The West Wing: Season 5, Episode 4

Han (22 Oct. 2003)

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A North Korean pianist announces his intention to defect in the Oval Office. While the staff passionately debate his request they also fight to get the President's choice of Vice President ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rep. Theo
Jai Yung Ahn - Pianist


A North Korean pianist announces his intention to defect in the Oval Office. While the staff passionately debate his request they also fight to get the President's choice of Vice President nominated by a new and hostile Speaker of the House. Written by h_berry

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The title refers to a Korean cultural concept, as described by Jed Bartlet: "There is no literal English translation. It's a state of mind. Of soul, really. A sadness. A sadness so deep, no tears will come. And yet still there's hope." See more »


When the immensely-educated Will Bailey is writing the State of the Union speech, he mentions to the Undersecretary of State that "Article I" gives the president power of Commander-in-Chief, while the power actually comes under the Constitution's Article II. See more »


Toby Ziegler: In a triumph of the middling, a nod to mediocrity, and with gorge rising, it gives me great nausea to announce Robert Russell - Bingo Bob, himself - as your new Vice President.
Will Bailey: This lapdog of the mining interests is as dull as he is unremarkable...
Toby Ziegler: lackluster as he is soporific. This reversion to the mean...
Will Bailey: ...this rebuke to the exemplary...
Toby Ziegler: hope to the millions unfavored by the exceptional... Bob Russell: not the worst, not the best, just what we're stuck with.
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Prelude No 4 In E Minor Op 28
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Music, Politics, this episode was amazing.
16 August 2011 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

Personally, I think this episode is one of the best (if not the best) of the series yet. The cinematography (the lighting was almost bewitching!), the script, the acting, it was amazing. I was pretty amaze with Tony Lee's performance, truly capturing the essence of the desire for freedom and the obligation to put his desire behind world's need. The ending was remarkable, illustrating the point Sorkin was trying to make: it's the most unpredictable regime in the world.

Not only that, the scene where Toby and Will was humorously describing Robert Russell, was not only funny, but exceptionally well written. The words are so hard to be comprehend, you might need a dictionary to perfectly understand it!

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