The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 14

Hartsfield's Landing

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 2002 on NBC
8.9
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On the day before the New Hampshire primary, Josh drafts Donna as his frontwoman to ensure that Bartlet wins the nation's first primary in the small town of Hartsfield's Landing; C.J. and Charlie play an ever-escalating game of practical jokes; Jed plays simultaneous chess games with Sam and Toby while he plays delicate diplomatic and military games with the Chinese government over Taiwan.moreless

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  • The whole board.

    9.0
    The prank war between Charlie and CJ led to some hilarious moments. Man, Charlie is ruthless, I certainly wouldn't want to ever give him a reason to seek revenge. The best scene to come from it was the one in the Oval Office lobby, when CJ initially brought the wrath of Charlie down on herself.



    Charlie: Look, CJ-

    CJ: You'll find it in your filling cabinet under A, for anal.

    Ed: I don't really wanna know what he's gonna find in his filling cabinet, do you?

    Larry: No.



    I also liked the scenes with Josh and Donna trying to convince the couple from Hartsfield Landing to vote for Bartlet. It's scary to think that such a small number of people could have such a large influence. Though even with that cynicism, I thought the final scene of seeing the residents voting was a touching moment and they probably are some of the most well informed voters.



    The best moments of the episode were Bartlet's chess matches with Toby and Sam and, in a way, China. His game with Toby was flawlessly acted on both their parts. Schiff's physical acting is amazing, particularly his face after Bartlet gets angry about him bringing up his father. Toby trying to convince Bartlet that he has to make it known why he is the better candidate was also great, the dialogue was extremely well written.



    Toby: You're not just folks, you're not plain spoken; do not, do not, do not act like it!

    Bartlet: I don't want to be killed.

    Toby: Then make this election about smart and not. Make it about engaged and not. Qualified and not. Make it about heavyweight, you're a heavyweight. And you've been holding me up for too many rounds.



    While Bartlet and Toby's match was the best moment, his match with Sam was also incredible. I really enjoyed getting to see the two of them converse for so long. Sam was pretty impressive in putting all the pieces together of Bartlet's solution to the China and Taiwan conflict. Bartlet's final words to Sam were really moving and I can see Bartlet being right, as Sam would surely get my vote.



    Bartlet: Sam, you're gonna run for president one day. Don't be scared, you can do it. I believe in you.



    I loved Sam's stunned expression after that line, that turns into a smile of acceptance.



    Another example of Sorkin doing what he does best; blending comedy and drama with excellent dialogue throughout.moreless
  • First primary

    8.8
    So.. the first primary is on and it is a joke - a little town who as always managed to get the president. It comes out that they do take it serious and Josh sends Donna out to call some voters and change their minds. Also CJ and Charlie turn each other's life into little hell after some weird missing timetables.



    But there is the serious part of this episode too. The whole thing with Taiwan and China and the chess in brakes. The chess plays were the best part of the episode. Tony and yet again talking about president's father and the way president talked with Sam. That was moving. Good episode.moreless
  • Cj and Charlie are at war with each other and Hartfield Landing in NH are voting.

    10
    This was a good episode once a again from the West Wing. I thought that it was really funny that Charlie and CJ were playing jokes on each other because Cj hide is Schedule of the Presidents plans. I thought that Charlie came up with some good pranks. I found it funny that Jodh had Donna trying to convince a family in Hartsfeild Landing to vote for the President. I thought that it was funny that everyone was making a big deal out of this small town voteing for the next President. I thought that it was nice of the President to play Chess with Sam and Toby. I thought that it was great that Sam was guessing on what the Chinese was going to do.moreless
  • This is really like the definition of West Wing right here. I love this episode!

    10
    *I love the chess thing. Toby and the President are so interesting. I loved his story about David Wheaton, and his line about "I know where the pieces are on David's board," or something... Plus Toby's lecture on Bartlet not having to act was great too. And Bartlet and Sam are so sweet. Sam is so often overlooked and brushed off, it's nice to know Bartlet appreciates him and thinks he'll be president.



    *CJ vs. Charlie! I LOVE IT! the krazy glue, and anal filing, and the best when the alarm goes off, and when CJ's desk breaks! it's so GREAT! "How long do you keep people you bitc*?"



    *I love the whole Hartsfield Landing thing. It's so cute, and Donna having to keep running outside to convince the Flenders... It's so great. *The thing with China and Taiwan was good, but it was overshadowed by everything else. I love this episode. It really is classic, the definition of everything WW is. Sweet, hilarious, silly, meaningful, and just... West Wing.moreless
  • While Josh is having problem with the first primary and C.J. is playing jokes on Charlie (or the other way around), the President is playing chess with Sam and Toby.

    9.7
    My favourite West Wing episode.

    It is amazing how four completly different storys are told at the same time.

    The President came back from India and gave chess sets as presents to his senior staff. Afterwards he plays chess with his two bes men Toby, who he is not talking to since their talk abut the "two" Bartlets, and Sam who has the most emotinal talk with the President during their game. China is meanwhile on the brink of a war with Taivan and the President is discussing it with Sam. We are seeing how smart Sam really is and it all ends by the President telling him that one day He will be the one in the oval office.

    It is the best moment of the whole West Wing series to me.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

James Hong

James Hong

David

Guest Star

James Keane

James Keane

Registrar of Voters

Guest Star

J.P. Hubbell

J.P. Hubbell

Agent

Guest Star

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Margaret

Recurring Role

Gregory Alan Williams

Gregory Alan Williams

Robbie Mosley

Recurring Role

Peter James Smith

Peter James Smith

Ed

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Actually New Hampshire does allow voters to switch party affiliation on voting day, and undeclared voters can vote in either party's primary. So while the primaries are separate--there's no overall winner--voters like the Flenders could indeed vote in the Republican primary if they so desired. It should also be noted that sitting presidents can still receive votes in the primary even though the nomination is assured. Finally, it is possible that the media would report on the candidate receiving the most votes, even though that candidate was really only competing against other potential nominees in his or her own party.

    • The storyline involving Hartsfield's Landing is misplaced in the timeline. It is supposed to be the first primary, but everything in the storyline indicates the November election.
      First of all, there is no democratic primary because the President has the nomination already. Therefore, the only primary is the Republican primary, in which only registered republicans can vote. So, when Josh says that news channels will have nothing but Hartsfield's Landing to report for hours and he wants them to be reporting that 'we won' - he cannot possibly be talking about the primary that should be occuring.
      Second of all, Toby and President Barlet predict that Richie will be the republican canidate, but it is not yet certain because the primaries are still going on. Yet, the Fletchers are going to vote for Richie as opposed to the President, not as opposed to other republican canidates. In addition, it is implied that they are democrates because they have supported the President in the past, so it is unlikely that they are registered republican. Thus, they should not be voting in this election at all and Donna should not have to stand out in the cold at night. She has a few months before the Fletchers will be voting for a President.
      Thirdly, CJ gives the number of total voters in the town and says that they will all cast their ballot at 12:01. Incorrect; as stated above, only registered republicans will be voting. If the town has accurately predicted the next president in every election, it cannot be all republicans.

    • Toby referes to the King of Sweden as "King Gustav", which is wrong. His full name is Karl XVI Gustav, and would be properly refered to as "King Karl" - or, even more proper, "King Karl Gustav", since that is his name.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Charlie: Look C.J..
      C.J.:You'll find it in your filing cabinet under A for anal.
      Larry: I don't really wanna know what he's going to find in his filing cabinet, do you?
      Ed: No

    • Bartlet: Let me tell ya, you're really showing me something tonight. Lotta spunk, lotta pluck. This game isn't all about size, you know, there's a little thing called heart, and you've got it my friend.
      Toby: You know what, old man? The very minute they swear in the next guy, you and I are going 'round and 'round.

    • C.J.: So, how long do you usually make people your bitch?
      Charlie: Depends.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Dulé Hill received a nomination in 2002 for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode and in "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"

      Richard Schiff received a nominated in 2002 for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode and in "Night Five"

      This episode along with many others won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series (Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Kevin Falls, Alex Graves, Christopher Misiano, Michael Hissrich, Kristin Harms, Llewellyn Wells)

    • Music: When Donna meets up with Casey the song "Destiny" by Zero 7 plays in the background. The song is from their album Simple Things.

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