The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 12

Slow News Day

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2004 on NBC
8.2
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Toby gets Jed's support to seize a controversial window of opportunity to save Social Security, but is hampered by Jed's mandate to keep the operation under wraps; desperate to feed the press corps beast on a glacially slow news day, C.J. meets with an attache to discuss cabbage imports, and has a little fun with a particularly dense reporter; Josh's brainstorm to help Will burnish Bob Russell's presentation problems and a persistent reporter endanger Toby's attempts to broker a deal on the Hill; Rina finds a friend in Donna, and Josh isn't too happy about it; Toby is saved from having to fall on his sword when Josh and Jed devise a plan to rescue his deal from certain disaster.moreless

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  • A strong presentation of one of the show's central themes.

    9.0
    It is often said that the victories of the intelligence community are never known, yet their failures are front page news. It is rare that we think of policy makers and politicians in the same terms.



    In a media in which the stereotype of the opportunistic politician is all-pervasive, this intriguing episode presents the idea of a Presidential Administration securing an important political legacy, saving social security, for which it will never be truly able to take credit. Toby's willingness to fall on his sword and resign; and the President's willingness to embrace an "invisible" political legacy are powerful exemplars of the idea of public service as selflessness and sacrifice.moreless
  • There is always some news..

    8.6
    I most say.. again, very well build up episode, with stunning developments and the way it was going.. all for a good cause but one man just could not keep it all together and the way it looked like a disaster in the end, with Toby resigning. That moment.. I do not know.. I was thinking: is this a one clever way to write chars off or.. but I loved the way story developed and how they solved the problem, without credit for them but still.. And the only thing that is leaving me more and more wonder is, what they are planning with Will. Moving him more and more away from the path of story? Or are they planning to bring vice president more in to the story? I am not sure.. but there is something coming, I think.moreless
Joaquim de Almeida

Joaquim de Almeida

Carlos Carrio

Guest Star

Josef Sommer

Josef Sommer

Steve Gaines

Guest Star

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Roy Turner

Guest Star

Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald

Carol Fitzpatrick

Recurring Role

Melissa Marsala

Melissa Marsala

Rina

Recurring Role

Mindy Seeger

Mindy Seeger

Chris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Toby and Gaines exit the Russell Senate office building, it's not the real one, but the Postal Museum near Union Station. The real Russell building is a lot closer to the Capitol, which can be seen far in the distance. The Dubliner restaurant is clearly seen in the close background with the Irish flag flying.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Toby: What if I do it? I'll do all the negotiating, you'll have total deniability, no one else in this building has to know.
      Bartlet: And if it blows up, I'm supposed to pretend we've never met?
      Toby: We'll always have Paris.

      "We'll always have Paris" is one of the most famous lines in the history of the film industry (it was voted 43rd in AFI's "100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes"). It's a line from the 1942 film Casablanca, where Rick tells "we'll always..." to Ilsa, meaning they'll have the memory of the peak of their love.

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