The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 6

Disaster Relief

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 05, 2003 on NBC
8.1
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The fallout on the Hill from Carrick's switch to the Republican party exiles Josh deep into a White House doghouse, so C.J. gives Donna some tips on how she can support him; Jed gets a harsh reality check from C.J. when he lingers too long in a small Oklahoma town devastated by a deadly tornado; in Jed's absence, Leo juggles an impending war between Albania and Greece, a visit from the German chancellor, a tussle over tax cuts, and an over-reaching Secretary of Defense; Josh and Toby are less than thrilled when Leo brings Angela on board to assume some of Josh's responsibilities.moreless

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  • Spontaneous

    8.3
    A lot of to think about.. I think this episode somehow continued that negative storyline of last episode.. but it was much better written than last one. I really liked the way they portrayed Josh's downfall and that deep black hole he is.. Specially having Donna around all the time - like she is the one who can keep him "normal".



    And for sure, the best storyline was the president's visit to tornado site. It was just heartbreaking, brilliantly written and where it lead - I mean the monologue CJ I had in plane with president - that she needs him to lead them. what a wake up callmoreless
Maree Cheatham

Maree Cheatham

Peggy Wade

Guest Star

Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy

Nate Singer

Guest Star

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Layla Cham

Guest Star

Jesse Bradford

Jesse Bradford

Ryan Pierce

Recurring Role

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

Miles Hutchinson

Recurring Role

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt

Angela Blake

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Bartlet: Say, you think he'll mention the rise in German unemployment might be tied to our bombing the Qumari pipeline?

      Qumar is a made-up country.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Donna: Schadenfreude?
      C.J.: You know, "enjoying the suffering of others". The whole rationale behind the House of Representatives.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Ryan Pierce to Josh: "Obi-Wan"

      Obi Wan is the Jedi Knight who trained Anakin Skywalker before he became Darth Vader and introduced Luke Skywalker to the Force. He is a central figure in all 6 of the Star Wars movies.

      Ryan was Josh's intern who ended up joining Josh for diner after his meeting canceled. Ryan is being trained by Josh. Josh was going through a rough time because of a political move that backfired.

    • In this episode there is an impending war between Albania and Greece about an island whose territoriality is not very clear due to the special geographic zone where the island is located.

      This fictitious incident is very similar to the real incident between Spain and Morocco happened on July 11 (2002), when Morocco installed a base on Isla Perejil (Parsley Island) which is under Spanish control since 1668.
      As in the episode, Isla Perejil is very small,no population and is situated between the limits of the two countries.

    • Charlie Young: "Sorry -- I was up late with the president playing Scopa d'Assi. It's an obscure Italian card game, the cards are in Latin. He told me Sinatra gave him the deck, but I think he was just trying to get me to stay longer."

      Charlie's statement occurs at about 11-mins into the hour, while walking in corridor; said to Will Bailey and C.J. Cregg. The reference is to an Italian (40 card) game "Scopa d'Assi", which is a version of Scopa (related to Scopone).

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