The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 5

The Crackpots and These Women (20 Oct. 1999)

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On the series' first "Big Block of Cheese" Day (nicknamed "Total Crackpot Day" by Josh), staffers meet with reps of various organizations causes, e.g., C.J. hosts a group that wants $900 ... See full summary »

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On the series' first "Big Block of Cheese" Day (nicknamed "Total Crackpot Day" by Josh), staffers meet with reps of various organizations causes, e.g., C.J. hosts a group that wants $900 million for a "wolves only" highway. The president has everyone to the residence for a homemade chili party, we learn about Mrs. Landingham's past, and Zoey is introduced to the group, including Charlie, for whom the intro soon becomes fateful (recurring romantic relationship throughout the series). Written by Anonymous

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Aaron Sorkin got the idea for a story about the NSC card after George Stephanopoulos showed him his card. Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers assured Sorkin that the card didn't exist, unaware that only certain people were issued one. See more »

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When Josh is listening to "Ave Maria" he claims that Schubert was crazy. Medically speaking, this was untrue and it's more then likely that the writers were thinking of composer Robert Shumann, who did in fact end up in an insane asylum towards the end of his life. See more »

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Toby Ziegler: Leo, wouldn't this time be better spent plotting a war against a country that can't possibly defend itself against us?
Leo McGarry: We can do that later, Toby. Right now I'm talking about President Andrew Jackson.
Sam Seaborn: Actually, right now you're talking about a big block of cheese.
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a big block of cheese
20 October 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Josh gets an NSC nuclear attack instruction-card, and is torn by the fact that most of his co-workers don't have one. In a scene with a therapist (effectively played by Guy Boyd, who would effectively be fired to make way for Adam Arkin), we learn about his sister who died when they were children. Perhaps the only significant "revisionist misstep" scene in show history, when Bartlet plays basketball (a scenario perhaps at odds with his later-revealed multiple sclerosis). Also, the only glaringly false moment in the writing of Toby's character, when the writers have him saying "could care less" instead of "couldn't" - it's doubtful that someone of Toby's brilliant snobbery would ever employ such false grammar. And the debut of...Zoe Bartlet!!! Played by Elizabeth Moss (MAD MEN), has there ever been a biped more adorable?


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