The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 6

Game On

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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