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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jenna Jacobs
Sarah Jordan
Tom Jordan (as Jamie Denton)
Andrew Mackintosh
Myles Kilpatrick ...
Jeffrey Mackintosh (as Myles Killpatrick)


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 »


Sam convinces his law school classmate, Tom Jordan, to run for Congress. Later, the White House staff learns that Jordan struck potential jurors merely because they were black. Both Sam and Leo McGarry refer to these as "preemptive" challenges, even though the correct term is "peremptory." While Leo might have made this mistake, an attorney like Sam would never have referred to them as "preemptive" challenges. Furthermore, although the two words sound similar, they are not synonyms; "preemptive" means "intended to preempt or forestall," whereas "peremptory" means "having to be obeyed without question." See more »


President Josiah Bartlet: [addressing a radio personality party in the White House, entering room to applause] Thank you. Thank you very much. Thanks a lot. I wish I could spend more than a few minutes with you, but the polls don't close in the east for another hour, and there are plenty of election results still left to falsify.
[everyone laughs]
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Edited into For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) See more »


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Starts off Good, ends in Anti-Religious diatribe
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first two episodes of the season started off excellently, but this episode points out the one glaring weakness of West Wing; an anti-conservative religious bigotry. Any religious group that takes the Bible seriously is evidently the enemy in this series. This was also seen in the pilot in the first season, when Bartlett throws out a group of conservative Christians. Bartletts lecture to the "Dr Laura" character, who is Jewish, is ludicrous and embarrassing. Too bad because the episode started well but unravelled. When West Wing is good, it is the best show on TV; it is at it's worst when it lapses into liberal preachiness, as in this episode.

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