The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 11

Lord John Marbury

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 2000 on NBC
8.6
out of 10
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War breaks out between India and Pakistan and Bartlet consults with Lord John Marbury; Toby accuses C.J. of being too friendly with the press when she objects to being kept in the dark; the staff realizes that Lillienfield's efforts to bring down Leo are going to get ugly when Josh gets a subpoena.moreless

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  • You're all frightened. As well you should be.

    8.5
    Well I had a feeling a relationship between Charlie and Zoey was coming, not sure how crazy I am about it, but I'll wait and see how it plays out. I did love Bartlet's reaction to it though,



    "I don't have a racial problem. I'm Spencer Tracy at the end of 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.'"



    It was a little disturbing that the team didn't trust CJ. I understand their reservations but you have to give her a chance before you decide she can't do the job.



    It was so nice getting to see someone tell Mandy off, because of course the one time they might need her to be involved in a decision, she's too busy trying to prove a point. I was surprised that it was Sam who ended up letting her have it though, just didn't seem like something his character would do, but I guess so.



    "You're a political consultant. You're job isn't to end the fight, it's to win it! Now you can work for us or you can work for them, but you can't do both."



    Lord Marbury(Roger Rees) was great, I love how quick he can switch from serious to asinine.moreless
  • Review.

    10
    In the 11th episode of the hit TV show The West Wing. Titled Lord John Marbury. A war breaks out between border nations of India and Pakistan. Lord John Marbury who knows the region is asked to go to The White House.Meanwhile Josh is subpoenaed to testify in The White House substance abuse case. Meanwhile Charlie begins to date the Presidents daughter Zoey. Overall I thought this was a good episode of The West Wing all of the storylines where really good and worked well with each other. My overall rating is 10 out of 10 the end of this review.moreless
  • Things are getting too hot... in Pakistan-Indian border and also in White House

    8.1
    The main problem seems to be around events in Pakistan Indian boarder and it looks bad. CJ is not informed and when press asks, she lies. And after that she is so mad on Toby as they do not trust her - she is too friendly with press. Is it wrong to accuse her?



    The other problem in president mind is that Zoe asked Charlie out. He does not like the idea but in the end gives them free hands.



    And Josh - he is having hard time too. He is asked to some comitee where they asked about White House people using drugs but it all ends up about Leo and his past problems. So, everything is digged up and what comes next - it can only be waited...moreless
  • Another fantastic new character!

    9.0
    One of the things I've always enjoyed with Aaron Sorkin's shows is his characters. In this episode, he introduces one of my favorite repeat characters, Lord John Marbury, played by British actor, Roger Rees. Probably best know for his role of Robin Colcord (Rebecca's multi-millionaire boyfriend) on Cheers, Rees brilliantly plays a somewhat-pompous, arrogant, sometimes-drunk(-ish) English noble who has been brought in by the President to help out with a crisis between India and Pakistan. Leo refers to him as a lunatic (questioning "do you REALLY want to let him loose in the White House where there are liquor and women?") and it is absolutely hysterical to watch Marbury play with Leo like a cat playing with a mouse!moreless
  • Charlie and Zoey! Lord John Marbury! And the evil people targeting our Leo! "He thinks I'm the butler!" "Well, for the first few weeks, I did too."

    9.0
    *First off, it’s the beginning of Zoey and Charlie, one of my favorite West Wing couples, that sadly, doesn’t get enough attention, and like some many other things, disappears to Mandyville. I love Bartlet’s little freakout and his dungeon thing. Zoey and Charlie are great together, and I love this episode for that.



    *Also this is the beginning of Leo's big thing. It's horrible, but it's nice to see how much everyone loves him. I love Sam's moment before Mandy comes in, when he's just sitting there. It's amazing how dramatic those few Leo scenes are at the end of the episode, just because they slow the normally lightning fast pased west Wing down a little. *John Marbury... Yes, he's annoying at times and very eccentric but you've got to love him, even if it's just because you love him calling Leo, Gerald. The India Pakistan thing comes back and is pretty important, and they did a good job with it. This is a great episode.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Moira Kelly

Moira Kelly

Mandy Hampton (Episodes 1-22)

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

Bill Stevenson

Bill Stevenson

Jaworski

Guest Star

Charles Hoyes

Charles Hoyes

Thompson

Guest Star

J. David Krassner

J. David Krassner

Jack

Guest Star

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss

Zoey Bartlet

Recurring Role

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

Lord John Marbury

Recurring Role

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Margaret

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • C.J.'s fish bowl decorations are plastic soldiers and tanks.

    • 'And I looked, and I beheld a pale horse, and the name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.'

      This quote is from the Book of Revelation--singular-- not Revelations--plural. The President refers to it in the plural-- a biblically literate President ought to know this.

    • If, as CJ says on the phone, his Lordship is a hereditary Earl, then he is *not* Lord John Marbury and would never introduce himself to anyone as such. He is John, Lord Marbury, and should be referred to simply as Lord Marbury. He would in fact be most accurately described as "John Marbury, Earl of Sherbourne", as Lord is how a Baron is addressed, not an Earl. The title CJ gives him is also not one of the ones he himself lists in the later episode "Dead Irish Writers", and while it is possible to gain extra titles it is not possible to lose them unless you disclaim them, which peers often do in order to be elected to the House of Commons, or if the titles are reverted to the Crown by an Act of Attainder, none of which have been passed for several centuries.

    • When the NRO officers review the satellite photos, the Indian naval task force consists of two CVEs and four destroyers. When Fitz briefs Jed, he says there are two destroyers and four CVEs.

    • A real-life Lord would never refer to the Queen as "Her Royal Majesty". She is properly called "Her Britannic Majesty" or, more usually, simply "Her Majesty".

  • QUOTES (9)

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Bartlet: I'm Spencer Tracy at the end of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

      In "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", Spencer Tracy plays a white, middle-aged father who's shocked when his daughter brings her black fiance home. By the end of the film, Tracy's character realizes that the skin color of his daughter's boyfriend doesn't matter. Bartlet uses this reference to show that he doesn't have a problem with Charlie's race -- his problem is that Charlie is a guy and wants to date his youngest daughter.

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