The West Wing

The Warfare of Genghis Khan

Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 2/11/04
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  • Episode Description
  • An unlikely party comes to the aid of the administration as it seeks to discover the party responsible for nuclear testing in the Indian Ocean; Will is unhappy, but his boss doesn't seem to mind, when a request to beef up the Vice President's issue profile results in Toby's handing him boring, low-level minutae; Josh dismisses a NASA proposal for a manned Mars mission until an agency staffer shows him the error of his ways; a conservative talk show host makes a pathetic attempt to bait C.J. into appearing on his show.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)
  • A great West Wing.

    By buff_17, Jun 24, 2006

  • Stars and nuclear bombs..

    By Parricida, Jan 02, 2010

  • A whodunit story about nuclear bomb testing, where the VP helps solve the mystery. Josh meets with NASA reps about landing humans on mars!

    By Sil_lee, Dec 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Josh: Voyager, in case it's ever encountered by extraterrestrials, is carrying photos of life on earth, greetings in fifty-five languages, and a collection of music from Gregorian chant to Chuck Berry, including "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" by 1920s bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, whose stepmother blinded him at seven by throwing lye in his eyes after his father beat her for being with another man. He died penniless of pneumonia after sleeping bundled in wet newspapers in the ruins of his house that burned down, but his music just left the solar system.

    • Leo: Technology is at a standstill. We don't even have the Concorde any more. Josh: Personal computers? Leo: A more efficient delivery system for gossip and pornography? Where's my jet pack? My colonies on Mars? What a waste.

    • Alex: Everything, every atom in our bodies, comes from exploding stars. I guess Joni Mitchell was right: "We are stardust.." Josh: Or, put another way, nuclear waste.

    Notes (2)

    • Stockard Channing does not appear in this episode.

    • Music: "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" is from the CD The Complete Blind Willie Johnson.

    Trivia (1)

    • Alex tells Josh that the sky is blue because blue has the shortest wavelength of visible light. That's incorrect -- violet has the shortest wavelength.

    Allusions (1)

    • Alex: Joni Mitchell was right: "We are stardust." The chorus of the song "Woodstock," written by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is, "We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." This song has also been recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

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