The West Wing: Season 3, Episode 17

The U.S. Poet Laureate (27 Mar. 2002)

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Poet laureate Tabitha Fortis visits D.C. to attend a White House dinner in her honor, and Toby develops a bit of a crush on her, but he also must admonish the somewhat flighty beauty ... See full summary »

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Poet laureate Tabitha Fortis visits D.C. to attend a White House dinner in her honor, and Toby develops a bit of a crush on her, but he also must admonish the somewhat flighty beauty against publicly criticizing the president for his refusal to sign an international anti-land mine treaty; Donna discovers a website devoted to Josh, and he soon becomes sucked into the online chat about his activities and ego; speaking via remote to a local morning show in Philadelphia and unaware that the mike is on, Bartlet makes a stray comment impugning opponent Robert Richie's intelligence, for which the staff, particularly C.J., takes a lot of heat from Richie campaign and the press. Written by meebly

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Josh falling afoul of posters on the message board at 'lemonlyman.com' was taken from Aaron Sorkin's own experiences dealing with the message board at the TV site televisionwithoutpity.com. See more »

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A poster notes Tabatha Fortis's lecture would be at 9pm. But she has given most of her lecture before leaving, which causes the call to Toby, who receives it before the President's 9pm press conference. See more »

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis: An artist's job to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. If we stumble into truth, we got lucky. And I don't get to decide what truth is.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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