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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CJ's fishbowl decoration changes 3/4 of the way through the episode. Now it is a $100 bill. This is about the sub-plot about bailing out Mexico with money. CJ's fishbowl has a piece of pipe with some black fluid coming out of it (fake of course). A sub-plot of this episode is about an oil tanker running aground and leaking oil. Leo and Oliver (Babish) were both, apparently, born in Chicago, Illinois. In "Mr. Willis of Ohio", during the President's kidnapping speech, Zoey pointed out that she was starting college in a month and that she was 19 years old. In this episode Charlie states that Zoey was 17 when she applied for college and her health form required a parent's signature. She would have been 17 when she applied to college and 19 when she started attending. It is also said in that episode that she is starting Georgetown in the spring, leaving at least a semester if not more (say, since she was still 17) in between graduating high school and starting Georgetown. She may have started at a different university, perhaps one that didn't give her the college experience she wanted. It is unlikely that she was held back enough to graduate high school in January at 19. See more »

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When Sam expresses surprise that the Coast Guard officer being in a dress uniform, she replies, "We're required to wear the Class A's for any business on the Hill or in the White House." Only the Army has a uniform designated as a Class A. The Coast Guard and Navy equivalent is known as Service Dress Blue. A coast guard Officer would not refer to her uniform as a Class A. See more »

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President Josiah Bartlet: I'm confident in your loyalty to me; I'm confident in your love for me. If you lie to protect me, if you lie just once, if you lie just a little, if you lie 'cause you can't stand what's happening to me and the people making it happen, if you ever, ever lie, you're finished with me. You understand?
Charlie Young: Yes, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: Say you understand.
Charlie Young: I understand, sir.
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He did nothing wrong. He did NOTHING WRONG!
13 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

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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