The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 3

The Midterms (18 Oct. 2000)

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With the midterm elections coming up, Toby looks for a way to stop hate groups; Charlie and Zoey decide whether to continue their relationship; President Bartlet discovers the egg cream and... See full summary »

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With the midterm elections coming up, Toby looks for a way to stop hate groups; Charlie and Zoey decide whether to continue their relationship; President Bartlet discovers the egg cream and is concerned about an ultra-right-wing candidate running for school board in his old district in New Hampshire; and Sam is asked to put White House help behind an old friend running for Congress. This episode includes the President's confrontation with a right-wing radio talk show host using a famous list of modern applications of Biblical laws. Oh, yes, and psychics at Cal Tech and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab ... Written by Molly Malloy

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President Bartlet criticizes a religious fundamentalist radio talk show host named Jenna Jacobs with his detailed knowledge of scripture. The segment was adapted from a famous Internet chain letter allegedly sent to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, on whom the Jacobs character was based, and several of Bartlet's questions are identical to the questions posed in the letter. See more »

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Sam claims to have gone to four different schools at different points. In the first episode, when speaking to Malory's class, Sam says that he is a graduate of Harvard and Yale. Later, in the episode where Ansley is hired, Sam tells the White House counsel that he was recording secretary of the Princeton Gilbert and Sullivan society. Finally, in the first midterm elections, when Sam is trying to convince his old classmate to run, they talk about a professor they both had at Duke law school. See more »

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Charlie Young: Zoey and I are going out. I'll be on my pager.
Leo McGarry: You're going out?
Charlie Young: Yeah.
Leo McGarry: Charlie, you're taking extra protection, right?
Charlie Young: [taken aback] Hey, Leo, I...
Leo McGarry: Secret Service protection, Charlie, but thanks for loading me up with that image.
Charlie Young: Yeah, we'll have extra protection.
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This episode is fantastic. Not only does it show the best duologue and development of character and relationships on the program, but the skewering of the Dr. Laura character was well done. It's not about what faith you believe in, it's a bout how seriously you take yourself. Sorkin presents the clear message that whether you're Muslim or Christian, you can't go around calling people infidels or abomination. If you're going to cherry pick from you're sacred text, why do you have to pick the most negative parts? The part where they all meet with Josh is particularly moving. Sorkin has that perfect mix of funny and serious that you only really see on Scrubs. Not that the shows are similar, but they have stylistic similarities. This episode was a good refrain from the drama of the first and second episode of this season.


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