The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 6

Game On

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2002 on NBC
9.2
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Bartlet, Leo, Josh, Sam and C.J. pull a practical joke on Toby; Sam's mission to end the Wilde campaign leads him to make a career-altering decision; Jordan backs up Leo as he deals with the Qumari; Toby continues to press his case with a resistant Andrea; and Bartlet cleans Ritchie's clock in their debate.moreless

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  • The President has a debate with Sentor Richie.

    9.7
    This was such a great episode of The West Wing but what else can you except from this show. I thought that it was really funny that the President made a bet with the staff on wiether or not Tobey could keep his cool durning the prep time for the debate, it was funny to see Toby react and cause the President to win. I thought that it was really funny that the President's lucky tie was ruined by the cleaners. It was nice of the First Lady to cut the President's tie before the debate to get him ready for it. I thought that the President did a wonderful job durning the debate and if i was able to vote in the election he would get my vote.moreless
  • A great episode!

    9.9
    This is one of the best episodes certainly of this season if not of the series. Sorkin and Redford managed to show all of the characters and played to all their strengths as well as chucking in many of the greatest one-liners. Along with some of the political points in the debate and the drama in Leo and Jordan's meeting setting up the rest of the season, the episode also acts as an introduction to Josh Malina's character Will Bailey. I have seen it many times and still laugh at all of the set pieces. Definitely one of my favourites.moreless
  • President Bartlet faces his one and only debate to win the Presidency. Nerves, hopes, everything counts.

    9.8
    The truth is that the moment you start watching this episode you know it's going to be special. Forget the dolly or the steady, the hand-held camera helps reflecting the action that never stops. From the first joke in the Oval Office until the very end, at the bar, we are watching a very well carried plot, and, most of all, a very well written episode.



    Bartlet's answers at the debate are sharp and straight. The strength of this character is shown in these few scenes which make us want to have more. Unlike season 7, this debate is well carried and shot. It doesn't have to last for the entire episode to let the audience know that Bartlet has been the winner. This plot is one of many, although the central one.



    Another thing to remark here is the relationship between Sam and Will. For the very first moment, we see Sam talking to Will with respect for what he's doing. He sees himself reflected in Will at the press conference, and the tie is just a metaphor of Will taking over Sam's job. It's Aaron's elegant way to show us that Sam will leave and Will will take his place at the White House, because they're both alike.



    Summing up, Aaron and Thomas at their best. Pity Aaron left. Seasons 5, 6 and 7 weren't the same.moreless
  • Week for elections

    8.5
    So.. it is soon the elections and they are still working on their campaign.. there is a big debate coming and many problems - die has to be the right one.. there is a man who is opponent but everyone fear he is crazy.. and in the end, Sam has to deal with campaign for dead candidate.. Sounds like fun? And it is a intense, changing and really good episode. The way the build the atmosphere.. and set the scenery, that magnificent feeling - it really works well.



    Also there is still the Kamari (if I got it right) case.. sadly this one felts little weaker than the other storylines.. great episode still.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

Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook

Albie Duncan

Guest Star

James Brolin

James Brolin

Robert Ritchie

Guest Star

Ashleigh Olden

Ashleigh Olden

Sharon

Guest Star

Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason

Jordan Kendall

Recurring Role

Kathleen York

Kathleen York

Andrea Wyatt

Recurring Role

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Margaret

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Leo:An LPD San Antonio class-warship. The weapons were not on their way to the Qumari. They were on their way to the Bahji.

      Both Qumar and the Bahji terrorist cell are made up.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Will :Yeah.
      Reporter :June Wheeler, San Jose Mercury News.
      Will :You're a long way from home.
      Reporter :This is a fun story.
      Will :Glad I could help you out.
      Reporter :Mr. Bailey we're all sitting here pretending this is a regular press conference and you're very engaging up there but your candidate died so why isn't this all a little proposterous?
      Will :Chuck Webb, is a seven term congressman who is chairmen of not one but two commerce sub comitee's. Has taken money from companies, he regulates.He's on the board of the NRA and once challenged another congressman to a fist fight on the floor over an ammendment to make stalkers submit to background checks before buying AR15's, AK57's, street sweepers, Mach 10's, Mach 11's.He's joined protests designed to frighten pregnant women.
      Reporter :What's your point?
      Will :There are worse things in the world than no longer being alive.

    • Bartlet (To Ritchie at the debate): You think states should do the governing wall-to-wall. That's a perfectly valid opinion. But your state of Florida got $12.6 billion in federal money last year-- from Nebraskans, and Virginians, and New Yorkers, and Alaskans, with their Eskimo poetry. 12.6 out of a state budget of $50 billion, and I'm supposed to be using this time for a question, so here it is: Can we have it back, please?

    • Josh: Ten words. Let me try two on you. Defense: I will make America's defenses the strongest in the history of the world.
      Leo: In the history of the world? When we say that are we comparing ourselves to the Visigoths adjusted for inflation?

    • Barlet: I'm the President of the United States, not the president of the people who agree with me. And, by the way, if the left have a problem with that they should vote for somebody else.

    • Abby: Well, it's in the bag. You have someone here to show off for.
      Barlet: My daughters are here?
      Abby: Are you kidding? Ellie's wearing make-up!
      Barlet: Well, I don't approve of that.
      Abby: You do know she's 27, right?
      Barlet: I don't approve of that either.

    • Abbey: I feel bad. I don't think I have done enough to prepare you for this debate.
      Bartlet (he turns his head while Abbey grabs his tie): Why are you telling me this now?
      Abbey (snips the tie): Just 'cause.
      Bartlet (shocked): Oh my God. You're insane. Are you...? You're insane!"

    • Jordan (to Nissir): Excuse me. I have a meeting of godless infidels next door.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The California 47th is depicted as being a district that is completely impossible for Democrats to carry. In reality, all of the Congressional seats in the California 47th were held by Democrats at the time these episodes aired.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Episode Nominated at 2002 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Series - Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement (Supervising Sound Editor: Walter Newman; Supervising Dialogue Editor: Catherine Flynn; Supervising ADR Editor: Thomas A. Harris; Sound Editors: Constance A. Kazmer, Karen Spangenberg, Denise Horta; Assistant ADR Editors: Lisa Wolf Grove, Kevin Barron, Deron Street, Kenny Fewell, Damon Cohoon, Eric Moss, Jeff Cranford; Original Production Mixer: Patrick Hanson; ADR Mixer: Eric Gotthelf; Re-Recording Mixer: Dan Hiland)

      Nominated at 2003 WGA Award for Episodic Drama (Aaron Sorkin, Paul Redford)

    • This is Joshua Malina's first episode as Will Bailey. Malina has appeared in every Aaron Sorkin project: A Few Good Men, Malice, American President, Sports Night, and The West Wing. Credited here as a special guest star, he does not appear in the opening montage until episode 78.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The California 47th

      The race for the California 47th is most likely based on the Missouri Senate race between John Ashcroft and Mel Carnahan. Carnahan won the election despite having died in a plane crash about one month before the election.

    • Will: We're vetting Wendell Wilkie. What do you think?

      Wendell Wilkie (Feb. 18, 1892 - Oct. 8, 1944) was in the only native of Indiana to be a Repulican Nominee for President of the United States without having been elected to high office of government. He started out as a Democrat and switched parties as a strategic move to bring down FDR's New Deal. He lost the 1940 election to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Democratic Nominee. He supported the military draft.

    • Jordon: You violated the Geneva Convention.
      Leo : Since when?
      Jordon: Since Franciso Pizzaro.

      The Geneva Conventions consist of four treaties formulated in Geneva, Switzerland that set the standards for international law for humanitarian concerns. The conventions were the results of efforts by Henri Dunant, who was motivated by the horrors of war he witnessed at the Battle of Solferino.

      Francisco Pizzaro (1478-1541) was a Spanish conquistador who traveled through much of the Pacific coast of America along Peru. He "discovered" the Incan empire and conquered it brutally and quickly, stealing immense hoards of gold, silver, and other treasures.

    • Leo: When we say that we are comparing ourselves to the Visigoths adjusted for inflation.

      The Visigoths, also known as the Goths, were a tribe of barbarians. They lived on the delta of the Danube River, where their kingdom was inherited by Alaric I. They were pushed west by attacks from the Huns. They are considered one of the most fear armies in the history of the world. The Roman Empire even feared them enough to declare them their own independent nation.

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