The West Wing

Inauguration: Over There

Season 4, Ep 15, Aired 2/12/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Toby discovers that Will's frankness, stubbornness, and commitment to ideals is much like his own; Charlie remains on the hunt for an inaugural Bible; Bartlet and the staff continue to debate over sending American troups into Kuhndu to stop a genocidal war until Laurel and Hardy provide some needed inspiration; Bartlet appoints Will Deputy Communications Director; Donna takes one for Jack when a comment he thinks he is making off the record is included in a "Post" article by Danny's editor.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 (3)
  • Who is the Big Band?

    By KayMeade, Jun 17, 2014

  • An excellent follow-up to Inauguration: Part I

    By Ummagnumma, Mar 18, 2006

  • Special episode..

    By Parricida, Feb 28, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Will: It was a casual conversation. Toby: With the President? Will: He came here, he was standing in the doorway. Toby: The Dow plummets because of casual conversations with this man.

    • Will: You don't ever worry about the window breaking? Toby: During moments of peak frustration. When the speaker of the House threatened to repeal the 16th Amendment. A couple of Yankee games. And there was the time Congress centured my boss. But it's always held up, that window, that window's a game-day player.

    • Bartlet: "Set free the oppressed, break every yoke, clothe the naked, and your light shall break forth like the dawn, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard." Leo: Ten minutes ago you promised me you'd go easy on the Moses references. Bartlet: That was Isaiah. Leo. Still. They frighten people. Bartlet: Who? Leo. Me. Bartlet: Well, then, here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women.

    • Jed: You know I gave the kids candy all the time, right? Abbey: Behind my back? Jed: Yes. Abbey: You bought their love. Jed: Well, it was for sale, and I wanted it. Abbey: You gave the girls candy? Jed: I was their dealer. Live with it.

    Notes (3)

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

    • Special Musical Appearance by Jill Sobule and Jude Christodal.

    • Music: Bartlet is watching 1934's "March of the Wooden Soldiers", starring Laurel and Hardy, a movie version of Victor Herbert's operetta "Babes in Toyland". The music heard is the famous "March of the Toys". "Heroes" and "Rock Me to Sleep" from Jill Souble's album Pink Pearl.

    Trivia (6)

    • Besides the series always being in the off-years from the real presidential elections (the series' presidential elections are held in 2002 and 2006 and stated as such years), the inauguration ceremony/address/parade/balls are held on a Sunday. In reality, if January 20th falls on a Sunday, the president takes the oath of office as constitutionally required, but the ceremonies are held the next day. This happened in reality in 2013 with Barack Obama's second inaugural.

    • Will: Which is more than you can say for the Kuhndunese.

      Kuhndu is a made-up country.

    • Toby: ...but we're not talking about the President going to Asia or the President going to Rwanda or the President going to Qumar.

      Qumar is a made-up country.

    • According to Toby his office is 63 feet from the Oval Office, so wouldn't the Secret Service come running into the room from the sound of Will shattering a pane of glass?

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    Allusions (2)


      Danny: I talked to an officer who works in U.S. foreign intelligence activities there who believes that Miles Hutchinson is the commander in chief and in the course of the discussion he told me the president had rescinded Executive Orders 11905 and 12333. Executive Orders 11905 and 12333, originally emplaced by Presidents Ford and Reagan respectively, deal with the activities of American Intelligence assets. In this particular case, the discussion is about the concept of political assassination. Section 5g of 11905 states: "No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination." Section 2.11 of 12333 states: "No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination." There has been some activity on this matter on the front of 9/11 and terrorism, but whether this applies in the West Wing timeline is anyone's guess.

    • Danny: The Jets and the Sharks.

      The Jets and the Sharks are the opposing gangs in West Side Story, a musical modernization of Romeo and Juliet. Every member of each gang was intent on killing every member of the other gang while singing and dancing.

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