The West Wing

Season 6 Episode 14

The Wake Up Call

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2005 on NBC
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Valentine's Day starts badly when the Iranian air force shoots down a British airliner, killing 100 passengers. The U.K. Prime Minister threatens to retaliate by bombing nuclear reactor sites, which could doom future support for political reformers in Iran. But C.J. has made an agreement with Abbey to allow the President to get more rest, and she is reluctant to awaken him at 5 A.M. to deal with the crisis. Meanwhile, Toby and a visiting law professor answer questions from a foreign delegation that is trying to write a new constitution for the former Soviet Republic of Belarus, and harried staffers pass the buck of Leo's traditional meeting with the new Miss World.moreless

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Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing

Abbey Bartlet (Episodes 45-, recurring previously)

Claudia Lynx

Claudia Lynx

Miss World

Guest Star

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Prof. Lawrence Lessig

Guest Star

Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin

Mr. Zubatov

Guest Star

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Annabeth Schott

Recurring Role

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

Lord John Marbury

Recurring Role

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

Miles Hutchinson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this series Miss World is Lyonpo Palden Wangchuk of Bhutan, outside of the West Wing The House of Wangchuk is the royal family of Bhutan.

    • When C.J., Hutchinson and Harper are in the Situation Room discussing the shot-down plane, C.J. refers to the RC-135 as "a 737 with a large dish on it". That would be an AWACS, or E-3 Sentry. The RC-135 doesn't have a radar dish on it and it resembles a four-engined 707, not a twin-engined 737.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Bartlet: If an American dies and there is even the slightest suspicion of international intrigue, she's supposed to wake me.
      Leo: Since when? If I had used that rule, you'd be dead by now of sleep deprivation.

    • Toby: You're not planning on writing a constitution this week?
      Lessig: The document is just a beginning. A constitutional democracy succeeds only if the constitution reflects democratic values alive in the citizenry. Which is why our most important job is to instill those values in their leaders through discussion and debate.

    • Toby: I don't think a strong executive is such a good idea... Half the faculty at Yale Law describes the American Presidential system as one of this country's most dangerous exports... It is a recipe for constitutional breakdown!
      Lessig: Well, I can see this is going to be a vibrant discussion.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Bartlet is listening to the aria known as "The Willow Song" from Guiseppe Verdi's opera "Otello". It is also available in collections such as this CD of Shakespeare in Music.

    • Professor Lawrence Lessig, played in this episode by Christopher Lloyd, is a real person, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard University who had a hand in drafting the constitution for the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

    • Bradley Whitford, Jimmy Smits, Janel Moloney and Joshua Malina do not appear in this episode. Alan Alda's image appears briefly in a televised news report but he has no on-screen credit.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • C.J. (to Leo): You take the French, I'll take Chet and Kate can stay and entertain Lord Flibbertigibbet. (refering to Lord Marbury)

      Flibbertigibbet was a character in Anglo-Saxon mythology and has come to refer to anyone who's overly talkative and overly whimsical.

    • C.J.: Are we gonna throw on sailor caps and chase after Miss Turnstiles?

      C.J Asks this after the President suggests that she and he and Toby go out "On the Town." On the Town was a musical and then a movie about three sailors who are let loose on a 24 hour pass in New York where one is on a quest to meet the town's reigning beauty of the month... Miss Turnstiles.

    • Annabeth: Your ticktock.

      A running gag done by Annabeth is that she uses the word "ticktock." This is yet another sly reference to Cheno's character, Glinda, in "Wicked." In Act 2, she says, "Excuse us, just a ticktock."

    • The tune Annabeth is humming for Valentine's Day while handing out chocolates is "My Funny Valentine," one of the most beloved songs on Kristin Chenoweth's first solo CD, Let Yourself Go.

    • Professor Lawrence Lessig: "...we were having a most stimulating discussion on The Rule Against Perpetuities."
      The Rule Against Perpetuities is an ancient rule of property law which according to one first year law professor is never used in the real world practice of law but states: No future interest is valid unless it can be shown that it will necessarily vest, if at all, no later than 21 years after some life in being at the creation of the interest.

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