The West Wing

Season 7 Episode 10

Running Mates

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 2006 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Will and Kate are eating dinner as they watch the VP debates. At the start of Leo's response about his health, Will's wineglass is on the table near his right hand, with the camera facing Kate and Will. Within the space of a less than one second, as the camera shot changes to behind Will's head and facing the office television, his wineglass is now in his left hand and away from the table.

    • The Santos house features three different staircases in three different episodes.

      In the season 6 episode "Impact Winter", the staircase inside the front door to the house can be seen leading away from the door to the left of the hall.

      In season 7, in the episode "Running Mates", the staircase can be seen coming down from left to right behind the door in a number of scenes.

      Later in season 7, in the two "Election Day" episodes, the staircase has changed yet again, now curving upwards from the right of the door. Either Helen Santos has been doing some extensive remodelling, or different sets were used in each episode.

  • Quotes

    • Leo: (referring to a leak that he was responsible for) I let a couple of them think it was you.
      Annabeth: Wasn't the voice a tip-off?
      Leo: There's not enough helium in the cosmos. So I borrowed your e-mail account.

    • (To Annabeth after Leo told her he accessed her email account)
      Leo: Never use your cat's name as your password.

    • Josh: I forget, in D.C. do they allow felons to vote?
      Josh: Too soon?
      Toby: Yeah, a little bit.

  • Notes

    • Although credited, Alan Alda and Allison Janney do not appear in this episode. Stockard Channing and Dulé Hill also do not appear and are therefore not credited.

    • Martin Sheen introduced the episode, dedicating the next set of episodes to the late John Spencer.

    • This is the first episode of the series to air after the death of John Spencer (Leo McGarry) on December 16, 2005.

  • Allusions

    • Will: I'm a woman, hear me withhold.

      Reference to "I'm a woman, hear me roar", the chorus of pop singer Helen Reddy's 1972 song "I Am Woman".

    • Josh: I will devise a punishment that will make Torquemada blench.

      Tomás de Torquemada (1420 – September 16, 1498) was a fifteenth century Spanish Dominican, First Grand Inquisitor of Spain.