The West Wing

Eppur Si Muove

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 3/3/04
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  • Episode Description
  • When a conservative Republican Congresswoman targets Ellie's research project in an effort to discredit Jed, Toby discovers that the source of the leak is uncomfortably close to home, and Will realizes that they've all greatly underestimated his boss; Josh investigates the wisdom of a recess appointment as he tries to convince an old friend to be patient with the Sixth Circuit judicial nomination process and keep his hat in the ring; C.J. completely misreads Ben's intentions; Donna tracks down an AWOL Ryan; an opening is created on the Supreme Court; in an effort to redefine Abbey's image with the press, C.J. sets her up to do a public service announcement with the Muppets, which inspires Ellie to stand up before the press in defense of scientific research unhampered by politics.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Sheen

    President Jed Bartlet

  • Dule Hill

    Charlie Young

  • Allison Janney

    Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

  • Richard Schiff

    Toby Ziegler

  • John Spencer

    Leo McGarry

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Science and politics..

    By Parricida, Jan 04, 2010

  • Congress questions Ellie's research.

    By amfarley84, May 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Leo: Where's my twenty bucks? Josh: How do you feel about executive decrees? Leo: Love them. I'm making one: I want my money!

    • Leo: I'm sorry, but can we really justify spending $800,000. on "A Bio-Cultural Approach to the Study of Female Sexual Fantasy and Genital Arousal"? Toby: How can we afford not to?

    • Elmo (to Abbey): Wait a minute! Didn't you give up your medical license? Do you have a diploma you could show Elmo?

    Notes (4)

    • Additional Credit:
      Washington D.C. Production Services by Thinkfilm, Inc.

    • Ratings: 8-9PM EST The Apprentice (5.3/ 8) 9-10PM EST The West Wing Overnights: (9.9/14) Adults 18-49: (4.0/10) NBC placed first in overnights (9.3/14) for the night. They were 4th in total viewers (beat out by Fox, ABC, CBS) and 3rd among adults 18-49 (third to Fox and ABC). Timeslot Winners: Overnights: 1st > NBC > The West Wing (9.9/14) 2nd > ABC > Kingdom Hosptial (9.8/14) 3rd > CBS > King of Queens (7.9/11) and Everybody Loves Raymond (7.9/11) 4th > Fox > The O.C. (7.1/10) 5th > The WB > Angel (3.8/5) 6th > UPN > America's Next Top Model (2.7/4) Among Adults 18-49: 1st > ABC > (5.7/14) 2nd > Fox > (4.8/12) 3rd > CBS > (4.5/11 each) 4th > NBC > (4.0/10) 5th > The WB > (1.8/4) 6th > UPN > (1.3/3)

    • In this episode Abbey appears on an episode of Sesame Street, a series in which Stockard Channing appeared from 1969-1974 as the Victim of the Number Painter.

    • The title of this episode is loosely translated from the Italian as "it still moves", an apocryphal sotto voce comment attributed to Galileo after he was forced to recant his heliocentric theory. Today's "Eppur Si Muove" movement holds that the search for truth should be the governing principle in the pursuit of scientific inquiry, and that no political or governmental authority or interest should have any power over scientific truth and its pursuit.

    Trivia (1)

    • During the filming of this episode, PBS also filmed Stockard Channing, Allison Janney, and Lily Tomlin dancing to the song Boogie Woogie Sheep for their special "Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On," which first aired on Sunday April 4, 2004.

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