The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 14

Hartsfield's Landing

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions