The West Wing

NBC (ended 2006)




  • Season 1 Episode 18: Six Meetings Before Lunch

  • Goof: The Andrew Johnson fireplace in "Mural Room" - (room with the big fireplace and the painted walls) is lid in the scene with Josh and Donna while in season 02 episode 11 "Leadership Breakfast" opening scene it has been welled shut since 1896.

  • Sam's middle name is Norman.

  • Season 1 Episode 16: 20 Hours in L.A.

  • In this episode Jorja Fox appears as Zoey's Secret Service agent, although her name is mispelled on the credits she is listed as Jorjan Fox.

  • Marlee Matlin (Joey Lucas) and Elizabeth Moss (Zoey Bartlet) have guest starred in many of ths same series. The have both had recurring roles on, of course, The West Wing, and Picket Fences. They have even appeared on Law & Order, albeit on seperate series of the francise (Matlin on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Moss on Law & Order: Trial By Jury). What's most interesting is that with the frequent recurrence in these roles they have never shared a scene on The West Wing or in Picket Fences. Take this episode for example in which they both appear but not together.

  • When Donna and Josh are checking in to the hotel, Josh has trouble opening his door with his key card. Years later, in the episode "King Corn", after they have both left the White House, they are checking in to rooms that are across from each other and as he is having trouble with his key card yet again, she comes over and helps him.

  • While Josh is talking to Joey Lucas with Kenny, Kenny says what Joey is signing a few signs before she even signed the word he said.

  • As the President boards Air Force One, the entire port wing is visible, including the six-foot vertical winglet at the end. The plane commonly used as Air Force One is one of two modified Boeing 747-200s; Boeing didn't add the winglet until the 747-400 model.

  • Season 1 Episode 15: Celestial Navigation

  • This is the first episode of the series to contain flashbacks.

  • Season 1 Episode 14: Take This Sabbath Day

  • Bartlet: Why is [the execution] my problem at all?
    Leo: As opposed to who?
    Bartlet: The Governor of Michigan.
    Leo: Oh, you mean why isn't it a state crime? It was prosecuted by the US Attorney under the Drug Kingpin Law...

    It's a good thing the Federal statutes on executions are being argued in this episode--because in Michigan (the state in which Simon Cruz was apparently tried) the death penalty is not an option. The strongest term one can serve in Michigan is life imprisonment.

  • The small pocket bible Father Cavanaugh uses is the same one Karl Malden used in the movie, On the Waterfront, in which he also portrayed a priest.

  • This wasn't the first time Martin Sheen and Karl Malden had worked together. They previously had worked together on the TV series The Streets of San Francisco in the episode "Betrayed" in 1973.

  • This episode was a 2001 WGA Award Winner and a 2000 Award Winner of the Humanitas Prize in the 60 Minute category.

  • Toby: "Even two thousand years ago, the rabbis of the Talmud couldn't stomach it."

    Toby tells the President that the ancient rabbis were averse to the death penalty. This is fairly true since the Talmud states that the fundumental difference between capital crimes and property crimes is sentence reversibility. A miscarriage of justice in the latter can be reversed by returning the property to its rightful owner. But a miscarriage of justice in a capital crime can never be reversed and the Talmud warns the rabbis that the blood of the accused, and the blood of all his progeny will be upon them till the end of time. As a result they instituted impossible conditions that the state had to meet in order to execute a person (that it can be proven that he was warned that is actions carry the death penalty, that the witnesses know that if they are caught lying they will receive the same punishment they intended for the accused, that the witnesses actually saw him commit the crime, etc.).

    This is taken from the Babylonian Talmud's chapter "Sanhedrin". There are many more procedural restrictions mentioned there regarding witness examination, witness reliability, the judges involved etc.

  • Father Cavanaugh says to the President that God, "...sent you a priest, a rabbi, and a Quaker...." How did he know about Toby's rabbi and Joey Lucas (the Quaker)? Cavanaugh appears in only one scene with no breaks, during which the president does not mention either rabbi or Quaker. Maybe that part of the conversation was cut from the final.

  • Season 1 Episode 12: He Shall, from Time to Time

  • CJ Fish Bowl decoration: A podium and two flags (as a reference to the state of the union address.)

  • Bartlet promises Tribby that next year it will be the Surgeon General who stays away from the State of the Union in case it is attacked. This is a goof as the Surgeon General is not part of the Presidential Line of Succession and as such cannot assume Presidential powers.

  • Abby tells the President that she doesn't care if Canada invades Michigan. In the 2004-2005 season, the opposite happens; some hunters from Michigan invade Canada, almost causing a Can-Am military showdown.

  • Season 1 Episode 11: Lord John Marbury

  • C.J.'s fish bowl decorations are plastic soldiers and tanks.

  • 'And I looked, and I beheld a pale horse, and the name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.'

    This quote is from the Book of Revelation--singular-- not Revelations--plural. The President refers to it in the plural-- a biblically literate President ought to know this.

  • If, as CJ says on the phone, his Lordship is a hereditary Earl, then he is *not* Lord John Marbury and would never introduce himself to anyone as such. He is John, Lord Marbury, and should be referred to simply as Lord Marbury. He would in fact be most accurately described as "John Marbury, Earl of Sherbourne", as Lord is how a Baron is addressed, not an Earl. The title CJ gives him is also not one of the ones he himself lists in the later episode "Dead Irish Writers", and while it is possible to gain extra titles it is not possible to lose them unless you disclaim them, which peers often do in order to be elected to the House of Commons, or if the titles are reverted to the Crown by an Act of Attainder, none of which have been passed for several centuries.

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