The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 6

Gone Quiet

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Stockard Channing actually broke her ankle hiking, thus it had to be written into the show.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Stockard Channing won the 2002 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode and in "Dead Irish Writers"

    • Music: C.J. listens to and sings "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred from the 1992 album Up.

  • Allusions

    • 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.