The West Wing

Season 2 Episode 20

The Fall's Gonna Kill You

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 02, 2001 on NBC
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Babish menacingly questions CJ and Abbey about their involvement in the MS cover-up while Josh asks Joey Lucas to create a hypothetical poll the gauge the public's reaction; Sam is happy with a projected smaller-than-expected budget surplus; Donna is the only one worried about a Chinese satellite hurling toward the Earth at 2,000 mph.moreless

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  • Is there anything I need to know?

    9.0
    Babish continued to kill it this episode, in his scenes with CJ and Abby. I love how he's completely unimpressed with their clever rejoinders.



    Babish: "CJ?"

    CJ: "Yeah?"

    Babish: "In my entire life I have never found anything charming."



    After going through the same thing with Toby and Josh, Babish letting CJ vent was pretty nice. The man must have the patience of a saint. Well maybe not a saint,



    Babish: "Well I don't care if you trust me or not!

    CJ: Imagine my shock."

    Babish: "I got better things to do with my imagination."

    CJ: "I think this is going really well so far, Oliver, its almost hard to believe that four different women have sued you for divorce!"



    Things got serious pretty quickly though. Babbish trying to bring home how grave the situation is, in his scene with Abby, was just frightening. Josh telling Joey that just by knowing about Bartlet's MS she may be called to testify in front of a grand jury was also pretty sobering news. While on the subject of the scene between Josh and Joey in the airport; I really don't think that poll is going to be of much use. I admittedly know nothing about polling, but asking about a governor just isn't the same as asking about the president. I don't know just bugged me a little.



    It was nice to see the First Lady back in the White House, though I do wish her and Bartlet could have made up. I do think that she has every right to be angry(admittedly not as much as the staffers), it just seems like Bartlet really needs her to get his back right now.



    The scene in Toby's office when Leo comes to get Sam to tell him about Bartlet was excellent. It really got to me when Toby tells Sam that he'll be waiting in his office whenever Leo is done talking to him, and Sam gives him that innocent smile that says he has no idea what's coming. I also really loved the final scene, when Josh and CJ are walking down the street. CJ being at that half-hysterical point, where she doesn't know whether to laugh or cry was a brilliant piece of acting.



    Despite not thinking it was possible, the addition of Babish's character has helped make a near flawless show even better somehow.moreless
  • Raising tension...

    8.7
    Those last episode has been leading to the one point and it is coming in next episode and this is the final built up for it.



    Josh is meeting Joey Lucas and it was nice to see her around again. Abbey and CJ are having hard time with that Babish and they both really take it hard. Then there is Toby who plays "save everyone" and is around after one by one people are asked to see president and they are also told. I think that was somehow maybe the best symbolic part of the episode. The end, when Leo gets Sam and Toby says his line.. It was powerful moment. And Donna again was just funny about worrying about the satellite.moreless
  • The episodes building up to the announcement are so dramatic and great, and this one is no exception. Well written and preformed. Really just fantastic.

    9.1
    *CJ with the Babish is great, I love her interogation, it's just so dark and funny, you know. It's hard to describe but it's just great.

    *I love the scene with Joey Lucas. She is so great and the thing at the airport... It sounds silly to say this episode is "dark" but it's just so serious and dramatic, I love it. "You think were eating more beets?"

    *Sam and his tax cuts. He made a good point but every single time he said the joke thing about not wanting more money, I cringed. The most annoying joke ever. Poor guy though, they always leave Sam out of the loop.

    * I don't like Abbey very much...

    *Big Tobacco, I love this story line because it's so parallel to everything else that's going on.

    *Donna and her satelite. I love Donna.

    *The ending scenes, with Toby telling Sam he'll be there when he comes back, and then the scene with Josh and CJ, CJ laughing hysterically and the thing about the satellite not hitting people... I just really love that scene. I don't know why. I just love it. This whole episode.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

Lee Wilkof

Lee Wilkof

Martin Connelly

Guest Star

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Jane Gentry

Guest Star

Spencer Garrett

Spencer Garrett

Richard Will

Guest Star

Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt

Oliver Babish

Recurring Role

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Joey Lucas

Recurring Role

Peter James Smith

Peter James Smith

Ed

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It is revealed that Abbey Bartlett graduated from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in internal medicine and thorasic medicine.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Josh: You're not talking to me about an agriculture poll.
      Joey: No kidding.
      Josh: You guessed that?
      Joey: You think we're eating more beets?
      Josh: Well, we are, but... that's not important.

    • Toby: We got good reviews on the commencement speech.
      Sam: Yeah.
      Toby: From Maynard Wachtel, of all places.
      Sam: You got a second?
      Toby: He calls you and me the Batman and Robin of speech-writing.
      Sam: Well, I don't think he does...
      Toby: He doesn't, but he should, 'cause that's what we are.
      Sam: Okay.
      Toby: We're Batman and Robin!
      Sam: Which one's which?
      Toby: Look at me, Sam. Am I Robin?
      Sam: I'm not Robin.
      Toby: Yes, you are.
      Sam: Okay, well, let's move off this.
      Toby: You bet, little friend.
      Sam: Listen, we're really not Batman and Robin.
      Toby: No, we'll keep those identities secret. I'm Bruce Wayne, and you're my ward...
      Sam: Toby...
      Toby: ...Dick something.

    • Donna: [terrified] A satellite is gonna crush into the Earth?
      Ed and Larry: Yes!
      Donna: Why are you laughing?
      Ed: We thought it was funny. [The two of them turn to leave.]
      Donna: I'm an assistant. What am I supposed to do with this information?
      Larry: The fax was for C.J., just give it to her when you see her.
      Woman: Donna, they say it's not going to rain this afternoon.
      Donna: Well, that's a relief.

    • Josh: Dale?
      Joey Lucas: (spoken) Yes.
      Josh: He's pretty good looking for an interpreter.
      Joey: (spoken) He's good looking for anybody.

    • Josh: Yeah. (pause) I just brought it up because this Assistant A.G., Martin Connelly, when he left my office this morning he turned and said, "They perpetrated a fraud against the public." And the look on his face when he said it... They want to get these people.
      Leo: We're not big tobacco.

    • C.J.: You guys are like Butch and Sundance peering over the edge of a cliff to the boulder filled rapids 300 feet below thinking you better not jump 'cause there's a chance you might drown. The President has this disease and has been lying about it and you're concerned that the polling might make us look bad? It's the fall that's going to kill you.

    • Oliver Babish: What made you go into the room?
      C.J. : The sound of a Stueben glass pitcher crashing to the floor.
      Babish: What did you think had happened?
      C.J.: I didn't know.
      Babish: Well, what did you think?
      C.J.(sarcastically): Well, at first glance, I thought he might have a virus contracted from a rare African tsetse fly, possibly tropical sprue. I'm not an expert, but I did meet a man once in India.
      Babish: Yeah.
      C.J.: It could be anything with these Presidents. James Polk had diverticulitis.
      Babish: Yeah.
      C.J.: Couldn't digest nuts. I'll tell you what else. One in forty American men wear women's clothing, and we've had well over forty Presidents.
      Babish: Yeah.
      C.J.: I'm just sayin', one of these guys was dancing around the Oval Office in a prom dress. Now let's get to the bottom of that.
      Babish: C.J.?
      C.J.: Yeah?
      Babish: In my entire life I've never found anything charming.
      C.J. (pauses): Really?

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title comes from a line in the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" where Sundance does not want to jump off a cliff into a river because he can't swim. Butch laughs and tells him not to worry because "the fall will probably kill you."

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