The West Wing: Season 3, Episode 9

The Women of Qumar (28 Nov. 2001)

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CJ cannot control her outrage when the US agrees to an arms sale to Qumar, a country that brutally abuses women. Josh meets with Amy Gardner, a leading women's group lobbyist. The content ... See full summary »



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Mary Klein, Smithsonian Curator


CJ cannot control her outrage when the US agrees to an arms sale to Qumar, a country that brutally abuses women. Josh meets with Amy Gardner, a leading women's group lobbyist. The content of a Smithsonian exhibit draws protest from a veteran's group. Leo and the President discuss options when the possibility of a Mad Cow infection strikes the US beef industry. Written by Taigan

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Qumar is not a real country. See more »


The F-117 is mentioned as part of an arms package to Qumar in exchange for base rights. Considering it spent much of its early career as classified and even in real life never had any foreign users, this is highly unlikely. See more »


Donna Moss: Josh?
Josh Lyman: Could I get *five* minutes without being interrupted by banality?
Abbey Bartlet: It's not banality, it's the boss's wife.
Josh Lyman: Good morning, ma'am.
Abbey Bartlet: Good morning, Josh.
Josh Lyman: A little heads up wouldn't be out of line.
Donna Moss: I said "Josh."
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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They're beating the women, Nancy.
17 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

The U.S. agrees to sell weapons to Qumar, a country that brutally abuses women. The White House men hide from the women. A C.J. top-five entry. The debut of Mary-Louise Parker (WEEDS, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES) as Amy Gardner, women's issues lobbyist. In 23 episodes from now until the end of the run, she never misses a beat. A mercenary Earth goddess with a razor tongue. She and Josh have a high-powered debate on prostitution. They go on to share some of the most hysterical, resonant romantic moments in the history of the show...all while a part of you silently screams for him to get back to Donna. It's a fine line producers have to walk, when introducing a new romantic interest for a character the audience is aching to see with someone else. They have to be compelling...but only to a point. If the chemistry is too good, the larger arc is derailed. If it's too flaccid, the romance is just an obvious stalling tactic. No matter how good the performers and writing are, it's ultimately a crapshoot...but Amy couldn't have been more perfect.

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