The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 12

The Two Bartlets

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 30, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Donna is worried about having to do jury duty, but the biggest problem is that she's going to have difficulty reporting for it. In "Election Night" Donna votes by absentee ballot because her place of residency is still in Wisconsin. When called for jury duty, it is to a local court as decided by your residency. If she needs to report 'tomorrow,' she's not assisting Josh the next day, she's in Wisconsin.

    • We learn that President Bartlet was abused as a child.

    • Leo makes reference to the USS Thurmont battle group. The official name of Camp David is "NSF Thurmont", which they use as the name of a season 6 episode.

    • The President makes reference to the fact that "his family signed the Declaration of Independence" which, I assume, is a reference to the first signer of the document, appropriately named "Josiah Bartlett." What was the point of Sorkin changing the spelling of his character's name to one "t" rather than the two reflected on the declaration---if he was going to so tightly align the President with the forefather?

    • In offering Amy a Tahitian style cocktail, Josh refers to the rum as "Bacardi 451". Whew, definitely a Hawaiian Punch!

      Note: There is no such drink called "Bacardi 451." There is "Bacardi 151" because of its proof. It is 75.5% alcohol by volume. It is HIGHLY advised to NOT drink this straight. It is recommended to mix with other beverages.

  • Quotes

    • C.J.: The cow made out of butter? That's how I like my irony served my friend.

    • C. J.: How can you not want to see the butter cow?
      Toby: I'm that way.
      C. J.: You understand, it's a life-size cow made entirely of butter.
      Toby: We're not going.
      C. J.: There's also a butter Elvis, and a butter Last Supper which has, I swear to God, Toby...
      Toby: Butter on the table?
      C. J.: It's got butter on the table! Right there between butter James and butter Peter. An almost mind-blowing vortex of art and material that dares the viewer to recall Marcel Duchamp.

    • C. J.: I'm the wrong Democrat to talk to about [affirmative action].
      Toby: Why?
      C. J.: Because... After my father fought in Korea, he became what this government begs every college graduate to become. He became a teacher. And he raised a family on a teacher's salary, and he paid his taxes and always crossed at the green. And any time there was opportunity for career advancement, it took him an extra five years because invariably there was a less qualified black woman in the picture. So instead of retiring as superintendent of the Ohio Valley Union Free School District, he retired head of the math department at William Henry Harrison Junior High.

    • Josh: I'm buying plane tickets right now. I'm making reservations.
      Amy: Go.
      Josh: I'm going.
      Amy: You're not going fast enough.
      Josh: I'm saying, when I walk out that door, I'm buying plane tickets.
      Amy: I'm saying, when I walk out that door, I'm buying new bikinis.
      Josh: I'm going fast now.

    • Toby: It was Dr. Jekyll and Uncle Fluffy all over again.

    • Toby: Your father used to hit you, didn't he, Mr. President?
      Bartlet: Excuse me?
      Toby: Your father used to hit you, sir?
      Bartlet: Yeah.
      Toby: Not like a spanking.
      Bartlet: He hit me. Why?
      Toby: He punched you.
      Bartlet: I'm done being polite now.
      Toby: He did it because you made him mad, but you didn't know why.
      Bartlet: Toby, it was a complicated relationship. Can I help you?
      Toby: It was because you were smarter than he was.
      Bartlet: It was a complicated relationship.
      Toby: He didn't like you, sir. That's why he hit you. That's why people hit each other. He didn't like you. You were smarter than he was.
      Bartlet: Why are we talking about this?
      Toby: So maybe if you get enough votes, win one more election, you know? Maybe your father...
      Bartlet: You have stepped way over the line! Any other president would have your ass on the sidewalk right now.
      Toby: Yes sir.
      Bartlet: They'd have had your ass on the sidewalk a long time ago. I don't know what the hell goes on in a Brooklyn shrink's office, but get it the hell out of my house!

  • Notes

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Bradley Whitford was nominated for the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode and in "H-Con-172"

      Won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series with several other episodes (Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Kevin Falls, Alex Graves, Christopher Misiano, Michael Hissrich, Kristin Harms, Llewellyn Wells)

    • Music: When Josh and Amy meet up at his house "Red, Red Wine" by UB40 plays. The song is from the album Labour of Love.

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