The West Wing

Season 2 Episode 6

The Lame Duck Congress

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 08, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Senator Tony Marino states that he had ten weeks of his term left to serve after being voted out in the general election.
      US elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November and a Senator's term expires on January 3. If Senator Marino had ten weeks of his term left to serve after being defeated in the election, he would have been defeated in late October not early November.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: Wherever it was that you studied baton twirling.
      Ainsley: That'd be Harvard Law School.

    • Senator Marino: 'Nobody expects, nobody expects.' Toby, it seems to me, that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.

    • Josh: People that lose the ability to pinch? I gotta tell you, I don't know from where they summon the ability to go on.

    • Ainsley: You want me to summarize your recommendation and give it to the President.
      Sam: Yeah, then I want you to skip to Tijuana in a Dirndl skirt.

    • Sam: I don't need your help. I'm asking for your help so let's not make a federal...
      Ainsley: [into her phone] Dad, it's me. Sam's asking for my help.
      Sam: Put the phone down.
      Ainsley: [into her phone] Gotta go, dad, I need to help Sam.
      Sam: That must have rolled them in the aisles back in Georgia.
      Ainsley: I'm from North Carolina.
      Sam: Wherever it was you studied baton twirling.
      Ainsley: That'll be Harvard Law School.

    • Bartlet: Charlie!
      Charlie: Yes, sir?
      Bartlet: Could I have a couple of aspirin? Or a weapon of some kind to kill people with?

  • Notes

    • While Toby is having lunch with Sen. Tony Marino about calling Congress back into session, Marino says: "It seems to me that more and more we come to expect less and less from each other."

      As Aaron Sorkin does throughout his writing tenure on "The West Wing," he steals a line from his previous show, "Sports Night." Josh Charles, playing Dan Rydell says basically the same line in the Season 2 episode, "April is the Cruelest Month."

  • Allusions