Josh speaks to a psychiatrist about the events of the last three weeks: Toby hired musicians for the foyer, an Air Force pilot disobeyed orders, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly.



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Leo orders Josh to speak to a trauma psychiatrist, who asks him to review the events of the last three weeks: Toby insisted on having live music in the foyer for Christmas, an Air Force pilot separated from his flight team without explanation, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly. Also, C.J. looks into a report of a woman freaking out during a tour of the White House. Written by Murray Chapman

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20 December 2000 (USA)  »

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Yo-Yo Ma plays a cello piece. Instead of miming the motions of the song to recorded music, however, he actually played the song for each take. According to director Thomas Schlamme, this amounted to playing the song about 45 times. See more »


In "Noël" (#2.10) (2000) the scene where Bernard Thatch (Paxton Whitehead) and C. J. Cregg (Allison Janney) are discussing the painting "The Cliffs at Etretat", Thatch makes two mistakes that no art expert, or art snob would possibly make. First, the painting is in fact titled "The Cliffs at Etretat after a storm" and more glaringly, the artist was Gustav Courbet, not Gustav Cailloux, about whom Thatch says, "was a contemporary of Courbet who was considerably more gifted." Gustave Cailloux, incidentally, does not exist. See more »


Josh Lyman: Why would the music have started it?
Stanley Keworth: Well, I know it's going to sound like I'm telling you that two plus two equals a bushel of potatoes, but at this moment, in your head, music is the same thing as...
Josh Lyman: sirens. So that's going to be my reaction every time I hear music?
Stanley Keworth: No.
Josh Lyman: Why not?
Stanley Keworth: Because... we get better.
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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A dazzling episode and true masterpiece
29 February 2016 | by (Täby, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Throughout its seasons "The West Wing" delivers hours upon hours of highly imaginative and creative pieces featuring excellent writing, acting and direction.

In this company, "Noël" stands out as one of the greatest - if not THE

  • greatest episode of the entire series. Featuring Josh Lyman - so

often the comic relief of the show, the guy who has a witty comment to everything - dealing with some truly difficult issues, this episode takes us on a journey through some of the darker issues brought up on television. Remarkably well written by Aaron Sorkin and Peter Parnell with delicious direction from Thomas Schlamme and award-deserving performances from the entire cast in general and Bradley Whitford in particular, I can't tell you enough just how much in awe I am of this episode. Everything works, down to the sound design and music (not unimportant aspects of the episode).


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