The West Wing: Season 6, Episode 14

The Wake Up Call (9 Feb. 2005)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Bailey (credit only)
Donna Moss (credit only)
Josh Lyman (credit only)
Matthew Santos (credit only)


A rapidly-escalating international crisis involving Iran and the UK requires C.J. to wake the President, triggering a confrontation with Abbey about allowing him enough rest to properly manage his MS. British Ambassador Lord John Marbury is summoned, and proceeds to wander the halls looking for "Gerald" while threatening to bomb Iran. Toby and Professor Lawrence Lessig meet with a delegation from Belarus to discuss a new constitution, and disagree on whether to base it on a parliamentary or presidential system. The latest Miss World makes a traditional visit to the White House to discuss a cause. Written by Murray Chapman

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9 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Lawrence Lessig is a real-life constitutional scholar who was involved in drafting an early version of the Georgian constitution. Episode writer Josh Singer took Lessig's Constitutional Law course at Harvard, and remembered an anecdote told during class. Lessig approved the script, which he felt captured 90% of what was important about "constitutionalism": building a society that respects the rule of law. See more »


In this episode CJ is woken up at 03:45 am EST being told that a British airliner has been shot down over Iran one hour earlier (02:45 am EST). Later in the SIT room Kate Harper explains, that the shot down 737 has the same signature as US spy plane RC-135, and at visual the radar on the back of the RC-135 might not be visible at night. However, when the plane was shot down the local time in Iran was 11:15 am, which means that it was broad daylight over Iran. See more »


References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


My Funny Valentine
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Kristin Chenoweth
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Toby and Miss World
20 December 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

It might be interesting to watch the last season and a half, but only the episodes that focused on life in the west wing. It might be more entertaining and coherent than some naysayers imagine. I think it's incumbent on me to mention the work of two actors who have been around for a long time, but have never received a word from me. In one case (Nicole Robinson, as Margaret), that's because her charming work has never been prominent enough to catch my eye. Here, she is happily perhaps outed as the first gay staffer in show history. In the other case (Steve Ryan, as Defense Secretary Miles Hutchinson), my neglect is perhaps because he inhabited his disagreeable character so well that my dislike extended to the actor as well. The difference between this episode and four stars is but a hair's breath. Tension arises over whether or when to awaken the President, when an international crisis breaks. Abbey is bullying the staff. Christopher Lloyd (TAXI, STAR TREK III) is every bit as wonderful as you'd hope Christopher Lloyd would be, as constitutional scholar Lawrence Lessig. Elya Baskin (MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON, THE NAME OF THE ROSE) is charming as a belarussian diplomat. Plus Marbury's back in town! Roger Rees' final WW appearance, and he's beguiling as always, particularly (or not) to Kate, who is forced to babysit him.

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