The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 15

Dead Irish Writers

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Lord Marbury talks to Toby about a fine Islay scotch and pronounces it "Islay". It's actually pronounced "Ee-lugh"

      The correct Scottish pronunciation is "Isle-ah" but an English person such as Lord John might say it wrong.

    • Although the Americans refer to him as Lord John Marbury, Marbury describes himself as "John, Lord Marbury" and gives a list of his other family titles. This means that he should always be addressed as Lord Marbury, not Lord John. The two are mutually exclusive. The only way he could be Lord John Marbury would be if he were the younger son of a Duke or Marquess, and thus not due to inherit the actual family title.

      However, in referring to himself he would also say "Marquess of Needham and Dolby" *before* saying "Earl of Croy", as Marquess is a higher rank, and titles are given in descending order.

    • Even though several scenes in this episode occurred during a large party, there were only five guest stars and one co-star listed in the credits for this episode.

    • Jed asks Abbey which organ in the body produces hydrochloric acid, and she responds "the pancreas", which is incorrect. Hydrochloric acid is produced in the stomach. The pancreas produces a substance which decreases acid.

    • Everyone talks during the playing of the Canadian national anthem, "O, Canada", which is extremely rude. Protocol, as well as good manners, demands that listeners at an official function stand quietly at attention during the playing of any national anthem.

  • Quotes

    • Dr. Millgate: Great achievement has no roadmap. I mean the x-ray's pretty good. So's penicillin. And neither was discovered with a practical objective in mind. I mean when the electron was discovered in 1897 it was useless, and now we have an entire world run by electronics. Hayden and Mozart never studied the classics. They couldn't. They invented them.
      Sam: Discovery.

    • Bartlet (as O, Canada is played and Canadian flags are hoisted at a dinner party): What the hell is going on? I was gone 45 minutes! They were all Americans when I left.
      Donna: I know exactly how you feel, Mr. President.

    • Abbey: Women talk about their husbands overshadowing their careers; mine got eaten.
      C.J.: Your husband got eaten?
      Abbey: My career.
      C.J.: Yeah, well, I'm on dangling-modifier patrol.

    • Toby: I think we have to be careful how we use the word "terrorist". Can I call you John?
      Marbury: I am John, Lord Marbury, Earl of Croy, Marquess of Needham and Dolby, Baronet of Brycey, England's Ambassador to the United States. A terrorist is a terrorist even if he wears a green necktie and sings "Danny Boy". Yes, you can call me John.

    • Sam: I need you to tell me everything you can tell me about the superconducting supercollider.
      Millgate: How much time do we have?
      Sam: About ten minutes.
      Millgate: If you pay close attention and stay very, very quiet, I can teach you how to spell it.

    • Josh: You went over my head, and you did it behind my back.
      Amy: Quite the contortionist, am I.

  • Notes

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Stockard Channing won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode and in "Dead Irish Writers"

      This episode won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series along with several episodes from the season (Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Kevin Falls, Alex Graves, Christopher Misiano, Michael Hissrich, Kristin Harms, Llewellyn Wells)

    • The Canadian national anthem plays at the dinner. It's name is "O, Canada."

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