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The West Wing

Season 6 Episode 1

NSF Thurmont

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2004 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

As they remain at Donna's bedside while she recuperates from surgery to remove a pulmonary embolism, Colin questions Josh about his personal relationship with Donna. When Bartlet and Leo clash over the appropriate response to the Gaza attack, Kate makes the case for a summit meeting, and provides Bartlet with the hook he needs to get the Israelis and Palestinians to sit down together at Camp David.moreless

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    Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Eli Zahavy

    Guest Star

    Michael Kagan

    Michael Kagan

    George Arnold

    Guest Star

    Eli Danker

    Eli Danker

    Doran Mazar

    Guest Star

    Lily Tomlin

    Lily Tomlin

    Debbie Fiderer

    Recurring Role

    Terry O'Quinn

    Terry O'Quinn

    Nicholas Alexander

    Recurring Role

    Steven Culp

    Steven Culp

    Jeff Haffley

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Leo and General Alexander are in the Situation Room, the monitor shows air strikes being launched. The voice over announces an F-14 launching while the monitor shows an A-6 Intruder moving towards the camera (which changes to an F-14 as it moves away). In the "real" world the A-6 is no longer in service with the US Navy.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • General Alexander (talking to Leo): If you don't mind my saying so sir, I hope the President knows how lucky he is to have you.

      • Toby (talking about the President): He already has one Nobel Prize, what does he need another one for? Bookends?

      • Colin: So, you fly halfway around the world at a moment's notice to rush to a woman's bedside when the White House is facing off a Biblical apocalypse?
        Josh: We work together.
        Colin: Past dalliance gone bad, or tragically unconsummated love kept at arm's length by puritanical American workplace ethics?

    • NOTES (6)

      • Additional Credit:
        Washington D.C. Production Services by Thinkfilm, Inc.

      • Allison Janney & Mary McCormack also appeared together in "Miracle On 34th Street" and "Private Parts".

      • Ratings:
        8-9PM EST
        Was a repeat/lead-in of a previous TWW Overall: (5.6/ 8)
        Among Adults 18-49: (2.0/5)

        9PM EST showing of premiere
        Overmights: (10.2/14)
        Total Viewers: 12.05 million
        Among Adults 18-49: (4.0/9)

        NBC placed 3rd among networks for the night behind Fox then ABC.

        Timeslot Winners:
        1st > Fox > Game 7 of The American League Championship Series
        Overnights: (22.2/32)
        Total Viewers: 28.66 million
        Among Adults 18-49: (10.5/25)

        2nd > NBC > The West Wing
        Overmights: (10.2/14)
        Total Viewers: 12.05 million
        Among Adults 18-49: (4.0/9)

        3rd > CBS > CSI: Miami (repeat)
        Overmights: (6.7/9)
        Total Viewers: 9.62 million
        Among Adults 18-49: (3.7/9)

        4th > ABC > The Bachelor
        Overmights: (6.2/8)
        Total Viewers: 8.81 million
        Among Adults 18-49: (3.6/8)

        5th > UPN > Kevin Hill
        Overmights: (3.9/ 5)
        Total Viewers: 4.06 million
        Among Adults 18-49: (1.9/ 4)

        6th > WB > The Mountatin
        Overmights: (2.4/ 3)
        Total Viewers: 2.31 million
        Among Adults 18-49: (1.1/ 2)

      • Awards and Nominations:
        This episode won the 2005 Humanitas Prize in the 60 minute category (John Wells)

      • Mary McCormack appears in the opening montage for the first time.

      • NSF (Naval Support Facility) Thurmont is the official name for Camp David.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Episode Title: NSF Thurmont is derived from the official name of Camp David, which is owned and run by the Navy. NSF stands for Naval Support Facility.