The West Wing: Season 3, Episode 18

Stirred (3 Apr. 2002)

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On a typical night in the west wing, Sam returns from a hockey game and Josh asks him to meet with V.P. Hoynes about saving an education bill. Back at the W.H., Josh, Toby, Leo, C.J., Larry... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Dunard ...
Alcoholic Politician
Alcoholic Politician
Felton Perry ...
Alcoholic Politician
HUD Secretary Bill Fisher


On a typical night in the west wing, Sam returns from a hockey game and Josh asks him to meet with V.P. Hoynes about saving an education bill. Back at the W.H., Josh, Toby, Leo, C.J., Larry and Ed all meet about the prospect of replacing Hoynes on the ticket in the next campaign. Bartlet helps Charlie do his federal taxes, and while both think Charlie should expect a refund, thanks to last year's so-called economic stimulus, he instead owes money to the IRS. A security emergency occurs when two trucks, one stolen and containing nuclear waste, crash in a tunnel in Idaho, threatening to explode and wipe out a nearby town. Donna asks Josh to ask the president for a special proclamation recognizing her favorite h.s. teacher. Bartlet can't oblige, but he comes up with a very uplifting consolation for Donna to let her teacher know how much she appreciated her. Episode title refers to James Bond's preference for "shaken, not stirred," which Bartlet insists results in a weak martini; this ... Written by meebly

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The reason a martini would be stirred is not to avoid chipping the ice, but to prevent air from being dissolved rapidly into the gin causing it to taste bitter. Regardless, James Bond prefers a vodka martini which is indeed supposed to be shaken so that it will get colder faster. See more »


When President Bartlett is filing Charlie Young's tax return for him, it is noted that he was expecting $700 back and it came back saying he owed $400. This would have been highly unlikely as it is noted in previous episodes he is raising his sister. This would mean he would be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which would result in him receiving much more money back. As President Bartlett says he likes doing this and he has a noble prize in economics, and does his own, he would know about this as he has three children. The reference of the rebate also referred to as an advance by Charlie, wouldn't have made that much of a difference in regards to the Earned Income Tax Credit. See more »


President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: If only technology could invent some way to get in touch with you in an emergency. Some sort of telephonic device with a personalized number we could call to let you know that we needed you. Perhaps it would look something
[Bartlet grabs Leo's pager from its belt case]
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: like *this*, Mr. Moto!
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References On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) See more »


West Wing Main Title
Written by Pete Anthony
Performed by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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James is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it
18 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

The writers display deftness by not having two working class African- Americans who unexpectedly provide Charlie a moment of consolation, tell him they "know who he is", though they must have. Donna asks Josh for a presidential proclamation honoring her favorite teacher. In a Seaborn meeting with Hoynes, it's revealed that the President doesn't know John is an alcoholic, something that astounds the V.P. John tells Jed and his staff. All the while, the staff has been pondering the electoral math, and replacing Hoynes on the ticket. Wonderful work by Mr. Matheson. Look for Randy Oglesby, another of the only four actors to play seven different characters on STAR TREK.

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