The West Wing

Season 7 Episode 5

Here Today

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2005 on NBC
9.1
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The White House is trying to cope with the revelation of the identity of the leaker and Babish's questioning of Toby convinces him that he must get his lawyer. Lou persuades Josh to get Santos to clean house with his campaign staff. Kate finally reaches Charles Frost and confronts him about what he told to C.J. and a few other things about his personality in general. The Bartlets hear Ellie's heapful of "good" and "bad" news.moreless

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  • Interesting way of shooting and interesting way of development

    10
    Well, I have to say I watched this episode twice. First time I was more preoccupied with the way of directing that the actual storyline. West Wing has always had some interesting additions, but, in this episode it was clear that directing was another way of presenting the story. And it worked out great.



    I would have to agree with some who think that Toby wasn't the actual leak. However, I think "Columbia" on which Bartlett reffered to in the premiere, was acually a college? I don't want to assume anything, so I guess we'll have to wait. Still, Toby's ulterior motive could have been to save leo from testifying, and to save Santos's campaign. Can't wait to see how they will react to the development.



    Things are stirring up in the West wing, where Will is summoned by the President. No matter where they work, these characters are all tied up together. Personally, I LOVE the fact they are changing the opening credits according to each episode.





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  • Staffing changes in the White House and on the campaign trails, Toby\'s losing his job, something\'s goin on in Kazakhstan.

    9.0
    The West Wing stacked its season left to right with plots - in season 7, the cast seemed to balloon to about 20, and often the payoff on plotlines would have to wait a few episodes to get fulfilled. That\'s not a complaint - Season 7 ranks as one of The West Wing\'s best, before or after Aaron Sorkin ran the show. Toby being the White House leak seemed, at least from afar, a sort of contractual plot turn - something to take Richard Schiff out of the primary action of the season. What makes the leak plotline, and \"Here Today\" in particular, so exciting is that it fulfills who Toby is - someone whose arrogance kills him. I love the action of \"Here Today\" - Schiff is magnificent in his high-minded defense, and in his sadness at being forced out of the White House. Even better, Allison Janney, so close to snapping and crying at any second of the episode, reminds us why she\'s the best bottled-up actress on television. This episode really starts the ball moving on the Kazakhstan situation, as well as deals with a shakeup of staff on the Santos campaign - both exciting plotlines. That should make \"Here Today\" one of the strongest of the season, but Alex Graves is determined to direct the thing into the ground. He gives it some good touches - its murky late-night lighting, an extraordinary shot of CJ that frames Toby\'s removal from the building. The majority of the episode, though, is shot in intense close-ups and weirdly framed around out-of-focus objects making prominent events in soft focus off in the distance - CJ or Toby or Oliver Babish (Oliver Platt in another stellar guest turn) seem constantly stuck behind lamps. Worse, Kate (Mary MacCormack), forced to confront creepy analyst Charles Frost, is not aided by the cinematography of her plot - her confrontation is, bizarrely, mediated by a reflection on a television screen, and she\'s given a personal nostril cam during a briefing. The direction is beyond pretense in \"Here Today;\" it threatens to turn the episode into amateurish junk. Luckily, the episode\'s good enough to forgive it.moreless
  • Toby Ziegler: Patriot or Traitor? It's all laid out on the line in this FANTASTIC episode.

    9.9
    Wow. Absolutely fantastic, and Emmy-quality work by almost everybody involved. As we watch Toby sink lower and lower throughout this episode, it almost seems as Jed hits on, fitting. Toby Ziegler's morals have always guided him, he will do what's right no matter what the cost to himself, and even sometimes gets a sense of satisfaction, of right-doing, at getting persecuted for having done the right thing. Toby is long-suffering, his wife left him because he's too sad, his father used to kill people for a living, he's regarded as an asshole by everyone he meets. But he's brilliant, talented and has a conscious and a heart that outweighs everyone in the West Wing's. And so why wouldn't he do what he did? He could save lives, that was the important thing, that was what mattered, and the rest of it be damned. That scene in the Oval Office, the final checkmate in the chess game Jed and Toby have been playing for so long, that we've seen between these two giant intellects in episodes like "The Crackpots and These Women", "17 People", "The Two Bartlets" and "Hartsfield's Landing" comes to a close. Who has won? Difficult to say, but my money leans towards Tobias, as there is no question the President sees nothing of what happened here as a victor.



    Equally compelling are the performances of Allison Janney's C.J. Cregg, the member of the staff who's known Toby the longest and who fans often speculate there might be something going on between. The only two to stay behind with Jed during that season of change. We see her absolute pain as she can no longer talk or even be a part of Toby's life anymore. Oliver Platt is great as always as the cunning and abrasive White House Counsel Oliver Babish, that final scene between Toby and Babish.



    Babish: Thought he'd at least thank you for your service.



    Toby: He's angry.



    Babish: ...Someone should thank you for your service.



    And then he walks off. Back into the world as a normal civilian, ready to take the scorn and contempt of the nation for having down the right thing if he must. And we here the drum beating unevenly showing that Toby continues as he always has, to march to the beat of his own drummer.



    Excellent, and as I said, Emmy-quality work by Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheenmoreless
  • The best written and acted West Wing in years.

    10
    The best written and acted West Wing in since Alan Sarkin left. NBC needs to keep up the quality of this show and promote it more. It\'s getting terrible ratings and it\'ll be history if the network doesn\'t do SOMETHING. If you love this show write NBC to do something.
  • La campaña Santos/McGarry se debilita, mientras que la Casa Blanca sufrira la perdida de Toby al inculparse como el huron que dio la información al N.Y. Times.

    9.5
    Toby confiesa a C.J. que ha sido el quien filtra la información sobre la estacion militar a un periodista del N.Y. Times. Frente a ello, C.J. llama a un asesor legal lo cual llevara a Toby a ser un personaje interrogado. Babish es quien interroga a Toby, pero al asumir un abogado la defensa de este, las cosas se tranquilizan momentáneamente.

    La campaña de Santos necesita cambios dramaticos, pues se encuentran estancados con 9 puntos debajo de los Republicanos. Frente a esta situación, Josh cree conveniente eliminar a un grupo de colaboradores pues, en lugar de ayudar, se estan convirtiendo en una carga para la campaña.

    Matrimonio en la Casa Blanca. Una de las hijas Bartlet se casara con un amante de los bichos. Los preparativos hacen feliz a la pareja presidencial, mas no a los contrayentes, pues desean agilizar los tramites debido al embarazo de ella, lo cual era desconocido por sus ahora desconcertados padres.

    Finalmente, la mayor tension del episodio se da cuando Bartlet es informado de la fuga de información, y decide hablar con Toby. Estando los dos frente a frente, y ante la mirada sigilosa del abogado Babish, la discusión termina cuando Toby presenta la carta de renuncia a Bartlet, la cual es rechazada, pues en ese momento el Presidente le indica que ha sido despedido y dirigira un mensaje a la nacion explicando los motivos.

    Finalmente, Toby abandona la Casa Blanca, con pena y sin gloria, después de 7 interminables años de trabajo.



    ***



    Este es otro de los episodios que mas impacto ha dado a los seguidores de TWW. El episodio entero ha estado lleno de tension, salvo el matrimonio de la hija Bartlet, en todo momento nos hemos sentido atraidos por la trama.

    No sabemos que pasara en el futuro con Toby. Recordemos que al iniciar la setima temporada, Bartlet saluda a su equipo en la Biblioteca Bartlet, y Toby se encuentra presente. Bartlet le pregunta sobre su situación en Columbia, y le responde que todo iba bien.

    ¿Se ha dejado culpar Toby para salvar el pellejo de C.J, Toby y hasta de Bartlet? Me da que pensar esta situación. Sabemos que Toby ha sido constantemente un defensor de la verdad, pero no me imagino que el sea el verdadero huron dentro de la Casa Blanca. Las escenas finales han sido de infarto, en la conversación Toby – Bartlet. Bartlet descarga su resentimiento hacia Toby, pues le confiesa que siempre lo creyo una persona que se sentia superior a todos. Ello es descartado por Toby, pero el Presidente remata la conversación diciendole que quiza no de todos, pero si hacia el. Finalmente, al presentar su carta de renuncia, Bartlet la rechaza, pues le dice que ha sido despedido. Toby es obligado a salir de la Casa Blanca sin poder llevarse nada con el. Y, asi, abandona el lugar donde trabajo por tantos años.

    No creo que sea el final de Toby. Su personaje merece mas que ello. La temporada USA esta mas avanzada que en latinoamerica. Ojala me equivoque y solo sea una salida temporal, pues su presencia se hara notar.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing

Abbey Bartlet (Episodes 45-, recurring previously)

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

Josh Lyman

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Matthew Santos (Episodes 114-)

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Ben Weber

Ben Weber

Vic Faison

Guest Star

Tom Everett

Tom Everett

Charles Frost

Guest Star

Lee Garlington

Lee Garlington

Alana Waterman

Guest Star

Nina Siemaszko

Nina Siemaszko

Ellie Bartlet

Recurring Role

Renée Estevez

Renée Estevez

Nancy

Recurring Role

Evan Arnold

Evan Arnold

Ned

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Richard Schiff hated the shuttle leak storyline, as he felt that Toby would never betray the President like that. He justified his character's actions by deciding that Toby was really covering for someone else.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Bartlet: But the one thought that hits the hardest is that this was somehow inevitable; that you've always been heading for this sort of crash-and-burn. That self-righteous superiority; not that you were smarter than everyone; that you were purer, morally superior.
      Toby: Due respect, sir, I don't think I'm morally superior to everyone.
      Bartlet: No, just to me.

    • Babish (to Toby): Someone should thank you for your service.

    • Bartlet You would seriously consider not getting married at the White House?
      Ellie: Where, at the moment, is the less pressing concern. There's another consideration that may need to take precedence, as far as scheduling goes.

    • Toby: Well, you certainly earned your fee today.
      Elana Waterman: I'm deeply gratified that you decided to heed my guidance.
      Toby No, I just meant it was the first time tonight he used the word 'please'.

    • Bartlet: Toby, when you walk out of here, there will be people out there, perhaps a great many, who will think of you as a hero. I just don't for a moment want you thinking I'll be one of them.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Alan Alda & John Spencer do not appear in this episode. Kristin Chenoweth, Dulé Hill & Janel Moloney also do not appear and are therefore uncredited.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode Title: "Here Today"

      The title "Here Today" refers the old saying "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" highlighting the staffing changes that took place in both Bartlet's White House and the Santos/McGarry Campaign.

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