"The West Wing" The Crackpots and These Women (TV Episode 1999) Poster

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The moment I fell in love with Josh Lyman...
foghorn_clj4 June 2017
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From the humour at the beginning at the President cheating at basketball to the delightful cynicism towards Big Block of Cheese Day this episode is just wonderful to watch.

But it's the story line of Josh receiving the NSC card and finding out that none of his friends did that makes this episode so touching. The moment when Josh told CJ that he couldn't be her friend without telling her the truth just made me fall head over heels in love with the character. The woman in me just wanted to hug and protect Josh and fix all his emotional wounds. Bradley Whitford played the character's guilt at the perceived betrayal of his friends to perfection, a perfection that he would carry through out the series which would only continue to endear the viewer to the brilliant but emotionally confused Josh.

And then the conversation between the president, Leo and Josh regarding the women they work with was touching.
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a big block of cheese
robrosenberger20 October 2012
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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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