The West Wing

Season 6 Episode 17

A Good Day

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2005 on NBC
8.3
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Santos engineers a plot to get a stalled stem-cell bill scheduled for a vote in the House. President Bartlet has an uncomfortable reunion with a rival economist with whom he split the Nobel Prize. A group of middle school kids from the Future Leaders of Democracy try to convince Toby they deserve the right to vote. Kate tries to resolve a silly border dispute with Canada before there is bloodshed.moreless

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  • "We have a contingency plan to invade Canada?"

    8.5
    And we\'re back on track. \"A Good Day\" made me feel like we were where we belong with this show. After last week\'s strange veering into ER territory (by the way, nothing of last week\'s episode was mentioned this week proving its irrelevancy), this week the episode was complete with all the characters in one city, multiple story lines, humor, and of course, a slightly liberal agenda.



    I have to say one of my favorite parts of this episode was the Future Leaders of Democracy segment. I could be partial because I was so angry that I couldn\'t vote in the last election (three months off…grrr) but I think it is fantastic that they are bringing up the idea of children\'s suffrage. Most people don\'t even think about it, but it really is \"something worth considering\" and I think Toby and Cody showed us why. Again, I loved Toby in this episode. \"I think District Pizza delivers, don\'t they?\" Great. And attention to any talent agents out there, get that Cody Zucker\'s phone number now. That kid is going places. I thought he was so great! Way to represent the intelligent youth of America, Cody. The part could have been terribly misread and we could have all hated Cody as this pushy little kid who was just annoying, and let\'s face it, he was a little more assertive than your average middle schooler. I don\'t know too many kids who would stop the White House Director of Communications and scold him, say \"a glorified field trip is a waste of our time\", or ask for a follow up question in a room full of professional reporters during a nationally televised press conference with the President. But, nevertheless, I believed it. Hats off to Seth Atkins.



    Oh, Canada. I\'ve always said I would move there. I love Canada. Since I have this space to speak my mind, I\'m going to tell you why. They are a prosperous nation, with a healthy economy, health care for everybody yet not quite socialist, and they don\'t get involved in anyone else\'s problems. Sure, they are in the UN. But when is the last time you heard of Canada going to war with anyone? That\'s what I thought. Why is our northern border so friendly? Because Canada is just chill. Ok, random rant over. By the way, I\'ve only been to Canada once, so this is all speculative. Please don\'t email me about how they have hard times in Canada, too. Anyways, I thought the \"situation\" with Canada was quite amusing. Kate\'s always \"you\'ve got to be kidding me, right? Canada?\" reaction was great. I know I had issues with her character in the beginning, but now that she stopped being so know-it-ally, she is usually a welcome presence. I think its good that she brings a female perspective on situations into the war room. I also really liked their talks with the Canadian ambassador who was just so unfamiliar with foreign negotiations. It must be great to be the Canadian ambassador. Margaret\'s \"Give peace a chance\" reaction was funny.



    And now to the major plot of this episode- Operation Sleepover. This storyline was so ridiculous and yet… believable. It was so theatrical and I wonder how many Congressmen actually have conman talents (maybe its just me, I always laugh or something and ruin schemes like this) but it was very funny. Santos missed his calling as the next Feris Bueller. On a sidenote, I think Jimmy Smits has the best politician walk in Hollywood. Exhibit A: When he walks in taking off his jacket saying \"Stem cells, this one matters.\" in the opening. Exhibit B: In the final stem cell vote when he\'s leading his pack of Democrat operatives into the Capitol. Re-watch these scenes, you\'ll see what I mean. I\'m also glad they talked about stem cell research and gave time for Santos and the Arkansas Senator to discuss the issue. There is a comforting pattern when the West Wing takes on issues like this: present both sides, lean to the left. That Arkansas guy was a great addition to the episode, how he sleeps in his office because he can\'t afford DC rent on his salary. It showed us a type of Congressman we don\'t usually see. Although, I have to wonder how he could afford to pay for a campaign, and I think the government gives Congressmen some sort of loan to pay for housing. But I digress. I think this was also a great way to show the skill Santos has as a politician, both in convincing the senator one-on-one, and in manipulating the whole House.



    And because stem cell research isn\'t enough, The West Wing tackles the deficit. Personally, I couldn\'t be more thrilled. At first I was confused as to where the rivalry with the Japanese scholar was going, but I like that they took on this issue that is generally pretty boring to the public. The example of Eisenhower was really appropriate and it was great that Abbey gave him the idea to talk about it in the press conference.



    OTHER THOUGHTS:



    - It is too bad that Josh had such a small role this episode. He\'s my favorite. I loved that he was all jealous of Cliff taking his job. \"You\'re kicking me out? Of this office?\"

    - What do we all think of Donna and Santos\' little chat? I think that Donna is going to realize that Santos is way better than Russell and switch to his campaign. I hope anyways.

    - Exactly how many Democrats are in these primaries? Over a dozen? That\'s almost how they made it sound with so many people leaving town and having to come back for the vote. Seems a little excessive.

    - When Cliff said \"Congratulations on Arizona and New Mexico\" to Josh, did that mean that Santos won those states or did well? I wonder.

    - Keep your fingers crossed that Donna doesn\'t go out with Cliff. Or if she does, that Josh finds out and goes into a jealous rage or she realizes that she would really rather be dining with a certain other Deputy Chief of Staff. I don\'t know what is wrong with these writers, they have created so many roads that lead to Josh and Donna and yet have driven down none of them (Donna is in an accident and Josh goes to visit her, they are staying in hotel rooms next to each other, THEY DON\'T WORK TOGETHER ANYMORE). The obstacle that was supposed to be keeping them apart is gone, and they have done nothing about it. It makes no sense.

    - I know this review was forever long. Thanks for reading all of it.



    Written: 3/6/2005moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Matthew Santos (Episodes 114-)

Mako

Mako

Dr. Yosh Takahashi

Guest Star

Jack Conley

Jack Conley

Major

Guest Star

Nathan Brooks Burgess

Nathan Brooks Burgess

Junior Representative from Arkansas

Guest Star

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Annabeth Schott

Recurring Role

Steven Culp

Steven Culp

Jeff Haffley

Recurring Role

Mark Feuerstein

Mark Feuerstein

Cliff Calley

Recurring Role

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