The West Wing: Season 4, Episode 21

Life on Mars (30 Apr. 2003)

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On his first day on the job, the new deputy counsel uncovers a trail of clues to a scandal that will end one person's career.



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On his first day on the job, the new deputy counsel uncovers a trail of clues to a scandal that will end one person's career.

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First year law student and White House legal office aide, Blair Spoonhour, tells new White House Council Lawyer, Joe Quincy (Matthew Perry), that she is twenty-two whereas actress Kiersten Warren who played her was thirty-seven when this aired in 2003; four years older than Perry. See more »


When Joe Quincy is showing C.J. a list of phone calls placed from the White House, all the ones placed by Vice-President John Hoynes to Helen Baldwin are highlighted. However, on page two there is one call placed by Hoynes to Baldwin that is not highlighted, which is pretty sloppy work from a new White House attorney. See more »


Charlie Young: Are you eating a salad?
Toby Ziegler: Yeah.
Charlie Young: Why?
Toby Ziegler: 'Cause I am.
Charlie Young: I don't think I've ever seen you eat a salad. What kind of salad is it?
Toby Ziegler: I don't know...
Charlie Young: Just mixed greens?
Toby Ziegler: I don't know what kind of salad it is, I'm eating a salad, okay? I'm doing it, do I have to know the names? There's no difference between them, it's a bowl of weeds!
Toby Ziegler: Some of them have cheese, this isn't the kind with cheese, does that answer your question?
Toby Ziegler: Man, how many years have you been: "Toby, you eat like a teenager, Toby, that's red ...
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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Stu Winkle?
1 December 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

On his first day, counsel Joe Quincy uncovers a White House security leak that leads to the Vice President. A torrid scandal forces Hoynes to resign. Powerful work between Matheson, Sheen, and Spencer. Cassie and the Laurens help Will conceptualize a political ad. C.J. has some snappy repartee with Mr. Perry, and talks to Stu Winkle (the greatest unseen voice in show history...the fact that the actor's name is Sam Pancake is an unexpected bonus we're not worthy of). Toby buys a house for Andy, and proposes to her once more. In one of the most poignant Toby scenes ever, she rejects him because he's too sad and angry. We, like he, thought she was just playing hard to get. Searing.

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