The West Wing

Season 2 Episode 19

Bad Moon Rising

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 25, 2001 on NBC
8.9
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Bartlet confers with Babish on the legal ramifications of his MS cover-up; Sam has a personal interest in an oil spill off the coast of Delaware; Josh and Donna argue about a loan to Mexico; Toby orders C.J. to flush out a leak in the White House staff, which is far from easy.moreless

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  • Haggling over the price of a water hose while the White House burns.

    9.0
    I loved the introduction of the White House Counsel, Oliver Babish(Platt) in the cold open. After focusing so much on the moral and ethical issues of Bartlet not disclosing his MS, that I almost forgot about the legal ramifications. So hearing them was pretty unsettling. I like that Babish didn't coddle the President at all, not because he's such a pro, but because he's as pissed as I imagine everyone else is going to be when they find out.



    Leo: "So what's your problem?"

    Babish: "That's my problem, Leo. Are you out of your mind? He did everything right. He did everything you do, if your intent is to perpetrate a fraud."



    This was probably Charlie's best performance so far in the series. His scene with Leo was incredible, finding out he knew Bartlet was sick was heartbreaking. For him to have kept that to himself is really touching. Leo gave a great performance himself, when he's left almost speechless after Charlie tells him that Bartlet may have signed falsified health records. That was also the most suspenseful moment since the season premiere. Charlie and Bartlet's scene at the end was also excellent and moving.



    Bartlet: "You're gonna be subpoenaed. I'm confident in your loyalty to me. I'm confident in your love for me. If you lie to protect me; if you lie just once, if you lie just a little, if you lie 'cause you can't stand what's happening to me and the people making it happen; if you ever, ever lie, you're finished with me. You understand?"



    This episode was packed with great moments, even with the main plot overshadowing them. CJ's hunt for the staffer who leaked a quote was hilarious, and while I did feel bad for her, my empathy was outweighed by my enjoyment of watching people screw with her.



    Staffer: "If you dunk the suspect in a deep well of water and they drown, it means they're not a witch."

    CJ: "Alright that's it."

    Staffer: "I saw Lizzy Proctor speaking with the devil!"



    However, I really did feel bad for Sam. I imagine that making sure an oil company won't be liable if one of it's tankers crashes because of outdated and unsafe navigational equipment, leaves you feeling like quite a scumbag.



    Another incredible blend of comedy and drama.moreless
  • Turns to worse..

    8.4
    It looks like now most of the time and effort is put to save president as it is more than sure that the scandal about his health will come out. First it all looks too clear and too correct and then while Charlie tries to decide where to go to college, he realize one thing - once president has done a mistake.



    The revelation from last episode has turned Toby into very mad man and he is yelling all the time. CJ tries to find out who leaked information and is very close of going crazy in the process. Donna confessing was quite funny. So very dark tone episode.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Jacqueline Kim

Jacqueline Kim

Lt. Emily Lowenbrau

Guest Star

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet

Staffer # 1

Guest Star

Scott Atkinson

Scott Atkinson

Staffer # 2

Guest Star

Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt

Oliver Babish

Recurring Role

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Delores Landingham

Recurring Role

Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald

Carol Fitzpatrick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • CJ's fishbowl decoration changes 3/4 of the way through the episode. Now it is a $100 bill. This is about the sub-plot about bailing out Mexico with money.

    • CJ's fishbowl has a piece of pipe with some black fluid coming out of it (fake of course). A sub-plot of this episode is about an oil tanker running aground and leaking oil.

    • Leo and Oliver (Babish) were both, apparently, born in Chicago, Illinois.

    • In "Mr. Willis of Ohio", during the President's kidnapping speech, Zoey pointed out that she was starting college in a month and that she was 19 years old. In this episode Charlie states that Zoey was 17 when she applied for college and her health form required a parent's signature. She would have been 17 when she applied to college and 19 when she started attending.


      It is also said in that episode that she is starting Georgetown in the spring, leaving at least a semester if not more (say, since she was still 17) in between graduating high school and starting Georgetown. She may have started at a different university, perhaps one that didn't give her the college experience she wanted. It is unlikely that she was held back enough to graduate high school in January at 19.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Donna: I can't lie like this anymore.
      C.J. (shocked): Are you saying it was you?
      Donna : I feel horrible. I should've said something before, but I was afraid of what you'd...
      C.J. (reassuring Donna): No, it's okay.
      Donna: No, let me get this off my chest. It was me. I called Terry Cashin.
      C.J. (amazed): Why?
      Donna: I don't know. Why does anybody do anything?
      C.J. (in complete disbelief): What are you talking about?
      Donna: I'm a madwoman, C.J. And it doesn't stop with the leak.
      C.J. (horrified): What do you mean?
      Donna: Call the authorities. Send them to my parents' house in Madison.
      C.J.: Why?
      Donna (joking): They'll find the Lindbergh baby in the basement.
      C.J. (finally figures it out): Okay...
      Donna (continues): Also some post-its reminding me where I put Jimmy Hoffa.
      C.J. (shouts): Get out!
      Donna (makes a face): I framed Roger Rabbit.
      C.J. (shouts louder): Get out!

    • Josh (indicating that the discussion is over): Close the door.
      Donna (closing the door and pausing) With me on the other side?
      Josh: Yeah.

    • Ginger (on the leaking tanker): It hit Delaware.
      Sam: I'm amazed it found Delaware.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Donna's confessions
      While being interrogated by C.J., Donna jokingly confesses to a number of sensational crimes.

      The Lindbergh baby was Charles Lindbergh Jr. an infant kidnap and murder victim. Although Bruno Hauptmann was charged and executed for the crime, substantial doubt remains about the true criminal's identity.

      Jimmy Hoffa was the former leader of the Teamsters Union who disappeared in 1975 under mysterious circumstances. His fate remains an unsolved mystery.

      Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was a 1988 hit movie comedy that followed the adventures of a human private detective attempting to clear an animated carton rabbit of a murder charge.

      In 1948 Whittaker Chambers testified to the House Committee on Un-American Activities that State Department official Alger Hiss was a communist spy. He provided evidence for his accusation by way of two rolls of film he hid in a hollowed pumpkin.

    • White House staffer: I saw Lizzie Proctor speaking with the Devil!

      This is in reference to Arthur Miller's celebrated play The Crucible. The story examines the historic Salem witch trials and portrays them as a result of unwarranted paranoia and suspicion.

    • Josh: Oh, the Wells Fargo Wagon is coming...

      Josh sings a few lines from the song "The Wells Fargo Wagon" from Meredith Wilson's classic 1957 musical The Music Man. In the play the song is sung in anticipation of the arrival of a delivery wagon loaded with much needed staples as well as luxury items.

    • C.J.: It's me, okay? I am Spartacus.

      This line was used in the movie Spartacus and refers to the scene in which the Roman powers arrive and decide to punish Spartacus for trying to free the Roman slaves. At that point, all of his followers stood up and said, "I am Spartacus.'' so the Romans wouldn't know which of the men Spartacus actually was. C.J. uses the line because she can't find out who leaked the school voucher information from Toby's meeting to a reporter and is jokingly taking the blame herself. It is also the name of a campaign started in 2000 to end censorship.

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