The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 13

The Warfare of Genghis Khan

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.