The West Wing

NBC (ended 2006)




  • 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 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 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 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 3 Isaac and Ishmael

  • Ontario and Vermont do not share a common border.

  • 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 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 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.

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