The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 15

Celestial Navigation

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • C.J. (with cotton in her mouth): I'll have Carol cancel the briefing.
      Josh: No, we're still doing it.
      C.J.: Who?
      Josh: Me.
      C.J.: No way.
      Josh: C.J.
      C.J.: You get hostile.
      Josh: I get hot stuff?
      C.J.: Hostile. Hostile. You get hostile.
      Josh: I don't get hostile. I don't get randomly hostile. I...I get hostile when hostility is called for.
      C.J.: Let Sam do it.
      Josh: Sam went to Foggy bottom.
      C.J.: What's he doing in Fwoggy Bottom?
      Josh (giggling): I just wanted to see if I could make you say "Foggy Bottom". Sam's working with the speech writers.

    • Josh: The President spoke briefly. The President has never spoken briefly in his life

    • Bartlet (following Josh's disastrous attempt to substitute for the ailing C.J.): C.J., if you are gushing blood from the head wound you just received from a stampeding herd of bison, you will do the press briefing.

    • Bartlet: You said you'd fix it.
      Leo: I did fix it.
      Bartlet: It's broken again...

    • Leo: Mr. President, we experienced a few public relations, what's the word...
      Toby: Catastrophes?
      Leo: Incidents, in the few hours you were away last night.

    • Josh: I'm a graduate of Harvard and Yale and I believe my powers of debate can rise to meet the Socratic wonder that is the White House press corps.

    • Josh: There's no such thing as a typical day. There's a schedule and a structure, to be sure. And to a certain extent it starts off as a 9-5 job, but it's blown to hell by 9:30.

    • C.J. (muffled): Josh.
      Josh: What the hell happened?
      C.J.: I had woot canaw.
      Josh: What happened to your cheeks?
      C.J.: I had woot canaw.
      Josh: Why are you talking like that?
      C.J. (louder): I had woot canaw!
      Josh: Yeah, I heard you the first time, I was just amusing myself.
      C.J.: I can suggest some othew things you can do wiff yourseff.

    • Charlie: Sir, I need you to dig in... It wasn't a nightmare. You really are the President.

    • Donna: My god, Josh. I mean, my god.
      Josh: I can fix this.
      Donna: I don't think you can, Josh.
      Josh: A little support would be nice here.
      Donna: You have my support.
      Josh: Good. that's a start. What do you think I should do?
      Donna: Go into your office and come up with a secret plan to fight inflation.

    • Josh: Toby, how hard can it be to find the Wesley police station?
      Toby: I don't know, Josh, but while we're looking can you tell me a little more about the President's secret plan to fight inflation?

    • Sam: I'm using celestial navigation.
      Toby: Hey, Galileo, get off at the next exit and turn the car around.

  • Notes

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Allison Janney won the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode in conjuction with "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics"

      Won the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in conjuction with many other episodes from the season (Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Kristin Harms, Llewellyn Wells)

  • Allusions

    • Josh Lyman: You're not going to a press briefing looking like Bullwinkle.

      Bullwinkle the moose was an animated cartoon character who was featured in a number of classic television series created by Jay Ward. Always partnered with Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Bullwinkle was notable for being particularly stupid and clumsy.

    • Sam: Although I've gotta say, telling a reporter his question's stupid's not like a page out of Dale Carnegie or anything.

      Dale Carnegie is famous for his books and seminars on public speaking and interpersonal skills.

    • Toby: So you give Barney Fife a hard time to make a point.

      Barney Fife was a character on the The Andy Griffith Show. Fife was the deputy sheriff and was often considered to be overzealous.

    • Josh: I believe that my powers of debate can rise to meet the Socratic wonder that is the White House Press Corps.

      Socrates was an Athenian philosopher. He was one of the first critical thinkers ever and he questioned everything and everyone in his philosophical endeavors. It is believed that he founded the basic rules for debate and logical reasonong.

    • Leo: "Never argue with a drunk or a fool."

      This quote is from Gibran Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931). He was a Lebanese poet and artist.

    • Toby: Hey, Galileo, get off at the next exit and turn the car around.

      Galileo Galilei was a Tuscan astronomer, philosopher, and physicist who is closely associated with the scientific revolution. He often refered to as the "father of modern astronomy."

    • C.J.: It's not Cook County, Toby. It's Friday night in Wesley, Connecticut.

      Cook County is a county in Illinois. It's county seat is Chicago. The county makes up about 40% of the population in the state.

    • Sam: Driving while being...Hispanic.

      This is a reference to racial profiling in America. The acronym DWB is short for Driving While Black. It is not a legal crime but it is used to describe a common situation in which certain people are pulled over by the police purely because of the color of their skin.