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    18

    "Instead of dreary who-you-were (well, are)"

    I got a big kick out of Christine Chenoweth, aka Glinda, teaching Toby how to be, as it were, popular, with the press. That's it, that's the post.

    Edit: *Kristen, I'm so sorry 😞

    4 Comments
    2024/03/26
    00:52 UTC

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    Do you think this show could be made today, in our current political/cultural environment?

    I think it’d be extremely challenging.

    21 Comments
    2024/03/26
    00:11 UTC

    3

    WW and Headline Episodes

    I was too young to understand (currently 32) the West Wing when it was airing originally but I’m wondering if the episodes were really ever aligned with “ripped from the headlines” stories like a lot of TV dramas? The worst offender being Law & Order that I can think of.

    Issac and Ishmael is the only that really jumps out at me and it wasn’t written as a canonical episode.

    So for those of you that were “of age” when it was originally airing did it feel like they headline chased at all or was it more independently story driven? I feel like it was the latter just based on my inherent knowledge of current events of the time.

    11 Comments
    2024/03/25
    20:36 UTC

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    So many gaps in the plot?

    First time watcher here. I’m midway through season 3 and enjoying the show, except I’m finding it kind of weird how some of the storyline’s just drop off, especially some of the ‘romance’ subplots, I.e.:

    • Whatever happens to between Sam and the escort? I feel like that storyline went nowhere. Also when they were pictured on the street after graduation, they didn’t show much fallout in the media?
    • When Leo announces he’s an alcoholic, the same as above - didn’t show any fallout in the media. There was all this build up to it and then they showed him at the press conference, then in the next episode it moved onto something else
    • Sam and Leo’s daughter - again, whatever happened to her?
    • Mandy just fell off the show altogether? I never liked her character but still, so weird she just disappeared
    • No spoilers please, but in s3 the whole Joey/Donna/Josh storyline - when Joey tells Josh Donna likes him but is covering it up by encouraging Josh to ask Joey out. It feels like this has also been forgotten?
    • Also when Donna told Josh “if you got into a car accident, I wouldn’t stop at a red light”, when they barely showed any of their interactions after he was shot? Just weird.

    There just doesn’t seem to be much continuity in the show and it really bugs me. Please tell me it gets better..

    27 Comments
    2024/03/25
    19:31 UTC

    129

    How many people under 40 in this reddit and how did you hear about this show

    I started watching this show during the 4rd season and was in my mid 20's and I went on ebay to buy a copy of the 3rd season on VHS because boxedset DVD were too expensive at the time. How did people below 40 hear or get to know this show or even if your a teen today?

    Edit: Thanks for all the replies, it's very heart warming to hear from people of the next generations get excited by older TV. It's like when my niece and nephew loved Full House more then Fuller House.

    325 Comments
    2024/03/25
    17:10 UTC

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    It's happening?

    35 Comments
    2024/03/25
    13:30 UTC

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    Bartlet vs. Vinick

    I'm pretty sure that if Bartlet's second term opponent was Arnold Vinick instead of Ritchie, Arnie would've wiped the floor with Jed.

    Anyone agree/disagree?

    49 Comments
    2024/03/25
    13:22 UTC

    20

    Gail the fish has another gig

    3 Comments
    2024/03/25
    02:35 UTC

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    Josh Lyman on Alien Super Show

    0 Comments
    2024/03/25
    08:19 UTC

    35

    Martin Sheen and Stockard Channing were channeling Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

    I posit that throughout the series, Martin Sheen and Stockard Channing were intentionally bringing the energy of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.

    26 Comments
    2024/03/25
    12:10 UTC

    81

    Leo's Message

    In my first time fully watching the show, I stumble upon this quote or rather story that kinda got to me. I literally save the video to my phone because it's just that important.

    12 Comments
    2024/03/25
    05:52 UTC

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    Love the show, but the names of the staff all make them sound like third graders. Toby, Josh, C.J., Sam, Leo, and Mandy might as well be called Billy or Kyle.

    32 Comments
    2024/03/25
    05:39 UTC

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    Downvotes for Correct Answers and Comments......

    This sub is full of people misquoting or even attributing quotes to things that NEVER HAPPENED in the show and if you show them what is correct, you are downvoted even with citation of episode and timestamp.

    LOL

    Edit* Had to do this, and poke the beehive

    Again downvoted, even while providing correct information

    u/Sitherf0874 even though my comment got downvoted to the point of not being viewed, this subreddit lists

    westwingtranscripts.com

    as a "Resources & Recommendation"

    Edit**

    to further prove my point u/hugsandambitions sent a spree of comments then promptly deleted their account.....but thats Reddit.

    55 Comments
    2024/03/25
    03:23 UTC

    60

    The Supremes

    We all have our favourite episodes, for me this episode is up there alongside Noel, Shutdown and Twenty Five. What’s your favourite The Supremes quote?

    45 Comments
    2024/03/24
    20:37 UTC

    39

    How common is it for someone to get a job at the WhiteHouse without a degree?

    Charlie and Donna were able to get Assistant Jobs to some pretty powerful people without finishing college. (in Charlie’s case he went to college after he was hired and graduated).

    But even then, in the early 2000s, how many people were working at the WH without a college degree?

    40 Comments
    2024/03/24
    19:22 UTC

    10

    He's brilliant in every show he performs in.

    6 Comments
    2024/03/23
    23:47 UTC

    45

    Shibboleth, Galileo, Noel

    Is this the best back to back to back run of three episodes in the series? I certainly think so..

    21 Comments
    2024/03/23
    19:04 UTC

    18

    season 5 final scene but it’s succession style

    11 Comments
    2024/03/23
    17:28 UTC

    1

    Season 5 Rewatch Recommendations

    My friend has watched the west wing through season 5, but it’s been a while and she doesn’t remember any season 5 plot points, so I said we could watch specific episodes together that I thought were most important - neither of us is looking to rewatch every episode of that season lol. Just want to watch whatever is necessary and then move on to season 6. Here’s what I have so far, but would love suggestions!

    5x01 (7A WF 83429) 5x02 (The Dogs of War) 5x07 (Separation of Powers) 5x08 (Shutdown) 5x15 (Full Disclosure) 5x17 (The Supremes) 5x20 (No Exit) 5x21 (Gaza) 5x22 (Memorial Day)

    0 Comments
    2024/03/23
    15:05 UTC

    0

    Are these DVDs original?

    7 Comments
    2024/03/23
    06:38 UTC

    42

    Kate

    I would 100% watch a show about Kate Harper. Set in the 90’s. Her CIA adventures in Cuba, Iran, etc.

    25 Comments
    2024/03/23
    05:58 UTC

    15 Comments
    2024/03/23
    05:52 UTC

    465

    It happened again.. 🙃

    Wife comes home having witnessed some hightened police activity in our generally quiet neighbourhood..

    Wife: "Crime is really going up around here isn't it?"

    A few seconds pass where I desperately try to suppress the urge, until...

    Me (with a terrible fake Southern drawl): "Crime, boy I don't know!"

    Another few moments of silence..

    Wife: "Its that stupid TV show, right?"

    In future, if anybody wonders, "Crime, boy I don't know!", is when she decided to kick my ass...

    30 Comments
    2024/03/23
    04:42 UTC

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    Should I keep watching

    I’m usually one who never gives anything made before the 2005 a chance but I love political shows and have heard lots of good things about west wing so I was wondering if everyone here thought it was worth a shot.

    Previously I’ve watched

    Designated Survivor Madam Secretary The Diplomat Homeland The Americans (might be my favorite show of all time tbh) And I’m probably forgetting other political stuff

    I understand the last two aren’t political but they kinda fit the genre.

    Anyways I watched the pilot and wasn’t all to impressed. I’m usually the type who watches the pilot and if I don’t like it I won’t keep watching but if I do I’ll continue.

    So with all that being said is it worth it to watch past the pilot? I’ve heard so many good things about this show so that’s the only thing wanting me to give it another shot.

    29 Comments
    2024/03/23
    02:49 UTC

    6

    Favorite Fight of Season 1

    9 Comments
    2024/03/22
    22:37 UTC

    16

    The Portland Trip

    In the middle of my umpteenth rewatch and I’m still noticing things in this episode that ring true.

    1: The Sam and Toby idealism is on peak display. Sam wants to get the ‘best’ solution in his mind, politics be damned. Toby is focused on the real life political aspects, idealism be damned. This isn’t the first or only fight they have, but man is it so well screened and written and shot.

    2: That same fight is also shown with Leo and Jed, albeit in foreign policy (which arguably is more difficult depending on the you ask). Jed just wants to do what most people would consider to be the right thing and Leo to some extent has to warn him about the geopolitical consequences by essentially shutting down Jed’s rant by saying “you mean next time right?”

    3: Charlie really gets his wings in this episode. It had been coming for a while (notably the report used by Jed in the town hall), but this episode really integrates him into the core four if you will of the staff. I feel like to some extent Leo and Jed are just above the staff, and Charlie really connects with Sam, Josh, Toby, and CJ.

    4: The conversation between Josh and Matt Skinner is just beautiful as weird as that sounds. They have this conversation that is just dancing around the subject and climaxes to the scene where Skinners like ask me the question and Josh is so frustrated he finally does. And as weird as it is, Skinner defuses the tension by making Josh realize that he doesn’t agree with the bill but knows the President has to sign it eventually.

    Just some thoughts on a Friday.

    7 Comments
    2024/03/22
    17:48 UTC

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