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  • Season 3 Episode 15: Dead Irish Writers


  • Goof: Lord Marbury talks to Toby about a fine Islay scotch and pronounces it "Islay". It's actually pronounced "Ee-lugh"


    The correct Scottish pronunciation is "Isle-ah" but an English person such as Lord John might say it wrong.

  • Although the Americans refer to him as Lord John Marbury, Marbury describes himself as "John, Lord Marbury" and gives a list of his other family titles. This means that he should always be addressed as Lord Marbury, not Lord John. The two are mutually exclusive. The only way he could be Lord John Marbury would be if he were the younger son of a Duke or Marquess, and thus not due to inherit the actual family title.

    However, in referring to himself he would also say "Marquess of Needham and Dolby" *before* saying "Earl of Croy", as Marquess is a higher rank, and titles are given in descending order.

  • Even though several scenes in this episode occurred during a large party, there were only five guest stars and one co-star listed in the credits for this episode.

  • Jed asks Abbey which organ in the body produces hydrochloric acid, and she responds "the pancreas", which is incorrect. Hydrochloric acid is produced in the stomach. The pancreas produces a substance which decreases acid.

  • Everyone talks during the playing of the Canadian national anthem, "O, Canada", which is extremely rude. Protocol, as well as good manners, demands that listeners at an official function stand quietly at attention during the playing of any national anthem.

  • 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.

  • President Bartlet received his Bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University, and Masters and Doctorate degrees from the London School of Economics.

  • 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 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 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 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.

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