The West Wing

Season 1 Episode 11

Lord John Marbury

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • C.J.: That wasn't your argument.
      Toby: That was my argument a little while ago when I was arguing in my head.

    • Bartlet: How was your flight?
      Marbury: Intoxicating.
      Leo: So I see.
      Marbury: ...What is your take on the situation?
      Bartlet: The world is coming apart at the seams.
      Marbury: Well, then thank God you sent for me.

    • Sam (to Claypool): You're a cheap hack and if you come after Leo, I'm going to bust you like a piñata.

    • Bartlet (as events go badly): And then if you could just ask the Secret Service to step in and kill me please.
      Charlie: Yes, sir.

    • Bartlet: My daughter asked you out?
      Charlie: Yes, sir.
      Bartlet: I should have locked her up in a dungeon.
      Charlie: I don't think you have one, sir.
      Bartlet: I could have built one.

    • C.J.: You sent me in there uninformed so that I would lie to the press.
      Toby: We sent you in there uninformed cause we thought there was a chance you couldn't.

    • Leo: You should take a lawyer.
      Josh: I am a lawyer.
      Leo: You should take a real lawyer.

    • CIA Director: We dropped the ball.
      Bartlet: Pick it up again, would you?

    • Josh: I've been subpoenaed.
      Mrs. Landingham: Oh, I'm sorry, dear. Would you like a cookie?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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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