The West Wing

NBC (ended 2006)




  • Season 3 Episode 20: We Killed Yamamoto

  • Fitzwallace uses the example of the Battle of Agincourt to discuss how well enemies were treated if they surrendered. However, Agincourt is an example of the opposite. After the first and second attacks by the French, they had too many prisoners. Fearing the prisoners would overtake them, Henry
    ordered them slaughtered. The code of chivalry does not permit such action, so Henry had his archers aim at the knights and forced them to kill the prisoners.

  • When Donna is at the meeting in Bismarck, North Dakota, there is a banner hanging in the background that says "Democratic Party of North Dakota". North Dakota does not have a Democratic Party. Years ago, the Nonpartisan League merged with the Democratic Party to form the Democratic-Nonpartisan League (Dem-NPL for short), which serves as North Dakota's version of the Democratic Party. The state party is quite adamant about publicizing itself with the full name at all times, and would do so on such a banner.

  • The current duty weapon for the Secret Service is the Sig Sauer P229 9mm semiautomatic pistol, which is the only weapon agents are allowed to carry. If an undercover assignment required the use of a revolver, it would be a short barrelled model, and never a .357 Magnum revolver, since a long barrel prevents quick drawing from a holster.

  • Season 3 Episode 21: Posse Comitatus

  • Earlier in the season, there was an episode titled "The Women of Qumar" which was also about the same fictional country.

  • Bartlet: I'm gonna be running for re-election while I'm fighting a war against Qumar.

    Qumar is a fictional country made up by Sorkin.

  • Fitz says that Shareef's plane is a Gulfstream, but the plane we see looks like a Lear jet.

  • Secret Service agents on "body" assignment are required to wear kevlar vests. The bullets struck Donovan in his upper left chest, an area that would be protected by the vest unless a large caliber gun or Teflon ammunition was used in the shooting.

  • Season 4 Episode 1: 20 Hours in America (1)

  • Leo: Qumar's reopened the investigation.

    Qumar is not a real country.

  • Unionville, Indiana, where Jed is giving his speech, is close to Bloomington, Indiana, an urban area where Josh, Toby, and Donna wouldn't have been stranded for long. There is also no passenger train station in Bedford, Indiana.

  • When one of the reporters tells C.J. about the Abbey incident, he claims the story came from The Milwaukee Sentinel. Milwaukee's newspaper has been named The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel since the two papers merged in the early 1990s.

  • Season 4 Episode 2: 20 Hours in America (2)

  • Lily Tomlin takes over the role of Martin Sheen's secretary. The role was previous played by Kathryn Joosten. Tomlin & Joosten would go on to play sisters on Desperate Housewives.

  • Sam Seaborn has worked in the White House for 3 years and 8 months.

  • C.J.: Today at 5:32 PM Central Saving Time, two pipe bombs were set off inside the Geiger Indoor Arena, which is the swimming team's facility at Kennison State University. The Kennison Hawkeyes. The women's team was hosting a match. A meet with Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. They're all Big Ten schools.
    Kennison State University is fictional. It is possible that it is meant to stand in for the University of Iowa, which is a Big Ten school and is also known as the Hawkeyes. Kennison State University is said to be in Cedar Rapids, while the Univeristy of Iowa is located in Iowa City, IA, placing it in the Central time zone. Cedar Rapids, IA and Iowa City are about thirty miles from one another.

  • Fitzwallace: Qumar saying it was someone else.

    Qumar is not a real country.

  • Season 4 Episode 3: College Kids

  • Bartlet:And I don't yet know who set off the bomb at Kennison State.

    Kennison State University is fictional. In the previous episode, "20 Hours in America (2)," there are several similarities between Kennison State and the University of Iowa. This episode confirms that Kennison State is in Iowa. FBI Agent Casper also states that they have found suspects in Johnson County, IA, the same county where the University of Iowa is located.

  • Man: Call Qumar's bluff.

    Qumar is not a real country.

  • Season 4 Episode 4: The Red Mass

  • Leo: Then you've read that Qumar's reopened the investigation into Abdul Shareef's plane going down.

    Qumar is a made-up country.

  • Sam: What do I know? Shareef was a bad guy. Feels like he had money in the Bahji cell.

    The Bahji terrorist cell is not real.

  • The same man walks through the hall in the background during two sequential shots of Donna and Josh as they discuss the self-help book.

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Debate Camp

  • Bartlet: Defense condition three for the bases in Qumar is what?

    Qumar is a made-up country.

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