The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 10

The Stormy Present

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Josh went to Yale Law School.

    • It was something of a faux pas that the First Lady didn't attend the funeral of a former President with her husband.

    • Diana Douglas is the mother of actor Michael Douglas with whom Martin Sheen is close friends.

    • When the president is visiting the Lincoln Memorial at the end of the episode he appears to be completely alone. Normally, there would be secret service agents not far away.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Toby: Who needs Dante, I'm on my way to hell at 30,000 feet.

      This is a reference to Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy. In the first part of the poem Dante explains what Hell looks like.

    • Toby sings "Suicide is Painless"

      The song sung by Toby is the theme song to M*A*S*H. The version with the words can be heard in the movie when they hold a mock funeral for the dentist 'Jawbreaker'.

    • Josh: "Go Whalers!"

      The Hartford Whalers were Connecticut's hockey (NHL) team until 1997, when they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and became the Carolina Hurricanes.