The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 13

The Warfare of Genghis Khan

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2004 on NBC
8.1
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An unlikely party comes to the aid of the administration as it seeks to discover the party responsible for nuclear testing in the Indian Ocean; Will is unhappy, but his boss doesn't seem to mind, when a request to beef up the Vice President's issue profile results in Toby's handing him boring, low-level minutae; Josh dismisses a NASA proposal for a manned Mars mission until an agency staffer shows him the error of his ways; a conservative talk show host makes a pathetic attempt to bait C.J. into appearing on his show.moreless

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  • A great West Wing.

    9.0
    West wing never has a shortage of great episodes every season, this is probably the first great episode of The West Wing since Aaron Sorkin left at the end of season 4, the use of the Nuclear threat with Israel also with Josh and his N.A.S.A make it a truly compelling episode, we even in the end come to understand Israel\'s reason for testing their bomb and sympathize with them, at the end of the episode we hear the music of Blind Willie Johnson which mixes in amazingly well with Jed looking at the images of the nuclear blast. This is truly one of the best west wing episodes.moreless
  • Stars and nuclear bombs..

    8.5
    So, this episode had quite intense atmosphere and quite many different storylines. I think the nuclear threat one was probably the most intense.. having that motion and that great conflict all around. I loved Toby, trying to find a peaceful solution for it, but it did not seemed to work as they were considering UN. And the way, they figured out who did that testing.. loved that twist.



    And then ofcourse Josh and his NASA storyline.. that stargazing was great idea, and the idea he presented to Donna.. good to see him doing little dreaming.



    And CJ and being out of a loop.. Great and though provoking.moreless
  • A whodunit story about nuclear bomb testing, where the VP helps solve the mystery. Josh meets with NASA reps about landing humans on mars!

    9.5
    I absolutely loved the contrast about the two different facets of technology! The two very different uses of technology (nuclear bomb vs. space shuttle to mars) were presented in a wonderfully contrasting manner! Josh's speech to Donna about that very fact- about how we have used technology and how we may use it, and how that was shown while the Isralie PM was entering was very effective.

    More is revealed about the VP's character and why exactly Jed chose him was highlighted by his unexpected assistance in solving the entire mystery about who was testing nuclear weapons!

    Also I loved the star gazing scenes and CJ's entire side story of being called a chicken!!moreless
Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr

Taylor Reid

Guest Star

Christina Chang

Christina Chang

Alex Moreau

Guest Star

Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl

Eli Zahavy

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Nicholas Alexander

Recurring Role

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Nancy McNally

Recurring Role

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

Miles Hutchinson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Alex tells Josh that the sky is blue because blue has the shortest wavelength of visible light. That's incorrect -- violet has the shortest wavelength.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Josh: Voyager, in case it's ever encountered by extraterrestrials, is carrying photos of life on earth, greetings in fifty-five languages, and a collection of music from Gregorian chant to Chuck Berry, including "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" by 1920s bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, whose stepmother blinded him at seven by throwing lye in his eyes after his father beat her for being with another man. He died penniless of pneumonia after sleeping bundled in wet newspapers in the ruins of his house that burned down, but his music just left the solar system.

    • Leo: Technology is at a standstill. We don't even have the Concorde any more.
      Josh: Personal computers?
      Leo: A more efficient delivery system for gossip and pornography? Where's my jet pack? My colonies on Mars? What a waste.

    • Alex: Everything, every atom in our bodies, comes from exploding stars. I guess Joni Mitchell was right: "We are stardust.."
      Josh: Or, put another way, nuclear waste.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Alex: Joni Mitchell was right: "We are stardust."

      The chorus of the song "Woodstock," written by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is, "We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." This song has also been recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

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