The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 5

Debate Camp

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Bartlet: Defense condition three for the bases in Qumar is what?

      Qumar is a made-up country.

    • Bartlet: They're arming the Bahji, Leo.

      The Bahji terrorist cell is made-up.

    • The Secretary of Defense makes a reference to putting CTU on alert. Is this the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit depicted on the TV series "24"?

  • Quotes

    • After Toby announces that Andy's pregnant
      Charlie: Well, we're gonna have to step this [Team Toby] up now.
      C.J.: Yer! I'm gonna get hats!

    • Bartlet: For the moment they (Qumar) haven't stood up. But in the meantime, let's try and think of something to give them when they do.
      Leo: That's what we should do in the meantime?
      Bartlet: Leo.
      Leo: We should think of something we can give them?!
      Bartet: Honey, if we're gonna have this fight, can we not do it in front of the Joint Chiefs? It just scares the hell out of them.

    • Josh: Why don't you just do your job as a man and get that nice girl pregnant?
      Toby: I did.
      Josh: Wait, what?
      C.J.: What?
      Toby: Andy's pregnant.
      Josh: Toby, Andy's pregnant?
      Toby: With twins. (holds up one finger, then raises another finger on that hand)
      Sam: This is incredible.
      Josh: And they're yours?
      Toby: Yeah.
      Josh: Both of them?
      Toby: I'm going downsatirs.
      (C.J. hits Josh with magazine)

    • Sam: What'sgoing on with you and Andy?
      Toby: Nothing.
      Sam: I think you're wrong.
      Toby: I'm not.
      Sam: I think you're getting back together.
      Toby: We're not.
      Sam: But you want to.
      Toby: Yes.
      Sam: I think -- Wait, what?
      Toby: See, sometimes if I just slam on the brakes you just run right past.

    • Toby: Andy? Couple of things. I need you to look at a couple of answers on defense readiness. I need concrete examples of waste in Pentagon procurement. We need teo more members of the IRC for post-spin. I need you to fill out this marriage licence and paperwork for a joint checking account, and review the 60 second answer on Rwanda.
      Andy: Okay. Okay. Okay. Under no circumstances, and sure.
      Toby: See, by my account, you said "Under no circumstances" to the IRC post-spin and "sure"...
      Andy: I said "Under no circumstances" to marrying you again.
      Toby: May I ask why?
      Andy: I have the unique experience of having done it once before.

    • Bartlet: I agreed to be locked up with you people for 48 hours, how much time do I have left?
      Leo: 47 hours, 41 minutes.

    • Barlet: So we are, as always, one bad bottle of tequila away from all-out war in West Asia.

    • Toby: An 84 year old Welsh nurse hands you a brown paper bag with a cup and a video, and points the way toward a room. I won't even tell you the name they have for this room.
      Andrea: What's the name?
      Toby: I won't tell ya.
      Andrea: Why?
      Toby: It's not a good out-loud word.

    • Josh: We need an answer on Rooker.
      Bartlet: What's wrong with "Bite me"?
      Josh: I think we'd lose.
      Toby: Not in New Jersey.

  • Notes

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Nominated for 2002 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night (Paris Barclay)

    • Stockard Channing does not appear in this episode.

    • Music: The group including Sam and Larry sings "Gaudeamus Igitur" which was written by C.W. Kindeleben and composed by Franz List.

    • This is the final episode in which Kathryn Joosten appears as Mrs. Landingham. Her character died at the end of season 2.

  • Allusions

    • The fight song Sam and his group sings is an old song from 13th century Germany. The lyrics are as follows:

      Gaudeamus igitur, juvenes dum sumus!
      Post jucundam juventutem,
      post molestam senectutem,
      nos habebit humus,
      nos habebit humus.

      The language is Latin, and the song exists in many different countries around the globe.