The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 8

Process Stories

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2002 on NBC
8.7
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The staff celebrates election night and encourages Sam to run for the seat in Orange County; Toby continues to worry about how Andrea's pregnancy will play politically for both of them; a coup develops in Venezuela; Jed and Abbey endure some interruptions at their private celebration.

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  • Aftermath of win..

    8.0
    So the big night continues and it gets interesting turn when the place of the dead winning candidate is thought to be going to Sam.. he is scared and they try to find to undo it until they all realize - Sam should run.. nice exit stragedy to so important char.



    Also the thing going on with Toby and his ex-wife.. mm.. she is a fighter and at the moment it looks like she is just picking one and it seems to be promising storyline...



    and then everything else.. Leo and the coup d'etat.. Donna and that marine.. and ofcourse Bartlet trying to have his own little party...moreless
  • The Staff celebrates the President win.

    10
    Once again the writers of The West Wing have written another amazing episode. I thought that it was really funny that they started the episode off with Sam finding out that Wilde won the 48th. I loved what CJ said to Sam when he entered her office. I thought that it was really caring of Toby to want Andy to put out a press release about her pregnancy. I liked that she did not want to say anything because she was looking for a fight. I liked that Sam decided to run in the California 48th evan though he knows he will not win.moreless
  • Bartlet wins the election, and everyone celebrates. Someone even boldly decides to run in a race he's destined to lose.

    9.0
    Ah, the good ol' Aaron Sorkin days. West Wing just hasn't been the same without him. In fact, I don't even watch the show anymore without him (The inexplicable and unbelievable job shifts in Season 6 were enough for me to believe this show jumped the shark) at the writing helm. But, at least we have the first four seasons to treasure.



    One example (which I recently saw) was Process Stories. I love the quirkiness of the episode. Process Stories was particularly light-hearted, and it was nice to have an occasional episode like this. A "sit back and relax" episode.



    Some of my favorite moments in the episode include Sam's "Aristotle" rant, Bartlet's "Who's your Commander-in-Chief?" come-on to Abbey ("You are!"), the fantastic interaction between C.J. and Bruno, and the wonderful chemistry between Toby and Andrea (I adore Kathleen York) -- "You're in this to find a fight." "Yes." "Well...I can admire that."



    You can always tell when Christopher Misiano directs an episode of The West Wing. He has a very simple and very appropriate style to his direction. No strange camera angles or movements -- nice, andante pace -- no gimmicks (An annoying part of Alex Graves's directorial style -- Refer to "Game On", for example). This episode is one of his better efforts. Nice lighting effects, as well, especially regarding C.J.'s office.



    This is certainly not the best episode of The West Wing, but it is one of many examples of how special this show was with Aaron Sorkin at the helm.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Nick Jameson

Nick Jameson

Martin

Guest Star

Wendy Braun

Wendy Braun

Gail Mackee

Guest Star

Christian Slater

Christian Slater

Jack Reese

Guest Star

Kathleen York

Kathleen York

Andrea Wyatt

Recurring Role

Thomas Kopache

Thomas Kopache

Bob Slattery

Recurring Role

Peter James Smith

Peter James Smith

Ed

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      1. "Someone to Watch Over Me" by George and Ira Gershwin, as performed by Julia Fordham for the soundtrack album of Mr. Holland's Opus, which is played as Leo and Jordan are dancing
      2. "Love Me, My Love" by Dean Martin, which is played during Barlet's romantic supper
      3. "There I've Said It Again" by Redd Evans and Dave Mann, the opening notes of which are heard at the end as Leo turns on the radio and asks Jordan to dance again
      4. "The House of the Rising Sun," a traditional folk song made famous by Eric Burdon and The Animals, is sung by the staff in the office.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jed Bartlet: "But let's go down, way down, to the Deep South and the humid bayou of Louisiana and its nine electoral votes. What manner of man it must take to win the state, which, by the way, is the only one operating under the Napoleonic Code of France."

      The laws of Louisiana, like those of Quebec, Spain, Denmark, and other countries, is based on the Napoleonic Codes of France, while laws in other U.S. states and territories are based on English common law. The main difference between the two is that the Napoleonic Code is civilian law based on research and the drafting of code into law by the legislative branch, while English common law is based on judicial branch decisions which set precedent for new law.

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