The West Wing

NBC (ended 2006)




  • Season 2 Episode 22: Two Cathedrals

  • Goof: In the teaser, when Margaret hands Leo a note he puts on his glasses to read it. Then a rear shot is shown and Leo puts his glasses on again.

  • Bartlet's motorcade to the State Department press conference passes the National Cathedral in a path so leisurely that it staggers the imagination -- minimally a seven mile trip, rather than the actual one mile direct distance between the White House and State Department.

  • Goof: About eleven minutes into the episode, Bartlet puts a pair of glasses into his left shirt pocket. Two very quick camera shots later, the glasses are in his right pocket.

  • Season 2 Episode 21: 18th and Potomac

  • In the episode, Joey Lucas says that "we are eating more beets" at the conclusion of her report on the opinion poll.

    Gary Trudeau, a famous political cartoonist who has lampoons the real world President and White House, once had a collection of his comics collected in a book entitled "We Are Eating More Beets", some of which include cartoons on the Reagan/ Bush White House and what was part of the Presidental coverup of that time period.

  • Pump Action Shotguns aside, the Marines would not be armed with M-14s. The M-14 was replaced as the standard individual weapon by the M-16 in the early '70s.

  • The subplot about a military coup in Haiti includes two serious errors. First, there has been no army in Haiti since early 1995 to launch such a coup - the army was disbanded following the American invasion in the fall of 1994. Second, the National Security Advisor tells the Chief of Staff that there are "37 Marines armed with M-14's" guarding the embassy. I served at that embassy at the time the episode aired (and was consequently curious to see if I would be "rescued") and can assure you that, while we had a great group of young Marines, there were nowhere near 37 of them and their standard weapons were pump action shotguns. Most of the security force was, in fact, unarmed locally hired Haitians.

  • Nancy states that the Haitians have two Bradleys with 120 mm cannons. The Bradley is an IFV and has a 25 mm autocannon. The M1A1 Abrahms MBT has a 120 mm gun. Neither is in service with the Haitian army, since the Haitian army no longer exists.

  • Season 2 Episode 20: The Fall's Gonna Kill You

  • It is revealed that Abbey Bartlett graduated from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in internal medicine and thorasic medicine.

  • Season 2 Episode 19: Bad Moon Rising

  • CJ's fishbowl decoration changes 3/4 of the way through the episode. Now it is a $100 bill. This is about the sub-plot about bailing out Mexico with money.

  • CJ's fishbowl has a piece of pipe with some black fluid coming out of it (fake of course). A sub-plot of this episode is about an oil tanker running aground and leaking oil.

  • Leo and Oliver (Babish) were both, apparently, born in Chicago, Illinois.

  • In "Mr. Willis of Ohio", during the President's kidnapping speech, Zoey pointed out that she was starting college in a month and that she was 19 years old. In this episode Charlie states that Zoey was 17 when she applied for college and her health form required a parent's signature. She would have been 17 when she applied to college and 19 when she started attending.

    It is also said in that episode that she is starting Georgetown in the spring, leaving at least a semester if not more (say, since she was still 17) in between graduating high school and starting Georgetown. She may have started at a different university, perhaps one that didn't give her the college experience she wanted. It is unlikely that she was held back enough to graduate high school in January at 19.

  • Season 2 Episode 18: 17 People

  • When Toby refers to the shooting in Rosslyn, VA, he mentions it took place "last May" while in the episode "The Midterms," the shooting was clearly indicated to have taken place in August.

  • Season 2 Episode 17: The Stackhouse Filibuster

  • Senator Stackhouse appears to be a left-leaning Democrat in this episode, but previous mentions show him leaning to the right in opposition to the President. "In This White House" mentions Stackhouse as one of the men Capital Beat tried to get to speak on the right in opposition to Sam, before they went with Ainsley Hayes. "Mandatory Minimums" also shows him on the right of the issue.

  • In the scene where Josh is writing his e-mail to his mother (and thanks her for the shoes), you can see the text of his e-mail jump rapidly to include new paragraphs much faster than he types. When he turns from his conversation with Donna to begin seriously writing the e-mail, the text has shrunk to only one paragraph.

  • Season 2 Episode 16: Somebody's Going to Emerg...

  • The story that Josh relates to Sam about Abraham Lincoln signing a pardon for Patrick Murphy, a California soldier, on the day he was assassinated, though thought to be true at the time, was revealed to be a fraud in 2011.

  • In one scene, the president puts his glasses in his left pocket and then two shots later retrieves them from his right.

  • Mercator is named here as a German cartographer, while he is in fact a Belgian (Flemish) one. He was the most respected and famous map maker of his time (16th century) and well beyond that.

  • Season 2 Episode 15: Ellie

  • The Family Values Leadership Council which is opposed to the movie "Prince of New York" does not exist. However, it does sound extremely close to a real council called Family Research Council.

  • The movie "Prince of New York", which is described as "an updated version of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot which tells the story of a Christ-like epileptic young man who embodies goodness, but encounters sex, crime, and family dysfunction, does not actually exist.

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