The West Wing: Season 4, Episode 18

Privateers (26 Mar. 2003)

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Amy is challenged and tormented from all sides in her first day as Chief of Staff to the First Lady. Her first task is to prove that Abbey's relative was a privateer and not a pirate. And a glacier melts!

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Amy is challenged and tormented from all sides in her first day as Chief of Staff to the First Lady. Her first task is to prove that Abbey's relative was a privateer and not a pirate. And a glacier melts!

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Pres. Bartlet says he toured the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee the day before, but "we didn't leave Nashville 'til after ten." Unless the President had some other (unstated) business in Nashville that day, flying into and out of Nashville is illogical, since it is over two hours' drive from Oak Ridge. By contrast, Knoxville, TN's airport is less than an hour away. See more »

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Zoey Bartlet: Are you going to do what I asked in the email?
Charlie Young: No.
Zoey Bartlet: You just refuse.
Charlie Young: I do. I refuse, respectfully.
Zoey Bartlet: You can't refuse and be respectful at the same time.
Charlie Young: Watch me. Ask again.
Zoey Bartlet: Stop pursuing me.
Charlie Young: Respectfully, no.
Zoey Bartlet: Why?
Charlie Young: 'Cause I'm in love with you, and that's the way it goes.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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I'm Marion Cotesworth-Hay!
29 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

And the post-Seaborn era starts with a lift from...Marion Cotesworth-Hay! A dowdy new englander (Helen Slayton-Hughes) is organizing a boycott of Zoey's induction into the Daughters of the American Revolution, because Abbey's ancestor was a pirate. C.J. can't keep a straight face. Charlie refuses to stop pursuing Zoey. Amy gets liberally hazed her first day. A corporate whistle blower (the thoroughly competent Jeff Perry - WILD THINGS, NASH BRIDGES) uses his friendship with Toby to get immunity, a bit disingenuously. Is it a coincidence that Sorkin left his post as head writer only six episodes after Sam leaves? Probably. Did Sorkin only stay through season 4 to ease that transition? Probably not.


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