The West Wing

Season 6 Episode 2

The Birnam Wood

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 27, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Farad asks Jed how old his children and grandchildren are, Jed tells him that Annie, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin's daughter, started high school last week. This does not fit in with the timeline of the series because Annie was twelve in the pilot.

    • Gen. Alexander makes reference to "The Kingdom of Syria", but Syria is a republic, not a kingdom.

  • Quotes

    • Toby: You could give every Palestinian man, woman, and child an Uzi and they still wouldn't be a match for the IDF.
      Mazar: And we have no intention of letting that change.

    • Bartlet: Any ideas on how to break the logjam?
      Josh: Too bad Congress isn't here. They'd just cook the books and hold a press conference.

  • Notes

    • Standing in for Camp David in this episode is ThorpeWood, an environmental education center located on a 110-acre nature preserve nestled in a secluded, heavily forested stream valley 1,500 feet high on Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.

    • The title of this episode is a reference to Shakespeare's Macbeth, in which a prophecy had stated "Fear not, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane" and then news arrives that the grove appears to be moving. So The Birnam Wood moving would be a portent of unexpected disaster. Alternatively, it could represent something coming to pass that was thought to be impossible, such as an agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis.

  • Allusions