The West Wing

Season 2 Episode 9

Galileo

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 2000 on NBC
9.0
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On the eve of Jed's participation in a national television conference with thousands of school children as the Galileo probe arrives at Mars, NASA loses the communication link; Leo contends with a Russian ambassador who denies that a fire has broken out in a nuclear missile silo; C.J. and Sam accompany Jed to a concert where they're each faced with people they'd rather not see; Josh and Donna work on the nomination for the next person to appear on a postage stamp; C.J. wrangles a minor controversy ignited by a leak that Jed doesn't like green beans.moreless

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  • The Broader Theme.

    9.0
    I love when they are able to take two problems and use one as the solution to the other, as they did in this episode with the stamp problem and Bartlet's dislike of green beans. Plus it provided some laughs,



    Josh: "There's a Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee? Made up of members of the 'There but for The Grace of God Go I' Club."

    Leo: "You wanna mock people or you wanna let me talk to Toby?"

    Josh: "I wanna mock people."



    Donna: "We have colonized Puerto Rico and they will rise up against us."

    Josh: "I think we can take them."



    I kind of felt bad for CJ in the scene with Charlie. She knows the green bean issue is dumb, just as Charlie does, but it's her job to deal with it. Felt even worse in the scene after that, when the guy she used to date accused her of not picking him for the job because of personal reasons. Her shouting out that she was great in bed had me rolling though.



    The explosion of the Russian intercontinental missile in its silo was pretty sobering news. Especially after finding out the warhead was on it's way to the black market. The scene between Bartlet and the Russian Ambassador was excellent. Though I don't care how long and hard their winter is, you cannot allow a threat like that out into the world just because you're too stubborn or prideful or paranoid to ask for help.



    The plot about the Galileo V Mars Probe led to some really well written(and acted) moments. Sam and Mallory's scene in particular was amazing. One of my favorite scenes with Sam so far. And I love how Mallory tests him to make sure he's not just doing what he's told, but truly believes in the things he's doing.



    Sam: "There are a lot of hungry people in the world, Mal, and none of them are hungrier 'cause we went to the moon. None of them are colder and certainly none of them are dumber 'cause we went to the moon!"

    Mallory: "And we went to the moon, do we really have to go to Mars?"

    Sam: "Yes. 'Cause it's next. 'Cause we came out of the cave and we looked over the hill, and we saw fire. And we crossed the ocean. And we pioneered the West. And we took to the sky. The history of man is on the time line of exploration, and this is what's next!"



    Though I may be partial to it because I am a big fan of space exploration. CJ finally saying "Galileo" right was a really touching moment as well. And Bartlet's final line as he looked up at the stars was just beautiful. "Talk to us."



    Hilarious, with a touch of drama to keep things interesting. With almost every episode I watch now I get more disgusted with myself for not having started TWW sooner.moreless
  • Even grown ups dream about Mars...

    9.3
    This episode defenetly showed that it doesn't matter if you are young schoolkid or grown up man, president of USA or a press secretary - everyone wanted to know as much about Mars as they can.. everyone somehow even knew but CJ missed some things. So, yes - one of the main storylines focused on NASA sending sond to Mars and president was going to answer some questions kids asked on Tv. But the sond gets lost... I loved specially the part when they president asked everyone to say the Galileo 5 right. It was funny but there is different the way to say things.. The second storyline concentrated on Russia as they had oil tanker fire.. but it was not so simple - as there were rockets honestly if nothing else and they denied that and refused help. Leo tried all he can to help them..



    Also Charlie got taste how every world you say can be twisted and brought back to you.



    Really good episode.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Molly Schaffer

Molly Schaffer

Staffer

Guest Star

Tom Hall

Tom Hall

Mike

Guest Star

Matthew Dickens

Matthew Dickens

Benny

Guest Star

Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald

Carol Fitzpatrick

Recurring Role

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Delores Landingham

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Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Margaret

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The problem with this ambassador's name was that both names were female.


      The name "Vigdís Ólafsdóttir" is a fine name for a female named Vigdís who's father's name is Ólafur.


      She can also be "Vigdís Ólafardóttir" if her mother's name is Ólöf.


      If it was a male, it could be for example "Vignir Ólafsson" og "Vignir Ólafarson"

    • Dioscorea is the scientific name for the genus including the yam. The word is, in fact, Greek. The yam's genus was named after Pedanius Dioscorides, who was a Greek physician, though, as he was a Roman citizen, his five-volume book of drugs (c 77 AD) is known by its Latin translation, De Materia Medica. This work was used up through the 15th century with additions made to it over the centuries.


      It is a different plant from the sweet potato, which is sometimes called a yam in the US and is more commonly consumed as part of the Thanksgiving Day feast. Sweet Potatoes (Ipomeoa batatas) are native to the new world and thus there is no Latin word for sweet potato. Ipomeoa is Latin but means "resembling bind weed" and batatas is the Taino word for sweet potato.

    • CJ's fishbowl has red rocks on the bottom. A reference to the Mars mission that is one of the sub plots of the episode.

    • The episode focuses on a "Galileo 5" mission to Mars. In fact, there was just one Galileo mission, to Jupiter and its main satellites.

    • Leo McGarry tells the President of Iceland's Ambassador, Vigdis Olafsdottir, that "he's very excited to meet you." But Icelandic surnames are formed from the father's first name plus "-son" or "-dottir", so a name finishing in "dottir" is always a woman's name. Also, Vigdis is a female forename.

    • FYI, if an Icelandic woman has a child out of wedlock, or the father's name is simply unknown, it is permitted to use the mother's first name to form the child's surname.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Josh: There's a Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee? Made up of members of the 'There but for The Grace of God Go I' Club.
      Leo: You wanna mock people or you wanna let me talk to Toby?
      Josh: I wanna mock people.

    • Donna: We have colonized Puerto Rico and they will rise up against us.
      Josh: I think we can take them.
      Donna: That's what we said about the British.
      Josh: We took the British.
      Donna: You know what I'm saying.
      Josh: Hardly ever.

    • Sam: Write this: Good morning. Eleven months ago a twelve hundred pound spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Eighteen hours ago... Is it eighteen hours ago? We're on the air at noon eastern.
      Aide: Yeah.
      Sam: Eighteen hours ago it landed on the planet Mars. You, me and sixty thousand of your fellow students across the country, along with astro-scientists and engineers from the Jet Propulsion Lab in Southern California, NASA Houston and right here at the White house are going to be the first to see what it sees. And to chronicle the extraordinary voyage of an unmanned ship... called Galileo 5.
      Bartlet: (nodding towards Sam) He said it right.

    • Mallory: And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?
      Sam: Yes.
      Mallory: Why?
      Sam: Because it's next. For we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill, and we saw fire. And we crossed the ocean, and we pioneered the West, and we took to the sky. The history of man is hung on the timeline of exploration, and this is what's next.

    • C.J.: Everyone's stupid in an election year, Charlie.
      Charlie: No, everyone gets treated stupid in an election year, C.J.

    • Bartlet: Modern music sucks. Anything written after 1860 sucks.
      Charlie: Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 2.
      Bartlet: Sucks.
      Charlie: Stravinsky's Variations on a Theme.
      Bartlet: Sucks.
      Charlie: Schoenberg's Enlightened Night for String Orchestra.
      Bartlet: Totally blows!

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Green Beans The scuffle about the President disliking green beans is similar to the controversy over President Bush Sr.'s dislike of another green vegetable. After banning broccoli from Air Force One, he said in a press conference: ''I do not like broccoli and I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.'' Broccoli farmers brought truckloads to the capital in protest.




    • C.J.: Oh, God. He's got me in his tractor beam.

      The tractor beam is a fictional piece of hardware featured in Star Trek and all its sister series. A tractor beam provides a force that either tethers an object or irresistibly draws it to the source of the beam.

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