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  • Season 3 Episode 7: The Indians in the Lobby

  • Goof: When Toby demands the ZIP code for Fargo, whoever looked it up for him got it really wrong. "50504" isn't a ZIP code for anything -- unless it's one of those fake TV "555" numbers. The most direct ZIP code for Fargo, ND, is 58103.

  • Josh keeps referring to the Dekalb County D.A., and he pronounces it as if the "L" is included, when in fact the "L" is silent in the Georgia pronunciation. We say "Dee-Kab" County down here.

  • Although in the past Georgia has executed children as young as 12 years old, under current law no one under the age of 17 can be sentenced to death.

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Gone Quiet

  • Albie Duncan (Hal Holbrook) begins his recitation of similar incidents by citing the 1968 boarding and capture of USS Pueblo (AGER-2) by North Korea.

    In 1973, Holbrook starred as CDR Lloyd Bucher, that ship's captain, in the TV movie "Pueblo."

  • Guest star Hal Holbrook co-starred with Martin Sheen in That Certain Summer (1972), a made-for-TV movie in which they played lovers.

  • The submarine reports its position as 36.6 degrees north, 110 degrees west - that's in Arizona, hardly off the North Korean coast.

  • Nancy, the National Security Advisor refers refers to the crew of the submarine as sub-mariners, pronouncing it like the comic book character or the baseball team with "sub" in front of it. The president later repeats this. While he might not know better, she should. The preferred pronunciation of submariners among Navy crews is to say it like submarine with an "r" at the end, like submarine-er.

  • Tawny Cryer was either joking or grievously mistaken when she stated that there's a Starbucks in Haight-Ashbury.

  • Season 3 Episode 4: On the Day Before

  • Josh refers to the "Indianapolis Post-Dispatch", which is not a real newspaper. The only daily paper in Indianapolis is the Indianapolis Star.

  • Continuity error - CJ says this is the President's first veto - however on episode 4 of season 2 on Capitol Beat (where Ainsley Hayes is introduced) the presenter says that the President veto'd a Republican education bill the year before.

  • Season 3 Episode 3: Ways and Means

  • As the Special Prosecutor reads off the names of the people being subpoenaed, he uses everybody's full name, but he nevertheless says "Toby Zachary Ziegler" instead of "Tobias Zachary",

  • Season 3 Isaac and Ishmael

  • Ontario and Vermont do not share a common border.

  • 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.

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