"I screw with them all the time." – CJ
There's a fine line between the Sorkin and Wells eras. It's a line that denotes a shift in tone, a change in dialogue. In certain cases, it denotes a rewriting of character and a retread of plot. Though The West Wing goes through many changes over its seven-season run, none are quite... read more
"What the hell kind of free world are you running?" – Abbey
Begin at the end. For Abigail Bartlet, you'll find it in ["5x16"]. It's not her last appearance, of course, but it's her last key episode in the series, the one that rounds out her miniscule arc. The episode in question gave us Abbey doing what she does best: Using her ... read more
"The doctor got into medical school." – Lauren #2
The West Wing covers a wide array of political topics, ranging from the political and social to the economic and global. As I've mentioned several times in the past, however, these topics are means to an end. They exist to embellish the world of the series, to build its ch... read more
"Gotta give us points for our candor." – Elsie
As someone who prioritizes character and thematic development over storytelling mechanisms, I tend to be forgiving of plot contrivances. Characters need a plot to drive them forward, after all, and themes won't be delivered without a solid base to stand them on. So long as th... read more
Life feels pretty short, doesn't it? There's never enough time to go all the places we see, or meet all the people we want to meet, or watch all the TV shows we want to watch. That last fact is especially heartbreaking, but it's true: there's just too much great television, and not enough time to consume it all.
And that's a problem when it comes ... read more
"I like to think I have a certain flair." – Will
The two-part "Inauguration" begins, appropriately enough, on Inauguration Day, plunking us down in the middle of the proceedings that herald the dawn of Bartlet's second term. This setting is only temporary, however; following the teaser, we are whisked back to the week prior and ... read more
"A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships were built for." – Leo
It seemed almost too ridiculous to be true. Yet it was. Bartlet's MS – which would lead to the most iconic arc in all of The West Wing – originated one day when Aaron Sorkin decided it would be a funny idea to show the President sick in be... read more
"Wow. Senior moment." – Talmidge
There's a part of me that wants to like "The Long Goodbye."
It's a rather small part, I'll grant. And it gets smaller each subsequent time that I watch it. But it's still there.
But for all my efforts, I still don't like it. No matter how many times I try to convince myself that "The Long Goodbye... read more
"Is it me, or is this getting harder?" – Donna
She is the most well-developed and recognizable of the White House secretaries. She is as loyal to the President as any of the staffers who outrank her. She is one-half of The West Wing's greatest vaudeville duo, a necessary verbal sparring partner to the show's most sanctimo... read more
"When you get home tonight, you're going to be confronted by the instinct to drink alone. Trust that instinct." – Toby
Holiday episodes are an annual reliability for seasonal television shows, and The West Wing is no exception. Most of the yearly holidays, however, seem to come and go on this series depending on whether t... read more