Calling all WingNuts - West Wing Appreciation thread here! Potential SPOILERS!

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FrankelandFilly Wed 16-Jul-14 14:49:26

It's been a while since we had a WW thread so here we go again!

Be warned, if you've not watched the whole series, you may come across spoilers.

So, favourite episodes/quotes/characters?

For me, favourite episodes: Two Cathedrals and The Supremes, plus numerous others!

Quotes: too many to mention! Bartlett's monologue in Two Cathedrals; Josh and CJ going head to head on many occasions; Toby's "Did you trip?" grin

Characters: all of them! Except Mandy wink

Lilaclily Wed 16-Jul-14 14:53:33

' I didn't realise babies come with hats'

grin

When Leo tells the President Zoe is missing & he drops his drink & looks over at Abby sad

When CJ's body guard gets killed

& when Josh gets shot & Donna's car gets hit by the car bomb are all stand out moments

Lilaclily Wed 16-Jul-14 14:55:11

Oh & season one when Sam hugs Leo & Leo says 'boy did you get that wrong '
I loved Sam in it , I liked his & Josh's relationship
Wasn't that keen on Will & Kate Harper

GrouchyKiwi Wed 16-Jul-14 15:32:31

I have a baby due in 2 weeks and I plan to start rewatching my box set during feeds. DH is slightly grumpy about this because he'd love to rewatch too. He'll cope.

I basically love Sam, Toby and CJ unreservedly. Josh is mostly marvellous. Loved Ainsley and wished they'd done more with her character. Can't stand Mandy (was so glad when she just disappeared) and never warmed to Will. He wasn't the right kind of idealist to replace Sam so it never worked for me.

Favourite episodes: Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc, and Celestial Navigation have special places in my heart.

FrankelandFilly Wed 16-Jul-14 16:02:40

Good choices!

Of course we can't have a WW appreciation thread without mentioning CJ's "The Jackal" grin

PostHocErgoPropterHoc Wed 16-Jul-14 16:04:29

<Digs out WW inspired nn>

Definitely going to have to start watching again. I watched the first series in sleep-deprived baby fog, so it'll be like watching for the very first time grin

Anarchy99 Wed 16-Jul-14 16:09:50

Hello!! <waves>

I am glad I am not the only one who couldn't stand Mandy - she was so irritating! Apart from her, all the characters are fab! My favourite episodes are Two Cathedrals (I cried when he did the Latin rant) and Posse Comitatus (when Simon is shot, and also the brilliant use of that music while they are assassinating Shariff - so clever.

In fact I think the cleverest thing that they do is their use of music in it.

Anarchy99 Wed 16-Jul-14 16:10:49

Toby's "Did you trip?"

YY - Brilliant!

Anarchy99 Wed 16-Jul-14 16:16:36

And one of the best quotes ever

In a triumph of the middling, a nod to mediocrity, and with gorge rising, it gives me great nausea to announce Robert Russell - Bingo Bob, himself - as your new Vice President.

quietbatperson Wed 16-Jul-14 16:24:54

Did you trip? was grin

I also hated Mandy. Just a really unlikeable character. I quite like Will Bailey, but only in parts. His floundering to see what Bartlet et al saw in the VP was quite naive but sweet. I like Kate Harper too but mostly because she wanted to sic the Secret Service on Elizabeth Bartlet's husband, but the two of them as a couple? Meh.

I've got in to Mad Men in a big way so it's weird rewatching and seeing Zoey Bartlet looking so young compared to Peggy.

Anarchy99 Wed 16-Jul-14 16:28:17

quiet this is off-topic but I LOVE your username grin

quietbatperson Wed 16-Jul-14 16:30:44

Why thank you smile

OnlyLovers Wed 16-Jul-14 16:39:15

My favourite ever exchange (among many) is CJ and Josh when he's been posting on a Josh Liman appreciation website, telling him she's having the site monitored and he must not go on it:

CJ: If they discover you've been there, I'm going to shove a motherboard so far up your ass–
Josh: Well, technically, I outrank you–
CJ: SO far up your ass!!

I want to be CJ when I grow up. grin

Will & Kate Harper were Bland City.

Didn't like the Two Cathedrals stuff very much. Portentous and overblown.

Wished Donna and Josh hadn't got together.

Loved CJ and Danny and the goldfish.

Loved 'The Jackal', but that's stating the crashingly obvious.

Toby's timing was pitch perfect. He always made me laugh. Also loved when he took his STBX wife to see the house, thinking that if he bought it she'd come back. He was so crushed. sad

Also Toby and CJ on the beach.
CJ: You've never walked on the beach before, have you?
Toby: I like a hotel. I like a good concierge.

Man after my own heart.

FrankelandFilly Wed 16-Jul-14 16:41:39

My favourite Josh/CJ exchange:

Josh: You know what, CJ, I think I'm the best judge of what I mean, you paranoid Berkely shiksa feminista! Well that was way too far.
CJ: No, no. Well, I've got a staff meeting to go to and so do you, you elitest Harvard fascist missed-the-Dean's-list-two-semesters-in-a-row yankee jackass!

OnlyLovers Wed 16-Jul-14 16:50:44

Frankel, yes yes yes! grin

BettyBolognese Wed 16-Jul-14 17:12:43

Last night I watched the episode where Danny buys CJ a goldfish. smile

BettyBolognese Wed 16-Jul-14 17:13:09

And my favourite scene ever is CJ and Josh and the map people.

flowery Wed 16-Jul-14 17:20:11

<sings>

"These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn to be brothers in arms"

<packs boxed set in suitcase for holiday>

clangermum Wed 16-Jul-14 17:22:59

I like Sam asking Mallory 'which one is Leo's daughter?' when her class visits the White House, then his monologue including the bit about accidentally sleeping with a prostitute

Has to be the best 'I'm having a bad day' speech ever

TSSDNCOP Wed 16-Jul-14 21:13:43

Evening all smile

Love when Donna's in the Oval and the President has her tell Molly Marello where she is.

Love Leo "hi Dalai Lama" and his relationship with Annabeth.

Favourite episodes are the Supremes and the day CJ gets promoted with her suicide bomber swatting purse.

middlings Wed 16-Jul-14 21:28:01

Josh's face when he hears Amy has been made the First Lady's Chief of Staff. Doesn't get better than that.

I'll be back later when I've finished working.....

The WW has got me through some tough times. I still miss Mrs Landingham. In Excelsis Deo definitely one of my favourites

FrankelandFilly Wed 16-Jul-14 21:49:36

I love CJ and Danny's conversation in Internal Displacement:

Danny Concannon: We're both about to fall off a cliff. And I don't know what I'm gonna do with the rest of my life, except I know what I don't wanna do. And on Inauguration Day, you're going to be released from that glorious prison on Pennsylvania Avenue, with...
C.J. Cregg: No human skills?
Danny Concannon: Seems to me...
C.J. Cregg: I should punch you in the face.
Danny Concannon: That's what I'm talking about.
C.J. Cregg: Keep going...
Danny Concannon: So, if I'm gonna jump off the cliff, and you're gonna get pushed off the cliff, why don't we hold hands on the way down?

<sob>

flowery Wed 16-Jul-14 23:41:36

"I'm just saying, if you were in an accident I wouldn't stop for a beer"
"If you were in an accident I wouldn't stop for red lights"

<sigh>

EATmum Wed 16-Jul-14 23:57:44

Grouchy I managed to rewatch three series while feeding DD3 (she needed to feed probably slightly less than I needed to watch but hey). Love Isaac and Isaiah. Think it should be mandatory for all teenagers to watch.
And Josh is mine. Dibs.

middlings Thu 17-Jul-14 09:15:50

I'll fight you for him EAT. I'm scrappy. I warn you.

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