The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 19

Bad Moon Rising (25 Apr. 2001)

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President Bartlett talks to the White House Counsel about the concealment of his MS. An enraged Toby has CJ grill the West Wing staff to find a leaker. Josh and Donna spar over a financial bailout of Mexico.

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President Bartlett talks to the White House Counsel about the concealment of his MS. An enraged Toby has CJ grill the West Wing staff to find a leaker. Josh and Donna spar over a financial bailout of Mexico.

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The chess set in Babish's office is set up incorrectly. First, the lower right corner square for each player should be a white square, not a black one. Second, the kings and queens are reversed: the white king should be on the player's right, the black king on the player's left. See more »

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Oliver Babish: If I stay, will you do exactly what I tell you to do?
President Josiah Bartlet: I guess it depends.
Oliver Babish: I'm afraid it can't depend, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: [pauses and thinks] What would my first step be?
Oliver Babish: First tell your staff.
President Josiah Bartlet: Yeah.
Oliver Babish: Then, decide how to make a public announcement.
President Josiah Bartlet: Yeah.
Oliver Babish: Then, order the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor. Not just any special prosecutor, the most blood-spitting, Bartlet-hating Republican in the Bar. He's gonna have an unlimited budget and a staff like an army. The new slogan around here is gonna ...
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He did nothing wrong. He did NOTHING WRONG!
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It's hard to overstate how much Snuffy Walden's music enhanced and defined this show. In a dark episode, the music subtly invokes the "New York Minute" motif from three shows prior. Jed and Leo begin the process of going public with the M.S., by meeting with White House Senior Counsel Oliver Babish (the unrelentingly stellar Oliver Platt - THE IMPOSTERS, THE ICE HARVEST). Platt replaces season 1's John Laroquette. On the one hand, this feels wrong, as John was delightful. But there's no denying that Oliver rises to the decidedly-darker nuances in his eight-episode arc, nailing them more perfectly than anyone you can imagine. Jacqueline Kim (STAR TREK: GENERATIONS) shares some lovely, too-brief chemistry with Sam. In one of the most touching scenes between two wonderful performers, Jed admonishes Charlie to never, ever lie about what he knows.


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