The West Wing - more than just good tv

Tabitha

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This show actually makes me think a career in politics might be rewarding.

Coupled with ER, and with CSI fast making it a threesome, this is my favourite television show by about a million miles. For this I can forgive Martin Sheen his god-awful Irish Tourism Board adverts.

So, does anyone else out there watch it? Does anyone else agree that it is quite unsettling to try and imagine George W Bush in those kinds of scenarios, having to make vitally important decisions on a daily basis.

During the American elections of 2000, I read that some poll had been done, asking who voters would prefer, GWB, Al Gore, or President Bartlet himself - needless to say Bartlet ran away with the poll.

I also read, way way back when the show first started, that the original concept was to never actually show us the President, to have the story revolve around the experiences and life of his staffers instead. Some stunt casting of Mr Sheen (sorry :blush: ) proved so popular that his role was beefed up substantially, to the point where he is easily now the lead.
 

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I love the West Wing! But I ussaully miss it and I rarely get to see it on the early hour repeats, but it's excellent.

I don't quite know why I like it, but I do, it rocks! :)
 

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love this show! so sad to see rob lowe leaving:( but still LOVE this show!
 

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Have any of you seen the season 3 finale? Talk about gutting... :(

Oh yeah, I am getting season 1 for xmas! :D
 

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I've not seen season 3. I don't think. What happens? No don't tell me. Yes tell me. No dont! Oh dear, is it really bad?
 

Maria8475

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I LOVE The West Wing. I'm still quite new to it though. One of my friends insisted i watch a couple of eps and i got hooked :D I watched the first four series in a matter of weeks! And am now on series five on E4.

Despite the fact that i watched so much in a short time, it did not even begin to get dull. I'm so amazed at how they manage to keep their stories and scripts original every time!

And i liked the series 3 ending too, again it was so totally unexpected. You have quite a treat in store FeedMeTV! :D
 

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Well, I've seen them now and they were indeed good! Can't wait for the new series to arrive on channel 4. Anybody know when it'll be here?
 

Maria8475

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Sorry, as far as I know Channel 4 have no plans to show it yet. Which is annoying because they always used to show them at the same time as E4 :(
 

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Grrr, that's very unfair and they always advertise E4 programs on channel 4. It's like dangling a sweet in fron of a baby and snatching it way :evil:
 

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arrrgh i can imagine! :(

In the meantime though -

What's been your fave episode/series/character etc so far?
 

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I love Josh and Sam (not that that has anything to do with Rob Lowe of course :blush:) but it's so hard to choose a favourite episode!

What about you?

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Toby: "I'm not coming in the car?"
President Bartlet: "No. And you know why? Cause you made fun of the guacamole."
Toby "I didn't."
P.B: "I could tell you were thinking it."
 

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Yeah i love Sam too (again nothing to do with RL! ;)).

Series 4 spoiler
I liked Will whilst he was running the California 47th election and after he just moved to the White House and had to deal with peoples reactions to him and the interns! But now he's just become the guy who replaced Sam :(

I like Toby's dead pan humour and Josh and Donna together are so cute. Charlie's so laid back yet not at the same time - i like that about him. Plus him obsessing over Zoe was funny :D CJ's great. So is the President himself. Every American president should be more like him :D

My favourite series is probably the first one, though i like all the rest too. Series 1 just had so much happening and we were getting to know the characters and their interpersonal dynamics. Plus it has some great moments.

From the Pilot
SAM: I really gotta go.
LAURIE: ‘Cause POTUS was in a bicycle accident?
SAM: Yup.
LAURIE: Tell your friend, POTUS, he’s got a
funny name. And he should learn how to ride a bicycle.
SAM: I would, but he’s not my friend, he’s my boss; and it’s not his name, it’s his title.
LAURIE: POTUS?
SAM: President of the United States. I’ll call you. :D

Secret Service Agent: It’s a nice morning, Mr. McGarry.
LEO: We’ll take care of that in a hurry. Won’t we, Mike?
SSA: Yes, sir.

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
SAM: Last week, I was out for a late drink, and I met this woman named Laurie, and Laurie and I hit it off, and we spent the evening together back at her place, and the next day I discovered she was a call girl.
JOSH: Sam?
SAM: Yeah?
JOSH: Do you want to maybe close the door?
SAM: Yeah!
JOSH: You slept with a call girl?
SAM: Well no, I... well, yes. Yes I did.
JOSH: Did she know who you are?
SAM: No, I didn’t reveal my secret identity, Josh.
JOSH: I’m asking some questions here.
SAM: Yes. She knows I work for the President.
JOSH: You don’t think that she...
SAM: No.
JOSH: Let me finish...
SAM: No, I’m saying no, she wouldn’t say anything.
JOSH: How do you know?
SAM: I know.
JOSH: How do you know?
SAM: I know.
JOSH: You want to call her again, don’t you?
SAM: Look, I really like her, and she’s not what you think.
JOSH: The only thing I know about her is she’s a call girl. Is she a call girl?
SAM: Yes.
JOSH: Then so far she’s exactly what I think.
SAM: I just think I left abruptly. I think it was rude.
JOSH: Oh, you’re gonna try and reform her, aren’t you?
SAM: No.
JOSH: You are.
SAM: I just didn’t say a proper goodbye that, you know, shows a little respect.
JOSH: Sam...
SAM: You know what, you’d like her if you met her, Josh.
JOSH: You got to promise me this is never gonna happen, Sam.

SAM: Now, I’m just stretching my legs.
TOBY: Good.
SAM: Can I talk to you a second?
TOBY: Yeah.
SAM: I’ll shut the door.
TOBY: Okay.
SAM: About a week ago, I accidentally slept with a
prostitute.
TOBY: Really?
SAM: Yes.
TOBY: You accidentally slept with a prostitute?
SAM: Call girl.
TOBY: Accidentally?
SAM: Yes.
TOBY: I don’t understand. Did you trip over something?
SAM: I did not know she was a call girl.
TOBY: There wasn’t a red flag when she charged you money in exchange for sex?

TOBY: This administration doesn’t even need an opposition party, do you know that, we do fine by ourselves.

LOL - i loved that ep :D

A Proportional Response
DONNA: Is it possible that there’s a situation involving Sam, a woman, and C.J. being denied information about something?
JOSH: Ok. Here’s what I’m gonna do.
DONNA: Hide in your office?
JOSH: No. I’m not gonna hide in my office. I’m gonna go into my office and devise a strategy. That is what I do. I’m a professional. I’m not a little boy.
DONNA: Hmm. That’s the spirit.
JOSH: But if she calls, I’m at the dentist. I’ll be back in an hour.
DONNA: Got it.

Also RE: CJ
TOBY: How the hell did I get into trouble?
JOSH: Today, all you had to do was get out of bed.

JOSH: Why aren’t you in college?
CHARLIE: Well, uh...
JOSH: These transcripts. Your grades are better than mine.
CHARLIE: Mr. Lyman.
JOSH: Well, no, not really, but they’re close.


JOSH: Charlie, I’ve got some questions here for you from the Council’s office, as well as the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Internal Security. These questions are all routine, there’s no cause for concern. Ready?
CHARLIE: Mr. Lyman--
JOSH: ‘Have you ever tried to overthrow the government?’
CHARLIE: Is it because the messenger job is not available anymore? Because maybe if I came back at a different time.
JOSH: Charlie, this job’s actually better than the messenger job. It pays more, you don’t have to ride around town on a bicycle and instead of being a messenger, you get to be personal aide to the President.
CHARLIE: I see. So, maybe if I come--

Sam knocks on the door and walks in.

JOSH: Hey, Sam. This is Sam Seaborn, he’s deputy communications director. This is Charlie Young. He’s here for Ted’s job.
SAM: It’s nice to meet you, don’t get up.
CHARLIE: Um, I was here for the messenger job.
SAM: Debbie’s got an eye for personnel.
CHARLIE: I’ve got a driver’s license and my own bike so...
JOSH: I gotta ask you some more questions...
SAM: Have you ever tried to overthrow the government?
LOL - i liked how lost Charlie seemed during that :D

Mr Willis of Ohio
CJ: Sam, I read my briefing book last night on the commerce bill regarding the census and there are certain parts of it I don’t understand.
SAM: I can help you out. Which parts?
CJ: Well... all of it.
SAM: All of it?
CJ: Yes.
SAM: You don’t understand the census?
CJ: I don’t understand certain nuances.
SAM: Like what?
CJ: Like, the census.


Well those are only a few examples, i could probably do this all day :D
 

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We should soo turn this into a West Wing quotes thread ;)


President Bartlet : Congratulations. So, who is da man on this one?
Toby : I think this time we're collectively da man, sir.

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Toby : Have you fallen on your head? Have you fallen down and hit your head on something hard?

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Josh : All I'm saying is, if you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop to get a beer.
Donna : If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for red lights.
(awww)

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Leo : There are two things in the world you never want people to see how you make them - laws and sausages.

Argh, I miss the WW. How's series 5 going?
 

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waiting for the new season to start here

sam: About a week ago I accidentally slept with a prostitute.
Toby: Really?
Sam: Yes.
Toby: You accidentally slept with a prostitute.
Sam: Call girl.
Toby: Accidentally.
Sam: Yes.
Toby: I don't understand, did you trip over something?

that one was on a few weeks ago;)

Bartlet: We should organize a staff field trip to Shenandoah! I could even act as a guide! What do you think?
Josh: Good a place as any to dump your body.
Bartlet: What was that?
Josh: Did I say that out loud?

Zoey and Charlie enter Josh's office to talk. Josh enters while they're talking
Charlie: Zoey, I work in the White House with some of the smartest people in the world.
Josh goes to sit down on his chair and falls on the floor
:lol:
 

Maria8475

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Originally posted by FeedMeTV
We should soo turn this into a West Wing quotes thread ;)
Ooooh good idea!

I loved that Josh/Donna moment. i rewound it like 4 times!

C.J.: Yosh.
Josh: What the hell happened?
C.J.: I had woot canaow.
Josh: What happened to your cheeks?
C.J.: I had woot canow.
Josh: Why are you talking like that?
C.J.: I HAD WOOT CANOW! (winces in pain and holds the side of hercheek)
Josh: Yeah, I heard you the first time. I was just amusing myself.
C.J.: I can suwggess some ofwer things you can do wiff yowrseff.
Josh: Are you in pain?
C.J.: I HAD WOOT CANOW!
Josh: You're going to have to stop saying that because you just look and sound so ridiculous.

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JOSH: Where are you going?
POTUS: To a place called Rare Books, you know what they sell?
JOSH: Fishing tackle?
POTUS: Funny boy.
 

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