The West Wing

Debate Camp

Season 4, Ep 5, Aired 10/16/02
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  • Episode Description
  • As the staff prepares for the presidential debates at a North Carolina conference center, a vexing question about a failed attorney-general nomination (amid charges of racial profiling) leads to flashbacks of the administration's first weeks in office. Back then, Toby's marriage to Andrea Wyatt was about to end; now Sam and Charlie are helping him in his effort to reconcile with her. Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force weighs in on the Qumari matter, and Joey Lucas reports that the president is likely to lose New Hampshire.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Sheen

    President Jed Bartlet

  • Dule Hill

    Charlie Young

  • Allison Janney

    Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

  • Rob Lowe

    Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

  • Richard Schiff

    Toby Ziegler

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • I love flashback episodes on West Wing...

    By Parricida, Oct 07, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • After Toby announces that Andy's pregnant Charlie: Well, we're gonna have to step this [Team Toby] up now. C.J.: Yer! I'm gonna get hats!

    • Bartlet: For the moment they (Qumar) haven't stood up. But in the meantime, let's try and think of something to give them when they do. Leo: That's what we should do in the meantime? Bartlet: Leo. Leo: We should think of something we can give them?! Bartet: Honey, if we're gonna have this fight, can we not do it in front of the Joint Chiefs? It just scares the hell out of them.

    • Josh: Why don't you just do your job as a man and get that nice girl pregnant? Toby: I did. Josh: Wait, what? C.J.: What? Toby: Andy's pregnant. Josh: Toby, Andy's pregnant? Toby: With twins. (holds up one finger, then raises another finger on that hand) Sam: This is incredible. Josh: And they're yours? Toby: Yeah. Josh: Both of them? Toby: I'm going downsatirs. (C.J. hits Josh with magazine)

    • Sam: What'sgoing on with you and Andy? Toby: Nothing. Sam: I think you're wrong. Toby: I'm not. Sam: I think you're getting back together. Toby: We're not. Sam: But you want to. Toby: Yes. Sam: I think -- Wait, what? Toby: See, sometimes if I just slam on the brakes you just run right past.

    • Toby: Andy? Couple of things. I need you to look at a couple of answers on defense readiness. I need concrete examples of waste in Pentagon procurement. We need teo more members of the IRC for post-spin. I need you to fill out this marriage licence and paperwork for a joint checking account, and review the 60 second answer on Rwanda. Andy: Okay. Okay. Okay. Under no circumstances, and sure. Toby: See, by my account, you said "Under no circumstances" to the IRC post-spin and "sure"... Andy: I said "Under no circumstances" to marrying you again. Toby: May I ask why? Andy: I have the unique experience of having done it once before.

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    Notes (4)

    • Awards and Nominations: Nominated for 2002 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night (Paris Barclay)

    • Stockard Channing does not appear in this episode.

    • Music: The group including Sam and Larry sings "Gaudeamus Igitur" which was written by C.W. Kindeleben and composed by Franz List.

    • This is the final episode in which Kathryn Joosten appears as Mrs. Landingham. Her character died at the end of season 2.

    Trivia (3)

    • Bartlet: Defense condition three for the bases in Qumar is what?

      Qumar is a made-up country.

    • Bartlet: They're arming the Bahji, Leo.

      The Bahji terrorist cell is made-up.

    • The Secretary of Defense makes a reference to putting CTU on alert. Is this the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit depicted on the TV series "24"?

    Allusions (1)

    • The fight song Sam and his group sings is an old song from 13th century Germany. The lyrics are as follows: Gaudeamus igitur, juvenes dum sumus! Post jucundam juventutem, post molestam senectutem, nos habebit humus, nos habebit humus. The language is Latin, and the song exists in many different countries around the globe.

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