The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 13

Bartlet's Third State of the Union (7 Feb. 2001)

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While a live TV show is broadcast from the West Wing following the State of the Union, the staff must covertly deal with a hostage situation in Colombia. CJ learns that a special guest at the state of the union has a black mark on his record that could taint the administration. Ainsley Hayes is afraid to meet the President in person. Written by Taigan

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Trivia

Toby opens by telling his staff to "delete 'vigorously' from the first sentence," so they are not "going to vigorously pursue campaign finance reform" because 'vigorously' feels inflammatory. Since Toby is a speech writer, he should have been more concerned with removing 'vigorously' because it splits the infinitive of 'to pursue.' Infinitive verbs cannot have adverbs inside them, only before or after. The prohibition on the splitting of infinitives is a 18th century Victorian relic. Most modern English style guides have dropped this prohibition. It dates from spurious a belief that Latin was the most 'pure' language, and as in Latin the infinitive is a single word (e.g. Ire - to go, Ire audaciter - to go boldly) However, English has a rhythm and metre that defies such archaic constraints, and "To boldly go..." is a much more powerful construction See more »

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As a utility truck passes by the polling center (around 36 mins) you hear Donna say "You know what I'm surprised about" but her lips are not moving. See more »

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Ainsley Hayes: I'm an associate counsel. The Chinese food guy's got more access than I do.
Mark Gottfried: And yet they have you out here speaking for the White House.
Ainsley Hayes: Yeah. It's a really big night for me!
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