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  • Season 4 Episode 22: Commencement

  • Josh: Can I ask, how hard can it be to keep an eye on five Qumari religious fanatics in Schenectady?

    Qumar is a fictional country.

  • Leo: For a couple of years we've been keeping an eye on five possible Bahji sleepers in Central New York. And last night they disappeared. We lost them.

    The Bahji terrorist organization is fictional.

  • Season 4 Episode 21: Life On Mars

  • One of the key plot points is Hoynes' relationship with Helen Baldwin, which is proven with a list of phone calls made by Hoynes. Joe has conveniently highlighted all the instances of Hoynes calling her, and he shows this to CJ. The camera shows us one page, then Joe turns the page and the camera shows us the second page. Except the second page is the same as the first, but with more names highlighted on it! Look at the first page more closely. Near the bottom, just before the shot changes, pause it and you can see other calls between Hoynes and Baldwin that aren't highlighted. No way Joe would have missed them. All the other names on the second page are the same as the first, in the same order. Obviously the prop guys made one page of names and printed it out several times, then selectively highlighted different lines on each one hoping we wouldn't notice it's the exact same page!

  • Season 4 Episode 20: Evidence of Things Not Seen

  • Interesting story connection: Will Bailey (Air Force Reserve attorney) is being sent to investigate a case where nuclear missle silo officers failed to launch missles during a perceived threat. John Spencer(Leo McGarry) played a missle silo officer in the 1985 movie "War Games" who failed in his duty to launch nuclear missles during a test.

  • In the final scene, as C.J. balances the egg, if you look closely, you can see the thin pedestal used to support the egg upright.

  • Goof: (Lt) Will Bailey is wearing his service blues, along with his service ribbons out of order. The Global War on Terrorism ribbon is on the left of the National Defense Service ribbon. They should be reversed. The Air Force Training ribbon is correctly positioned on the right.

  • At the end of the episode, CJ notes the time as being midnight, prompting her to test the standing-egg-on-its-end theory. However her own watch reads 7:25.

  • Leo McGarry says, during the briefing with the President, that the Baltic Sea is shared between Germany, Sweden and Finland. It is ALSO shared with Poland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (this three being known as The Baltic States) and Russia.

  • Matthew Perry's father, John Bennett Perry, appeared on the second season finale episode Two Cathedrals.

  • Season 4 Episode 19: Angel Maintenance

  • Chris: That was a stringer we use on the Ivory Coast. He's got double confirmation that there were friendly fire deaths in Kuhndu a few hours ago.

    Kuhndu is not a real country.

  • Josh is met in a WW passageway by Democrat Party leaders who saw him in talks with a Republican representative from Maryland, and they mention the Bartlet re-election is a "lonely landslide."

    This meant that, while carrying a majority for himself, Bartlet did not enable fellow Democrats to get re-elected as well.

    Similarly-termed elections: California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown [1978], Reagan over Mondale [1984].

  • During the final scene, the Air Force One pilot announces that they will eventually land on Runway "Three Niner", or 39, at Andrews Air Force Base. This is incorrect for two reasons: first, Andrews AFB has parallel runways 1 and 19, L and R; and second, since runways are designated based on their compass position at 10 degree intervals, no runway can be greater than 36, which makes Three-Nine non-existent at any airfield.

  • Season 4 Episode 18: Privateers

  • According to the diploma hanging on her wall, Amy graduated from Yale University.

  • The country of Kuhndu does not exist.

  • Season 4 Episode 17: Red Haven's on Fire

  • Leo flew F-105 jets in the Vietnam War.

  • Newscaster: On what was described as a routine patrol of the perimeter of Bitanga airport, the three reported by radio an attacked by an estimated 50 members of the Kundu National Army.
    Kundu is not a real country.

  • In the final scene with Sam and Toby at the bar discussing Sam's losing the congressional race being inevitable:

    Toby orders 2 shots and a beer. The scene before ending with them walking out to go back to work shows two empty shot glasses on the bar but the beer was never brought nor drank. Silly thing to notice but that's how nitpicks go.

  • Fitzwallace's statement about Delta going in with two RAH-66s and a Blackhawk, and twenty men securing the area is incorrect. The RAH-66 is not in general service, and the UH-60 "Blackhawk" only seats 10. A MH-60 "Nighthawk" is usually used for an op like this.

  • Season 4 Episode 16: The California 47th

  • Aide: Kuhndu is in the midst of a civil war.

    Kuhndu is not a real country.

  • CJ makes a big deal about some miscommunication between AF1 and the CHP, stating Interstate 5 has been closed (presumably for the motorcade) and the CHP thought they would land in Santa Ana when they are supposed to land in Los Alamitos. Despite this comment from CJ, later in the episode Sam mentions airport traffic at John Wayne being on hold, implying AF1 landed there. Also, getting to Newport Beach from Santa Ana or Los Alamitos would not require the 5 Freeway, but the 405 Freeway. There is also mention of people being stuck in Disneyland waiting for the motorcade. We don't know where these people have to go to get home, but the route from either airport to Newport doesn't go anywhere near Disneyland.

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