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  • Season 3 Episode 21: Posse Comitatus

  • Earlier in the season, there was an episode titled "The Women of Qumar" which was also about the same fictional country.

  • Bartlet: I'm gonna be running for re-election while I'm fighting a war against Qumar.

    Qumar is a fictional country made up by Sorkin.

  • Fitz says that Shareef's plane is a Gulfstream, but the plane we see looks like a Lear jet.

  • Secret Service agents on "body" assignment are required to wear kevlar vests. The bullets struck Donovan in his upper left chest, an area that would be protected by the vest unless a large caliber gun or Teflon ammunition was used in the shooting.

  • Season 3 Episode 20: We Killed Yamamoto

  • Leo: They used a pencil.

    In this episode Leo says that the Russian solution for writing in zero gravity is the use of a pencil. This is an urban myth, It would actually be dangerous, if the tip were to break off and float around freely.

  • David: We have no extradition treaty with Qumar.

    Qumar is not a real country.

  • Fitzwallace uses the example of the Battle of Agincourt to discuss how well enemies were treated if they surrendered. However, Agincourt is an example of the opposite. After the first and second attacks by the French, they had too many prisoners. Fearing the prisoners would overtake them, Henry
    ordered them slaughtered. The code of chivalry does not permit such action, so Henry had his archers aim at the knights and forced them to kill the prisoners.

  • When Donna is at the meeting in Bismarck, North Dakota, there is a banner hanging in the background that says "Democratic Party of North Dakota". North Dakota does not have a Democratic Party. Years ago, the Nonpartisan League merged with the Democratic Party to form the Democratic-Nonpartisan League (Dem-NPL for short), which serves as North Dakota's version of the Democratic Party. The state party is quite adamant about publicizing itself with the full name at all times, and would do so on such a banner.

  • The current duty weapon for the Secret Service is the Sig Sauer P229 9mm semiautomatic pistol, which is the only weapon agents are allowed to carry. If an undercover assignment required the use of a revolver, it would be a short barrelled model, and never a .357 Magnum revolver, since a long barrel prevents quick drawing from a holster.

  • Season 3 Episode 19: The Black Vera Wang

  • CJ's stalker uses an AOL ID, "bill182."

  • Leo and Fitzwallace make two fairly large errors when discussing the possibility that Dover Air Base, Fort Meyer and the White House are possible terror targets.

    First, on the map, all three locations have the same longitude and latitude coordinates, which would put them all on top of each other. As Leo is a former pilot and Fitzwallace is a Navy man, both should have realized instantly that these long/lat coordinates were wrong.

    Following are the correct long/lat indicators:

    39'07Œ42 N,75'27Œ53 W Dover Air Force Base

    38'52Œ49 N,77'4Œ47 W Fort Meyer

    38'53Œ51.61 N,77'2Œ11.58 W The White House

    Second, the long/lat indicators on the maps, 29'30Œ N, 45'45Œ E, are coordinates at a location roughly 130 miles east of Kuwait, and obviously not on the North American continent like the three locations should be. Coincidentally, if the latitude coordinate was changed to west instead of east, it would put all three "targets" in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bartlet: Isn't Shareef supposed to be helping us with intelligence
    out of Qumar?

    Qumar is not a real country.

  • Fitz:The NSA's been monitoring web sites of the Bahji cell operating out of Syria. They've been looking for pictures codes and they intercepted cellular calls.

    The Bahji terrorist cell is made-up.

  • Leo incorrectly states that Fort Myer is in Maryland, when it's actually in Virginia.

  • Barneys doesn't have a store in the Washington, D.C. area. The closest one to the nation's capital is the flagship store in Manhattan.

  • Season 3 Episode 18: Enemies Foreign and Domestic

  • Toby Zeigler is 44 years old.

  • When Fitzwallace enters the room to show Bartlet photos of the reactor being built in Busher. He says that the photos were taken by SR71.

    SR71 Blackbird was long-range reconnaissance aircraft in use by U.S. from 1968 and retired from active duty in 1998. As this episode was aired in 2002 they wouldn't have used this aircraft instead they would have used F-117A, Lockheed U-2 or some sort of UAV or reconnaissance satellite.

  • Season 3 Episode 17: Stirred

  • The reason a martini would be stirred is not to avoid chipping the ice, but to prevent air from being dissolved rapidly into the gin causing it to taste bitter. Regardless, James Bond prefers a vodka martini which is indeed supposed to be shaken so that it will get colder faster.

  • Bartlet says that Beowulf was originally in Middle English, but it was in fact originally written in Old English.

  • Season 3 Episode 16: The U.S. Poet Laureate

  • When announcing his discovery of internet crazy to Donna, Josh comments that they were debating whether or not he was making fun of Egyptians by referencing Sanskrit. Either Josh didn't read the posts carefully or else the people on lemonlyman.com have roughly the intelligence of every other internet troll.


    Sanskrit is an ancient language of northern India, holding a place in Indian culture like Latin has in the western world being the language of religion and academia.

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