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Josh is referring to himself when he says "there but for the grace of God go I". He is joking that he might have been the sort of person to end up on a Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee if his life had taken a different path. By extension he is also mocking the people on the committee, because he clearly prefers the life he actually has. He sees their work ...


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As a huge The West Wing fan, to me the flash-forward was a pleasant surprise from the regular chronological (1) story telling, and I did not experience it as being a spoiler. In fact, as trigger to keep watching, quite the opposite: At the end of the sixth season, it is unclear if Toby will be caught for leaking classified information, so Bartlet to Toby ...


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China is increasingly the centre of production for most of the technology we consume. In part this is because of cheap labour but it also comes down to the fact that China has control of most of the worlds rare earth minerals manufacturing, particularly those used in the manufacture of microchips. US and other western technology corporations often ...


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The West Wing Wiki lists code names for only four characters: President Josiah Bartlett: Eagle Sam Seaborn: Princeton C.j. Cregg: Flamingo Zoe Bartlett: Bookbag Wikipedia contains a few more: President Jed Bartlet - Eagle or Liberty Gus Westin (Grandson of Jed Bartlett) - Tonka Arnold Vinick - Big Sur There's also a reddit, but most of these seem to be ...


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INSIGHTS: Interview with W. G. Snuffy Walden: From the down beat of "The West Wing" theme it's a magnificent build and, for me, a perfect prelude to the show. The pilot has a longer version? Yes. For the pilot there was a 4 1/2-minute opening sequence that went into another 3 1/2-minute orchestral sequence. The first time I looked at it my jaw ...


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While many characters and events in The West Wing are based on specific real people and events, not everything is. I think Ashland is an example. The requirement of a police officer to read rights was established by Miranda v. Arizona in real life, and the majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Earl Warren. While there are some similarities between ...


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NiCole Robinson, who played Margaret Hooper, said the following in an interview with TV Guide: Robinson: [...] And, let’s be honest, the fans want to know who Margaret’s baby daddy is. Watercooler (Jon McDaid): All right, I’ll bite, who is Margaret’s baby daddy? Robinson: I get that a lot. A lot of people think it was Ron Silver. WC: My ...


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The characters of Toby Zeigler and Sam Seaborn are not just employees, people appointed to fill a particular job. Like many first term appointees, particularly to the communication positions, they were part of the inner core of Bartlet's campaign for president, and ideologically close to Bartlett. Therefore its natural that they are part of the President's ...


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I would say that each character's responsibilities were definitely expanded upon for dramatic purposes, as they would do for any television show (such as CSI or Criminal Minds). In the case of Toby and Sam, they would certainly be involved in policy decisions (to the extent of crafting the Executive Branch's message), but they would not be in charge nor ...


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Josh Lyman commented that "he didn't even know she was married" and was given an 'are you an idiot?' look by CJ Craig. Her personal life was never really discussed, but she was thought to be a lesbian. In a scene in an earlier late series episode, one of the staffers was interviewing a good looking woman, and we see several male aids stop to look... the ...


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The character is Larry Claypool, played by John Diehl. The clip is from the episode "Lord John Marbury", a transcription can be found here: CUT TO: INT. DEPOSITION ROOM - DAY Claypool is seated opposite Josh and Sam, continuing the deposition. There are several other people in the room. CLAYPOOL And you didn't make a single note? JOSH ...


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I don't recall a year ever being spoken during the entire series. As you said, the show begins after Bartlett has been in office for about a year but it never states which year. Present-day doesn't necessarily mean this week. The only time they try to match reality is 3x00 and even the disclaimer at the beginning doesn't outright say it's 2001.


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This is just a possible guess, but it's likely it has something to do with the process needed to create the plot recap and the title sequences. I imagine the cost-analysis showed that it wasn't worth it to recreate those from the original film source (they'd have to re-edit, re-cut, re-mix the audio, etc.). They also didn't do anything with the audio when ...



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