The West Wing

Season 2 Episode 12

The Drop In

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 24, 2001 on NBC
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Bartlet has the duty of formally welcoming newly appointed ambassadors from other nations; Leo continues his efforts to get the President to support the "missile shield: defense system", even though the shield doesn't quite work; CJ must ask a popular comedian to turn down an offer to host the Will Rogers dinner; Sam is angered when Toby adds a "drop-in" to Sam's already perfect speech without consulting him.moreless

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  • The Charlie Brown of the White House.

    9.0
    Loved the return of Lord John Marbury. His scenes with Donna and Leo were both hilarious. I feel like posting quotes of all his scenes but I'll try to keep it to a minimum.



    Lord Marbury: "It's as if the Gods themselves insist, we be not long apart, you and I."

    Leo: "They do seem to strongly insist upon that, yes."



    Lord Marbury: "An hour did he say? I'll need some amusement."

    Donna: "Good evening, your Lordship."

    Lord Marbury: "Excellent!"



    The plot with the missile defense system was both thought provoking and hilarious. I can see Leo's point in wanting to make nuclear weapons irrelevant, but I think Marbury was right, in the end someone will always build a better missile and thus the shield is what becomes irrelevant. I also loved Bartlet comparing Leo & the Pentagon to Charlie Brown and Lucy.



    Leo: "We missed it by 137 miles?"

    Bartlet: "When you consider the size of outer space, Leo, that's not so bad. Either way, the words you are looking for are, 'Ohh, good grief!'"



    I loved that even Mrs. Landingham was giving Leo grief about it.



    Toby still seemed to be in campaign mode, in not wanting Bartlet to seem like he was catering to the environmental lobby by admonishing them for not coming out against acts of eco-terrorism. I agree with admonishing them, but not in how or why Toby did it. He admitted to Bartlet that he was doing it because of the politics(its not hard to imagine Toby not having much concern for nature, I think they've mentioned it before), and railroading Sam like that with the drop in was just low.



    Toby reminds me more and more of George from Seinfeld, not the characters themselves but how I react to them. Nine out of ten times they are the best part of any given scene, but occasionally they do something that just really ticks me off. I still love both characters in spite of it though.



    The scenes with CJ and the comic, Cornelius Sykes, were good, but I was hoping CJ was going to be able to workout a happier ending somehow.



    Brilliant episode, not even Toby getting under my skin could bring it down.moreless
  • Many new ambassadors, they miss the missile.. by quite a lot miles.. and Lord John Marbury is back... Looks almost like a dream?

    8.3
    This episode has it's beauty on the variety and difference, the little irony they have on the back. Like CJ, she tried so hard, studied so many things and noone asked about them. And Leo, trying to be nice with Lord Marbury but he makes his point as stands out - as always.



    The other major storyline expect the new ambassadors and Lord Marbury as new ambassador for England, is Sam - he is writing his so perfect speech to make people stand up but Toby changes it in the end and it don't make people stand up and he finds there was little conspiracy against him.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

David Graf

David Graf

Mark Chase

Guest Star

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Corey Sykes

Guest Star

Alberto Isaac

Alberto Isaac

Tada Sumatra

Guest Star

Renée Estevez

Renée Estevez

Nancy

Recurring Role

Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald

Carol Fitzpatrick

Recurring Role

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Delores Landingham

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • CJ's fishbowl has a missile half buried in blue rocks that look like the ocean. A background story is about a missile defense shield that failed and the missile landed in the ocean.

    • When the Swedish ambassador is presented the name of the Swedish king is wrong. His number is missing. It should be 'King Carl the 16th Gustaf'. They could easily omit the numbers but the British ambassador is presented by 'Queen Elizabeth the 2nd'.

      The Swedish ambassador's family is presented very stereotypically, they are all blond and tall.

    • Speaking of Sydney Ellen Wade and the movie The American President, who played the president's Chief of Staff? The answer: Martin Sheen!

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Leo: We missed it by 137 miles?
      Bartlet: When you consider the size of outer space, Leo, that's not so bad. Either way, the words you are looking for are, 'Ohh, good grief!'

    • Lord Marbury: It's as if the Gods themselves insist, we be not long apart, you and I.
      Leo: They do seem to strongly insist upon that, yes.

    • Mrs Landingham: In my day we knew how to protect ourselves.
      Leo: In your day you could pretty much turn back the Indians with a Daniel Boone musket.
      Mrs Landingham: Sarcasm, the grumpy man's wit.

    • Donna: Is it true that Leo can't stand a guy named Lord John Marbury?
      Josh: Why?
      Donna: A reporter asked me.
      Josh: What's a reporter doing talking to you?
      Donna: He's a friend of a friend.
      Josh: Leo McGarry has nothing but respect and affection for Lord John Marbury.
      Donna: That's what I said.
      Josh: Good, because Leo thinks he's a lunatic.

    • Bartlet: You know what you are? You are the Charlie Brown of missile defense. The Pentagon is Lucy.
      Leo: I'm not familiar with the reference.
      Bartlet: Peanuts. Charlie Brown.
      Leo: I've heard of them. I'm just not conversant in them.
      Bartlet: Why?
      Leo: I've never read the comics.
      Bartlet: Leo, were you born at age 55?
      Leo: I know there's a dog...
      Bartlet: Charlie Brown wanted to kick a football and Lucy would hold it, except she'd pull it away at the last minute and Charlie Brown would fall on his butt.
      Leo: That's funny?
      Bartlet: No, but each time Lucy would find a way to convince Charlie Brown that this time she wouldn't pull the ball away. But she would, and once again, Charlie Brown would fall on his butt.
      Leo: And that's funny?
      Bartlet: It's satirical.
      Leo: What's it satirizing?
      Bartlet: The DOD bringing you to the Situation Room every time they run a new missile test so that you'll come to me and tell me how great it works so I'll put money in the NMD system.

    • Bartlet: Sweden has a one hundred percent literacy rate, Leo. One hundred percent! How do they do that?
      Leo: Well, maybe they don't, and they also can't count.

    • Josh: You know, can I say this? Why don't we just give the sixty billion dollars to North Korea in exchange for not bombing us?
      Bartlet: It's almost hard to believe that you're not on the National Security Council.
      Josh: I know, I feel they're missing an important voice.

    • Lord Marbury: You've forgotten that it doesn't work.
      Leo: You know what I haven't forgotten?
      Lord Marbury: What?
      Leo: That we opened up a big can of whupass on you at Yorktown!

  • NOTES (1)

    • In this episode the president gives a speech to the fictional Global Defense Coucil. This is also the name of the environmental organization where Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) works in the movie "The American President", also written by Aaron Sorkin.

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