The West Wing

The Two Bartlets

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 1/30/02
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  • Episode Description
  • On the day of the presidential caucuses, Bartlet, Toby and C.J. go to Iowa to kick off the re-election, and disagree over Bartlet's making a statement about affirmative action. Back in Washington, Leo forces Josh to intercede with an old friend leading a protest against Navy arms testing at Vieques, Puerto Rico. Sam meets with Bob Engler again, who says he is now acting on behalf of two congressmen who want an inventory of Fort Knox because they believe that most of the gold bullion has been replaced with alien bodies recovered from Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico. After Josh rebuffs her request, Donna seeks Sam's advice in how to get out of jury duty. Josh brings a little bit of Tahiti to his relationship with Amy Gardner.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 (2)
  • Two Bourbons and a conversation.

    By kickdoor, Jun 29, 2010

  • One of those crazy episodes

    By Parricida, Sep 29, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • C.J.: The cow made out of butter? That's how I like my irony served my friend.

    • C. J.: How can you not want to see the butter cow? Toby: I'm that way. C. J.: You understand, it's a life-size cow made entirely of butter. Toby: We're not going. C. J.: There's also a butter Elvis, and a butter Last Supper which has, I swear to God, Toby... Toby: Butter on the table? C. J.: It's got butter on the table! Right there between butter James and butter Peter. An almost mind-blowing vortex of art and material that dares the viewer to recall Marcel Duchamp.

    • C. J.: I'm the wrong Democrat to talk to about [affirmative action]. Toby: Why? C. J.: Because... After my father fought in Korea, he became what this government begs every college graduate to become. He became a teacher. And he raised a family on a teacher's salary, and he paid his taxes and always crossed at the green. And any time there was opportunity for career advancement, it took him an extra five years because invariably there was a less qualified black woman in the picture. So instead of retiring as superintendent of the Ohio Valley Union Free School District, he retired head of the math department at William Henry Harrison Junior High.

    • Josh: I'm buying plane tickets right now. I'm making reservations. Amy: Go. Josh: I'm going. Amy: You're not going fast enough. Josh: I'm saying, when I walk out that door, I'm buying plane tickets. Amy: I'm saying, when I walk out that door, I'm buying new bikinis. Josh: I'm going fast now.

    • Toby: It was Dr. Jekyll and Uncle Fluffy all over again.

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    Notes (2)

    • Awards and Nominations: Bradley Whitford was nominated for the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode and in "H-Con-172" Won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series with several other episodes (Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Kevin Falls, Alex Graves, Christopher Misiano, Michael Hissrich, Kristin Harms, Llewellyn Wells)

    • Music: When Josh and Amy meet up at his house "Red, Red Wine" by UB40 plays. The song is from the album Labour of Love.

    Trivia (5)

    • Donna is worried about having to do jury duty, but the biggest problem is that she's going to have difficulty reporting for it.┬áIn "Election Night" Donna votes by absentee ballot because her place of residency is still in Wisconsin. When called for jury duty, it is to a local court as decided by your residency. If she needs to report 'tomorrow,' she's not assisting Josh the next day, she's in Wisconsin.

    • We learn that President Bartlet was abused as a child.

    • Leo makes reference to the USS Thurmont battle group. The official name of Camp David is "NSF Thurmont", which they use as the name of a season 6 episode.

    • The President makes reference to the fact that "his family signed the Declaration of Independence" which, I assume, is a reference to the first signer of the document, appropriately named "Josiah Bartlett." What was the point of Sorkin changing the spelling of his character's name to one "t" rather than the two reflected on the declaration---if he was going to so tightly align the President with the forefather?

    • In offering Amy a Tahitian style cocktail, Josh refers to the rum as "Bacardi 451". Whew, definitely a Hawaiian Punch! Note: There is no such drink called "Bacardi 451." There is "Bacardi 151" because of its proof. It is 75.5% alcohol by volume. It is HIGHLY advised to NOT drink this straight. It is recommended to mix with other beverages.

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