The West Wing

Season 7 Episode 2

The Mommy Problem

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2005 on NBC
8.4
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Santos and Vinick have to deal with press fallout when it looks like the Bartlet White House is not going to continue the investigation into the press leaks.

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  • Good episode.

    7.7
    Don't have level two clearance, but the inaccuracies in the cast lists in this season should be noted. The Mommy Problem page does correctly note that Dulé Hill, Janel Maloney, Joshua Malina, Kristin Chenowith, John Spencer and Mary McCormack do not appear in this episode. However, it is not noted that Martin Sheen does not appear in this episode. He's not here in this one. Alan Alda is credited but he is only seen briefly on television and has maybe one-two lines. Another solid episode, although abviously not as good as the best episodes when this show was hot.moreless
  • Not a lot to The Mommy Problem, except Enter Mandy 2: Electric Bugaloo. I think I'm in love with Marlee Matlin though.

    8.2
    Seriously, I want to know, is it possible to watch an episode featuring Marlee Matlin's Joey Lucas and not fall in love with her? The only time she's ever rubbed me the wrong way was in Take This Sabbath Day, but after that she's rocked my world, and she was also amazing in this one. Lol, of course the only to laugh at Josh's joke is the deaf girl.



    I'm less in love with Louise Thornton. Or Lou Thornton, or whatever the hell I'm supposed to call her. I like Janeane Garafolo and all, (when her eyebrows are in control) but... Lou is very Mandy-esque... and there was a reason why that character didn't work. I'm not looking forward to her as Communications Director but, I do know that she's not going to have any sexual tension with anyone, i.e. Josh (as opposed to every other woman Josh is put around) so that's good.



    Toby, C.J. all of them were good in this episode, as was Josh as usual. And did I spy Carol? Why yes, I believe that I did! Nice use of Jet Liner in the beginning too. All of it was solid but... very... unspectacular.



    A big whopping load of props goes to Marlee Matlin of course.moreless
  • Candidato Santos avanza en su campana con los clasicos contratiempos del rival republicano, y ahora se une la falta de comunicacion con los miembros de su propio partido

    9.0
    La Casa Blanca ha optado por no volver a comentar el incidente de la estacion espacial militar, y dejar todo en manos de una comision investigadora. Ello, favorece a los Republicanos para advertir a los votantes sobre los fallos de seguridad que se tiene al ser gobernados por los democratas. Ademas, Santos no se manifiesta a lo largo de este embrollo sobre el tema, quedando frente a la opinion publica como un desconocido de la materia, cuando ellos procuran meter en agenda el tema laboral en la ciudadania.



    Por otro lado, Josh sigue siendo el cerebro de campaña para Santos, pero se da cuenta que por si mismo no podra conseguir el objetivo. Es por ello que pide ayuda a Louise "Lou" Thornton, quien no tiene inconvenientes en dar su punto de vista sobre temas de comunicaciones en beneficio de los democratas. Santos la escucha, y decide que tanto ella como Josh deben trabajar juntos, para contar con las posiciones bipolares y no unilaterales sobre los acontecimientos de la campaña.



    Debido a que los planes de Josh figuran una agenda para temas domesticos, de defensa y neutrales, Santos le indica que los tres temas seran tocados por igual, pues el segundo punto le favorece el haber servido a su pais durante el primer conflicto del Golfo como miembro de las Fuerzas Aereas, lo cual sacara lustre cuando realice una practica delante de los medios de prensa, a sabiendas que su rival Vinick nunca sirvio a su pais en conflictos armados, siendo su profesion el ser un burocrata de saco y corbata.



    ****



    La actuacion de Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) ha sido impecable. Sus ansias de poder lo llevan a tomar las riendas de las elecciones. Pero a pesar de ello, siempre va a necesitar ayuda. Otro punto que ha sabido calar en la serie es el actual conflicto entre Josh y Toby Ziegler, interpretado magnificamente por Richard Schiff. Desde que vieramos la pelea a puño limpio en el episodio Drought Conditions, ambos personajes no se han dirigido la palabra, salvo por cortesia. Es mas, al inicio de la presente temporada, no cruzan palabra entre ellos, lo cual nos puede hacer pensar que, en efecto, la lucha entre ambos cerebros democratas continuara a lo largo de la serie.



    El incidente del cuarto de hotel, donde Santos aparece como un experto sexual, sale a un segundo plano, el cual no merece la pena hacer mayor comentario.



    TWW sigue siendo una de las mejores series emitidas hasta el momento sobre las idas y venidas en el campo del poder politico. Seguire esperando a Donna y su futuro ingreso en campaña.moreless
  • The Santos campaign takes one more step closer to the West Wing!

    8.9
    Very good. The writers are trying very hard to make sure it looks like a Santos win. The previous episode had the president stepping out of a limo 3 years later. there is no mistaking it was or some one who looks like Jimmy Smits. The first two episodes of the season very very positive for the Santos campaign. One thing I haven\'t heard mentioned is the fact that Santos is very good looking compared to Vinick. That would win an election for him in the real world. Let\'s see if it holds true. I was afraid the show would lose me after the last two seasons, but I now feel the show has come back very strong. There was some humor in the last two shows that has been missing for a while. I am very excited to continue watching. My hat off to the producers for bring this show back from the dead. My only hope to make it better is to bring Charlie back and make him a major contributor to the campaign. What happened with him and Zoey?moreless
  • Again, the spotlight is on the democratic headquarters. The White house created a problem for themselves and for Santos.

    9.5
    Todays episode was terrific. Again, so much going on. I have no idea if they think "Commander in chief" is their rival, but with these kind of episodes they don't have a problem.

    We could see a bit of the humor that Sorkin kept in "The West wing" for 4 seasons ; Josh was terrific in those parts, Santos, surprisingly as well. When he stepped in front of the press, and as they expected the big reaction to the stopping the investigation story, he simply said: "There's no way that was steel-enforced bed". Great bit!

    A new character Loise is also great, and she brought that dose of spunk in the show which is needed in the during the campaign.

    Can't wait for the new episode.moreless
Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

Josh Lyman

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Senator Arnold Vinick (Episodes 123-)

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Matthew Santos (Episodes 114-)

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Annabeth Schott

Ken Meseroll

Ken Meseroll

Pundit #1

Guest Star

Liann Pattison

Liann Pattison

Consultant #1

Guest Star

William Charlton

William Charlton

Consultant #3

Guest Star

Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien

Kenny Thurman

Recurring Role

Karis Campbell

Karis Campbell

Ronna

Recurring Role

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Joey Lucas

Recurring Role

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    • Josh (to media consultants): This is probably the greatest assemblage of Democratic talent since the last time Jed Bartlet dined alone.

      An allusion to the President Kennedy address given to a group of Nobel Prize winners who were honored with a dinner at the White House. President Kennedy said, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

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