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  • Season 7 Episode 17: Election Day (Part 2)

  • The Santos house features three different staircases in three different episodes.

    In the season 6 episode "Impact Winter", the staircase inside the front door to the house can be seen leading away from the door to the left of the hall.

    In season 7, in the episode "Running Mates", the staircase can be seen coming down from left to right behind the door in a number of scenes,

    Later in season 7, in the two "Election Day" episodes, the staircase has changed yet again, now curving upwards from the right of the door. Either Helen Santos has been doing some extensive remodelling, or different sets were used in each episode.

  • Season 7 Episode 16: Election Day (Part 1)

  • It is visible that none of the campaign staff seems to have voted as through out the day they seems to have stayed in the hotel monitoring the situation of the election, especially Josh noting how cold it is in Texas after the death of Leo, which means he has not yet stepped outside apart from going to the hospital

  • When the Santos' walk into their house, Matt asks where the kids are. Helen replies it's a Tuesday. Most schools are closed on National Election Days.

  • Despite the fact that Josh was shot and had extensive open-heart surgery in the second season, when Josh and Donna are in bed there is no scarring on his chest.

    Likewise, Donna has no scars from the bombing of the CODEL in the end of the fifth/start of the sixth season.

  • The Santos house features three different staircases in three different episodes.

    In the season 6 episode "Impact Winter", the staircase inside the front door to the house can be seen leading away from the door to the left of the hall.

    In season 7, in the episode "Running Mates", the staircase can be seen coming down from left to right behind the door in a number of scenes,

    Later in season 7, in the two "Election Day" episodes, the staircase has changed yet again, now curving upwards from the right of the door. Either Helen Santos has been doing some extensive remodelling, or different sets were used in each episode.

  • Josh talks about people going to the polls in Oregon but the entire state votes by mail.

  • Season 7 Episode 13: The Cold

  • John Spencer's final appearance is in this episode (Leo McGarry) before he unexpectedly died of a heart attack at the age of 59. His character's sudden passing was dealt with in the episodes "Election Day" and "Election Day Part II."

  • Season 7 Episode 10: Running Mates

  • Goof: Will and Kate are eating dinner as they watch the VP debates. At the start of Leo's response about his health, Will's wineglass is on the table near his right hand, with the camera facing Kate and Will. Within the space of a less than one second, as the camera shot changes to behind Will's head and facing the office television, his wineglass is now in his left hand and away from the table.

  • The Santos house features three different staircases in three different episodes.

    In the season 6 episode "Impact Winter", the staircase inside the front door to the house can be seen leading away from the door to the left of the hall.

    In season 7, in the episode "Running Mates", the staircase can be seen coming down from left to right behind the door in a number of scenes.

    Later in season 7, in the two "Election Day" episodes, the staircase has changed yet again, now curving upwards from the right of the door. Either Helen Santos has been doing some extensive remodelling, or different sets were used in each episode.

  • Season 7 Episode 9: The Wedding

  • At the end of Josh's and Leo's scene when the wedding is about to start, the music heard is not "Sorge nel petto" as Will explains at the briefing, but "Lascia ch'io panga" - from Handel's 'Rinaldo' also, but a bit less appropriate (with words that translate as "Let me weep over my cruel fate, And that I long for freedom!") - unless the scriptwriter(s) had a gloomy view of marriage, that is.

  • Season 7 Episode 7: The Debate (West Coast)

  • This version is the one used for all the repeats in syndication and on Bravo.

  • Although the debate episode was done twice, only the West Coast version appears on the Season 7 DVD, and the parts with Ellen DeGeneres were edited out. It would have been nice to have both versions on the set, just for curiosity sake.

  • Season 7 Episode 7: The Debate (East Coast)

  • This is not the first time Alan Alda has ad-libbed as a TV character. When he played Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, an episode called "The Interview" showed the characters being interviewed by a war correspondent. The questions were scripted, but most of the replies were spontaneous.

  • Season 7 Episode 5: Here Today

  • Richard Schiff hated the shuttle leak storyline, as he felt that Toby would never betray the President like that. He justified his character's actions by deciding that Toby was really covering for someone else.

  • Season 7 Episode 4: Mr. Frost

  • CJ's fishbowl: In this episode the fishbowl has what appears to be a crystal like Frost in reference to the person Mr. Frost. In the first scene in CJ's office there is coffee cup in front of the fishbowl, but when the cameras pan back, you can see the frost. The fishbowl is very clearly seen several times in this episode.

  • Season 7 Episode 3: Message Of The Week

  • At about the same time as this episode aired, a real-life news story developed that closely followed the plot. In the show, a religious conservative claims to have private assurances from Vinick that future Supreme Court appointments would be "anti-abortion". In real life, a conservative leader claimed that he had similar inside information about the President's most recent nominee for the Supreme Court.

    It's common for West Wing to develop plots loosely based on news stories, but unusual for a news story to develop at about the same time as a similar plot thread from the show.

  • Season 7 Episode 1: The Ticket

  • SPOILER ALERT: In the opening scene, taking part three years in the future, Toby Zeigler teaching at Columbia University, meaning the question that hung over most of the rest of the season, right up to the final minutes of the finale -- whether Toby would go to jail or be pardoned -- had already been answered.

  • Filming Locations:The first section of the episode was filmed entirely at the University of Southern California. President Bartlet's library is Doheny Library, starting in the Los Angeles Times reference rooms then moving into the lobby. Congressman Santos gives his speech across Alumni Park in Bovard Auditorium. It is possible to see the library from the first scene in the opening shots of the second.

  • When it seems that Leo McGarry is getting cold feet about his role on the ticket, Santos says he can only get out of it by going back on the bottle or by having a heart attack. A few months later John Spencer, the actor playing McGarry, did die of a heart attack, forcing the producers to change the storyline. This scene thus becomes gruesomely prescient.

  • This is Oliver Platt's first appearance on the show since the season 3 episode "Gone Quiet."

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