Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a beautiful day:) Today, I will be sharing my second episode summaries post for the political drama show, The West Wing! I’m so happy my mom recommended this series to me, and that we’ve been watching it lately, because we’ve really been enjoying it. Hope you enjoy this second part to this post series!
Let’s jump right into it!
Episode Five – The Crackpots and These Women
Summary: One morning, Josh is offered a way out in the event of a nuclear attack. While fighting his own demons, the President and Toby keep butting heads, other members of the staff meet with borderline crazy advocates, and the only good news of the day is that the President’s daughter is coming to visit the White House from college.
Thoughts: I really think that the title of this episode is not catchy at all, nor is it relevant, lol. I can’t say that I enjoyed this episode, aside from the ending. It didn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the plot, and the topics covered and focused on didn’t hold my interest. To go over what occurred: Bartlet and Toby disagreed different times (quite vocally, as their views on things kept clashing), CJ met with a group of wolf advocates, Sam had to deal with a man pressing the matters of UFOs entering our atmosphere, and Josh slowly felt worse as time went on as information about his deceased sister rose to the surface. The ending was what really saved this episode for me, as Bartlet helped wrap everything together. Also, my favorite part was when Bartlet told his staff that his daughter was coming to the White House, and he also announced that he planned on making chili with her for all of them that night. Everyone’s response is hesitant and disagreeable (he’s supposed to be on a diet), and the way Bartlet handles that was absolutely fantastic.
Episode Six – Mr. Willis of Ohio
Summary: A vote needs to be taken on how the country’s census is conducted, and the ultimate decision lies in the hands of Mr. Willis, who is the husband of a woman in Congress who recently passed away, so others are doubting his judgement as he’s only been sitting in for a very short amount of time. Meanwhile, the West Wing is getting into trouble because of the President’s visiting daughter.
Thoughts: I learned a bit more about how the census works, and how there are different ways it can be carried out, which I found interesting. I felt bad for Mr. Willis, as he had very little knowledge of how the government worked and so much was relying on him, but he was a teacher of 8th grade American history, I think it was, so he did have a good amount of prior knowledge before taking the temporary position. Also, this was the episode where there were two major shifts in two of the main characters – one for better, and one for worse. I’ll start with the positive one first. 😀 They began to develop Mandy’s character more, which is awesome because she wasn’t really in the show that much until now. When she was, she was freaking out about different things lol (her job, relationships, etc), but she got a grip on her temper (probably because she’s being given assignments now), so I quite like her now. On to the negative one: Toby has really started to get on my nerves. When he fought with Bartlet in the other episode, that seemed a bit over the top, but then he went and carried his bitter, stuck-up attitude into this episode, as well. Two episodes wouldn’t be so bad, but I’m beginning to see a pattern; that’s the way he is now. ._. *sighs* Even though I (in some ways) agreed with how he wanted to census to be conducted, his arguments made me want to grind my teeth in frustration. He’s not likeable, and his physical appearance doesn’t help him any, either. Much of the focus of the show is on him, as he’s part of the main cast, but I still like the other characters enough to keep watching. 🙂
Episode Seven – The State Dinner
Summary: President Bartlet holds a special dinner at the White House for the visiting Indonesian president, C.J.’s love life opens up a bit more, the First Lady is finally introduced, a hurricane is hurtling toward Georgia, and there’s a bit of an issue with Josh, Donna, and an efficient translator.
Thoughts: There was a lot of tension in this episode. Sam got to spend more time with this woman he really likes, and some of that time was accidental and unwanted. Josh harbors bitter feelings toward Mandy and is constantly, indiscreetly attempting to ruin her day (and he often does), and from what I know of their past relationship, it looks like she’s okay with letting the past go, and Josh is just being stubborn, but we’ll see. C.J. keeps having a man she knows (I think he’s a reporter, but I haven’t caught his name [edit: Danny] or exact profession yet) flirting with her and following her around the Oval Office while she works. I think he’s quite sweet, although she hasn’t paid him much attention yet because her job consumes all of her time. They’d make a cute couple, though, so I’d ship ’em, haha! The hurricane I mentioned in the summary is only a side-topic in this episode, but its impending doom as it hurtles toward Georgia. Different members of the staff are trying to figure out and negotiate with the FBI on how to deal with a group of dangerous militia they have surrounded out in Idaho, and Mandy shares her thoughts on this. Oh, and about the dinner, as that’s what the episode’s really about – the interactions between the Indonesian leaders, the President, and the White House staff was funny, very strained, and also nerve-wracking. The First Lady is finally introduced (really? Episode seven? lol), and I can’t quite figure out if I like her yet. She’s okay.
Episode Eight – Enemies
Summary: President Bartlet’s obsession with America’s state parks is introduced, while the White House fights to save a reserve in Montana. Mallory, Leo’s daughter, asks Sam out on a “date,” and Leo quietly gets in the way.
Thoughts: I love it when characters are so passionate about a random subject, which is why Bartlet’s fascination and extensive knowledge of state park facts amused me. The addition of this idiosyncrasy seemed irrelevant to the show, but by the end of this episode, it all tied in. The aspect of Mal going out with Sam was interesting, as there has only been minimal talk about the characters’ relationships and love lives until now, but I can’t say that I like Mal. Leo’s diversion was great, though, haha!
Thank you sooo much for reading! I had fun writing this. Let me know in the comments below:
Have YOU watched The West Wing?
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