The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 21

Life On Mars

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • One of the key plot points is Hoynes' relationship with Helen Baldwin, which is proven with a list of phone calls made by Hoynes. Joe has conveniently highlighted all the instances of Hoynes calling her, and he shows this to CJ. The camera shows us one page, then Joe turns the page and the camera shows us the second page. Except the second page is the same as the first, but with more names highlighted on it! Look at the first page more closely. Near the bottom, just before the shot changes, pause it and you can see other calls between Hoynes and Baldwin that aren't highlighted. No way Joe would have missed them. All the other names on the second page are the same as the first, in the same order. Obviously the prop guys made one page of names and printed it out several times, then selectively highlighted different lines on each one hoping we wouldn't notice it's the exact same page!

  • Quotes

    • Will: I came in to show you the spots and to tell you I think we should run a counter-ad. I don't have an idea for one.
      Toby: Well get one. Have an idea. Don't come in here with half a thing and not be able know...after you walked me to the brink, and say "We've got to do this. It's important, though I have no earthly idea how." Like one of those guys who buys a big new thing, but doesn't really know how to get the most out of it.
      Will: Toby, either get Andy to marry you, or kill yourself.
      Toby: [beat] Yeah.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • C.J.:One of them [a bird] is obsessed with Donna.
      Donna: It's true. I'm like Tippi Hedren around here.

      Tippi Hedren starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 movie "The Birds"

    • Life On Mars

      The episode title makes reference to the David Bowie song of the same name.

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