby and by Stanley Keyworth. Arguably also called out by Bartlet himself, in the form of an imaginary conversation with the recently-deceased Mrs Landingham in the season two finale.
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Genre Shift: The thirteenth episode of the sixth season switches to a mockumentary style to emphasize the shift in focus from the Bartlet administration to the Vinnick and Santos campaigns.
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Poirot Speak: Inverted in "Enemies Foreign and Domestic." The Russian representatives are very good at English (one even knows "onomatopoeia") but they get confused at slang and idioms, like "frumpy." This becomes a plot point when Sam gets a request for a statement that is clearly written by someone who is more familiar with the language.
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Say My Name
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Say My Name: The various men (and CJ) of the Bartlet administration usually solve their problems by bellowing for their secretaries. The President: Mrs. Landingham! (or, depending on what he needs, "Charlie!!") Leo: Margaret! After Leo semi-retires and CJ becomes Chief of Staff, she starts yelling for Margaret. Toby: Ginger! CJ: Carol! And, most famous of all, Josh: DONNNAAAAA!!!
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The Cameo: Jon Bon Jovi appears as himself campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee in "Welcome to Wherever You Are", titled after his single. David Hasselhoff appears at a Hollywood party in "20 Hours in L.A." As does Jay Leno. The Foo Fighters appear as themselves in the "Election Day" two-parter in season seven. There were, in fact, dozens of small supporting parts which were filled by well-known actors and actresses, including William Devane, Kristin Chenoweth, Mark Feuerstein, Mary-Louise Parker, Danica McKellar, Jesse Bradford, John Laroquette, Gerald McRaney, Daniel Van Bargen, David Graf, Hal Holbrook, Mark Harmon, Jorja Fox, Taye Diggs, Clark Gregg, Ron Silver, Marlee Matlin, Patrick Breen, Janeane Garofalo, Patricia Richardson, Mitch Pileggi, Stephen Root, Ted McGinley, Jay Mohr, George Coe, Annabeth Gish, Lawrence O'Donnell, Evan Rachel Wood, Donald Moffat, John de Lancie, Felicity Huffman, Adam Arkin, Joanna Gleason, Jason Isaacs, Mary Kay Place, Don S. Davis, Ray Wise, J. K. Simmons, and Noah Emmerich. At its height, the West Wing was the show to be on in much the same way as Batman was in the 1960s, and just like Batman, stars were clamoring to make cameos.
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The Place: The title refers to the Executive Office Building of the White House which contains the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, the Situation Room, and the Roosevelt Room..
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Poor Communication Kills: Secret Service agent Simon Donovan goes to buy a candy bar at a convenience store, and notices that something's off: the cashier is standing rigidly still, tries to let him leave without paying, and the register is open with no money in it. Donovan deduces that the other guy standing in the store is robbing it, and quickly puts him in custody. Striding triumphantly back to the cashier, Donovan is then promptly gunned down by the concealed second robber, which the cashier didn't indicate or warn Donovan about because he's a complete moron.
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Redemption in the Rain
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Redemption in the Rain: Bartlet decides he's going to run for re-election despite all the awful things that have happened, from the shooting to Mrs. Landingham's death, and walks through a heavy downpour to the pressroom to announce.
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Those Two Guys
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Those Two Guys: Ed & Larry, two minor staffers who are present in all seasons. They are apparently important enough to be invited to a few top-level, highly-sensitive meetings. Even the other characters have trouble telling them apart. In Seasons 5-7, Santos staffer Ronna was That One Guy; although she nominally had equal status to Santos's other staffers, she appeared in far more episodes than them (22, more than Nancy McNally and John Hoynes, even though Ronna was a less important character) and directors tended to include her in shots where other more prominent characters were talking. In the season finale she became Santos's Executive Secretary.
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The Main Characters Do Everything: The main senior staff nominally work in the policy and communications departments of the White House, but over the course of the series we often see them deeply involved in and advising on matters outside of these areas, including law enforcement, military, economic and diplomatic issues. While it can be justified (the administration would have to devise policy in a wide range of areas and would have to efficiently communicate these policies from the White House), at times it can stretch credibility; for instance, in Season 6 several of these characters are intimately involved in a summit involving an Israeli/Palestinian peace settlement, with little involvement from anyone from the State Department (which would normally handle and advise the president on such high-profile diplomatic affairs).
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Villain Ball
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Villain Ball: In season 5, Speaker of the House Haffley's whole plan is basically to be obstructive as possible until the White House gives him what he wants, and it works for him as long as he can convince the public that he's restraining the White House from spending excessive amounts of money on foolish liberal nonsense. It stops working for him when Bartlet, tired of Haffley's obstructionism, calls his bluff by shutting down the entire federal government, and then making a big show of walking up to the Hill to break the deadlock. When Haffley hesitates a few minutes too long about letting them in to talk, Bartlet just leaves, making it look like the Republicans care more about getting what they want than they do about reaching an agreement. Haffley's position is fatally weakened, and Bartlet is able to strongarm him into agreeing to a budget.
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Senseless Sacrifice: Sheila insists that Vinick fire her in The Cold so that he can adjust his campaign strategy (after the near-meltdown of a nuclear power plant ruins his original 50-state strategy) while blaming any poor decisions on her, changing the story from the meltdown to a Vinick resurgence. It doesn't work; the press runs stories on how badly the campaign is crumbling and the nuclear accident remains a weight on Vinick until his 'Til They Drop' press conference in Two Weeks Out.
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ed and Larry (who are also Those Two Guys). The President and Leo. Josh and Sam.
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Toby warns a the same investigator who threatened Leo about his own version of the trope: "I'm told that on my sunniest days I'm not that fun to be around. I wonder what's gonna happen when you make my children a part of your life." Bonus points for his chillingly calm, matter-of-fact delivery.
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Diabolus ex Machina: The episode "18th and Potomac"; Mrs. Landingham spends the entire episode excited about buying her first new car, being hassled by Charlie and President Bartlet about paying the full sticker price, only to be hit and killed by a drunk driver at the end of the episode. The nuclear power plant catastrophe that occurs out of nowhere and completely derails Senator Vinick's presidential campaign halfway through season seven occurs solely to provide a credible way for the election race to suddenly become more or less even after an entire half-season of Vinick being the clear frontrunner and Santos lagging way behind. Although this one's arguably justified, in that it's a reference to several so-called "October surprises", in which Presidential campaigns have been significantly impacted by sudden events that have occurred fairly late in the game.
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Framing Device: "Celestial Navigation" has Josh as a guest lecturer somewhere telling a story about the last 36 hours, while waiting to hear from Toby and Sam on the success of the A-plot.
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Obstructive Bureaucracy: While the show has an idealistic image of those public servants who are individually important, it does not shy away from lampooning the hell out of the entrenched, glacial, irrational bureaucracy of the federal departments.
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Aborted Arc: Charlie talks to the President about marrying Zoey towards the end of season 6. The Charlie and Zoey relationship is never brought up again after this. Also, Joey Lucas originally showed up as a campaign manager for a congressional candidate in California whose funding got cut off. The President says that he doesn't like her candidate, and then has Josh tell her that he thinks she should run for office. In every other appearance, she is a pollster, and there is never any mention of her as a potential candidate for anything. Also, Leo warns Abbey Bartlet about abusing medication to cope with her emotions after Zoe's kidnapping. This is dropped a few episodes later. In "The Leadership Breakfast," Toby gets played by a Congressman's new, ultra-competent, ultra-ruthless Chief of Staff, and the White House is made to look foolish. The implication at the end of the episode is that the White House will be tangling with her throughout the next couple years. While the election becomes an important part of the following seasons, the rival Chief of Staff is never seen or mentioned again. Donna is very heavily implied to have developed PTSD as a result of the Gaza bombing, but the entire storyline is dropped and never brought up again. This is especially odd considering her relationship with Josh, who struggled with the same thing after the shooting.
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Ironic Echo: In "Requiem", Amy Gardner corners President-Elect Santos at Leo's wake over his noncommittal response to nominating a woman as his replacement Vice President and, in a barely veiled manner, accuses him of being a coward for going for the safe option rather than the better one. Santos then notes that she's refused an offer of a place in his administration; when she replies that she has her own agenda to pursue, he rather pointedly notes that it's easier to fire potshots from the outside than work to meaningfully improve things from the inside. Amy thus finds herself in the position of having to face the same accusation of cowardice / fear she basically levelled at Santos moments before.
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Only Sane Woman: Donna several times, perhaps most notably in "20 Hours in America", having to deal with Toby and Josh while they're making their way through Indiana.
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As the Good Book Says...
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As the Good Book Says...: Religion is frequently central to the political conflicts and many characters are fond of quoting the Bible. President Bartlet, with his thoroughgoing Catholicism is fond of this.
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Speech-Centric Work
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Speech-Centric Work: As you'd expect from something largely written by Aaron Sorkin.
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In Medias Res
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In Medias Res: It's common for episodes to start in the middle of the story and work back to How We Got Here.
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Alliterative Title: The West Wing.
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Verbal Tic: Not for nothing, but, you know, we're gonna have to get into the thing at some point. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. "Donna." "Josh." "Donna!" "JOSH!" "MARGARET!" "*appears from behind the door* What, Leo?" In the first couple seasons, Danny responds to C.J.'s various "NO, I won't go out with you"-type lines with a simple "ok." He then tries again five minutes later.
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The World Is Just Awesome
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The World Is Just Awesome: Inverted. After Josh spends half the episode mocking NASA and questioning why the space program is even needed, one of the NASA representatives completely reverses his opinion by showing him the rest of the solar system and nebulae through a high-powered telescope. Because outer space is really, really awesome.
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Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born
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Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Toby and Andy's twins, Molly and Huck.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To The American President. Notably, some cast members were also transferred; Anna Deavere Smith moved fron White House Press Secretary (CJ's role) to National Security Advisor, and Joshua Malina was originally an unimportant coworker of the heroine, and Leo's role was originally played by Martin Sheen! This makes re-watching the movie almost indescribably eerie, as one expects Sheen-as-Leo to just kick Michael Douglas out of the Oval Office. Not only did they recycle most of the cast, they also recycled most of the situations, and even several of the lines of dialogue.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: Bartlet speaks untranslated Latin in "Two Cathedrals." Abbey also states that he speaks four languages - two of which are English and Latin and none of which are French, although it is never revealed what the other two are.
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Lampshade Hanging
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Lampshaded by Margaret earlier in the episode, when Leo tells her to call the Times:
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Mauve Shirt
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Mauve Shirt: Named Secret Service agents. Two of them die; Simon Donovan and Molly, Zoe's second personal agent.
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He Who Fights Monsters
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He Who Fights Monsters: Leo warns Bartlet about this on a few occasions, most notably after Bartlet is coming apart at the seams over a terrorist attack in "A Proportional Response".
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Worf Had the Flu
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Worf Had the Flu: The only explanation for C.J. not appearing in the episode where the cast try to write a comedic speech for the 'White House Correspondents Dinner'... which C.J. likely is organizing.
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Sophisticated as Hell
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Sophisticated as Hell: Happens pretty frequently. Sam's description of the Boston Tea Party:
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Little
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Little "No": Leo, to Will Bailey when the three campaign managers can't stop bickering and maneuvering.
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French Jerk
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When Bartlet complains about Zoe's French Jerk boyfriend, Debbie says that "daughters look for their fathers" to tease him.
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Statuesque Stunner
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Statuesque Stunner: C.J., as portrayed by Allison Janney.
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Dead Guy Junior
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Dead Guy Junior: Toby and Andy's daughter, named for the Secret Service agent who was killed during Zoey's kidnapping.
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Insufferable Genius
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Insufferable Genius: President Bartlet tries not to be this too much. For instance, when C.J. is making him practice handing off Mars questions to NASA scientists instead of answering with all the trivia he may have memorized:
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Previously On…
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Previously On…: Played with, a few of them are just intercut scenes from various episodes announcing the characters names and jobs in a humorous fashion. "Mr. Frost" ends with such a Wham Line that the entire scene is replayed at the beginning of the next episode, after the normal previouslies.
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TV Genius
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TV Genius: Subverted, President Jed Bartlet, Rhodes scholar and Nobel Prize winner.
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Foreigner for a Day
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Foreigner for a Day: Donna, in "Dead Irish Writers," hilariously capped off by Bartlet coming into the White House Ballroom to find the Canadian national anthem being played and bellowing "What the hell is going on!? I was gone for forty-five minutes, they were all Americans when I left!"
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Out of Focus
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Richard Schiff (Toby) in the final season; though still a regular, he appears in less than half the season's episodes after it's revealed that he leaked the information on the military space shuttle. Note that most of the original cast were Out of Focus by this time; Toby is distinct given that he was in an entirely separate (largely off-screen) plotline, only occasionally interacting with other main characters.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Very idealistic. Justified in that, if you're going to write a serious drama about people working in government, about which most people are fairly cynical, and you want the audience to care about the characters at all, the characters had better believe in something.
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Throwing Out the Script
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Throwing Out the Script: Bartlet is usually pretty good about sticking to his prepared speeches but has occasionally had to improvise, usually because some outside force interfered with his ability to deliver the preparted speech. In season seven episode "The Debate", Arnold Vinick stops during his prepared opening remarks and asks Santos and moderator Forrest Sawyer if they can change the format to a proper debate rather than the canned responses they've both prepared.
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Real Award, Fictional Character
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Real Award, Fictional Character: President Bartlet's a winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
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Now You Tell Me
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Now You Tell Me: Toby has a meeting with an Indonesian official in "The State Dinner", and Donna arranges a state department translator. Unfortunately there are 742 languages and dialects spoken in Indonesia, and the translator's and official's are incompatible. At this discovery, they go to great lengths to find someone who can speak to the man, eventually finding a cook, who sadly does not speak English but does know Portuguese, which the translator speaks. They're several minutes into a double-translated conversation before the official finally suggests they just speak in English. One wonders why he didn't just tell the translator he knew it in the first place, but he was pretty pissed at Toby so perhaps he just enjoyed seeing White House staff running around cluelessly.
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They Fight Crime!
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They Fight Crime!: Sam jokingly discusses this in "Shibboleth" - "...a small band of pilgrims sought out a new land of liberty, where they could worship according to their own beliefs...and solve crimes." "Sam..." "It'd be good!"
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Privateer
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Privateer: First Lady Abbey Bartlet's status as a "daughter of the American revolution" is contested, as her "revolutionary" ancestor was in fact a privateer helping the revolutionaries for money. She's very insistent that he was a privateer, and not a pirate.
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Conspiracy Theorist
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Conspiracy Theorist: Sam has recurring run-ins with a conspiracy theorist of the "there really were aliens at Roswell and the government is covering it up" variety. He got it from his father.
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Character Development
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In the early episodes, Donna was written as an clever but very flighty Cuckoolander, until Character Development kicked in around third season.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: "We already have enough trouble as it is with the First Lady and her Ouija Board." In "Bartlet's Third State Of The Union", there's a running subplot about a cop invited to the speech at the last minute (who it turns out has a brutality citation on his record) for an act of heroism that is never explicated, apart from being "the thing at the elementary school". In "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics," Charlie's conversation with the soon-to-be former ambassador to Bulgaria causes the imperiled man to say defensively that he resigned his membership in a country club where Charlie used to work, based on their exclusionary policies — implied to mean that they did not accept blacks as members — at which point Charlie notes wryly that these supposed objections did not keep the man from joining the club in the first place (and hence implying that the withdrawal was more for show than out of genuine offense at racism). In Gone Quiet, Josh is dictating a note, in which he apologizes to a congressman for an incident whose details are never made clear. What we know is that Donna felt it necessary to call the Park Police. On a group of 50 seniors. One of whom poured Wheatina on her keyboard.
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Rhetorical Question Blunder
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Rhetorical Question Blunder More of a "rhetorical joke" - Margaret tells a half-paying-attention Toby about some issues with the White House e-mail when he runs into Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Fitzwallace, to whom he quips that there may be a major security breach. Josh demonstrates his character wonderfully after joking about some group Leo brought up. (Although it ends up backfiring on him, in that Leo's so annoyed by Josh's glib remark that he assigns the pointless-but-excruciating busywork he was about to give to Toby to Josh instead.)
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curb-Stomp Battle: Bartlet's debate with Ritchie. Ritchie didn't want to debate at all, Bartlet wanted five debates, so eventually they agreed on two; then C.J. thinks that one would be even better because it would have more impact, provided Bartlet was on form. After much preparation, hedging and nerves, Bartlet goes in at the height of his powers and proceeds to run rings around Ritchie, making him look glib, evasive and hopelessly incompetent. Ritchie even admits to Bartlet at the end that he reckons he's lost the election.
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Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers
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Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: Zigzagged around. Charlie refuses legal immunity because he thinks it's a tacit admission that Bartlet is guilty; both Josh and C.J. dismiss the need for one at different points when they're being deposed or the like which seems like a failure of common sense considering the White House routinely handles so much legal stuff it has a Counsel Office. However, Sam (an actual lawyer) does insist on going with Josh to his next deposition and saves him from perjury, and Leo hires his own lawyer when he's called before Congress.
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Captain Obvious
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Captain Obvious: "CJ, you fell into the pool there."
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Secret Test of Character
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Secret Test of Character: Will's start in the West Wing. Bartlet unintentionally passed one of Josh's by displaying his will to pass a bill that cut profits for farmers but allowed poor people to buy milk. Toby was allowed to stay on Bartlet's campaign because he advised the Governor to be honest when the other advisers were for placating and pandering. Roberto Mendoza was being interviewed for a job he didn't even know he was in the running for: Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. He is asked, point blank, in the Oval Office, in front of the President of the United States, what he would do if the President ordered someone to be fired for refusing to take a drug test. His immediate response? Order the employee be reinstated, on the grounds that the drug test constitutes an illegal search.
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Delayed Reaction
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Delayed Reaction: Ainsley is so caught up with explaining how awful the Bartlet White House is that it takes her a moment to realize Leo just offered her a job in the administration.
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: Sam's description of the White House and Roosevelt Room in the pilot is hilariously wrong, and he's winging it the whole while. Also, Josh trying to explain how he didn't say there was a "secret plan to fight inflation" to the Press Corps.
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Smart Ball
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Smart Ball: Every member of the team is a genius, but they have their own specialized niches. President Bartlet is the inspiration, the visionary who charts the course of an entire nation. Leo is the manager who knows every operational aspect of the administration, and funnels all the complexities of the government into meaningful results. Josh is the attack dog, relating a multitude of agendas with each other and kicking uncooperative elements in the teeth until they fit in. Toby is an encyclopaedia, loaded with facts and statistics that are translated into eloquent communication. Sam is quick to pick up on obscure information that could make or break the White House's plans, and is the poet to Toby's pedant. CJ is The Social Expert, manipulating people without them noticing that she is charming their pants off. Charlie, while much less significant, has the best observational and deductive skills of the entire team, and can piece together random patterns with barely any clues. Will is Sam Lite, but is better at the down and dirty politicking than the idealistic Sam. Later on, Kate Harper is the expert on the military and national security, and Annabeth Schott is the PR expert.
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Overprotective Dad
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Overprotective Dad: "Just remember these two things: She's nineteen years old, and the 82nd Airborne works for me." And that's the suitor for his daughters that the President likes best!
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The NBC character bio of Vinick said that he was born in New York before moving to California as a kid. This was probably a Hand Wave to explain why Alan Alda makes no attempt to tone down his thick New York accent, despite his character hailing from Southern California. John Hoynes is from Texas. Tim Matheson's accent is from Southern California. To be fair Tim Matheson did attempt a Texan accent in season one. It's less not even bothered and more really couldn't do it convincingly so decided not to try.
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Sorkin Relationship Moment
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Toby is so irritable and easily angered all the time that it's easy to forget he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, not a Jerkass. One of the earliest indicators of this was the episode "In Excelsis Deo," in which he goes to great lengths in order to get a homeless veteran he didn't know a proper burial, complete with military honor guard.
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Informed Attractiveness: C.J. Many men on the show fall all over themselves singing paeans to the character's sexiness. This could potentially be explained by exceptional charisma. Josh Lyman. Far more than C.J., by the way; he's shown to have fangirls and and a fan website devoted to him where members report "sightings," on top of the multiple love interests he gets across the series. It's particularly interesting that Josh is generally portrayed as the most attractive male member of the crew, in a group that includes Sam, played by heart-throb Rob Lowe. While this can be explained by the fact that Josh is a bit more extroverted and charismatic than the often nerdy and awkward Sam, there's still a stark disparity between the amount of time spent on Josh's love life and the amount spent on Sam's. This becomes subverted by the end of the show with numerous characters commenting much to Josh's chagrin on how his boyish looks have faded due to the stress of running a presidential campaign (even Josh himself describes his hairline at the end of season seven as more routed than receding, "like Napoleon out of Moscow"). In The Wake Up Call, Miss World visits the White House and brings to a standstill the business of every male that crosses her path. Mainly because it's utterly hilarious.
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Episode on a Plane
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Episode on a Plane: Several episodes take place partially or entirely on Air Force One.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the episode "The Women of Qumar," Bartlet tells Charlie he should only take courses on ancient and medieval history because "modern American history is just television." In the episode Debate Camp, when Josh and Sam are trying to find a room where a meeting is being held, Sam suggests they talk while they walk, Josh comments that they "may as well get used to having meetings in the corridors, it may be our only hope." Lampshaded in the fifth season when Josh and Donna are being followed by Ryan, who asks "do you always walk this fast" before falling over. In "Internal Displacement," Will says he's unable to deceive the press: "I can't act! I'm a terrible actor!"
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Technology Marches On: It happens several times that a news story is about to break, and a character reports that it has already been published on the internet, which means that it will be reported by traditional media soon - the implication being that internet outlets themselves don't matter and are only relevant indirectly through their impact on traditional media outlets. This seems rather strange in times in which many or most people get their news mainly from the internet.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: The process of telling Donna that Josh has been shot and is in critical condition. It's made all the worse by the fact that she was so relieved that the President was safe mere moments before.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "Take This Sabbath Day," Joey Lucas signs "fuck you" to Josh, but her body is partially blocking her hands. In Part I of "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen," as the limos arrive at the hospital you can see the nurse who answered the phone mouth "Holy shit!" In a brief comic moment in "He Shall, from Time to Time...", Abbey and Mallory are discussing the latter's "itch" for Sam Seaborn. From "Galileo," during the stamp-design subplot: Halfway into Season 3, while Cliff Calley is trying to get in touch with Josh to persuade him to talk to Leo, in order to bring an end to the MS hearings. Complicated further by the fact that Cliff and Donna have gone out a couple of times, and slept together at least once. An in-universe attempt at this (it's never shown if the press caught on) is during the Santos campaign he's asked what his favourite Bob Dylan album is, he jokes that Highway 61 Revisited would be appropriate, but it's actually Blonde On Blonde, then looks over at his wife. In "Manchester Part 1" when Joey and Kenny are in Leo's office and Leo gets a note about CJ's disastrous press conference, he says, "Holy hell", which Kenny interprets of Joey as "Holy shit." After a victorious election night, Bartlet woos Mrs. Bartlet into some victory sex with a little statistical Double Entendre:
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Unfortunate Implications
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Unfortunate Implications: Invoked in one episode; after Bartlet basically calls Governor Ritchie, the Republican candidate for president, an idiot during a break in a live interview which he apparently doesn't realise is being recorded, the Ritchie campaign starts making a big deal about how disgraceful the insult is. At one point, one of the campaign spokesmen states that if Bartlet thinks Ritchie is stupid, he should come right out and say so. Deeply amused, C.J retorts that said spokesman is probably not going to last very long at the campaign if he suggests that Bartlet should come right out and call his candidate an idiot.
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Workaholic
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Workaholic: Josh - he's introduced in the pilot sleeping at his desk as the cleaning staff vacuums around him and he doesn't take a vacation until the last season of the series. (And he has to be coerced / blackmailed into taking that one by Sam.) He does try several times to take a holiday, but each time something happens. Leo, too. Sam Seaborn, three. He's also been known to not even bother to go back home to sleep; at one point he walks into a meeting Josh is holding to delegate tasks to his staff to snag fruit and ends up also snagging an assignment completely on his own initiative, even giving an impassioned little speech showing that he's already researched the matter in some detail, though he's by no means fully up to speed. All of the main characters to some degree or other, both due to the fact that working in the White House is a legitimately time-draining occupation and because the characters, frankly, don't seem to be the type of people who have much in their lives outside of their work. It's deconstructed in "20 Hours in America", however; Toby and Josh are so fixated on their jobs and the politics surrounding them that they're unable to relate to anyone who isn't part of the campaign and unable to have a conversation with anyone — even each other — that doesn't revolve around pompous, self-righteous arguing and pontificating about the election.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: "Noël": Several, most noticeably (from the same scene) "Can you honestly tell me that you didn't wonder if you were suicidal too?" and "How did you cut your hand?" "Two Cathedrals": "Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem!", which roughly translates to "To hell with your punishments. To hell with you!". And then, of course, "You get Hoynes." "Commencement": "Did you put ecstasy in my drink?" "Things Fall Apart": "Now that's the civilian shuttle." "...sorry?" "Mr. Frost": "I did it." A minor one, from "Take This Sabbath Day," but still effective: Bartlet, in a moral quandary over the death penalty, asks Charlie if he'd want to see the man who killed his mother be executed:
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Trauma Button
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Trauma Button: Josh's post-shooting PTSD is triggered by music.
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ADayInTheLife
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The show misses a year between Christmas 2003, as shown in the middle of season 5, and C.J.'s first day as Chief of Staff in early season 6. This gives the show more ease in fitting the 2006 presidential primaries into season 6 and the election into season 7. The most popular place for the lost year is after the episode "Access" (C.J.'s A Day in the Life episode), as the episodes after it are pretty close together.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The staff being rounded up in the Oval Office because the building isn't secure? Very characteristic. Them spending the previous hour collectively idling away their time with trivia and poker with the President? Not so much. The president tells some representatives of the Christian right to "get your fat asses out of my White House." Later, he's generally a lot more sophisticated. Still pretty satisfying, and arguably justified. A Secret Service agent draws his gun and tells a guy who'd been harassing Zoe at a bar "Shut up! Swear to God I'll blow your head off" after he's already made the arrest. Ever after, the service is portrayed as an agency with the utmost professionalism and coolness in action. In his defense, the agents had been summoned by their protectee's panic button, and for all they knew these guys were potential kidnappers or something. In "Ellie", the episode in which we are first introduced to the president's middle daughter, several characters refer to her as Eleanor, rather than her nickname Ellie. Every other time she is mentioned or appears people only ever call her Ellie. Hoynes has a (bad) Texas accent in one episode of Season One. Thankfully, it was never repeated. In early Season One, staff meetings with the president in The Oval Office usually had a handful of extras standing around in the background (presumably these were the rest of the president's senior staff). After about halfway through the season, this was done away with and meetings were just our regulars thereafter.
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Smug Snake
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In the fifth season episode "Talking Points," Josh has only just realized that the free trade deal he helped to make is going to destroy jobs he'd promised to protect, when Republican Speaker Haffley praises him in a meeting for doing such a bang-up job on the trade deal.
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Like Parent, Like Spouse
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Like Parent, Like Spouse: Mallory tells Sam "you are so exactly like him" when Sam insists on perfecting an assignment Leo gave him to sabotage their date, rather than going out for coffee with the two of them. Any potential squickiness is avoided when Sam sincerely calls that the nicest thing she's ever said to him. When Bartlet complains about Zoe's French Jerk boyfriend, Debbie says that "daughters look for their fathers" to tease him.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: The issue is debated in "A Proportional Response."
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Unresolved Sexual Tension
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Unresolved Sexual Tension: Josh and Donna (eventually resolved, after about 150 episodes); Sam and several women; C.J. and Danny (although they acknowledge it and kiss a lot, also resolved just prior to the Grand Finale); Annabeth seems to feel this toward Toby at first, then Leo, to his bemusement.
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Bullet Holes and Revelations
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Bullet Holes and Revelations: There is a shooting at the end of the Season 1 finale. At the beginning of Season 2, it is revealed that the President was shot in the abdomen and sustained fairly minor injuries, while Josh suffered a bullet wound to the chest which lacerated a major artery and very nearly killed him.
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Escalating War
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Escalating War: Charlie & C.J. battle over Charlie's attitude regarding a copy of the President's schedule.
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Flashback
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Flashbacks reveal that Donna was trolled by her predecessor before the Bartlet administration took over, convinced to believe that there was a nuclear reactor buried in the Whitehouse garden. When Josh later mocks her for her naiveté, she herself trolls him and makes him believe the same thing.
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Mathematician's Answer
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Mathematician's Answer: Depending on your reading of the line, Hutchinson when CJ asks about the military space shuttle. Subverted in the pilot, when Leo asks Margaret to call The New York Times crossword section to complain about how they spelled Khaddafi's name:
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The Alleged Boss
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The Alleged Boss: Type 4. Within True Companions, hierarchy and rank tend to get blurred. But ALWAYS Averted with President Bartlet.
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Nobody Poops
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Nobody Poops: Averted in "The Ticket", when Josh interrupts a Walk and Talk to point out a bathroom to extremely busy presidential candidate Matt Santos.
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"Sesame Street" Cred: Abbey makes an appearance on the show to rehabilitate her public image. The episode treats us to the delightful image of CJ sitting next to Big Bird.
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Even the Girls Want Her
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Even the Girls Want Her: In season six, Toby gets a meeting with the Miss World winner and everyone is dropping by his office with painfully transparent excuses just to drop by. Then Margaret shows up with absolutely no excuse.
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Three-Wall Set
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Reassigned to Antarctica
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Reassigned to Antarctica: When Charlie takes a little too much amusement from President Bartlet's transparent attempts to get some afternoon delight from his wife, Bartlet suggests that he should wipe that smirk off his face or he'll send him on special assignment to the Yukon. Josh also uses this trope at one point: "Repeat that outside this room, and I'll have you knocking on doors in Alaska, and not the urban part."
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Snark-to-Snark Combat
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Snark-to-Snark Combat: Happens just about every time two Deadpan Snarkers have a conversation, which considering the volume of such characters means it happens at least Once an Episode.
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Genius Ditz
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Genius Ditz: Josh. Poor, poor Josh. Sam and C.J. on occasion as well, but ultimately all three are geniuses much more than they are ditzes.
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Sanctuary of Solitude
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Sanctuary of Solitude: Its most epic episode features President Bartlet giving God himself a chewing out in the National Cathedral after the funeral of Mrs. Landingham. He tops it off by cursing at God in Latin.
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Profiling
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Profiling: Of the federal judge Roberto Mendoza in the first-season episode "Celestial Navigation." Also in backstory, President Bartlet's first nominee for Attorney General fell through because he approved of profiling.
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My Secret Pregnancy
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Subverted with the President's second daughter. It initially appears the husband-to-be is a bumbling, nerve-ridden geek who is marrying his daughter because he accidentally got her pregnant and they need to get married before anyone finds out. However, he manages to impress the President with his impassioned speech about the moment he fell in love with and decided to marry his daughter.
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I Was Beaten by a Girl
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I Was Beaten by a Girl
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Bulungi
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Bulungi: Equatorial Kundu.
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Poor, poor, Josh. CJ and Bartlet as well, although that's only because its in their job descriptions.
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: The show misses a year between Christmas 2003, as shown in the middle of season 5, and C.J.'s first day as Chief of Staff in early season 6. This gives the show more ease in fitting the 2006 presidential primaries into season 6 and the election into season 7. The most popular place for the lost year is after the episode "Access" (C.J.'s A Day in the Life episode), as the episodes after it are pretty close together. The gaps between seasons 1 and 2, and 5 and 6, are quietly skipped, keeping Josh in hospital in the former and Germany in the latter for months.
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Twenty-Fifth Amendment
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Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Invoked at the start of Season 5. Bartlet can't run the country because he's severely emotionally compromised, Hoynes just resigned as V.P., which means that the Republican Speaker of the House becomes President, or more accurately, Acting President.
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Off the Rails
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Off the Rails: During the final election arc, a recurring plot point are near-impossible debate negotiations between the two campaigns (eventually solved by Santos and Vinick themselves in a private moment). Then, the campaigns draw up a complicated set of debate rules—and, at Vinick's instigation, he and Santos promptly abandon them less than a minute in to have a spirited, hour-long argument about their policies.
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dear lord, Lionel Tribbey... for one, he's the page quote for the trope. Oliver Babish (whose first episode was pretty clearly written to be Lionel Tribbey, but John Larroquette wasn't available, so they recast and renamed the character). At the time of the President's second inaugural, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court begins writing opinions... in verse. After having proposed that the court wear powdered wigs. Bartlet himself. Lord John Marbury is probably the most overtly buffoonish character in the series (and that's saying something), yet he is an extremely insightful international diplomat whose advice is invaluable to the Bartlet administration.
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Death Glare
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Death Glare: The President and Leo gave a few of these.
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Bottle Episode
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Bottle Episode: "17 People", which was actually the result of the show spiralling over budget and needing to do an entire episode on the regular set without any guest stars. This would happen at least once a season, though 6 and 7 had more because of the election campaign, which demanded more location shooting.
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Old Soldier
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Old Soldier: Albie Duncan from the State Department. His first appearance is during a maybe-crisis where a submarine has gone quiet in the South China Sea, recounting numerous horror stories of submarines that have met with disaster.
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Hair-Trigger Temper
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Hair-Trigger Temper: Toby Ziegler is very easy to annoy/anger/enrage. As the man himself once said, "There is literally no one in the world I don't hate right now."
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Viewers Are Geniuses
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Viewers Are Geniuses: Heaven help you if you didn't pay attention in the episode, or knew nothing about American politics. After Sorkin left, the writing tended to become a little more self-explanatory.
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Manly Tears
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Manly Tears: A great many times. "That was awfully nice of you," certainly comes to mind. Almost every major character has a moment of this after Leo's death.
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Last-Minute Reprieve
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Last-Minute Reprieve: A season 1 episode has Bartlet debate whether or not to stay the execution of a death row inmate who has a credible justification for it. Bartlet lets the execution happen. A similar situation in the series finale, where Bartlet is ruminating on whether or not to pardon Toby up to the last minutes he's legally able to do so.
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My God, You Are Serious
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My God, You Are Serious: It takes a little back and forth for Bruno to convince Vinick that yes, this is not a joke, the briefcase he just slapped on the table really does belong to their opponent in the presidential election two weeks away.
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Gilligan Cut
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Gilligan Cut: West Wing likes the variant without an actual cut. Toby claims "nobody here is checking out!" after CJ accuses them of senioritis-like behavior. Cue Josh walking in and announcing his run flipping tails on a nickel 16 times in a row. An actual cut example occurs when Lloyd Russel attempts to reassure Mandy, despite her familiarity with the White House staff, that they are not gloating over Lloyd removing himself from presidential candidacy. Cut to Josh proclaiming victory is his, declaring he drinks from the keg of victory, and waving his arms triumphantly for applauding staffers.
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Talk About That Thing
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Talk About That Thing: One of the fan websites had The Page About The Thing, translating "thing" for each time it appears in the dialogue.
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Where Da White Women At?
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Where Da White Women At?: Bartlet does not go so far as to forbid his black aide Charlie from dating his white daughter Zoey, but he does not mince words about how much trouble it's likely to cause among white supremacists. It eventually results in a shooting, which Charlie blames himself for, but Bartlet assures him isn't his fault and commends him for not backing down. He and Zoey's relationship continues regardless.
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Epiphany Therapy
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Epiphany Therapy: There's a scene near the end of "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" that's very similar to this trope. Although it doesn't involve a deep-seated psychological hangup and it's the President who's repeating his newfound mantra while Leo coaches him along rather than a psychologist with an Armor-Piercing Question, it does have the distinct feel of a personal epiphany that will change Bartlet's approach to governing for the rest of his Presidency. Josh's therapist in Noel forces him to acknowledge that he has PTSD from his being shot. It is made very clear that Josh isn't cured and will need follow-up therapy.
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Happens a lot. One of the most notable is when Charlie mentions filling out a family medical history form for entering college and realizes that Zoey may have left Bartlet's MS off her paperwork at Georgetown, which would be the key to a possible criminal indictment against the President.
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Glasses Pull
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Glasses Pull: Josh (also Cool Shades). Bartlet does this with his reading glasses.
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Vice President Who?
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Vice President Who?: Both of President Bartlet's veeps. Bartlet and Hoynes personally dislike each other from their competition in the primaries and Bartlet barely involves Hoynes in anything important, which Hoynes resents. Bob Russell is widely known as a bland political hack and was the only VP nominee that could get through a hostile Congress, but he tries to make himself more notable for his inevitable presidential campaign.
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Ivy League for Everyone
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Ivy League for Everyone: Not so much everyone; Sam went to Princeton for undergrad, Josh went to Harvard (though he wears a Wesleyan shirt at one point), and Ainsley went to Harvard Law. Those who didn't attend Ivy League schools generally went to elite non-Ivy institutions: Bartlet attended Notre Dame and did graduate work at the London School of Economics, while CJ went to Cal-Berkeley and Donna went to Wisconsin-Madison. This is addressed in a first season episode comparing two candidates for the Supreme Court. One attended Princeton and Harvard Law, the other took law classes at night from City University of New York. They go with the CUNY grad. Toby's the vaguest educationally, but we know he went to CCNY (City College of New York) when a Supreme Court justice gave a speech there and he mentions he was a student. Played with in the third season. Ainsley complains that the White House is full of Ivy League elitist Democrats, before Sam points out that Notre Dame, Bartlet's alma mater, isn't in the Ivy League. He then points out that Ainsley herself attended Harvard Law. We also learn that she attended Smith Collegenote one of the so-called "Seven Sisters", basically the original Distaff Counterpart to the Ivy League. Bartlet's Republican opponent attended the University of Florida, but the administration and media still heavily question his education, implying that Ainsley may've had a point. Truth in Television to some extent: the ranks of government are packed with Ivy League policy majors.
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Techno Babble
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The show was painstakingly researched, especially when Sorkin was in charge, and the political Techno Babble is pretty much all accurate. Several Clinton White House staffers, most notably Dee Dee Myers, were consulted to create a White House as real as possible (while still sitting on Sorkin's preferred end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism). Many political professionals said the final, campaign-centric seasons accurately reflected their lives.
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Diplomatic Impunity
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Diplomatic Impunity: Part of a very important arc (A terrorist hiding behind diplomatic immunity) and a minor plot points (traffic tickets at the UN). Diplomats in NYC claiming "diplomatic immunity" for their parking tickets.
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Meaningful Echo
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Meaningful Echo: Repetition of lines within a conversation is used a lot for dramatic impact, especially in the Sorkin seasons. The common formula is for Joe to suddenly throw out something profound as if just realizing it, Bob to say "what was that?", and Joe to repeat the line more dramatically/reflectively. An alternate version has Joe make some statement and Bob repeat it solemnly as if the impact of the situation has just sunk in. A week before the election, Santos is on a rapid fire tour of several states a day. The press keeps asking him "who do you like in the game this weekend?" and he answers "Philly and New York both strong teams, should be a great game." After the first time he asks "we are in Pennsylvania, right?" After the third time, Donna tells him "we're in Ohio" (he covers with a quick "go Buckeyes!").
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Lampshaded
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The Shrink
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The Shrink: Stanley the trauma therapist.
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Everybody Is Single
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Everybody Is Single: Literally everybody who isn't actually President of the U.S.A, i.e. the Bartlet and Santos families (the latter of whom are consistently shown to be young and vital). Somewhat justified in that Vice President Hoynes and Chief of Staff Leo started out the series married, but eventually got divorced (due in one case to infidelity and in the other job-related lack of attention), and Flashbacks reveal that Toby also got divorced prior to the start of the series.
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Chess Motifs
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Chess Motifs: Bartlet is an excellent chess player. He plays his staff and occasionally other members of government, foreign and domestic.
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Crossword Puzzle
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Crossword Puzzle: Leo gives The New York Times crossword hotline an earful for spelling "Qaddafi" (a name often spelled in a number of different ways) incorrectly.
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Leno Device
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Leno Device: Jay appears in an episode that takes place at a Hollywood fundraiser.
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Artistic License – Military
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Artistic License – Military: The show frequently deals with various military crises of varying severity. Oftentimes a Navy ship of a real class but a fake name will be mentioned. At one point The administration deals with a military pilot who stole an $18 million plane, it's mentioned by Josh that this pilot had received a Purple Heart previously after he ejected from his shot plane in Bosnia. Pilots that eject from their fighters are deemed unfit to fly due to potential medical complications after the extreme G-forces. During Admiral Fitzwallace's memorable speech about "not knowing if it's peacetime or wartime anymore", he calls himself a "soldier". The rivalry and pride of the different service branches is very well known; a Navy man would never call himself a soldier, always a sailor. The "peacetime or wartime" speech also makes some claims about how civilized the nature of war has been historically, which many historians would laugh at, but perhaps Fitzwallace was making some broad strokes generalizations to make his point.
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"Shut Up" Kiss: CJ and Danny.
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Fiction 500
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Fiction 500: Franklin Hollis is an extremely rich celebrity philanthropist businessman, probably a fictional counterpart to Bill Gates.
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Asymmetric Dilemma
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Asymmetric Dilemma: In one episode, Toby points out that the problem with jokes about the Vice President's mediocrity is that "He doesn't think they're funny, and everyone else doesn't think they're jokes." The series uses the joke in numerous instances to point out how short their various successes fall short of actually fixing massive social injustices.
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Straw Character
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Strawman Political: It's clear on several occasions that the writers are making a genuine effort to not simply demonize their opponents as one-dimensional strawmen; there were many decent Republicans on the show, most notably Arnold Vinick and Ainsley Hayes, who were designed as standing members of the cast and thus people for us to like. But there's even examples of more throwaway Republican roles who are portrayed more rationally and positively than some of their colleagues, such as Robert Royce, Joseph Bruno, and Cliff Calley. Nicely averted by the recurring character of Al Caldwell, a very reasonable Christian minister who serves as a foil to the much more militant Mary Marsh. Sorkin does know how to write both the good and bad of Caldwell's religion. But played pretty straight with presidential candidate Rob Ritchie, who's a fairly transparent stand-in for George W. Bush. Also played mostly straight with anyone to the left of the main cast. Seth Gillette, for example.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: It's the only explanation for why Sam and Josh thought it would be fine to light a fire in a White House fireplace using some spruce logs that were just lying around the White House and some kerosene. Josh and Toby both grab it hard after Leo's heart attack, to explain why neither of them are getting his job.
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Eloquent in My Native Tongue
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Eloquent in My Native Tongue: The White House receives many foreign dignitaries, all of them world-class politicians even if they speak little to no English. Of note is the accomplished but beleaguered President Nimbala of Kundu, who will shut you down the instant you treat him like some mad warlord, and the Russian diplomat played by Ian McShane who doesn't know what 'frumpy' means, but knows 'onomatopoeia'.
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Radio Silence
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Radio Silence: In one episode, Washington loses track of a submarine off the coast of North Korea and is uncertain as to whether it's been destroyed or is just keeping silent.
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Iconic Item
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Iconic Item: A bar napkin. A dinky little bar napkin. A dinky little bar napkin that has "Bartlet For America" in Leo's handwriting on it, highlighting who Leo felt should run for President. And it has a nice frame now. Bartlet's pen. Placed in his pocket every morning by Mrs. Landingham in all the years she worked with him. When he cannot understand why he doesn't have a pen in his pocket after her death, it's Charlie who has to gently point it out to him. He has to get his own pen out of her desk. Now he's really on his own.
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The Watson
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The Watson: Donna, whose role in the early years was to badger Josh with questions like, "Josh, why is policy X important?" and "Josh, why should we spend millions to bail out Mexico?"
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Fox News Liberal
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Fox News Liberal: Subverted: both Ainsley Hayes and Arnold Vinnick retain and fight for their conservative views throughout the series, and Ainsley Hayes even changes the minds of the liberals around her from time to time.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "What's next?" "I serve at the pleasure of the President." During Bartlet's reelection campaign, "Game on."
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Is This Thing Still On?
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Is This Thing Still On?: Bartlet insults Ritchie while his mic is hot. His staff realizes it was intentional when they note how strange it was for him to use a gun metaphor.
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Put on a Bus
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The reason Sam Seaborn got Put on a Bus is because Rob Lowe was leaving to star in his own show.
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Our Presidents Are Different
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Our Presidents Are Different: Obviously. Bartlet is President Personable, occasionally President Iron and frequently President Geek. Matt Santos is President Minority.
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Belligerent Sexual Tension
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Belligerent Sexual Tension: Sam and Ainsley, CJ and Danny, Josh and Amy.
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To Absent Friends
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To Absent Friends: Combined very effectively with the Meaningful Funeral in "Requiem". The first half of the episode, the funeral, mourns Leo's death. The second half, the wake, celebrates Leo's life and how much his friends loved him.
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Married to the Job
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Married to the Job: Basically everybody, some worse than others. Quite a bit of Truth in Television; working at the White House is known to consume every ounce of a person's attention, skills, and often passion, leaving very little time or energy for anything else, like family. Notable examples: Leo, to the point where it breaks up his actual marriage in Season 1, and nearly kills him with a heart attack in Season 6. There's a particularly compelling moment where Leo defends himself by saying that "this is the most important thing I'll ever do," his wife says that it's not more important than his marriage and he shoots back that, "yes, it is....right now, for these few years, yes, this is more important than my marriage." C.J. by the end of the show; she has to be beaten over the head with a stick to even consider that she may want to not keep doing this forever, and make some time to learn to let other people into her life.
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Phrase Catcher
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Phrase Catcher: Just about everyone calls someone a "jackass" at some point over the series.
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Remember the New Guy?
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Remember the New Guy?: White House staffers pop up all the time who we've never seen before, conceivably because they've been doing other stuff and the show keeps a tight focus on the core staff. Two characters in season 3, though, were explicitly 'present' at the assassination attempt in Rosslyn back in season 1; one-off staffer Rakim Ali (Isaac and Ishmael) and recurring Secret Service agent Simon Donovan.
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CurseCutShort
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Curse Cut Short
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She Is Not My Girlfriend
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She Is Not My Girlfriend: Josh and Donna had a couple of these moments.
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Badass Pacifist: The cast barely engage in any physical activity throughout the series and always struggle for a peaceful compromise, but they also engage in intellectual and emotional battles of the highest level on a constant basis, and if you think something like physical violence is going to scare them, you'd be sorely mistaken.
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Real Life Writes the Plot: Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. claims (contradicted by John Wells) that the outcome of the election was changed due to the death of John Spencer; it was thought that having both Leo die and Santos lose the election would be too much of a downer for the audience. The reason Sam Seaborn got Put on a Bus is because Rob Lowe was leaving to star in his own show.
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From Bad to Worse
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From Bad to Worse: A staple of the show. Any problem (and sometimes not even a problem) introduced and joked over in the teaser has a 80% chance of worsening to a point somewhere between "huge tangled mess" and "soul-destroying tragedy".
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Armor-Piercing Question: Sam Seaborn and Pres. Bartlet, as trained rhetoricians, have a talent for them, as does Danny Concannon the reporter. Central to the second-season episode "Noel" is a trauma counselor asking Josh "how did you cut your hand?" over and over until he tells the truth.
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Celebrity Paradox: In "20 Hours in L.A." Donna gushes "ooh, Matt Perry" at a Hollywood Party. Matthew Perry later has a guest role as an associate attorney for the White House.
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Smart People Play Chess
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Smart People Play Chess: President Bartlet plays chess, even during international crises. Later, Leo insists that he continue to play weekly to make sure his multiple sclerosis isn't affecting his reasoning. Both Sam and Toby play chess with Bartlet throughout the series as does Leo.
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Shave and a Haircut
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Santos's little scheme to outvote Haffley uses Shave And A Haircut.
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Ridiculously Long Phone Hold
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Ridiculously Long Phone Hold: In one episode, Josh is put on hold when trying to find out when the power to the polling phone bank will come back on.
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Dating Catwoman
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Dating Catwoman: CJ and Danny. Although they're not supposed to be exactly enemies, their interests do conflict directly almost all the time, and they're both deeply committed to defending them from each other, so it boils down to the same problem. Donna and Cliff Calley, the Republican lawyer who turns out to be part of the team investigating the President for hiding his MS.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Donna to Toby and Josh in "20 Hours in America, Part II", after being driven nuts all day by their incessant talking about the election: Ritchie to Bartlet: The ultimate example would have to be President Bartlet giving one to God in Latin after the death of Mrs. Landingham. Cliff Calley gives one to some Republican Congressmen who want to bring up Leo falling off the wagon just to embarrass him during the MS trial: Retiring Supreme Court Justice Crouch gives one to Bartlet in season 1:
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Spy Speak
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Spy Speak: "Leo McGarry would like you to meet an old friend from home." is used numerous times throughout the series, and is code for 'Something terrible has happened, it needs to be kept a secret, and we need you to drop everything and come with us right now'.
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Orbital Kiss
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Orbital Kiss: Josh and Donna.
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High-Class Call Girl
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High-Class Call Girl: The series opens with Sam's (unpaid!) dalliance with one, and he keeps up a friendship with her through the first season. See also Retroactive Recognition.
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The Alcoholic
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The Alcoholic: Leo. Vice President Hoynes is an interesting example. His father was an alcoholic and Hoynes himself frequently attends AA meetings (in fact, he hosts his own, attended by various congressmen and politicians and disguised as a card game to avoid attracting attention from the press), but only had a very few drinks in his life. He got drunk a couple times in college (haven't we all?) and, showing an insane degree of self-awareness, realized that getting drunk was a bit too easy for him and cut himself off entirely.
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Establishing Character Moment
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Establishing Character Moment: The first episode has several: Sam flirting with a girl at a bar (who turns out to be a call girl). Josh sound asleep at his desk, oblivious to the janitor loudly vaccuuming around him, but waking up as soon as his pager goes off. CJ trying to flirt with a guy at the gym and then tripping over her flamingo-esque legs on the treadmill. Toby refusing to turn off his phone and laptop on a plane, on the grounds that they couldn't possibly be interfering with its navigational equipment. Mandy getting pulled over for her crazy driving while arguing on the phone. The President riding his bicycle into a tree, quoting scripture, and verbally reaming people for sending hatemail to his granddaughter.
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" shows us how everyone came onboard with the Bartlet campaign. Numerous episodes use this device, starting off with a dramatic scene before the opening titles and coming in with "x days earlier" after the break to explain how things came to that.
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Actually Pretty Funny
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Actually Pretty Funny: During Toby's disastrous run as a substitute press secretary, he comes to the podium one day and notices that the press room is almost empty. He asks, "Is this some kind of national press holiday? HL Mencken's birthday or something?" No one responds. Later, when Annabeth gives him some coaching, she points out that the line was actually pretty good - his delivery was just so bitter it was like he was throwing the joke in the media's face, and no one's going to laugh in that situation. At the very end of "Impact Winter" as the China Summit is wrapping up, CJ congratulates the President on pulling off such an outstanding diplomatic job when they all thought the whole thing was going to go down in flames:
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking Also when the NIH is under attack:
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Left Hanging
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Left Hanging: About a dozen subplots were simply and unceremoniously dropped when Sorkin left the show, the most notable being the fate of Sam Seaborn, last seen waging a losing campaign for Congress. Although Sam eventually did come back for the last few episodes, it never was explained why his promotion to Senior Counselor (decided on in the two-parter "Inauguration") never happened.
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Cuteness Proximity
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Cuteness Proximity: Never mind the guys, even the formidable CJ is cut short mid-rant by the picture of a new mother and her baby.
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Dramatic Drop
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Dramatic Drop/Slow-Motion Drop: Bartlet after hearing that his daughter has been kidnapped.
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He's Back
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He's Back: "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet": "This is more important than reelection. I want to speak now."
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Live Episode
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Live Episode: "The Debate." It was done twice for east coast and west coast. The west coast version is the one usually used on re-runs and streaming, since Jimmy Smits' performance is better on the second run.
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Mamet Speak
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Mamet Speak: Minus the swearing, since it was network television.
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Grumpy Bear
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Toby refusing to turn off his phone and laptop on a plane, on the grounds that they couldn't possibly be interfering with its navigational equipment.
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Embarrassing First Name
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Embarrassing First Name: People rarely use C.J.'s full name, which is Claudia Jean. Bartlet, of course, does so on several occasions, likely just to bug her. There's also Admiral Percy Fitzwallace. No wonder everyone calls him "Fitz" instead. "Jed" Bartlet. His real name is Josiah Edward Bartlet.
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Bratty Half-Pint
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Anthony, the kid Charlie took over as big brother for in the beginning of season 4, was never mentioned again, but we can probably assume Charlie continued working with him offscreen.
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Finding Judas
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Finding Judas: A particularly awesome subversion with Leo's debate preparation. Also subverted when CJ is tasked by Toby with finding out who leaked information about the President's decision regarding school vouchers, and Donna confesses. She then continues to confess to a series of increasingly improbable crimes, revealing that she was pulling CJ's leg. Played straight when the entire staff wonders who leaked national security information regarding a military space shuttle, to save the lives of 4 astronauts. The guilty party turns out to be Toby, who is summarily fired by the President.
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Proof by Examples
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Proof by Examples: Ainsley shamelessly uses this (with a hint of the Chewbacca Defense) in one episode when she and Sam are arguing over the merits of presidential candidates possessing an Ivy League education or making a big deal of their educational prowess (Sam argues that it demonstrates mental capacity, while Ainsley argues that it's elitist). At one point, Ainsley comes out with "Does it concern you that the smartest Presidents have been the worst?", but is only able to point to John Henry Adams and Woodrow Wilson as examples. It's subverted, however, since Sam instantly calls her out on the flagrant false premise ("I don't grant your premise!"), and Ainsley grudgingly grants that she ultimately agrees with Sam on this one and is just arguing with him for the sake of it.
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Artistic License – Law
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Artistic License – Law: A slightly jarring example from "Enemies," early in Season 1. The Antiquities Act empowers the President to unilaterally establish national monuments, not parksnote which require an act of Congress, and are thus more difficult to create and more resilient to later political changes. In practice, there's relatively little difference in the protections that a site receives as a result, but using the correct term really wouldn't have affected the plot, and wouldn't have drawn winces from viewers who knew the difference (probably quite a few of them). The titular character in "Mr. Willis of Ohio" is a representative appointed to his wife's seat after her death. Except members of the House of Representatives don't get appointed replacements when they have to leave office early - only Senators do. Special elections are held to replace departed representatives. Consultant Lawrence O'Donnell actually pointed that out to Sorkin during the writing of the show - according to O'Donnell, Sorkin was pretty annoyed to learn that, eventually just shrugging and saying that he didn't want to make the episode about the Senate, because Senators are more recognizable and it would break verisimilitude for the audience.
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Pres. Bartlet regarding his daughter, Zoey.
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Government Procedural
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Government Procedural
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Fatal Family Photo
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Fatal Family Photo: The President's Doctor shows him the photo of his wife and newborn daughter in episode 2. At the end of the episode we learn that the plane he was flying on with other soldiers to a peace mission has been gunned down by enemy army, sending President Bartlet on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that almost starts a war.
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Career-Building Blunder
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Career-Building Blunder: The pilot episode of has Josh get this treatment from Pres. Bartlet. Leo does it to Paris after she leaks his former drug habit.
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World of Snark
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World of Snark: The show could've been called "World of Snark" instead of "The West Wing", and no one would've argued.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Quite a few, particularly since there are Loads and Loads of Characters and a similar situation with plots. Ainsley Hayes has a minor character arc, gets another appearance during the election, then vanishes. She's then replaced by Joe Quincy, the Spear Counterpart to Miss Hayes, who shows up for three episodes. Since he was played by Matthew Perry, who was still on Friends at the time, this is a case of Real Life Writes the Plot. Both he and Hayes worked for The chief counsel of the White House. Two different men played two different roles, and apparently there was a third off-screen. Any number of plots, such as Josh dealing with the monetary cost of his shooting. Also Charlie wanting to marry Zoey at the end of season 6.
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Quiet Cry for Help
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Quiet Cry for Help: A coal company's scientist and acquaintance of Toby visits the White House with a colleague and takes a moment to ask Toby about his forthcoming twins. Once he's out of immediate earshot of the colleague, he whispers that he needs whistleblower protection. Toby then starts talking loudly about prospective girls' names in order to alert his assistants (all women), and passes them a note of his own — "Get Josh."
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The Antagonist
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Certain one-off guest roles were in positions where we should've reasonably expected to see the characters again from time to time, particularly Senate Majority Leader Ann Stark and White House attorney Joseph 'Joe' Quincy.
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Bait-and-Switch Tyrant
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Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Speaker Walken, later President Walken. Bartlet's staff worries that Walken will use the opportunity to push a Republican agenda, but he turns out to be a Reasonable Authority Figure.
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Truth in Television
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Truth in Television: White House staffers do work incredibly long hours, sometimes 16-20 hour days, six and sometimes seven days a week (even if they aren't physically in The White House doing it). To the point that it's somewhat unrealistic that so many people stayed as long as they did. The show was painstakingly researched, especially when Sorkin was in charge, and the political Techno Babble is pretty much all accurate. Several Clinton White House staffers, most notably Dee Dee Myers, were consulted to create a White House as real as possible (while still sitting on Sorkin's preferred end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism). Many political professionals said the final, campaign-centric seasons accurately reflected their lives. Of note is that the real "Leo" was Leon Panetta, and the real "Josh" was Rahm Emmanuel; when Obama won he appointed Panetta to the CIA and Emmanuel as Chief of Staff, meaning Rahm succeeded Leon, just like Josh succeeding Leo.
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The Usual Adversaries
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The Usual Adversaries: Often Republicans. Or really, just Congress.
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Three-Volley Flinch
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Three-Volley Flinch: In "In Excelsis Deo", Toby Ziegler flinches at the sound of the gun salute given during the funeral of the homeless veteran.
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Gentleman Snarker
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Gentleman Snarker: Bernard Thatch, the English head of the White House visitor's office telling C.J. about a disturbance involving a painting.
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Audience Surrogate
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Audience Surrogate: Donna often has Josh explain an issue to her in the early seasons. The cop in "Somebody's Going to Emergency ..." has Toby explain the WTO protests to her. CJ asks Sam to explain the census to her. Bartlet has to have the phrase "wetwork" explained to him.
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Ultimate Job Security
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Ultimate Job Security: Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson. Despite being a Jerkass from the word go (his first onscreen appearance involved using leaks to impede presidential foreign policy decisions he disagreed with, and nearly coming to blows with Leo in the Situation Room), he, for no adequately-explained reason, kept his job through the entire Administration.
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Mr. Exposition
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Mr. Exposition: Mentioned in the special features as a necessary evil in order for the audience to even understand what happens.
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Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl
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Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Laid-back, easygoing reporter Danny Concannon and hypercapable, on-the-go CJ Cregg.
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Commuting on a Bus
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Commuting on a Bus: Stockard Channing from season 5 onwards; while her appearances were always sporadic, in the final seasons she's featured in only a handful of episodes each season (though still credited with the regular cast when she appears) and she's often referred to as being on trips or in the Bartlet home in Manchester when not appearing. Richard Schiff (Toby) in the final season; though still a regular, he appears in less than half the season's episodes after it's revealed that he leaked the information on the military space shuttle. Note that most of the original cast were Out of Focus by this time; Toby is distinct given that he was in an entirely separate (largely off-screen) plotline, only occasionally interacting with other main characters.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: Season One's "What Kind of Day Has It Been", Season Two's "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" and "18th and Potomac" (and, to a degree, "Noël"), and Season Four's "Commencement".
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Meaningful Funeral
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Meaningful Funeral: A scene in "Two Cathedrals" for Mrs. Landingham and the opening of "Requiem" for Leo.
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Cliff Hanger
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Cliffhanger: "Who's been hit?! Who's been hit?!" Season 2 subverts this for those who paid attention to Mrs. Landingham's commentary on Jed's body language, but otherwise plays it straight by ending on, "Mr. President, can you tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second term?" Sorkin's departure episode in Season Four left the next writing team with a (temporary) Republican president, no VP, and Bartlet's daughter kidnapped. Also, Donna goes back into surgery after Fitzwallace is killed.
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Confessional
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Confessional:
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A rare example in that it's non-fatal and it's the good guys who do it. In Season 3's "On the Day Before", Bartlet is preparing to veto the repeal of the estate tax when it becomes clear that the House majority has enough votes to override the veto. The team invites leading Democrats to the White House to negotiate what they would like in exchange for voting against the override. Congressman Kimball has a long shopping list of demands which will shore up his support with his agricultural constituents, and Toby is forced to yield to them. Then it occurs to Sam that Kimball has moved so far to the right that they might as well offer the same things to a Republican congressman, which will not only look wonderfully bipartisan but if they choose the right guy, he'll bring more than just one vote. So Toby gets to do what he loves to do: make clear to someone who's been deeply annoying him just how expendable that person is.
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Handcuffed Briefcase
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Handcuffed Briefcase: CJ's first day as the President's Chief of Staff includes a Republic of Georgia official who's been sent to sell the US a bunch of nuclear materials his country doesn't want anymore, and he has to awkwardly manage the metal briefcase of paperwork that's handcuffed to him. (Despite being a fairly realistic show about the Presidency, though, the nuclear football never makes an appearance.)
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Back for the Finale
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Back for the Finale: A number of characters who were Put on a Bus earlier in the series' run made return appearances in the final season. Of the main cast, Sam Seaborn, who gets recruited (once again) by Josh to help run Santos' administration. Several recurring characters, such as Ainsley Hayes and Ron Butterfield. Creator Aaron Sorkin himself shows up onscreen in the series finale as a witness at Santos' inauguration.
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Absent-Minded Professor
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The President riding his bicycle into a tree, quoting scripture, and verbally reaming people for sending hatemail to his granddaughter.
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Betty and Veronica
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Betty and Veronica: The relationship between Josh, Amy (Veronica), and Donna (Betty).
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Take a Third Option
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Take a Third Option: Subverted when Santos is elected president and has to choose between letting a political opponent become Speaker of the House (which would hurt his agenda) or trying to influence the election in favor of one of his friends (which would look bad politically). They come up with the third option of convincing his friend to drop out and back a dark horse candidate, who would then be loyal to Santos... but Santos decides that wouldn't be ethical, and ends up just staying out of it.
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Bodyguard Crush
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Bodyguard Crush: C.J. and Secret Service agent Simon Donovan after she gets death threats.
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Test Kiss
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Test Kiss: C.J. and Danny.
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Episode Discussion Scene
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Episode Discussion Scene: There's one before the first post-9/11 episode, explaining that the episode that follows doesn't take place in continuity and is to be thought of as a stand alone play.
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Girl Friday
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Girl Friday: Donna until she quits working for Josh.
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Black Dude Dies First
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Black Dude Dies First: One of the first characters to die in the series is Morris Tolliver (played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson), a US navy officer and the president's physician. He's killed when his plane en route to a medical clinic in Amman, Jordan is shot down.
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Chick Magnet
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Sam flirting with a girl at a bar (who turns out to be a call girl).
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Head Desk
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Head Desk: President Bartlet does this on The Resolute Desk after being tormented for hours by the thrilling tales of an Old Soldier-esque retired diplomat while stuck in the Oval Office waiting on the phone during an international crisis.
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"Ass" in Ambassador: Lord John Marbury takes it to a hilarious level: "Abigail! May I grasp your breasts?" Abigail, of course, is the First Lady of the United States and standing right next to her husband.
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Ironic Nursery Tune
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Ironic Nursery Tune: Or, to be more exact, Ironic Christmas Carol. In "Noel," it turns out that Josh's PTSD is triggered by the sound of music being played, as it sounds like sirens in his head. As the episode ends, Josh and Donna leave the White House to find a group of people singing "Carol of the Bells" a cappella outside the main gate. It's sung in a clipped, discordant way, with the carolers loudly ringing the bells they're holding and sounding almost robotic.
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Holding the Floor
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Holding the Floor: In "The Stackhouse Filibuster" a senator filibusters a health care bill for seven hours.
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Dumb Is Good
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Dumb Is Good: Subverted at length. Beaten to a pulp, in fact.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: Season 1's President Bartlet foreshadows the season 4 finale when he goes on a rant to Zoey in "Mr. Willis of Ohio", about how terrified they are that she will be kidnapped on the way to the bathroom in some bar and nobody will realize she's gone as she's being dragged away so terrified that she doesn't even notice the secret service agents lying on the ground with bullets in their heads. In "Commencement" she's kidnapped on the way to the bathroom in a club and the leader of her protection team doesn't realize what's happened until he finds an agent on the ground out back with a bullet in her head. It probably wasn't planned to be so on-the-money at the time. In the "20 Hours in America" two parter, Josh mentions it's Monday, and Donna relates the story of the song "I Don't Like Mondays" being written after a school shooter gave that as her explanation. At the end of the episode, Tori Amos' cover of the song is played over the aftermath of the news of a bombing at a university. In the episode "A Proportional Response", Charlie's first episode, he mentions about having come to the White House to apply for the bike messenger job, instead of the one he was interviewing for (aide to the President), and Sam responds, "Debbie's got an eye for personnel." This, of course, is Debbie Fiderer, who Charlie lobbies on behalf of to replace Mrs. Landingham in "Posse Comitatus" and the two-part episode "20 Hours in America". In season 4's "Swiss Diplomacy" Hoynes tells Josh he would have been great in Leo's job. Four seasons later Santos makes Josh his chief of staff. Season 6's "The Birnam Wood", when Leo first shows up at Camp David, he asks for an antacid. At the end of the episode, he collapses in the woods of a heart attack. And a few episodes before that, Abbey strongly urges him to get a physical after describing in detail exactly what being under constant stress—like Leo is in his job—does to the body.
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Ambition Is Evil
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Ambition Is Evil: Maybe not evil, but certainly very bad. Bartlet, Santos, and Leo have to be talked into running for national office, and Walken confides to Debbie that he never wanted to be President. Hoynes and Russell, on the other hand, have their desire to be President as their defining character trait, and are treated as generally bad people, while "ambitious" congressmen looking to move up are the enemy of just about every third episode. Basically, the only politician who actively seeks out higher office and doesn't come off badly is Vinick. In the episode "Undecideds," Toby delivers an eloquent rebuttal to this trope, arguing that the presidency requires someone who sees himself as a "man of destiny," and will therefore be comfortable making the hard and earth-shaking decisions the post requires. Which is either extremely ironic or hypocritical on Toby's part, given that Bartlet had to be talked into running for office, although once he was President, Bartlet proved to be the kind of leader Toby was talking about. In a season 4 episode Bartlet himself rebuts this, when Josh is willing to trample on the Third Amendment if it'll mean passing the federal budget. Bartlet points out that Josh was doing it not for the sake of the country but so as not to let Leo down, and says "You know what the difference is between you and me? I want to be the guy. You want to be the guy the guy counts on."
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Suspiciously Apropos Music
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Suspiciously Apropos Music: When Toby, Josh, and Donna stop at a club while roadtripping from Indiana to Washington D.C., "The Wanderer" is playing on the jukebox.
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Landslide Election
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Landslide Election: Bartlet wins his second election quite handily, although his own party denigrates it as a "lonely landslide" because Bartlet has no coattails. Averted for Santos and Vinick, who are both waiting tensely to make a concession call as their election comes down to the last few electoral votes.
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Who's on First?
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Who's on First?: Donna meets Santos staffer Ronna and they spend half a minute correcting what they think is are Accidental Misnamings on the other's part before Josh clears it up.
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Trigger Phrase
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Trigger Phrase: Apparently nobody in Washington can stand up against Leo telling them "the President is asking you to serve" regardless of any reservations about working at the White House.
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Benevolent Boss
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Benevolent Boss: Both the President and Leo, although both are certainly capable of calling down fire and brimstone when necessary. Bartlet's summary dismissal of Toby in the final season was about as cold a decision as he was ever shown making.
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IAmTheTrope
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I Am the Trope: Twice in Constituency of One: Josh tells Amy 'I am the Principal's office'. Later, Leo tells CJ 'we are the country'. From "Life on Mars":
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Canon Discontinuity
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"Isaac and Ishmael" was written and filmed two weeks after the 9/11 attacks. It's explicitly stated to be outside of the continuity and takes place in a universe where 9/11 happened, whereas in the regular West Wing continuity it never did.
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The Password Is Always
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The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Those in the know about MS use the password "Sagittarius." Santos's little scheme to outvote Haffley uses Shave And A Haircut. Leo leaks his tape using someone else's email; the password was her cat's name.
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Different States of America
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Different States of America: This is in the background; the last real-life President who is identified is Richard Nixon, and the US election rotation is two years off from what it is in the actual world (i.e. President Bartlet was first elected in 1998 and ran for re-election in 2002, instead of 1996 and 2000 respectively).
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Election Day Episode
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Election Day Episode: Naturally a big deal is made of the re-election of President Bartlet in season 4, and the election of his successor in the final season, with election-day episodes ending long campaign-trail story arcs.
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Blown Across the Room
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Blown Across the Room: Averted in the couple of episodes where there is a shooting.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: The ending theme music (originally planned to be the opening theme music before they decided to go with something more "dignified") is a jaunty little tune. It was almost never actually heard by the broadcast audience, as the end credits tended to be covered by NBC's promo of some other show. Still, given how most episodes end, it can be quite jarring to hear it after a dramatic ending on DVD or in syndication. In "Five Votes Down", Leo rushing around to arrange a romantic dinner and gift to make up for forgetting his wife's anniversary is treated with the typical humor. Then, when he gets home, his wife tells him that the anniversary is just the straw that broke the camel's back and she wants a divorce.
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I Want My Jet Pack
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I Want My Jetpack: Leo invokes the trope name almost word-for-word in response to a request by NASA for more funding.
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As Himself
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As Himself: Barenaked Ladies play at a Rock The Vote event. James Taylor sings "A Change Is Gonna Come" during a tribute to Sam Cooke. Yo-Yo Ma performs at the Congressional Christmas Party. Forrest Sawyer moderates the debate between Vinick and Santos in "The Debate". Foo Fighters plays the Santos election party. Keb' Mo' performs "America the Beautiful" in the series finale. Averted once, when Lawrence Lessig was played by Christopher Lloyd. Lessig is the only real person to not be played by himself in his appearance.
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Rule of Funny
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In The Wake Up Call, Miss World visits the White House and brings to a standstill the business of every male that crosses her path. Mainly because it's utterly hilarious.
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Ascended Extra
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Cliff Caley looks like he's going to be an Ascended Extra when C.J. hires him for Josh's old job, but after a few episodes he vanishes.
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Surprisingly, the Nobel-prize winning President Bartlet himself. He makes a remark deprecating his opponent's intellect seemingly unaware that his camera is still hot, simply because he knows that the other side will handle the inevitable flap badly, and he can steer the public discourse towards intellect as a precondition for public office for the low price of a basic apology. It works so well that later, when he casually accepts a gift of a flag of the Taiwanese independence movement, his chief of staff immediately wonders whether he wants to engineer a reversal on the point, and whether to bring in the secretary of state.
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: In a flashback, the first sign that there's something wrong with Bartlet's first nominee for Attorney General comes when a leader of the Christian right confides to C.J. that the nominee is the first black man he's ever heard "make sense" on racial profiling. In the fifth season episode "Talking Points," Josh has only just realized that the free trade deal he helped to make is going to destroy jobs he'd promised to protect, when Republican Speaker Haffley praises him in a meeting for doing such a bang-up job on the trade deal.
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Alternate History: Richard Nixon was the most recent Real Life President who was actively confirmed to be President in the show's universe. Before Bartlet's tenure, there were several fictional Presidents, including Owen Lassiter and David W. Newman. Among other things, this resulted in the show's cycle of elections being off by two years, so there were Presidential elections held in 1998, 2002 and 2006. note  A popular fan theory is that the show's Point of Divergence occurred when Nixon was impeached and removed from office following the Watergate scandal (rather than resigning and being pardoned by Gerald Ford), resulting in a Special Election in 1974.
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Irrevocable Message
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Irrevocable Message: Toby and Will's very sarcastic first draft lambasting the choice of Bob Russell as veep makes it onto the teleprompter. (Fortunately, Russell has a sense of humor about it.)
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Christianity Is Catholic
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Christianity Is Catholic: Martin Sheen mentioned that he asked his character to be made Catholic because he is. This becomes some minor plot seasoning on more than one occasion, most significantly after Bartlet fails (or chooses not to) to stay an execution. It also evokes JFK nicely. Averted otherwise; when religious leaders come to the White House, more often than not they're of Protestant denominations. This includes the fundamentalist radio show host that Bartlet verbally smacks down.
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Joe Quincy, the Spear Counterpart to Miss Hayes, who shows up for three episodes. Since he was played by Matthew Perry, who was still on Friends at the time, this is a case of Real Life Writes the Plot. Both he and Hayes worked for
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Clown School
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Clown School: In one episode, Penn Jillette makes an insightful defense of his flag burning trick. He's asked if he had gone to law school. He responds, "No, clown school."
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Chronic Hero Syndrome
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Chronic Hero Syndrome: The entire senior staff (especially Bartlet), who can't for the life of them concede that anything is someone else's problem.
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Soundtrack Dissonance: At the end of "Dead Irish Writers", where a rousing rendition of "O Canada" is being performed as Abbey tells Jed that she's going to forfeit her medical license. In "Posse Comitatus": as Bartlet is informed that Shareef has been killed, the triumphant, joyful "Patriotic Chorus" is performed loudly right below the balcony. "Evermore upon our country God will pour His great increase / And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace."
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Charlie upon hearing "evening, Charlie". From the President. After leaving the first daughter's room. In the middle of the night, with his shirt unbuttoned. Leo goes through most of “Bad Moon Rising” making the case that the President never withheld information about his MS in any way that would constitute a crime. But Charlie points out that the President's daughter Zoey was a minor when she filled out a college medical form, and so required a parent's legally binding signature as to the accuracy of the information, including her family medical history. Cue Leo's oh crap moment. Leo has more than the normal amount of Oh Crap moments, simply because he is the senior staffer most likely to be the first person to be given really bad news (and probably the most able to appreciate how bad the news is.) The sight of John Spencer looking worried with his mouth slowly falling open becomes familiar over the course of the show. Will and Toby, frustrated with their inability to get their candidate of choice confirmed as Vice President, write a sarcastic speech lambasting Bob Russell, the compromise choice forced on them by the new Republican leadership. Cut to Bartlet's post-confirmation speech in the Rose Garden, where their sarcastic speech finds its way to the teleprompter, in full view of the new Vice President. Oops.
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Pyrrhic Victory
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Pyrrhic Victory: President Bartlet's reelection turns out to be this as he spends a large portion of his second term effectively disabled from his MS and his administration falls into one pittrap after another so that, by the end, C.J. bitterly jokes that her legacy as chief of staff might be a fisheries bill. Not to say there aren't legitimate victories, but most are quickly overshadowed by larger defeats.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Various characters at different points in the series, including Pres. Bartlet, Josh and Amy Gardner, Toby and Will, CJ and Danny Concannon, Leo, Margaret, Mrs. Landingham, Kate, Charlie, Zoey... let's just say that "deadpan snark" is practically the default emotive state for anyone associated with the Bartlet administration. Heck, even Donna got in on the act by the end of the series as she gained in self-confidence.
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Accidental Misnaming: Ed & Larry, Leo aka "Gerald", Josh's names for Donna. Donna's full name is usually mistaken for one of these; Ms. Moss's full first name really is Donnatella.
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What You Are in the Dark
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What You Are in the Dark: Vinick faces this when Bruno brings him Santos' briefcase with devastating information inside, having found it completely accidentally with nobody else's knowledge.
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Promotion, Not Punishment
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Promotion, Not Punishment: When the White House deputy communications director Sam Seaborn gets his ass handed to him by Ainsley Hayes on a debate show, Leo, the Chief of Staff, summons Ainsley to his office. She thinks she's there to be reprimanded and starts in on a long-winding speech about how wrong that is, when Leo interrupts her to offer her a job in the White House Counsel's office.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: The phrase "What's next?" floats around the White House, apparently started by Bartlet during their first campaign. Pretty much everyone's said it by the end of the series. Also, "I serve at the pleasure of the President." Anytime someone does not want to tell an outsider what is going on, they claim "It's about the trade deficit." Code to get someone to immediately stop whatever they're doing, come quickly, and don't ask questions, a character would make a casual reference to an "old friend from home." And Josh wouldn't be Josh without "DONNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" And Leo wouldn't be Leo without "MAR-GARET!" Some fans actually started a "Leo yells for Margaret" drinking game. In what may be an odd case of Buffy Speak coming from generally very intelligent people working at the White House, nearly any situation, regardless of complexity, is simply described as a "thing".
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Twisting the Words
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Twisting the Words: Toby in "The Leadership Breakfast."
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The show was continually quietly Retcon -ed to keep it in line with current events - while the 9/11 attacks never officially happened in the show and are never referred to, it was quickly apparent that the show was occurring in a post-9/11 environment from Season 3 on.
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Pants-Positive Safety: Agent Simon Donovan and C.J. Cregg are at the Secret Service firing range. Donovan has recently fired his gun and unthinkingly sticks it into his waistband. He immediately pulls it out again because the barrel was hot.
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Mallory tells Sam "you are so exactly like him" when Sam insists on perfecting an assignment Leo gave him to sabotage their date, rather than going out for coffee with the two of them. Any potential squickiness is avoided when Sam sincerely calls that the nicest thing she's ever said to him.
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Epic Fail: Sam has to give "Leo's daughter's fourth-grade class" a tour of the White House. He tries to bluff his way through and tells the kids that the Roosevelt Room—the one with the giant picture of Theodore Roosevelt—is named for F.D.R. who is apparently now the eighteenth president.note That was Grant. When the teacher pulls him aside and he relates his terrible bad day, including "accidentally slept with a call girl", he asks who Leo's daughter is so he can at least try to make her smile. "Celestial Navigation." Josh filling in for C.J. after she has an emergency root canal, trying to be smug and superior to people who are really good at twisting words. Here are a few of the reactions:
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Take Five
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Take Five: The phrase is, "Everyone, can we have the room for a minute?" And since it's the president asking, everyone leaves... In the congressional hearing where Leo is testifying, the committee chairman says, "Let's take a five minute break. Please, everybody, let's keep it to ten minutes."
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Take That!
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Take That!: At one point, Democratic leadership requests that Bartlet say "the era of big government is over" in his State of the Union speech. The whole cast, but Toby especially, rants against that phrase, saying government should be big, and it should be a place where smart people come together to solve problems. Doesn't seem like anything but a slight against the small-government Republicans. But in 1996, then-President Clinton said the exact phrase in his State of the Union speech because the political winds changed after Democrats lost control of Congress. Vinick is trying to convince Bruno that scandalous information they have on Santos shouldn't be a factor in the election, and should not be leaked, by saying if he had made up his mind to vote for someone, the scandal wouldn't change it: A throwaway one in "The State Dinner" has Josh toss in "The Redskins suck!" while looking for new business in his briefing papers before concluding the meeting. Somewhat odd given that the Redskins were leading the division with a 5-3 record at air time (and went on to take third in the NFC at 10-6). At one point, Bartlett grouses about the infamous “Shaken, not stirred” recipe for a vodka martini favored by James Bond.
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Hypocritical Humor
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Hypocritical Humor: Conflicting opinion polls. From Progress Stories:
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My Country, Right or Wrong
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My Country, Right or Wrong: Seems to be default stance of almost every character: Republicans and Democrats most often treat each other as a Worthy Opponent, at least to each other's faces. Notably the case between Vinick and Santos in the last two seasons, but there are plenty of other examples.
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Logical Fallacies
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Logical Fallacies: Specifically, CJ thinks Bartlet lost Texas because he made a joke about their "big hats" before the primaries, an example of post hoc ergo propter hoc. Bartlet was doomed in Texas since the day he learned Latin.
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By "No", I Mean "Yes"
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By "No", I Mean "Yes": Done a couple of times in "Celestial Navigation":
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Hostage MacGuffin
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Hostage MacGuffin: Zoey Bartlet being kidnapped was feared by characters since the beginning. Their fears were realized in the Season Four finale. She's rescued in the second episode of S5 with next to nothing revealed about who kidnapped her or why though.
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Almost everyone in the cast has at least one: Josh very much doesn't like it when you say anything bad about someone he cares about. Sam had to stop him from beating up an investigator who was trying to use Leo's drug-addict past against him. In one specific occasion, he also yells at the President in the Oval Office, after exhibiting odd and concerning behavior for several weeks. However, his coworkers recognize this for what it is: a massive red flag of Josh's worsening PTSD. Charlie pushed a punk kid against the wall and gave him an elbow to the throat when the kid called CJ a bitch. Toby warns a the same investigator who threatened Leo about his own version of the trope: "I'm told that on my sunniest days I'm not that fun to be around. I wonder what's gonna happen when you make my children a part of your life." Bonus points for his chillingly calm, matter-of-fact delivery. Sam tracking down the Jerkass staffers who sent Ainsley the bouquet of dead flowers (with a note that says "Bitch") and promptly ripping them a new one (and then firing them). Showing the President any sign of disrespect is a good way of instantly pissing off any member of the senior staff.
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Perfectly Cromulent Word
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SmiteMeOhMightySmiter
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Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: President Bartlet shouting at God, in untranslated Latin, in the middle of the National Cathedral.
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Jed and Abbey, which is impressive considering they go through (Jed went back on their MS deal and ran for a second term, she thought he got their daughter kidnapped, etc.) Matt and Helen Santos as well.
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Sliding Scale of Continuity
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: Level 4, arc-based episodic. Each season has a few major arcs and things from the past often affect what's going on in the present, but segments from the arc are usually wrapped up within individual episodes.
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Evil Gloating
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Evil Gloating: An inversion. Secret Service agent Donovan is so busy gloating about how stupid a hood is to try to rob a store within a few blocks of where the President is that he never notices that the guy he's caught has a partner.
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True Companions
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True Companions: A fairly direct example, with Jed and Leo as the parents, Sam, Josh, and C.J. as the elder children, Toby as the funny uncle, Donna as the girl who keeps coming around, and Charlie as the kid everyone looks out for.
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Smooch of Victory
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Smooch of Victory: Josh and Donna
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Ho Yay
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Ho Yay: Quite a bit between Santos and Josh.
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Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
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Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The trope could be renamed Mandy-ville. Certain one-off guest roles were in positions where we should've reasonably expected to see the characters again from time to time, particularly Senate Majority Leader Ann Stark and White House attorney Joseph 'Joe' Quincy. Anthony, the kid Charlie took over as big brother for in the beginning of season 4, was never mentioned again, but we can probably assume Charlie continued working with him offscreen. Cliff Caley looks like he's going to be an Ascended Extra when C.J. hires him for Josh's old job, but after a few episodes he vanishes. General Alexander, Fitwallace's successor as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, disappears two episodes into Season Six without explanation. In real life, Terry O'Quinn being cast in Lost likely accounts for this. Regular character Sam Seaborn was written out in an odd way. He unintentionally promised to run for a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. New character of Will Baily is written in at the same time. A line of dialog establishes that Will is being promoted to Sam's old position, and that if Sam loses the election, he will return to the White House in a promoted position, to "take the knucklehead stuff off his desk." A further line of dialog from the same character states that Sam is unequivocally going to lose the election. In the next episode, however, neither Sam nor the election are mentioned again. Sam gets one throwaway line about a season later, but other than that, everyone forgets about him. Averted in the last couple episodes of the series, when Josh re-recruits him back to the White House for the new administration, and we learn that Sam, having apparently indeed lost the election, for some reason returned to working for a law firm rather than the White House.
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Informed Attribute: Josh and C.J. tell Danny that C.J. loves goldfish - meaning the crackers - but they are only seen in her presence once, briefly, in a flashback. It's possible she felt continuing the habit would be disrespectful to Gail, the pet goldfish Danny gave her.
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm: All of the cast. They're smart, they're driven, and if you piss them off, they will make you regret it.
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Qurac: Qumar (Iran/Iraq, also arguably Libya) and Equatorial Kundu (any despotic African country). Qumar is an odd one as both Iran and Iraq also exist in the West Wing universe. We even see a satellite map of Qumar in one episode – in the real world it's just southern Iran, but with Libyan city names added to the map. It was likely created to avoid having the show depict the planned assassination of a real Middle Eastern country's government minister and prince by the US government.
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StrawTraitor
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Straw Traitor: Josh accuses Congressman Matt Skinner of being this, wondering how he could be gay and also be a Republican.
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America Saves the Day
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America Saves the Day: America solves the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Also, after Bartlet learns the valuable lesson of a proportionate response in S1 by way of Leo going What the Hell, Hero?, he teaches it to the British P.M. in Season 6, since apparently her staff can't do the same. And conveniently, the strike that brings down a British civilian plane was an accident, so they can't do anything, even a "proportionate response."
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Felony Misdemeanor
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Felony Misdemeanor: In the pilot, although there are many things occupying Leo's time - including whether Josh will be fired for his remarks towards Mary Marsh, Cuban refugees heading towards the U.S., and a poll showing the President's popularity has sunk - he's also very concerned The New York Times crossword puzzle misspelled Khaddafi's name: Ironically despite Leo's protestations to the contrary there is no standard westernised spelling of the former dictator of Libya's name – and when his passport was recovered after his death it contained the comparatively rare variant Gathafi. Lampshaded by Margaret earlier in the episode, when Leo tells her to call the Times:
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Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys
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Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: The British curator of art in the White House quips that the French "promptly surrendered" after a phone call from C.J. regarding art stolen by Vichy Nazis.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: President Bartlet draws a pretty convincing parallel between Leo getting his hopes up every time the military wants to test their missile defense system only for something to go wrong, and Charlie Brown trying to kick Lucy's football only to have it pulled away. There are of course numerous references to Gilbert and Sullivan, but the subtlest and funniest one was from Will in Season 4's "Privateers": There are also a few references to The Lion in Winter. The first is somewhat subtle, when Lord John Marbury advises the White House on a near-war between India and Pakistan. He says that bribing India not to go to war is the price you pay for being "rich, free, and alive all at the same time". A few seasons later, Bartlet similarly misquotes the play when discussing it with Toby, "My god I'm fifty, alive, and king, all at the same time". The line is "There's no other way to be alive, king, and fifty all at once." It is also apparently Bartlet's favorite movie: Toby tells him that "your favorite movie was on last night," and they discuss the film in some detail- but never actually name the film. In a flashback in "Two Cathedrals," a young Jed Bartlet quotes Ray Bradbury in an article about censorship in his school's newspaper. Towards the end of "Ellie," when Bartlet realizes that his daughter Ellie's rare public comment about how he won't fire the Surgeon General demonstrates how much faith she has in his judgment, he says, "My God, King Lear's a good play!" (In Lear, the daughter whom the king thinks is least loyal is actually the most loyal.) Doubles as a Genius Bonus. In "The Stormy Present," Toby, who is having a bad day, starts to weakly sing the theme song of M*A*S*H: As mentioned above, Aaron Sorkin is a huge fan of 1776, and went so far as to name several major characters after historical figures who are prominently featured in the musical. President Josiah Bartlet is named after Dr. Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire (and said to be his descendant), his wife Abigail is named after Abigail Adams, and Josh Lyman is named after Dr. Lyman Hall of Georgia. Referenced more directly on the few occasions where Bartlet insists on being called "Dr. Bartlet" to remind people that he has a doctorate in Economics; the historical Bartlett was a practicing physician.
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The Nicknamer
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The Nicknamer: CJ, in spades. Especially towards Charlie.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Inverted all over the place (in a series this idealistic, no one is actually a villain. Except Hafley.). President Bartlet – His father was an abusive prick jealous of his own son's intellect. Leo – He's haunted by his service in Vietnam. Sam – He realised one day he was about to become the worst kind of corporate lawyer. Toby – His father was a murderer. Josh – His sister died in a fire while he ran outside.
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Informed Ability
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Informed Ability: Josh's status as a Genius Ditz very often makes light of his political genius whenever he grabs hold of the Idiot Ball for the sake of funny. Like his secret plan to fight inflation. There is a moment when Josh admits to Amy that, in spite of his numerous academic and even political accomplishments, his I.Q. doesn't exactly "break the bank", and that he made up for it in school by studying all the time instead of learning how to interact with other people.
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Two Lines, No Waiting
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Two Lines, No Waiting
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Author Catchphrase
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Author Catch Phrase: "What Kind of Day Has It Been", used as a finale episode in four of Aaron Sorkin's shows. Leo also conspicuously utilizes the phrase when asking for the day's summary from the officers on duty in the Sit Room in the episode "Commencement", which was the second-to-last episode Sorkin wrote for the series.
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Enemy Eats Your Lunch
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After the President's complete smackdown of homophobic radio host Jenna Jacobs, everyone silently turns and follows him out of the room... except Sam, who steals one of her crab puffs.
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Golden Mean Fallacy
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Golden Mean Fallacy: Subverted. Democratic moderates are portrayed as weak and ineffective, stalling their party back. Republican moderates are portrayed as benevolent, though.
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Good Shepherd
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Nicely averted by the recurring character of Al Caldwell, a very reasonable Christian minister who serves as a foil to the much more militant Mary Marsh. Sorkin does know how to write both the good and bad of Caldwell's religion.
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Eureka Moment
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Eureka Moment: Josh is trying to find a way to remove an anti-environmental amendment from a hard-fought banking bill, when Donna calls the computer files on the subject antiquated. He brings the President the solution - declare the land in question a National Park by the Antiquities Act.
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Armchair Military
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Armchair Military: President Bartlet quickly grows out of this the first time he has to order a strike by US forces. At first, ruled by anger, he spurns the idea of a "proportionate response" and wants to inflict "total disaster" instead. However when faced with the reality of mass death and suffering taking out even one airport would inflict he falls back on the proportionate response almost immediately and calms down after a quick shouting match with Leo.
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Strawman Ball
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Strawman Ball: Most often conservatives, although Josh tends to suffer his share of humiliations as well.
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Cool Old Lady
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Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Landingham, who is disinclined to take any guff from anyone, including the President. Also, Debbie Fiderer.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters: Particularly as the series would progress. There are 15 characters who at some point in time appear in the credits sequence. Taking into account regularly recurring and secondary characters, the cast numbers dozens and dozens. (For fun: The 15 credits characters are Bartlet, Leo, Josh, Sam, Toby, CJ, Mandy, Charlie, Donna, Abbey, Will, Santos, Vinick, Kate, and Annabeth.)
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: a lot of these come up over the course of the show, especially among the senior staff.
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CloudCuckooLander
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Lord John Marbury, who sort of oscillates between a legit Cloud Cuckoolander -ism and the Obfuscating version.
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Comes Great Responsibility
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Comes Great Responsibility: President Bartlet. He gets screwed by this on ironic and/or sadistic levels more than once. As an added bonus Martin Sheen would later go on to play the Trope Namer in The Amazing Spiderman (though ironically in that version he never actually utters the phrase "with great power comes great responsibility").
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Meaningless Meaningful Words
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Meaningless Meaningful Words: 'the watchword of all mankind.' When Toby says it doesn't mean anything, Will says it doesn't matter because it sounds noble.
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Fake Guest Star
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Fake Guest Star: Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) in the first season; she appears in every episode in an increasingly central role. (Recognised when she's Promoted to Opening Credits from the second season onwards) In the final season, the key campaign staff. In particular, Janeane Garofalo (Lou Thornton, Santos' director of communications) and Teri Polo (Helen Santos) appeared in 15 and 14 episodes respectively, in major roles, but were always credited as "Special Guest Star". For comparison, this is more episodes than any of the main cast members apart from Jimmy Smits (Matthew Santos), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) or Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg)
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Kicked Upstairs
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Kicked Upstairs: In a hilariously convoluted strategy, Toby and Sam have to transfer a series of ambassadors from one nation to another to open up a space in the Federal Election Committee for Bartlet's to insert his own nominees.
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Sublime Rhyme:
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Failed Attempt at Drama
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Failed Attempt at Drama: After the President's complete smackdown of homophobic radio host Jenna Jacobs, everyone silently turns and follows him out of the room... except Sam, who steals one of her crab puffs. In Season Two, Sam lampshades this trope with Ainsley Hayes, who undercut an eloquent destruction of some Republican opponents by asking for a muffin.
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Hollywood Atheist
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Hollywood Atheist: Averted with Arnold Vinick, who initially appears to have become an atheist because his wife died but who later explains that he was horrified at certain passages in the Old Testament to the point where he couldn't believe in the Judeo-Christian God any more.
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A Glass in the Hand
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A Glass in the Hand: Josh's story in the episode "Noel." It's to cover for the fact that he put his hand through the window during a PTSD episode.
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Did I Just Say That Out Loud?
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Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: During the teaser of "Enemies", Bartlet goes on and on about national parks while he has Josh as a (literally) captive audience.
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Hand Wave
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The NBC character bio of Vinick said that he was born in New York before moving to California as a kid. This was probably a Hand Wave to explain why Alan Alda makes no attempt to tone down his thick New York accent, despite his character hailing from Southern California.
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Red Herring
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At the end of "Things Fall Apart", an extremely sensitive news story is leaked to the press, and Annabeth worriedly comments that whoever did it would have had to be very high up. The camera cuts to CJ (watching another plot thread wrap up on television) as ominous music plays out the episode. We later find out that it was a Red Herring; Toby did it.
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Reasonable Authority Figure
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Roberto Mendoza was being interviewed for a job he didn't even know he was in the running for: Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. He is asked, point blank, in the Oval Office, in front of the President of the United States, what he would do if the President ordered someone to be fired for refusing to take a drug test. His immediate response? Order the employee be reinstated, on the grounds that the drug test constitutes an illegal search.
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Crushing Handshake
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Crushing Handshake: This happens so often to presidential candidate Arnold Vinick that he ends up with a fractured hand, making handshakes of any firmness agonizing.
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Did Not Do the Bloody Research
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Did Not Do the Bloody Research: A weird example, but in the Season 3 episode Dead Irish Writers, Lord John Marbury refers to Lagavulin as a 16 year old Islay single malt. The problem is that he pronounces it "Iz-lay", where the proper pronunciation would be "Aye-lah". As a member of the British aristocracy, he really should know better. Lord John Marbury provides us with another example – he gives his full title as "Lord John Marbury, Earl of Croy, Marquess of Needham and Dolby, Baronet of Brycey", and multiple characters refer to him as "Lord Marbury". Both are incorrect. A marquess outranks an earl and would therefore take priority; and hereditary lords are never referred to by their family name. He should be addressed as Lord Needham.
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Artistic License
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Artistic License: Consultant Lawrence O'Donnell said that after the show hit the air, he was worried that there would be a weekly column in The New York Times entitled "What The West Wing Got Wrong This Week." He was pleasantly surprised that most people - including experienced political operatives - seemed to accept the artistic license of the show. Specific examples: The staff members last longer in their gigs than their real life counterparts tend to. For example, Chief of Staff is pretty much a one-and-a-half to two year job (it is an intensely stressful gig), and Leo's there for five or six years (although he does end up having a heart attack). And White Houses run through press secretaries like they come five to a nickel from a gumball machine, but CJ was at that podium until Leo's heart attack prompted her switch to his job. It's very unlikely that a press secretary, primarily concerned with public relations, would transition directly to a high level operational role later on as CJ did.
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Dating What Daddy Hates
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Dating What Daddy Hates: President Bartlet can't stand Jean Paul or Doug Westin. Subverted with the President's second daughter. It initially appears the husband-to-be is a bumbling, nerve-ridden geek who is marrying his daughter because he accidentally got her pregnant and they need to get married before anyone finds out. However, he manages to impress the President with his impassioned speech about the moment he fell in love with and decided to marry his daughter.
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Ma'am Shock
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Ma'am Shock: Mrs. Santos suffers and discusses this with Donna at the end of the campaign.
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Completely Unnecessary Translator
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Completely Unnecessary Translator: The Portuguese/Batak-speaking cook in "The State Dinner". Indonesian deputy Bambang spoke Batak, but the official interpreter from Indonesia only knew Javanese and Portuguese. The cook translated what Bambang said into Portuguese for the interpreter to relay in English. In the midst of this journey to Babel, Bambang says "Why don't we just speak English?" Nobody had bothered to ask him if he knew it.
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Standard Female Grab Area
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Standard Female Grab Area: Charlie uses this in order to show CJ that her new office has a door to the Oval.
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Hannibal Lecture
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Hannibal Lecture: In an antagonistic rather than villainous example, Leo gets one of these from black Congressman Richardson when he tries to tell him how many young black men will be saved by signing a gun control bill. Richardson responds that Leo cares more about the White House's political capital than gun control, the bill is ineffective, meaningless, and not worth the paper it's printed on, and...
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Dead Person Conversation: Pres. Bartlet and Mrs. Landingham.
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Last-Name Basis
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Last-Name Basis: Mrs. Landingham.
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The Chew Toy
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The Chew Toy: Both played straight and subverted in the case of Josh. He always bounces back like a charm from all his misfortunes, because he's so used to them happening all the time. This very trait of his becomes the reason no one pays enough attention to him after he gets shot to realize he's headed for a full scale mental breakdown, and the fact that he's also a Woobie due to some exceptionally sadistic past uses of this trope cause some misfortunes to veer straight into Tear Jerker territory when they hit the wrong spot.
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Expy
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Vice President John Hoynes is something of a veiled Expy of Lyndon Johnson, being a Southern Democrat serving as Vice President to a northern Democratic President with tension existing between the two. Hoynes's complaints of being sidelined and given only the thankless ceremonial busywork to do by Bartlet also mirrors Johnson's disgruntlement at feeling similarly neglected and taken for granted under President Kennedy. He also shares similarities with Al Gore, another Southern Democrat who also felt a bit sidelined by the President he served under.
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Insistent Terminology: Political maneuvering involves a lot of this. Episode 2x11, "The Leadership Breakfast": In a more serious context, when Bartlet is getting ready to admit that he hid his multiple sclerosis from the voters, he insist that Abbey be referred to as "Mrs. Bartlet" or "the First Lady," not "your wife." Later, Abbey takes it a step farther by telling Babish to call her "Dr. Bartlet," emphasizing her medical credentials. Sam's not writing a birthday card, it's a birthday message. Overlapping with You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious below, do not refer to the President by anything other than his title unless you want a fight: One of the aversions that can be counted throughout the series on one hand occurs when the President and Toby are playing a game of chess in the Oval Office while waiting for news on the crisis du jour. Throughout the game, Bartlet teases Toby good-naturedly about his game until Toby comes back with, "You know, old man, the minute they swear the next guy in, you and me are gonna go 'round and 'round." Early in the first season, Sam insists that people refer to Laurie as a "call girl", not a "hooker". He also gets annoyed when people call her "this girl" or "your friend" instead of using her name. Discussed and subverted for drama in "Take This Sabbath Day", in which Bartlet invites his old parish priest to the White House and, in giving him a tour of the Oval Office, makes a particular point of insisting that while it's okay to refer to him informally as 'Jed' outside the Oval Office, within the Oval Office he's 'Mr. President', explaining that he is forced to make certain decisions within the office as the President that he might not otherwise be able to make as a man, and that using the title helps distinguish this. When the reasons for the President inviting the priest over become clear — Bartlet's guilt over his failure to stay the execution of a convicted murderer despite his personal opposition to the death penalty for political reasons — there's a certain pointedness in the priest's response: Played double straight when while still reeling from the learning about President Bartlet's concealed MS diagnosis, Sam refers to him as simply "Bartlet". Toby immediately calls him on it, "President Bartlet, Sam, come on.". A few scenes later, Sam then passes it on, correcting a political operative who makes the same mistake.
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Determinator
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Determinator: When President Bartlet is on his way to his last summit in China and his MS leaves him paralyzed he still insists that they are going to China. Then he negotiates a North Korea talk while sitting more than twice as long as the Surgeon General recommends and sweating through his suit.
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The Oner
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The Oner: Many examples of the Walk and Talk variety.
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OOC Is Serious Business
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OOC Is Serious Business: The normally grumpy Toby is positively giddy after Mendoza gets confirmed in the episode "Six Meetings Before Lunch": It's only because it's his "Day of Jubilee". It doesn't last.
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Not That There's Anything Wrong with That
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Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: The President stops short before entering his private dining room with Leo, with whom he's planning to enjoy the work of a famous French chef.
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Writer on Board: Sorkin was so upset at Television Without Pity for finding flaws in his writing. 3x13 "Night Five" has him say, through Ainsley, that anyone irritated by the way he writes female characters or the "it's-a-joke" type of sexism displayed by the male cast is a bad feminist busybody prude. 3x16 "The US Poet Laureate" has the titular poet claim that "an artist's job is not to speak the truth" which must have been news to the artists who have been doing that since... oh, the invention of art.note Including Sorkin, who did show his work frequently. And from the same episode, internet fora are full of loonies with Skewed Priorities and must be avoided at all costs (or they'll be mean about your show)! Although there is some Truth in Television to that one...
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Freudian Slip
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Freudian Slip: A number of examples.
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Good Ol' Boy
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Good Ol' Boy: Robert Ritchie.
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You Are Number 6
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You Are Number 6: When Will finds that he has several speechwriting interns named Lauren, he gives them numbered sports jerseys and calls them "Lauren 4, Lauren 6," etc.
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Straw Affiliation
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Straw Affiliation: Used to great effect in an early episode, where Josh is arguing with a Republican congressman, Matt Skinner, over provisions in a proposed anti-gay marriage law. He is baffled by the congressman's refusal to vote against it, even though Skinner himself is gay. When Josh finally breaks down and asks why he doesn't vote against the bill, and why he's even a member of the party when the Republicans always have an anti-gay message, Skinner replies that yes, he is gay. But he is also for lower taxes, less government, and most other Republican positions, and he simply chooses not to let his sexuality, rather than his principles, decide how he should vote.
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Rousseau Was Right
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Rousseau Was Right: Even Bartlet's Republican opponents are portrayed as having America's best interests in mind, and are at worst portrayed as Well Intentioned Extremists. They are usually portrayed even better. The exception to this is Republican Speaker Haffley, who, while getting an occasional scene that portrayed him reasonably well, was petty, spiteful and obsessed with his own self-image. However, he was balanced out by his Senate counterpart, who was a decent man who wanted to make peace between Congress and the White House and who was disgusted at some of Haffley's more extreme political maneuvering. Karmic Retribution has it where Haffley loses most of his battles against Bartlet and even loses a few fights to Santos in the House, and on Election night during the final season Haffley is seen losing House seats to Democrats, knocking him out of the Speaker's office while his Republican Senate Majority counterpart keeps his GOP majority intact. A recurring device was Republican characters taking exception to the at-times self-righteous attitudes of the Democratic characters and either explaining at-length how it actually was possible to be a decent person and a Republican or puncturing their moralistic arguments by suggesting more practical arguments that they should be making instead of getting hung up on self-righteousness.
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Jerkass
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Jerkass: While the show took pains to paint most political figures as complex and sympathetic and meaning well, some achieve jerk status: Speaker Haffley. As close to a Strawman Political as the show gets. Vice President Hoynes for his personal failings such as infidelity, but also because he's so calculating he rarely stands for anything (why former aide Josh defected to Bartlet). During the 2006 campaigns he still thinks he can wrangle the Democratic nomination from either Russell or Santos when the convention is deadlocked but Hoynes foolishly schemes his way out of contention. Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson is another good example. The number of times he's mentioned or acts as an antagonist far outweigh the times he is helpful. And of course, the French Jerk Jean Paul. Conservative Christian pundit Mary Marsh.
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Naïve Newcomer
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Naïve Newcomer: Donna's first day in the White House.
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Vomit Discretion Shot
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Vomit Discretion Shot: Santos' son does the "duck offscreen" version in the doorway of their last trick-or-treat destination. Mandy does this after she learns that a negotiator in a hostage situation, that she pushed for to avoid the bad press a raid would bring, has been shot and is in critical condition.
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Flash Forward
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Flash Forward: The start of season 7 begins with a look at Bartlet's presidential library being dedicated.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: averted; Josh consults two different psychiatrists in the series, one in "The Crackpots and The Women" and one in "Noel," both of whom are named Stanley. The National Security Advisor and one of the President's personal secretaries are both named Nancy. Doug Wegland from the re-election team and Doug Westin, President Bartlet's son-in-law.
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Geeky Turn-On
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Geeky Turn-On: The President showing off for the First Lady on election night, which she calls "hot nerd talk". Leo is then shown to be using the exact same lines on Jordan. In Season 7, when Kate tells CIA analyst Charles Frost about her theory that the Russians are behind the international assassinations he had linked to al Qaeda, Frost, who had previously shown only minimal interest in her very existence, lights up and immediately asks her out for coffee.
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Conspicuous Consumption
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Conspicuous Consumption: At the end of the series when the Bartlet Administration is winding down, CJ gets a job offer from a tycoon looking to start a charity and explicitly asks CJ to suggest something that doesn't come across as Conspicuous Compassion, a subtype of this trope. He asks her to suggest something "not sexy" but still needs to happen; she responds with gravel road infrastructure improvements in the african bush.
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Absentee Actor
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Absentee Actor: Rob Lowe during the middle of Season 4, right before he left. During seasons 6 and 7 large sections of the cast were left out as the focus shifted between the campaign and the West Wing. Most notably episode 7 of season 7, where none of the original cast feature (the cast was Alan Alda (added in season 6), Jimmy Smits (also added in season 6), Janeane Garaofolo (special guest), Teri Polo (special guest), Ron Silver (special guest), Patricia Richardson (special guest) and Forrest Sawyer as himself). Richard Schiff also managed to have his episode count in season 7 reduced to 11 but got paid for 22. In season 7, only Jimmy Smits appears in every episode, with Bradley Whitford appearing the most out of the original cast (missing two episodes).
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Pet's Homage Name
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Pet's Homage Name: Mathematics professor Talmidge Cregg has a cat named Nicodemus.
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Undying Loyalty
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Undying Loyalty: The show is made of this trope. From Leo's "I take a bullet for the president. He doesn't take one for me" down to Margaret's "I'll sleep when you sleep."
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Inspector Javert
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Inspector Javert: Danny Concannon, a sweetheart of a reporter for the Washington Post who's crushing on CJ - but still wants to get to the bottom of this "who was in charge after the President was shot?" thing, and the "how did that foreign leader die?" thing.
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Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
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Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness:
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Expospeak Gag
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Expospeak Gag: Dr. Abbey Bartlet gets to do these with medicine.
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Cue the Billiard Shot
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Cue the Billiard Shot: In the episode "Manchester Part II," the scenes go from flashback to present. One "present" scene opens with the camera on a pool table in the bar the senior staff is hanging out in.
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Quote-to-Quote Combat
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Quote-to-Quote Combat: A fundie quotes The Bible (Leviticus, in particular) to support her stance against homosexuality. President Bartlet then produces even more quotes from Leviticus, demonstrating how cruel and inapplicable those particular commandments are.
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Forgotten Anniversary
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Forgotten Anniversary: Leo forgets his and Jenny's anniversary, which is the final straw for their marriage.
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Will Bailey. Joshua Malina even described himself as a less handsome, cheaper Sam.
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Platonic Life-Partners
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Platonic Life-Partners: CJ and Toby, who never show any hint of being anything but very old friends. Josh and Donna fit the trope very well for six and a half seasons. Then they stopped being platonic.
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Complexity Addiction
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Complexity Addiction: Kate comes to this realisation during the US/Canada border tensions subplot in "A Good Day". Everyone in the Situation Room is so used to dealing with crises that they've gotten themselves rigidly locked into a near-permanent crisis mode. This has the result that what should be a completely inconsequential situation nearly becomes a war between the United States and Canada because everyone involved unnecessarily over-complicates the situation by acting as if a couple of schmucks who just got lost while hunting and accidentally wandered into Canada is tantamount to an illegal military incursion that requires official sabre-rattling, back-channel diplomatic wrangling and a war-footing military build-up.
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Strongly Worded Letter
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Strongly Worded Letter: How Sam describes the Declaration of Independence in "Isaac and Ishmael".
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Drives Like Crazy
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Mandy getting pulled over for her crazy driving while arguing on the phone.
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Running Gag
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Running Gag / Couch Gag: Gail the goldfish and her many, many, many change in fishbowl decorations, which always fit the episode theme.
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Gay Conservative
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Gay Conservative: Josh tries and fails to talk a gay Republican into voting against a Defense of Marriage Act Expy.
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The Exit Is That Way
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The Exit Is That Way: Ainsley, who finds a closet is not a bathroom.
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Relationship Reveal
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Relationship Reveal / Relationship Upgrade: In the cold open of "Election Day", every recurring Santos campaign staffer reveals who they "came on board" with (except for Bram, but he was mentioned to have hooked up with some "campaign groupies" in a previous episode). It's practically a parody of Shipping in general, and though it's all played very dramatically, the cut to the triumphant theme music of the credits after all the sex in the air is pretty hilarious.
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The War Room
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The War Room: The White House Situation Room. The show ran long enough that, during its first appearance, the West Wing Situation Room was far more advanced than the real location. By the end of the show the reverse was true.
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Comically Missing the Point: Josh tries to give a thank you speech at the end of the Santos campaign at Lou's insistence, but quickly derails himself into a rant about stupid amateur mistakes and insists everyone call their families to report on conditions at the polls, without ever getting around to the phrase "thank you".
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Department of Redundancy Department
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Department of Redundancy Department: "I'm on hold. I'm on hold. I'm on hold. *bangs phone on table repeatedly* I'm in some kind of hellish hold-world of holding....."
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I Have Nothing to Say to That
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I Have Nothing to Say to That: Sam Seaborn gets his ass verbally handed to him by Blonde Republican Sex Kitten Ainsley Hayes.
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Answer Cut: At the end of "Things Fall Apart", an extremely sensitive news story is leaked to the press, and Annabeth worriedly comments that whoever did it would have had to be very high up. The camera cuts to CJ (watching another plot thread wrap up on television) as ominous music plays out the episode. We later find out that it was a Red Herring; Toby did it. A "Jeopardy!" version with the answer preceding the question: Bruno (working for the Vinick campaign) finds a briefcase. Cut to Santos asking for his briefcase and his staff quickly realizing nobody knows where it is.
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Even Bartlet's Republican opponents are portrayed as having America's best interests in mind, and are at worst portrayed as Well Intentioned Extremists. They are usually portrayed even better. The exception to this is Republican Speaker Haffley, who, while getting an occasional scene that portrayed him reasonably well, was petty, spiteful and obsessed with his own self-image. However, he was balanced out by his Senate counterpart, who was a decent man who wanted to make peace between Congress and the White House and who was disgusted at some of Haffley's more extreme political maneuvering. Karmic Retribution has it where Haffley loses most of his battles against Bartlet and even loses a few fights to Santos in the House, and on Election night during the final season Haffley is seen losing House seats to Democrats, knocking him out of the Speaker's office while his Republican Senate Majority counterpart keeps his GOP majority intact.
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Will They or Won't They?: Josh and Donna.
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Brick Joke: The President is introduced in the Pilot episode after having ridden into a tree on a bicycle (that Leo lent him) with a cane. At the end of the series, upon leaving office, he mentions that with his free time he'd like to ride a bicycle some more and, as a result of his worsening MS, he once again requires a cane to walk.
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Buffy Speak
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In what may be an odd case of Buffy Speak coming from generally very intelligent people working at the White House, nearly any situation, regardless of complexity, is simply described as a "thing".
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You Called Me
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You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Excluding family members and pre-election flashbacks, only five characters in the entire seven-season run ever called President Bartlet by his nickname "Jed" to his face. And even Leo only did it twice.
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Musical Trigger: Josh's PTSD reaches critical during the Christmas season because of all the bands playing in the White House. It's given a small Call-Back in season four, when a gunman shoots at the outside of the White House and Josh discusses it with an applicant to the Counsel's office:
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Pet the Dog: Toby is so irritable and easily angered all the time that it's easy to forget he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, not a Jerkass. One of the earliest indicators of this was the episode "In Excelsis Deo," in which he goes to great lengths in order to get a homeless veteran he didn't know a proper burial, complete with military honor guard. This is widely regarded as one of the greatest lines in the entire series. Vice President Hoynes has a few moments that prove he isn't purely a scummy politician. When he learns of Leo's alcoholism and prescription drug addiction, he is consistently supportive and invites Leo to his own AA meeting. Another is when a bill is going to be passed that that will help rural Americans, but Congressional leaders consider him a threat and will stall the bill if he doesn't take his name off it. So he takes name off it so that it will get passed quickly, which means can't campaign on it. This is big, considering it has been clear from the start that he really wants to be President.
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Shown Their Work: "he show had a number of actual ex (and future) White House staffers available to advise them how things went, and the writers usually stuck very close to what they said, only making alterations where necessary for the sake of drama, or hilarity. The show was justly praised for its accuracy in how it portrayed the workings of the White House, although it definitely occupies the brighter end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism.
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Suspiciously Specific Sermon: Toby's at temple on Friday evening, listening to his Rabbi say "Vengeance is not Jewish". He gets a phone call from Sam, who asks "By any chance, is your Rabbi giving a sermon on the death penalty?" Toby listens to another sonorous phrase demonizing the death penalty. "... yes?" This is not an accident.
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Government Procedural / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Gratuitous Latin / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Green-Eyed Epiphany / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Gun Twirling / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hand Signals / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Handcuffed Briefcase / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Handshake Refusal / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Handsome Lech / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hangover Sensitivity / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hates Everyone Equally / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Head Desk / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Heir Club for Men / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Helpful Hallucination / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Heroes Want Redheads / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
He's Back / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Heteronormative Crusader / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hide Your Lesbians / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
High-Class Call Girl / int_a32b6a64
 HillStreetBlues
seeAlso
The West Wing
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hire the Critic / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Holier Than Thou / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hollywood Healing / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hollywood Heart Attack / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hollywood Spelling / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Honest Advisor / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hooker with a Heart of Gold / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hormone-Addled Teenager / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Horrible Hollywood / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hospital Gurney Scene / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Hostage MacGuffin / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
House Amnesia / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
How Many Fingers? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
How We Got Here / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Humor Dissonance / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Am the Noun / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Approved This Message / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Call Him / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Can Live With That / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Have Nothing to Say to That / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Have This Friend... / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Lied / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Need a Freaking Drink / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Owe You My Life / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Want My Jet Pack / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Want My Mommy! / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Warned You / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I Was Beaten by a Girl / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Iconic Item / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I'm Standing Right Here / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
In Its Hour of Need / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
In Memoriam / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
In the Original Klingon / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
In-Universe Factoid Failure / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Inadvertent Entrance Cue / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Inane Blabbering / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Inanimate Competitor / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Incoming Ham / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Informed Attractiveness / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Informed Judaism / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Insists on Paying / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Inspirationally Disadvantaged / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Instrumental Theme Tune / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Intelligence Equals Isolation / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Intergenerational Friendship / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Interscene Diegetic / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Interservice Rivalry / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Intoxication Ensues / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Intrepid Reporter / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Invisible President / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Iron Lady / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Irrevocable Message / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Is This Thing Still On? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
It's a Small Net After All / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
I've Heard of That — What Is It? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
J'accuse! / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Jaded Professional / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Jammed Seatbelts / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Jewish Smartass / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Jitter Cam / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Joe Sent Me / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Jurisdiction Friction / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Jury Duty / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Killed Mid-Sentence / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Kiss-Kiss-Slap / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Klingon Promotion / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Kosher Nostra / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Lame Comeback / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Last-Minute Baby Naming / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Last Minute Hookup / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Last-Minute Reprieve / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Last Place You Look / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Laughing at Your Own Jokes / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Law of Inverse Fertility / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Law of Inverse Recoil / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Lawful Good / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Layman's Terms / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Learned From the News / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Leno Device / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Lesbian Jock / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Let Me Get This Straight... / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Let Me Tell You a Story / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Let Us Never Speak of This Again / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Licked by the Dog / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Like a Son to Me / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Like Brother and Sister / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Like Reality Unless Noted / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Limited Advancement Opportunities / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Literary Allusion Title / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Long Bus Trip / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Loose Canon / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Lost Aesop / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Ma'am Shock / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Male Restroom Etiquette / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Maligned Mixed Marriage / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Man Hug / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Married to the Job / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Master of the Mixed Message / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Meaningful Background Event / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Meaningful Funeral / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Meaningless Meaningful Words / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Meganekko / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
/ int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Middle Child Syndrome / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Middle Eastern Terrorists / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Missed the Bus / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Mistaken for Cheating / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Mistaken for Racist / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Money, Dear Boy / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Monochrome Casting / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Monochrome Past / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Monster of the Week / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Mood Dissonance / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Morning Routine / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Mortal Wound Reveal / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Mother Russia Makes You Strong / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Moving the Goalposts / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Mr. Exposition / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Muppet Cameo / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Murder, Inc. / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Murphy's Bullet / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Musical Trigger / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Naïve Newcomer / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Named After Somebody Famous / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Necktie Leash / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Never Heard That One Before / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
New Old Flame / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Nice to the Waiter / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
No Badass to His Valet / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
"No. Just... No" Reaction / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
No Party Given / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
No Poker Face / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
No Woman's Land / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Not Bad / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Not Hyperbole / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Not That Kind of Doctor / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Not Too Dead to Save the Day / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Not Using the / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Now, Let Me Carry You / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Now What? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Number Two / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Obfuscating Insanity / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Odd Name Out / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Off the Table / int_a32b6a64
 Office
seeAlso
The West Wing
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Official Kiss / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Offscreen Breakup / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Oh God, with the Verbing! / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Oh Wait! / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Old Retainer / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
One Dialogue, Two Conversations / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
One Head Taller / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
One-Hour Work Week / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
One of the Boys / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
One Tract Mind / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
One-Woman Wail / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Only Known by Initials / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Only the Creator Does It Right / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Opposing Sports Team / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Orbital Kiss / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Ordered Apology / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Original Position Fallacy / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Origins Episode / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Oscar Bait / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Our Presidents Are Different / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Out, Damned Spot! / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Overcomplicated Menu Order / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Overprotective Dad / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Page Three Stunna / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Pants-Free / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Pants-Positive Safety / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Pass the Popcorn / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Paused Interrupt / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Pet's Homage Name / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Phrase Catcher / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Plagiarism in Fiction / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Planet of Steves / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Platonic Life-Partners / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Plot Parallel / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Plot-Relevant Age-Up / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Plot Threads / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Plucky Office Girl / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Pompous Political Pundit / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Poor Man's Substitute / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Power Walk / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Preppy Name / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Previously On… / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Privacy by Distraction / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Privateer / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Professionals Do It on Desks / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Profiling / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Promotion, Not Punishment / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Proud to Be a Geek / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Punch a Wall / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Quiet Cry for Help / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Quip to Black / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Quit Your Whining / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Quizzical Tilt / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Quote-to-Quote Combat / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Qurac / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Radio Silence / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rage Against the Heavens / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Raised Catholic / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rambling Old Man Monologue / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Real Award, Fictional Character / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Reality Subtext / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Recycled: The Series / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Redundant Parody / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Relationship Upgrade / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Religious Russian Roulette / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Reluctant Ruler / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Resigned in Disgrace / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Retirony / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rewind, Replay, Repeat / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rhymes on a Dime / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Ridiculously Long Phone Hold / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Right Hand vs. Left Hand / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Right in Front of Me / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Ripped from the Headlines / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Romantic False Lead / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Roswell That Ends Well / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rotating Arcs / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rouge Angles of Satin / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Royal Mess / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rule of Pool / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Rule of Symbolism / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Ruler Protagonist / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sanctuary of Solitude / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sarcasm-Blind / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sarcastic Devotee / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sassy Secretary / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Satellite Character / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Scholarship Student / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Scotty Time / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Script Swap / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Secret Other Family / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Seinfeldian Conversation / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Serendipity Writes the Plot / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Series of the 2000s / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Servile Snarker / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
/ int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sexiled / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sexy Backless Outfit / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sexy Secretary / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sexy Soaked Shirt / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Shave and a Haircut / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
She Cleans Up Nicely / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Shiksa Goddess / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Show Some Leg / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
/ int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Shutting Up Now / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Signature Line / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Silly Reason for War / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Simple-Minded Wisdom / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Simultaneous Arcs / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sink-or-Swim Mentor / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Slapstick Knows No Gender / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sliding Scale of Continuity / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Slipping a Mickey / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Slow Clap / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Slow-Motion Drop / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Smart People Know Latin / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Smart People Play Chess / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter! / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Smooch of Victory / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Snap Back / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Snowed-In / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
So Happy Together / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
So Proud of You / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
So What Do We Do Now? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Soap Within a Show / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Soft Glass / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Something Only They Would Say / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sorkin Relationship Moment / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sound-Effect Bleep / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Southern-Fried Genius / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Speech-Centric Work / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Spotlight-Stealing Squad / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Spy Speak / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Standalone Episode / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Statuesque Stunner / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Stepford Snarker / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Stock Quotes / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Straw Affiliation / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Straw Character / int_a32b6a64
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Straw Fan / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Straw Feminist / int_a32b6a64
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Strawman Ball / int_a32b6a64
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Streisand Effect / int_a32b6a64
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Strongly Worded Letter / int_a32b6a64
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Stupid Crooks / int_a32b6a64
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Subordinate Excuse / int_a32b6a64
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Sudden Principled Stand / int_a32b6a64
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Sue Donym / int_a32b6a64
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Suicide by Cop / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Super Ringer / int_a32b6a64
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Surprisingly Good English / int_a32b6a64
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Survivor Guilt / int_a32b6a64
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Suspect Is Hatless / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Suspiciously Apropos Music / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Suspiciously Specific Sermon / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
TV Genius / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Tactful Translation / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Take Five / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Take That, Audience! / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Take That, Critics! / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Talk About That Thing / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Team Dad / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Team Mom / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Tension-Cutting Laughter / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Terrible Ticking / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Test Kiss / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Thanksgiving Episode / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Alleged Boss / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The B Grade / int_a32b6a64
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The Big Board / int_a32b6a64
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The Big Damn Kiss / int_a32b6a64
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The Cartel / int_a32b6a64
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The Cat Came Back / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Charmer / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Complainer Is Always Wrong / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Consigliere / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Creon / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Danza / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Dividual / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Elites Jump Ship / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Exit Is That Way / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Fashionista / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Greatest Story Never Told / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Hecate Sisters / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Internet Is for Porn / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Kirk / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Klutz / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Lad-ette / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Leader / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Nicknamer / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Not-Love Interest / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The One Thing I Don't Hate About You / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Oner / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Patriarch / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Philosopher King / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Place / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Present Day / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Resenter / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Scottish Trope / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Teaser / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Teetotaler / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Tell / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Un-Hug / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Watson / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The White House / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Theme Twin Naming / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
There Is No Try / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
There Should Be a Law / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
They Do / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
This Ain't Rocket Surgery / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
This Is My Boomstick / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
This Is Not a Drill / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
This Is the Part Where... / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
This Is Wrong on So Many Levels / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
This Just In! / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
¡Three Amigos! / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Three-Volley Flinch / int_a32b6a64
 ThreeWallSet
seeAlso
The West Wing
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hasFeature
Throw-Away Country / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Throwing Out the Script / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Title by Number / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
To Absent Friends / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Token Minority / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Tomboyish Name / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Too Much Information / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Translator Buddy / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Trauma Button / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Trekkie / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Trial Balloon Question / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Trust Password / int_a32b6a64
 TV's Greatest Surprises
seeAlso
The West Wing
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Twenty-Fifth Amendment / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
21-Gun Salute / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Twerp Sweating / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Twisted Christmas / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Twisting the Words / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Two Lines, No Waiting / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Two Words: Added Emphasis / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Two Words: I Can't Count / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Ultimate Job Security / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Umbrella Drink / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Unbroken Vigil / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Uncomfortable Elevator Moment / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Unconventional Learning Experience / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Unexpected Successor / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Unique Pilot Title Sequence / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Unrequited Love Switcheroo / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Urban Legend Love Life / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Verbal Backspace / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Vetinari Job Security / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Vice President Who? / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Victory Sex / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Viewers Are Geniuses / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Viewers in Mourning / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Vodka Drunkenski / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Voiceover Letter / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Wag the Director / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Wastebasket Ball / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Watch Out for That Tree! / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Water Guns and Balloons / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
We ARE Struggling Together / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
We Want Our Jerk Back / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Western Terrorists / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
What, Exactly, Is His Job? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
What Would X Do? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
What's Up, King Dude? / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
/ int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Where Da White Women At? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Where Do You Think You Are? / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
White-and-Grey Morality / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Wide-Eyed Idealist / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Wife-Basher Basher / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Wiki Walk / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Won't Take / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Working with the Ex / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Worrying for the Wrong Reason / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Worst News Judgment Ever / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Worthy Opponent / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Writer's Block / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Writer's Block Montage / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Written-In Infirmity / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Wrong Name Outburst / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Are Number 6 / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Called Me / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Got Spunk / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me! / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Know Who Said That? / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Make Me Sic / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
You Must Be Cold / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
You're Insane! / int_a32b6a64
 TheWestWIng
sameAs
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 TheWinnerIs
seeAlso
The West Wing
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Cliché Storm / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Closet Shuffle / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Elmuh Fudd Syndwome / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Holding the Floor / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Locked in a Room / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Never Say That Again / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Pride Before a Fall / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Redemption in the Rain / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
Sad-Times Montage / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Chains of Commanding / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
The Matchmaker / int_a32b6a64
 The West Wing
hasFeature
The Snark Knight / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Title Requiem / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Walk and Talk / int_a32b6a64
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hasFeature
Walk-In Chime-In / int_a32b6a64