The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 16

Eppur Si Muove

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • During the filming of this episode, PBS also filmed Stockard Channing, Allison Janney, and Lily Tomlin dancing to the song Boogie Woogie Sheep for their special "Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On," which first aired on Sunday April 4, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Leo: Where's my twenty bucks?
      Josh: How do you feel about executive decrees?
      Leo: Love them. I'm making one: I want my money!

    • Leo: I'm sorry, but can we really justify spending $800,000. on "A Bio-Cultural Approach to the Study of Female Sexual Fantasy and Genital Arousal"?
      Toby: How can we afford not to?

    • Elmo (to Abbey): Wait a minute! Didn't you give up your medical license? Do you have a diploma you could show Elmo?

  • Notes

    • Additional Credit:
      Washington D.C. Production Services by Thinkfilm, Inc.

    • Ratings:
      8-9PM EST
      The Apprentice (5.3/ 8)

      9-10PM EST
      The West Wing
      Overnights: (9.9/14)
      Adults 18-49: (4.0/10)

      NBC placed first in overnights (9.3/14) for the night. They were 4th in total viewers (beat out by Fox, ABC, CBS) and 3rd among adults 18-49 (third to Fox and ABC).

      Timeslot Winners:
      1st > NBC > The West Wing (9.9/14)
      2nd > ABC > Kingdom Hosptial (9.8/14)
      3rd > CBS > King of Queens (7.9/11) and
      Everybody Loves Raymond (7.9/11)
      4th > Fox > The O.C. (7.1/10)
      5th > The WB > Angel (3.8/5)
      6th > UPN > America's Next Top Model (2.7/4)

      Among Adults 18-49:
      1st > ABC > (5.7/14)
      2nd > Fox > (4.8/12)
      3rd > CBS > (4.5/11 each)
      4th > NBC > (4.0/10)
      5th > The WB > (1.8/4)
      6th > UPN > (1.3/3)

    • In this episode Abbey appears on an episode of Sesame Street, a series in which Stockard Channing appeared from 1969-1974 as the Victim of the Number Painter.

    • The title of this episode is loosely translated from the Italian as "it still moves", an apocryphal sotto voce comment attributed to Galileo after he was forced to recant his heliocentric theory. Today's "Eppur Si Muove" movement holds that the search for truth should be the governing principle in the pursuit of scientific inquiry, and that no political or governmental authority or interest should have any power over scientific truth and its pursuit.

  • Allusions