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I hope this post is okay, mods! I just wanted to let everyone know that Amazon.com has the West Wing box set on special today only for $99, in case anyone has been wanting to get it.
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Unfortunately, noone signed up for recapping this episode and I am really busy, so I couldn't yet rewatch it myself. So you only get a synopsis.

Synopsis )

Not much in the way of discussion questions since I haven't yet rewatched, but in case anyone can think of any, feel free to post them in the comments (or, as always, feel free to just post your comments and feelings about the episodes - the questions are only meant as starting points).
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Since it's Richard Schiff's 55th birthday today, I've done a little multimedia spam in my journal that may be relevant to the interests of some here. Includes a mix, fic recs, links, and various goodies. :)
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Welcome to the recap of episode 7 of The West Wing: The State Dinner. You can find a transcript of the episode here.

On to the recap )

A few discussion questions, but there was a lot going on in this episode...

1. What's your opinion on the toast? How condescending was it (well, we never know the wording, but it wasn't too nice) and was that justified?

2. CJ and Danny: What do you think of them?

3. Mandy in thie episode finally go to do something. However, she also clashed with Josh a lot, was reveleaed to not even have her own office and ultimatively failed. What do you think about that?

4. There were a lot of plots going on in this episode: the hurricane, the hostage situation, the trucker negotiation, Laurie&Sam, the Indionesian delegation, CJ&Danny,... Was it too much?

5. Just how great is Abbey and just how cute are Abbey and Jed?

From here on out, we don't have anyone signed up for the next three episodes. If you'd like to sign up, you can do so at the sign-up post.
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My apologies for the lateness of this, I took on the recap at the last minute then real life exploded!

Episode 1 x 06: Mr. Willis of Ohio

Read the transcript here

This is the epic episode of foreshadowing. We have foreshadowing of relationships both professional and personal, foreshadowing of crises both political and personal (wait, the personal is the political, especially on this show!) and even foreshadowing of real life American politics. This episode sets up things that aren't going to come to fruition for years. It's just. That. Good.

(Inaccurate) Blurb from IMDb: In the first of several episodes throughout the series' run that portrays ordinary Americans and how they interact with and ultimately affect the W.H., an Ohio middle school social studies teacher, a widower who has recently filled the brief remaining term of his late wife in the House, joins two other reps to meet with Toby and Mandy about changes to unfair rules in the U.S. Census written into the latest federal budget. The other two, career politicians, are completely resistant to the changes, but Mr. Willis is swayed by a potent argument Toby makes regarding "strict constructionism" (generally conservative and libertarian belief that the U.S. Constitution is not a living document, and must be followed as written, unless officially amended through standard 38-state ratification) and the 14th Amendment. Toby is impressed with the man and his open-mindedness. Elsewhere, Sam tutors C.J. on the finer points of the census. Late in the episode, the staff meets for a late-night poker party.

Summary: Read more... )

Questions:
  1. The foreshadowing in this episode is patently clear if you've seen what comes after. But on its own, does it seem like this is the beginning of the forging of certain relationship dynamics, especially, amongst Senior Staff?
  2. Is the interaction between C.J. and Sam just comedic, or is it troubling?
  3. This episode is heavy on policy, and heavy on explanations of policy for the benefit of the audience. How does that come across?
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We are now 5 episodes into our rewatch! I hope everyone is enjoying themselves as much as I am.

Okay, I am two episodes behind already, but I will catch up this weekend, I swear!

Anyway, we have run out of people doing the recaps. I am doing the second-next one, but we really need someone for tomorrow and a few people for the time after that. If you are interested, please sign up here for one of the episodes. And if you have already written one and would like to host another discussion, please leave a comment in the sign-up post, I will love you as well :)
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The Crackpots and These Women- Transcript!

Blurb from IMDB: On the series' first "Big Block of Cheese" Day (nicknamed "Total Crackpot Day" by Josh), staffers meet with reps of various organizations causes, e.g., C.J. hosts a group that wants $900 million for a "wolves only" highway. The president has everyone to the residence for a homemade chili party, we learn about Mrs. Landingham's past, and Zoey is introduced to the group, including Charlie, for whom the intro soon becomes fateful.

Summary:

Read more... )

Questions:
1. This is really the first view we get of Josh's childhood trauma. How does finding out about this now change how we view him? How do the writers use it to explain his behavior as the show continues?
2. What do you think about the treatment of women in this episode, particularly the last scene? Is it condescending, or standard for the time which Bartlet and Leo grew up, or something else? How does Josh's own treatment of women- Donna specifically- resonate with you, especially as he's a generation younger than Leo and Bartlet?
3. What do you think of the balance of drama and comedy in this episode? The juxtaposition of the "crackpots" and apocalypse is... well, unusual.
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And here is your recap of Episode 1.04, along with the transcript!

Five Votes Down )

And a couple of thoughtful questions
1. Does this episode effectively balance the personal and political, as well as give the appropriate weight to the intersections between the two?
2. While this episode has something of a self contained plot, we can see that it's setting up larger story arcs. Is that apparent initially or is that something that a rewatch affords us?
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"A Proportional Response” (transcript here) has everything we expect in a West Wing episode: Walk and talk, Josh is mean and unprofessional to Donna, CJ rules all, and Bartlet takes the moral high ground after some pompous speeches! On to the recap....

Rewatch: 1x03  )
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ICONS
[12] The West Wing (2x22 Two Cathedrals)
[3] Treme (1x02 Meet De Boys on the Battlefront)

BANNER
[1] Emma Watson (In Style 2007)


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I posted some fanfic recommendations on my journal, including 3 fics for The West Wing (one is a Golden Girls crossover). They're really high quality fanfics I've just discovered and I was very impressed with them so hopefully you'll find something you like in there (if nothing else, read the beginning of Another Light Missing, it's a brilliant fanfic).

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Sorry this is late, folks. I got my days confused somehow and totally thought that yesterday was Thursday and today was Friday and clearly that is not at all true. Anyway, the episode transcript is here and the recap is under the cut:

Episode 1x02 - Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc )
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