The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 6

Disaster Relief

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 05, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

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

  • Notes

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Episode was nominated for 2004 WGA Award in Episodic Drama (Alexa Junge, Lauren Schmidt)

  • Allusions

    • 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).