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  • Season 7 Episode 22: Tomorrow

  • The letter Jed writes to Matt reads


    To President Santos,

    Congratulations to you and your family. May your wisdom and experience guide you through the next four years.
    Remember we can't always do great things but we can do the things with great luck!

    Josiah


    Interestingly, in the scene where Santos opens the letter, the last line is missing and it's signed Best Wishes, Jed Bartlet, which he did not have time to write when he was finishing it with Debbie. His pen strokes match that of Josiah. They must have filmed Matt's scene before Jed's and he added to the letter covering up the existing signature. Ironically the missing line would have made Matt smile.

  • If you pause on Toby's pardon letter, you will note two things. First, Toby is given "a full and unconditional pardon." Unlike the real world case involving "Scooter" Libby, this means that Toby not only doesn't serve jail time, but that he also retains all the rights and duties of U.S. Citizenship.
    Second, as noted elsewhere in this section, there are words missing. It is the year that the inauguration takes place. This is probably intentional on the producers part to prevent the series from being fixed to a specific timeframe.

  • Goof: When Abbey asks the President who thought January would be a good time for an outdoor ceremony, he responds, "Jefferson, Adams, Franklin." The inauguration was moved to January 20 by the Twentieth Amendment, and first held on that date in 1937. From 1789 it had been held on March 4.

  • The copy of the United States Constitution is at least the third gift the Bartlets gave Charlie Young during the series. The other gifts are:

    A carving knife made by Paul Revere for the Bartlet Family (episode "Shibboleth" (Season 2, Episode 8)).

    DVD player and two discs (episode "Stirred" (Season 3 Episode 17)). The President gives Charlie this gift because he's impressed by how much Charlie gave to charity. Originally Charlie planned to buy the DVD and a DVD movie with a tax refund, which Charlie didn't get.

    President Bartlet's recommendation to Georgetown Law School for Charlie (episode "Tomorrow" (Season 7, Episode 22)). Some might not view a recommendation, though, as a gift.

  • When Abbey mentions things to the President that he probably can't remember how to do in the real world, one of them is riding a bicycle. The audiences first introduction to President Bartlet is that he crashed his bicycle into a tree.

  • Goof: When the President and the President-Elect are on their way to the inauguration the sort of limousine they travel in, changes between the scenes.

  • Goof: If you pause the scene that shows a close-up of Toby's pardon, you can see that it is missing a few words at the end.

  • Goof: In the final scene, after CJ has spoken with the man with the little girl, the camera cranes up from the street to show the White House in all its glory. Just as the street is going out of view, an extra waves at the camera.

  • When President Bartlet made his first appearance on screen he was walking with a cane, kinda fitting that when he left office he was also walking with a cane.

  • Aaron Sorkin appears as an extra in the Inauguration sequence.

    As the camera pans the crowd at the Inauguration, it stops on a few people in particular. In between shots of Bartlet, Santos and Josh/Donna is one shot of a man the fans may not recognize on sight - series creator Aaron Sorkin.

  • Season 7 Episode 19: Transition

  • Second time Josh interrupts Sam at his work in a meeting to recruit him. First time was shown in In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1, for the first Bartlet campaign.

  • Season 7 Episode 18: Requiem

  • When entering her office, in the beginning, CJ tells Margaret to check if the United States' ambassador in Berlin is still awake, but in the next scene we learn it is 1:30pm Washington's time, so it's only 7:30pm in Berlin. It is highly unlikely that anyone carrying a state job would be sleeping by that hour.

  • 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.

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