The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 3

College Kids

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Bartlet:And I don't yet know who set off the bomb at Kennison State.

      Kennison State University is fictional. In the previous episode, "20 Hours in America (2)," there are several similarities between Kennison State and the University of Iowa. This episode confirms that Kennison State is in Iowa. FBI Agent Casper also states that they have found suspects in Johnson County, IA, the same county where the University of Iowa is located.

    • Man: Call Qumar's bluff.

      Qumar is not a real country.

  • Quotes

    • Debbie Fiderer: At my last job, the background check wasn't nearly as extensive...
      Sam: You have a button on your phone, a crash button.
      Debbie: Hmm?
      Sam: You have a crash button which will bring the Secret Service in instantly and turn your office into a live microphone which will be broadcast all over the building. It's the button you push if someone's trying to take the Oval Office. This isn't your last job.

    • Jordan: All I meant by 'cloak and dagger' is that I'm not cut out for the security meetings and the secret this and the back channel ambassadors. It's like you're in the Mafia.
      Leo: Well, it may be like I'm in the Mafia, but I'm not. I work for the good guys.
      Jordan: It was one sentence. The problem was that you were never at the other end of the phone.
      Leo: That's an entirely different kettle of beans and we can have that discussion, but history has shown if you just wait and tell it to a divorce lawyer you can have half of my stuff.
      Jordan: I don't want your stuff.
      Leo: You don't know; some of it's good stuff.

    • President Bartlet: "Joy cometh in the morning," scripture tells us. I hope so. I don't
      know if life would be worth living if it didn't. And I don't yet know who set off the bomb at Kennison State. I don't know if it's one person or ten, and I don't know what they want. All I know for sure, all I know for certain, is that they weren't born wanting to do this. There's evil in the world. There'll always be, and we can't do anything about that. But there's violence in our schools, too much mayhem in our culture and we can do something about that. There's not enough character, discipline, and depth in our classrooms. There aren't enough teachers in our classrooms. [applause] There isn't nearly enough, not nearly enough, not nearly enough money in our classrooms, and we can do something about that. We're not doing nearly enough, not nearly enough to teach our children well. And we can do better, and we must do better, and we will do better. And we will start this moment today! They weren't born wanting to do this!

    • Bartlet: "President Bartlet." You referred to me and the office with respect. You're a class act. (sotto voce) Whackjob!

    • Bartlet: Allergy medicine and tractor fluid we're getting high on now.
      Fitz: All right. You guys getting strippers or something?

  • Notes

    • Music: During the "Rock the Vote" scene, The Barenaked Ladies perform "One Week" from their Stunt CD and Aimee Mann performs James Taylor's "Shed A Little Light".

  • Allusions