More rock music and Mandy Hampton in a car disobeying traffic laws. I think…I thiiiiink that maybe Sorkin wants us to as a Washington outsider, but hey, I could be wrong. Again, it’s 1999 here, and this scene would never happen now because Mandy drives her car right up onto the plaza at the Archives-Navy Memorial metro stop and the police would be swarming that area. Just a small detail, but being in a pre-9/11 world will become more obvious as we progress.
After it, therefore because of it. Bartlet says it’s hardly ever true, and that’s right at a micro level in this episode. Mandy doesn’t get her job only because the Ryder Cup team cancelled and Morris didn’t die because he went to Jordan, but rather these were the last in series of events. On a large enough scale, merely one thing hardly ever causes another, and in the scope of this series, that will certainly be true, but don’t forget about Morris in the next episode.
I’m not sure if Sorkin knew what was to come for Bartlet, but it is interesting to note that his health is discussed as being not optimal this early in the series.
Episode MVP: Leo, for flexing his political muscle with Hoynes, “‘Cause I’ll win, and you’ll end up playing celebrity golf for the rest of your life.”
Bartlet: ‘After it, therefore because of it’. It means one thing follows the other, therefore it was caused by the other. But it’s not always true. In fact it’s hardly ever true. We did not lose Texas because of the hat joke. Do you know when we lost Texas?
C.J.: When you learned to speak Latin?
Bartlet: Go figure.
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: Do you want to maybe close the door?
Bartlet: I don’t need a flu shot.
Morris: You do need a flu shot.
Bartlet: How do I know this isn’t the start of a military coup? I want the Secret Service in here right away.
Morris: In the event of a military coup, sir, what makes you think the Secret Service is gonna be on your side?
Bartlet: …now that’s a thought that’s gonna fester.
Bartlet:I am not frightened. I’m gonna blow them off the face of the earth with the
fury of God’s own thunder. [beat] Get the commanders.
Notable guest stars:
- Tim Matheson first appears here as the VP. C.J. is not his biggest fan.
- Mandy Hampton joins the senior staff; just one step closer to oblivion.
- DC! It’s always nice when you can tell they actually filmed scenes in DC, such as Mandy’s creative driving and Sam and Laurie’s nighttime walk & talk on Pennsylvania Ave.