The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 21

Posse Comitatus

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 22, 2002 on NBC

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  • Trivia

    • Earlier in the season, there was an episode titled "The Women of Qumar" which was also about the same fictional country.

    • Bartlet: I'm gonna be running for re-election while I'm fighting a war against Qumar.

      Qumar is a fictional country made up by Sorkin.

    • Fitz says that Shareef's plane is a Gulfstream, but the plane we see looks like a Lear jet.

    • Secret Service agents on "body" assignment are required to wear kevlar vests. The bullets struck Donovan in his upper left chest, an area that would be protected by the vest unless a large caliber gun or Teflon ammunition was used in the shooting.

  • Quotes

    • Pres. Bartlet: Something horrible happened about an hour ago. C.J. Cregg was getting threats so we put an agent on her. He's a good guy. He was on my detail for a while. He was in Rosslyn.
      He walked into the middle of an armed robbery and was shot and killed after detaining one of the suspects.
      Gov. Ritchie: Crime... Boy, I don't know.

    • Bartlet (to Ritchie): In the future, if you're wondering, "Crime. Boy, I just don't know." is when I decided to kick your ass.

  • Notes

    • In this episode Mark Harmon's character Simon Donovan is a Big Brother. In real life Mark's wife Pam Dawber is a national spokeswoman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    • Stockard Channing does not appear in this episode.

    • These are the lyrics of the song which is sung at the end of the play:

      England arise! Join in the chorus!
      It is a new made song you should be singing.
      See in the skies, flutt'ring before us
      what the bright bird of peace is bringing!
      See upon our smiling land
      where the wealths of nations stand
      where prosperity and industry walk
      ever hand in hand.
      Where so many blessings crowd,
      'tis our duty to be proud.
      Up and answer, English Yeoman,
      sing it joyfully aloud.
      Evermore upon our country
      God will pour his rich increase,
      And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace,
      And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace.

      See each one do what he can to further God's almighty plan.
      The benificence of heaven help the skilfulness of man.
      Ev'ry garner fill'd with grain, Ev'ry meadow blest with rain:
      Rich and fertile is the golden corn that bear and bears again.

      Where so many blessings crowd,
      'Tis our duty to be proud.
      Up and answer, fellow Britons,
      sing it joyfully aloud.

      Evermore upon our country
      God will pour his rich increase
      And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace,
      And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      This episode was a 2002 Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series (Alex Graves)

      This episode was a 2002 Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series (Aaron Sorkin)

      This episode won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series along with many others from the season (Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Kevin Falls, Alex Graves, Christopher Misiano, Michael Hissrich, Kristin Harms, Llewellyn Wells)

      Won the 2003 CAS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Series

      Nominated for 2002 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night (Alex Graves)

    • Lily Tomlin joins the cast as Debbie Fiderer.

    • Music:
      1. Jeff Buckley sings Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" from his
      Grace CD.
      2. "Patriotic Song" plays at the theater when Bartlet gives the order for the execution of Shareef. The Music and lyrics are by Stephen Oliver and are from The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby.

    • The Latin phrase "Posse Comitatus" (able men of the county) is a reference to the tradition allowing local sheriffs to deputize a group of citizens as a temporary police force, known as a posse. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 (18 USC 1385) prohibits the use of U.S. Military Forces for such civilian law enforcement on American soil, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. This law ended the era of Reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War in which Federal troops were used as a police force in the South.

  • Allusions

    • President Bartlet: The center fielder for the Yankees is an accomplished classical guitarist. The people who like baseball can't like books?


      This is a reference to Bernie Williams, who played on the Yankees from 1991 until 2006. In 2003 his major label debut, The Journey Within, was released.

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