The West Wing: Season 5, Episode 17

The Supremes (24 Mar. 2004)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama
8.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.9/10 from 331 users  
Reviews: 1 user

A Supreme Court Justice dies, forcing the administration's hand on picking a desirable replacement who can be confirmed by a hostile Congress.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 134 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
a list of 3073 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 25 Aug 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 18 Oct 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Supremes" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Supremes (24 Mar 2004)

The Supremes (24 Mar 2004) on IMDb 8.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The West Wing.
« Previous Episode | 106 of 155 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Senator Roland Pierce
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Josh's efforts to break the deadlock over judicial nominees is brought to a head by the death of a Supreme Court Justice. With the Republicans controlling Congress, the administration's chances of getting a replacement they want appear to be slim. Despite this, Josh and Toby begin back-channel negotiations over a radical scheme which could be exactly what the overly-moderate judicial system needs. Written by Murray Chapman

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

supreme court justice | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 2004 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The case Mulready and Lang are speaking of is U.S. v Lopez, a landmark Supreme Court case in which the Supreme Court ended 50 years of precedents allowing Congress to federally mandate certain legal standards (including civil rights and federal gun control laws) based on a very liberal interpretation of the Commerce Clause (Article 1, Section 8. Clause 3) of the U.S. Constitution. See more »

Goofs

Final scene in the W.H. press room when President Bartlett is at the podium introducing his two new Supreme Court nominations, he incorrectly introduces Glenn Close's character, Judge Evelyn Baker Lang, as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. While she will be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the correct title should be "Chief Justice of the United States." See more »

Quotes

Justice Christopher Mulready: So why a racial preference and not an economic one?
Charlie Young: Because affirmative action is about a legacy of racial oppression.
Justice Christopher Mulready: It's about compromising admission standards.
Charlie Young: That's bull. Excuse me. It's about leveling the playing field after 300 years...
Justice Christopher Mulready: See, this is where the liberal argument goes off the tracks. You get stuck in the past. Now, you want to come back at me with "Grading is based on past performance, but admissions should be based on potential, on how a candidate may thrive with this sort...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.196 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Mandolin Concerto in C Major
(uncredited)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Musici Di San Marco
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant episode
24 March 2007 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This episode leaves me with a good feeling. I have to admit that I had misty eyes all through the last half hour. And its difficult to claim that "West Wing" usually does that to the viewers.

The reason for my joy for this episode is two-folded. First of all there is Glenn Close, perfectly casted as a liberal judge. Second there is the message, that the gloomy impression of a Left and Right in USA, unable to communicate, is not true.

The beauty lies in the compromise that does not look like the usual compromise. Instead of victory for the mediocre, we see a victory of the genius.

This episode is also the last high peak before the series finally loses its momentum.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The annoying 'I'm sorry' epdowd-2
Could care less? shollis1
For such a great show by talented writers etc WHY Mandy???? juliegill
Funniest line in the series aflack18
Cringe-inducing lines/scenes susanemccool
The First Lady Sonatine97
Discuss The Supremes (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?