The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 7

Election Night

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (They both listen to the heartbeats and look at the picture on the monitor.) Toby: (in awe) Andy, you-you can see their... heads. My kids have heads.

    • Richie Supporter: Let me ask you this. Bartlet's supposed to be smart right? He's the smart one, we're the dumb ones, he knows best. So what does it say to you when his people don't know how to fill out a ballot? Maybe he's a little out of touch. Is that what it says? (walks away)
      Donna (yelling after him): Or maybe it says with the president's supporters accidentally voting for the wrong candidate, you're still gonna get creamed you little fascist!

    • C.J.: Did you--?
      Sam: Yes. I turned, I cursed, I spat, it froze.

    • C.J.: (to Toby) Listen, I know better than to stick my face in your personal life. Except, you know, for sport.

    • Toby: I've got a speech if he wins. I've got a speech if he doesn't.
      Sam: You wrote a concession?
      Toby: Of course I wrote a concession. What wanna tempt the wrath of the whatever, from high atop the thing?

    • Josh (on the new meeting rules): That's insane.
      Debbie: Well, I'm quite mad.

  • Notes

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Nomination at 2003 Eddie Awards for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Television (Janet Ashikaga A.C.E.)

    • Music:
      1. "The Times They Are A-Changin" is sung in this episode not by Bob Dylan but by Richie Havens, from his Richie Havens Sings Beatles and Dylan CD.
      2. Sam sings a few lines of "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey" as he goes to his office to answer a call from Will Bailey. The song's words and music are by Hughie Cannon and it was originally performed by Bobby Darin.

  • Allusions

    • Josh: You've got to go outside, turn around three times and curse.
      Toby: Spit.

      The actions to reverse the bad luck is a reference to the play Macbeth.
      It is said that the play Macbeth is cursed. Saying "Macbeth" inside a theater will bring bad luck. To reverse the bad luck things like Josh and Toby say have to be done by the person who said it.

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