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[personal profile] amadi2010-07-09 05:45 pm

Rewatch 1x20: Mandatory Minimums

Episode 1x20: Mandatory Minimums

Read the Transcript Here

IMDb Blurb:
A newly energized administration prepares to take on soft money, increase addiction treatment, and remove mandatory minimum sentencing.


Summary:Read more... )

Questions:
  1. Would you agree that this is one of the finer episodes for the women in the cast (and guest star) compared to the previous efforts of this season?
  2. Josh was in fine Lymanian form (take that as you will) but did it seem that Sam was well off of his game, especially in missing Steve Onorato's obvious baiting?
  3. Leo's stunt with the congressional aides and the press: cynical ploy, or brilliant political strategy?
  4. Okay, really, if you were Joey Lucas, what would you have said to Josh and his hand lotions and special suit?
  5. Can the President get a little daggone peace and quiet, for cripes sake?
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[personal profile] amadi2010-07-02 08:38 am

Rewatch 1x18: Six Meetings Before Lunch

Episode 1x18: Six Meetings Before Lunch

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Pithy IMDb Blurb:
The morning after Mendoza's confirmation, various staff members are brought back to earth by difficult meetings.

Summary:Read more... )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-06-28 04:34 am

Rewatch: 1x16: 20 Hours in LA

My apologies, this was meant to be posted on Friday. Better late than never? At least my next summary is already written?

Episode 1x16: 20 Hours in LA

Read the Transcript Here

Blurb from IMDb:
President Bartlet is making a whirlwind 20-hour trip to Los Angeles. On the flight he meets Zoey's new bodyguard, who assures him that she will protect his daughter from those who have been sending racist threats. Josh is excited to hear that Joey Lucas will be at the evening's fund raiser, but dismayed to learn that the host is threatening to cancel the party unless the President makes a public statement supporting gay rights. Back in Washington, Leo needs to convince Vice President Hoynes to break a 50-50 tie by voting for an ethanol gas tax.

Summary:Read more... )

Questions:
  1. Josh & Joey: adorable or a little offputting considering how much of an ass he was the only time they met before?
  2. Like "Take This Sabbath Day" this was a very politics-heavy episode (as opposed to policy-heavy). Where there was strife and pushback against the realities of the politics of the death penalty in Sabbath Day, did it seem that everyone was just accepting, with a note of cynicism, the realities of polling and fundraising and unpopular positions in this episode, except, perhaps, for John Hoynes?
  3. In the ongoing b-plot, is Zoey being cavalier about the need for protection (especially after the terrible scare her father gave her about worst case scenarios) or naive about the realities of being visible to the public?
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[personal profile] amadi2010-06-18 02:00 am

Rewatch: 1x14: Take This Sabbath Day

Episode 1x14: Take This Sabbath Day

Read the Transcript Here

This episode has one major focus: the death penalty.

The blurb from IMDb:
A drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense lawyers on the case is Sam's old high school bully, and he appeals directly to Sam to involve the president. During a weekend in which he was supposed to be in a yacht race, Sam opts to stay at the W.H. and try to convince his fellow staffers and ultimately Bartlet that the president should commute the sentence. Meanwhile Josh, after a night of heavy drinking at a bachelor party, meets congressional campaign manager Joey Lucas while is hung over. She assails him for having the DNC cut off funding for her candidate, but the decision was deliberate, as the W.H. likes the conservative nutjob currently holding the Calif. seat. Opinions on the death penalty are exchanged throughout the weekend, including those of Quaker Joey Lucas and Toby's rabbi, and Bartlet winds up calling both the Pope and his old parish priest from N.H. for counsel.


Summary: Read more... )

Questions:
  1. Did the President seem really conflicted over the advice he was given, or was he just being a politician, as he told Joey?
  2. This episode marks one of the strongest representations of the occasional intermingling of religion and the work of the administration. How does that come across?
  3. Another woman, another instance of Josh being a jackass. Was he totally over the line with Joey Lucas because that's Josh, or was it the booze in his "delicate system" doing the talking?
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[personal profile] yvi2010-06-06 05:55 pm

Rewatch: 1x10 - In Excelsis Deo

Another short one this time as it's way too warm here to think ;) and I haven't fully watched the episode yet. Which is a shame, since I like the episode.

Summary: As Christmas Eve approaches, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) eagerly sneaks out of the White House for some last-minute Christmas shopping, while a haunted Toby (Richard Schiff) learns more about a forgotten Korean War hero who died alone on the district's cold streets wearing a coat that Toby once donated to charity. In other hushed corridors, Sam (Rob Lowe) and Josh (Bradley Whitford) ignore Leo's (John Spencer) advice and consult Sam's call girl friend (Lisa Edelstein) concerning her confidential clientele when one political rival hints at exposing Leo's previous drug problem. C.J. (Allison Janney) wonders aloud about the President's public response to a notorious hate crime while her personal resolve weakens as persistent reporter, Danny (Timothy Busfield) continues to ask her out.

Broad discussion points, in case anyone has seen the episode:

* what did you think of Toby's subplot?

* how did you like the ending? too kischy or nice?

* who else had thei heart broken by Mrs. landingham's story? :'(
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[personal profile] yvi2010-05-31 07:34 pm

Rewatch: 1x09 - The Short List

Transcript link. I have caught up with the rewatch, so this week there's at least a short recap.

Read more... )

Possible discussion points:

The issues of mandatory drug testing in one of the plot lines and privacy concerns in the other plot line are tied together in one of the scenes. Did that work for you?

Interesting relevation about Leo. Did you see that coming?

Personally, I love CJ and Danny, but the whole "he wants her, she says no" thing does get a bit old. What do you think?

Any more favourite quotes?

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[personal profile] yvi2010-05-28 03:18 pm

Rewatch: 1x08 - Enemies

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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[personal profile] yvi2010-05-24 12:09 pm

Rewatch: 1x07 - The State Dinner

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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[personal profile] amadi2010-05-23 04:11 am

Rewatch: 1 x 06 Mr. Willis of Ohio

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?

Rewatch: 1 x 05 The Crackpots and These Women

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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[personal profile] cleo2010-05-14 01:14 pm

Rewatch 1.04: Five Votes Down

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?

Rewatch: 1x03 - A Proportional Response

"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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[personal profile] twtd2010-05-08 11:40 am

Rewatch: 1x02 - Post hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

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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[personal profile] yvi2010-05-03 04:31 pm

Rewatch: 1x01 - Pilot

Welcome to the first rewatch post in [community profile] thewestwing! This is your friendly mod [personal profile] yvi doing the recap. I am trying to keep my squee contained, but it might not be possible. Good for you that this episode doesn't have a lot of CJ in it.

If you are unable to view the episode, you can also take a look at the transcript.

Episode 1x01 - Pilot )

A few questions to warm you up:

1. As far as pilots go, how would you rate this episode?
2. If the pilot was the first episode you ever saw, did it get you hooked on the show?
3. Do you think this episode stroke the right balance between personal issues, introductions and political matters?
4. Who's better at getting himself into messy situations: Josh or Sam?

Also feel free to discuss any part you want to on in addition to this / instead of this.

(And if you want to volunteer to write one of these recaps, there are still plenty of episodes available at the sign-up post)