The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 6

Gone Quiet

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2001 on NBC
8.4
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When an American spy submarine suddenly goes silent in hostile North Korea, Bartlet must decide whether to inform the enemy or attempt a secret rescue operation; Abbey learns her past malpractice suits might compromise Bartlet's criminal investigation; Toby meets with a representative from an appropriations committee who wants to funnel money away from Congress's funding of avant-garde artists.moreless

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  • The Question.

    9.0
    Leo had me laughing with the very first line.



    Leo: "One day I'm gonna get called to the situation room and it's gonna be good news! We'll have discovered buried treasure or it turns out there's life on Andromeda and they think we're doing a good job. When's that day gonna come, Nancy? When's that gonna happen?"

    Nancy: "Settle down."



    I also loved Charlie making a crack about Bartlet ducking when he gets on Marine One. And the look that passes between Charlie and Bartlet when Leo is telling them about the sub was priceless. Speaking of the sub, the guy they got from State to consult with them was great. There's just something I love about an old person treating Bartlet like an unruly child(see Mrs. Landingham) and Albie Duncan definitely fit the bill.



    Abby and Babish's scenes together were great. They seem to have a good chemistry that leads to some hilarious interactions.



    Babish: "Nature is to be protected from. Nature, like a woman, will seduce you with its sights and its scents and its touch. And then it breaks your ankle, also like a woman."

    Abby: "What the hell kind of dates are you going on, Oliver?"



    Things got serious though once Babish started laying out the consequences Abby may face. The two of them do drama together just as well as they do comedy. Also, Babish not wanting her to offer the prosecution a deal was endearing.



    I enjoyed the scenes in the Roosevelt Room with Bruno, Sam, and Toby arguing over whether or not to take advantage of the issue ad loophole and use soft money. Bruno in particular was great(as he has been), I almost stood up and applauded after his rant near the end of the episode.



    CJ and "Too Sexy" was one of the most odd, yet funny, things I've ever seen. Toby's face when she comes into the communications bullpen singing had me rolling with laughter. Her celebration, over the majority leader fumbling the question, getting cut short by her realizing they don't have an answer was funny in itself, and a little frightening. The final scene with her and Bartlet was the perfect capper to the episode, and CJ's face at the end was even better than Toby's.



    Bartlet: "Why do I wanna be president?"

    CJ: "Yeah."

    Bartlet: "....I've been thinking about it for the last couple of hours, I almost had it."



    9/10, Funniest episode this season(and for a few episodes back into the second season actually) with a good splash of drama as well.moreless
  • Not pivotal exactly, but for lack of a better classification... plus it does feel like the campaign kicks off a little...

    8.8
    *I wish we had seen a whole lot more of the retirement community and why Donna made them mad... that could've been hilarious...



    *CJ singing I'm too sexy was pretty awesome too... *I love Bruno's speech



    *Bartlet hitting his head on the table.



    *I wasn't too crazy about the whole Abbey things, sometimes it feels that just because Stockard Channing is in the credits now they have to fit her in the credits... but her thing was okay.



    *The Gone Quiet thing was okay, I liked how the ended it...



    *The ending was just funny. They never do abrupt endings in WW usually, but this one was so great. Why do we want to be president. "I don't." Haha!moreless
  • Why they want to be the president?

    8.2
    So, we have some fun and some serious moments and some moments that really did not matter much.



    CJ is the most funny person on this episode - singing that song, being happy that the majority leader asked not well on question.. It was fun..



    On the other hand, the "why do you want to be president" question follows the whole episode and it gives headaches to quite many people.



    On the same time president has to deal with sub gone missing but what later becomes out is just gone quiet.



    And Abby is in hard position and things look bad for her. Ok episode but nothing too specialmoreless
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

Valerie Mahaffey

Valerie Mahaffey

Tawny Cryer

Guest Star

Connie Britton

Connie Britton

Connie Tate

Guest Star

Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook

Albie Duncan

Guest Star

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Nancy McNally

Recurring Role

Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt

Oliver Babish

Recurring Role

Ron Silver

Ron Silver

Bruno Gianelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Albie Duncan (Hal Holbrook) begins his recitation of similar incidents by citing the 1968 boarding and capture of USS Pueblo (AGER-2) by North Korea.

      In 1973, Holbrook starred as CDR Lloyd Bucher, that ship's captain, in the TV movie "Pueblo."

    • Guest star Hal Holbrook co-starred with Martin Sheen in That Certain Summer (1972), a made-for-TV movie in which they played lovers.

    • The submarine reports its position as 36.6 degrees north, 110 degrees west - that's in Arizona, hardly off the North Korean coast.

    • Nancy, the National Security Advisor refers refers to the crew of the submarine as sub-mariners, pronouncing it like the comic book character or the baseball team with "sub" in front of it. The president later repeats this. While he might not know better, she should. The preferred pronunciation of submariners among Navy crews is to say it like submarine with an "r" at the end, like submarine-er.

    • Tawny Cryer was either joking or grievously mistaken when she stated that there's a Starbucks in Haight-Ashbury.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Bartlet: Why do I wanna be President?
      CJ: Yeah.
      Bartlet: ....I've been thinking about it for the last couple of hours, I almost had it.

    • Leo: One day I'm gonna get called to the situation room and it's gonna be good news! We'll have discovered buried treasure or it turns out there's life on Andromeda and they think we're doing a good job. When's that day gonna come, Nancy? When's that gonna happen?
      Nancy: Settle down.

    • Babish: Nature is to be protected from. Nature, like a woman, will seduce you with its sights and its scents and its touch. And then it breaks your ankle, also like a woman.
      Abbey: What the hell kind of dates are you going on, Oliver?

    • Toby: Tawny.
      Tawny Cryer: "Throne," by Rain Billings, a photographer from North Dakota whose work consists of Polaroids
      of his dysfunctional family in the bathroom.

      Toby: Yes.

      Tawny Cryer: "One Horse, Two Horse," by Mark Maloney. He calls himself an installation artist.

      Toby: Did your committee...
      Tawny Cryer: What it is is two big-screen TVs side by side, one of them with footage of black stallions
      running in reverse, the other one showing "The Godfather."
      Toby: Tawny...
      Tawny Cryer: "Slut" is a one-word poem by Jules Woltz. It's stamped in scarlet on a piece of 40 by 40
      black canvas. Here's a woman who gets naked, covers herself completely in chocolate, and
      sings. Does that appeal to you? Toby: By and large, I'm not wild about musicals.

    • Leo: I think he should stay.
      Bartlett: Who? Albie?
      Leo: He can talk us through some things and if we need to start making calls he'll be helpful.
      Bartlett: Also he'd be good to have around for morale 'cause he's Mr. Happy Fun Guy.

    • Babish: From this witness list, it becomes clear to me what the President's biggest liability is going to be.
      Abbey: What?
      Babish: You.

    • Bruno: 'Cause I am tired of working for candidates who make me think I should be embarrassed to believe what I believe, Sam. I'm tired of getting them elected. We all need some therapy, because somebody came along and said "liberal" means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on Communism, soft on defense, and we're gonna tax you back to the Stone Age because people shouldn't have to go to work if they don't want to. And instead of saying "Well, excuse me, you right-wing, reactionary, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-eductaion, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave it to Beaver trip back to the fifties", we cowered in the corner and said "Please, don't hurt me." No more. I really don't care who's right, who's wrong. We're both right. We're both wrong. Let's have two parties, huh? What do you say?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • While discussing Abbey Bartlet's broken ankle, Abbey asks Babish didn't he read it in the papers...

      Babish: "Was it in Le Monde?"

      Le Monde is a reference to the French newspaper which was founded in November 1944 by Hubert Beuve-Méry as a national daily evening newspaper that would be the "conscience of the nation" and replace the venerable Le Temps.

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