The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 19

Talking Points

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 21, 2004 on NBC
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Josh is anguished when he realizes that his successful trade negotiation skills managed to create the opportunity for a computer company to move 17,000 jobs to India, which means that the administration can't deliver on the promises he and Jed made to the head of the communications workers union during Jed's first presidential campaign; C.J. is unsuccessful in lighting a fire under the press to write about the malfeasance she discovers in the FCC's new media ownership rules until she hits them where they sit; Donna lobbies for an increase in her job responsibilities, and gives Josh the silent treatment until she lands a place on a Congressional delegation to the Middle East; Jed asks Fitz to come out of retirement to accompany the Congressional delegation to the Middle East; Josh gets unsettling news about Ryan's new job and the lessons Ryan learned working for him; Kate Harper, the new Deputy National Security Advisor, fails to win over Jed and Debbie in her first day on the job; C.J. once again completely misreads Ben's intentions when he attempts to reach her on the day she leaves for Brussels.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Mary McCormack

    Mary McCormack

    Kate Harper

    Guest Star

    Brian Kerwin

    Brian Kerwin

    Ben Dryer

    Guest Star

    Daniel Hugh Kelly

    Daniel Hugh Kelly

    James Cook

    Guest Star

    Lily Tomlin

    Lily Tomlin

    Debbie Fiderer

    Recurring Role

    John Amos

    John Amos

    Percy Fitzwallace

    Recurring Role

    Jesse Bradford

    Jesse Bradford

    Ryan Pierce

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Carol: Ben needs to stop by before you leave for Brussels.
        C.J.: No. Tell him it's a bad day. He can't. Tell him I'll call him from the plane.
        Toby: You're going to Belgium. He wants to make sure you don't sample the endive.
        C.J.: I can't become one of those women who wait by the phone, eyes a-fluttering.
        Toby: "Eyes a- fluttering"?
        C.J.: You know, parasol's a-twirling.
        Toby: Ah.

      • Bartlet: Anybody got any crayons so I can color in my Ph. D.?

      • Ryan: Where you going?
        Josh: To meet Congressman McKenna.
        Ryan: That's funny, actually.
        Josh: No, it isn't funny. He's a two-bit jerk of a House member. He holds us hostage every time we have a budget or a trade deal, or enough discretionary authority to buy an ice cream cone. I've got the Speaker of the House in ten minutes. I'm gonna smile, bob my head, and stick him in the outbox.
        (The two walk into the Roosevelt Room together)
        Josh: Beat it. I've got a meeting.
        Ryan: So do I's the thing.
        Josh: It's just me and McKenna.
        Ryan: I'm his new Legislative Director. Hi. He figured it'd be leverage enough that he's on two authorizing committees and can stall half your budget priorities. Is this the part where you smile and bob your head?

      • Josh:Tell Donna wherever Skippy the translator's going, she should go, too.
        Ryan (as Josh is walking away) He says give that dashing, young Ryan a great big...
        Donna: Harpo can hear, bright boy.

      • Ryan: Today's my last day at the White House.
        Josh: Thank you.
        Ryan: I was hoping you'd give a toast at my going-away party.
        Josh: How about a plaque, for best impersonation of a blue blazer?
        Ryan: So, you're coming to the party?
        Josh: I'm having my own celebration with five cloves of garlic and the cast of "The Exorcist."

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Bartlet: Hey, listen: Any economic advancement involves what Schumpeter called "creative destruction."

        Joseph Alois Schumpter (1883-1950) was an Austrian economist was the first person who used the term "creative destruction" in 1942 in his work Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. He stated "process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one." Essentially, it means that creative destruction happens when something new kills something old. He also stated that creative destruction was the essential part of capitialism.

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