The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 03, 2002 on NBC

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    This episode is a classic, mixing humour with sincere emotions and teaching a lesson about loyalty. The scenes with Charlie and his tax return are hilarious and at the same time they show Bartlet as a pragmatic politician, not just the idealistic dreamer. The discussion about the Vice-President's role in the coming elections and his possible replacement is astonishingly cold-hearted, yet realistic. When the staff are weighing the pros and cons of putting an alcoholic on the ticket, in the presence of Leo, you can't help but feel how tough life in politics can be.

    I have always felt that Vice-President Hoynes was underused in the series and in this episode he gets to play a serious role, as a martyr. Tim Matheson pulls it off beautifully, and I think it's sad that he was written out later on. Imagine the seventh series with Hoynes as the candidate...

    What makes this episode completely superior to anything else is the amount of one-liners. Were ever so many one-liners stuffed into one show?