The West Wing ~ Episodes 5-8

The West Wing ~ Episodes 5-8

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 SixMr. 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 SevenThe 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 EightEnemies

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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The West Wing ~ Episodes 1-4

The West Wing ~ Episodes 1-4

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’re all doing well(: I recently had a new idea for a series of posts (I’m always coming up with them, lol), and it was inspired by a show I began watching a few weeks ago with my mom! It’s called, as you saw from the title, The West Wing. It’s an intriguing political drama TV show, and it revolves around the lives of the main characters who work in the Oval Office.

Since I’m taking American government for 12th grade right now, I’m able to recognize different terms and statements used that I wouldn’t have understood even a few weeks ago! I’ve really enjoyed what I have seen so far, and after the first few episodes, I thought that it would be so much fun to write posts on what each episode is about, as well as my favorite parts from them. It will be nice to look back on later, and definitely fun to write right now!

For each post, I’ll do four episode summaries / analysis, and as I just found out, there are over 150 episodes! Depending on how long I watch the show, this series could go on forever, haha!!

Let’s jump right into this.

Episode One Pilot

Summary: We are introduced to the main characters who work in the White House, as well as two main problems in the storyline: the President, newly in-office, had a bicycle accident, and the director of communications has a domestic issue that needs to be dealt with.

Thoughts: This episode moved along soooo fast! I almost couldn’t keep up with the constant talking and swiftly-moving camera. Much of the show follows the main characters around the office as they walk from room to room, which means that there are a lot of scenes where the actors are practically chasing the camera crew, haha! With each of those scenes, I am in awe at how smoothly and quickly the camera whizzes through the halls and around sharp corners. I’m sure the blooper reel is fantastic! My only complaint about the Pilot is that they take quite a few minutes to introduce Mr. President, and I wasn’t a fan of that suspense, but hey, that’s just plain ole me being impatient.

Episode TwoPost Hoc, Ergo Proptor Hoc

Summary: Disagreements between President Bartlet and the Vice President come to the surface, and news of an attack on Americans reaches the White House.

Thoughts: The main thing that stands out to me from this episode is the title, which is how Bartlet describes the press secretary after she says something that gets her into a bit of trouble. I was cracking up during the whole scene that played out, especially when Bartlet tried to get everyone in his office at the time to translate it, which they failed at. The ending of Post Hoc, Ergo Proptor Hoc was very sad, and led into the third episode.

Episode ThreeA Proportional Response

Summary: President Bartlet takes action against the attack first addressed in the previous episode, weighing the options on what the “proportional response” should be. Meanwhile, C.J., the press secretary, works at solving the problem Sam (the communications director) got himself into.

Thoughts: The main thing that captured my interest from this episode were the two scenes that Bartlet met with the military leaders to decide upon the proportional response to the terrorist attack. He basically stated that if they told the terrorists where they were going to strike back (which they had), that group of people would have time to prepare and evacuate (which they did). Bartlet said that an image he saw via satellite showed that the area they planned to bomb was abandoned. The reason that stood out to me was because it reminded me of something Trump said, I think at the beginning of his presidency. A news reporter had asked him how and when he was going to attack [select country], and Trump said, “If I tell you that, then they’re going to find out!” I agree with both Bartlet and Trump. By letting the enemies know our strategy plans pretty much foils the purpose of the attack.

Episode FourFive Votes Down

Summary: The episode begins with President Bartlet giving a speech and, while it definitely pleases the crowd and is a big success, the important people voting weren’t as impressed. Over the course of a couple days, the Oval Office ferociously works toward getting the five votes they lost (and still need), all in the midst of the President struggling with an infirmity.

Thoughts: Leave it to me to find the most joy in the silly/stupid scene of an episode! Pretty close to the ending, the President invites his closest staff to an impromptu meeting in his office, while wearing sweatpants and a college sweatshirt. He had taken more pain pills than he was supposed to, and in his confused state, snuck out of his bedroom to interact with everyone who happened to be in his office at the time. I was cracking up the whole time! And as for the rest of the episode, the whole debate/press conference/losing votes ordeal wasn’t very clear to me, as I couldn’t understand much of the jargon. That might be why the drugged Bartlet scene was so hilarious to me!

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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