The West Wing

Inauguration: (Part 1)

Season 4, Ep 14, Aired 2/5/03
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  • Episode Description
  • The staff wrangles with the State Department over language in the inaugural address; a genocidal war breaks out in Kuhndu, and Bartlet weighs his options as Will pushes for American military involvement based on Bartlet's statements in the past; the Chief Justice's increased propensity for writing opinions in verse causes concern about his competence; Bartlet keeps Charlie busy on the hunt for the perfect Bible for the inauguration; Donna becomes upset when Jack is transferred out of the White House and reassigned to Italy after getting caught in a squeeze play between the Oval Office and the Pentagon.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)
  • After a disappointing "change-up" in The Long Goodbye, the two-part Inauguration presents The West Wing in top form.

    By Ummagnumma, Mar 09, 2006

  • Inauguration

    By Parricida, Feb 28, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Donna: Know what Jack will be wearing? A saber. Josh: Please God, Donna, tell me that's not the only thing he'll be wearing.

    • Bartlet: I don't know your name, but are you asking me out on a date?

    • Bartlet: Why is a Kudanese life worth less to me than an American life? Will: I don't know, but it is.

    • Bartlet: I'm just as big a cotton candy-ass as they are. Josh: Yes, sir. Bartlet: You just going to let that hang in the air? Josh: Of course not, sir. You're a much bigger cotton candy-ass than they are. Bartlet: Damn right.

    • Carol: Danny wants to see you. C.J. (unaware Danny is walking behind her): Stop trying to get us together, okay? If I wanted Danny I could have him. And he's still a jackass from the foreign-ops vote and many other things. So tell him I'm getting my hair done. Danny: Your hair looks great. C.J.: There was no way you could tell me he was right behind me? You couldn't fit that in?

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    Notes (3)

    • Music Featured In This Episode: -"Heroes" by Jill Sobule

    • Another Clintonesque situation the Bartlet administration finds itself in: the genocide in Kundu quite obviously reflects 1994 massacres in Rwanda. The subsequent Bartlet reaction reflects what, looking back, many people wish Clinton had done.

    • Couldn't figure out the unusual word Leo used? It was the poetic term "cinquain", which is a stanza that contains five lines, as compared to the more familiar "quatrain" which contains four. The Japanese-influenced cinquain has 22 syllables, 5 unrhymed lines of 2, 4, 6, 8, 2 syllables, respectively. Another form of cinquain contains 5 rhymed lines of various syllables with a rhyme scheme of ababb.

    Trivia (4)

    • Continuity error?: Kuhndu was first mentioned in "In this White House" when the president of Kuhndu visited to discuss AIDS medication with the drug companies. In this episode Bartlet states that when he got his briefing memo he had to reach for an atlas. So Kuhndu may be a different country from the Republic of Kuhndu.

    • Goof: If you look carefully at the teleprompter after President Bartlet says, "We're being candid, at least," the word "obliged" is misspelled "abliged."

    • The Republic of Equatorial Kundu is a fictional African country.

    • Donna makes repeated reference to thirteen buttons on Jack Reese's dress blue uniform trousers, which is incorrect. Jack Reese is an officer, and an officer's dress blue and formal dress blue uniforms have one button and a zipper. Only enlisted personnel have a dress blue uniform with thirteen trouser buttons.

    Allusions (1)

    • Bartlet: "Talk about the very model of a modern major-general."

      This line references "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General", a song from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance".

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