WEST WING S1.E5 :: THE CRACKPOTS AND THESE WOMEN

"Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer of his White House, had a big block of cheese."
  1. I love that these people play together as well as work together.
    Although I wonder what sort of secret service/traffic nightmare it would be if the President and his staff tried to play a pickup game out in front of the White House today.
  2. "Mr. President, there's no shame in calling it quits. All you have to do is say, 'Toby, you're the superior athlete,' and slink on off the court."
  3. Toby is in love with words. I think that is a good part of why I love him so much.
  4. "You know, the thing about you Mr. President, isn't so much that you cheat, it's how brazenly bad you are at it!"
    "It was Steffi Graf, you crazy lunatic! Do you think I'm not going to recognize Steffi Graf when she's serving a tennis ball AT me‽"
  5. I think it's just the angle, but it totally looks like Martin Sheen is smelling this guy's armpit.
  6. "We try to do it on the first of every month." "We've done it twice in twelve months."
    This is the story of my life.
  7. YES!! It's big block of cheese day! This is awesome!!
  8. "I am making a mental list of those who are sniggering, and even as I speak I am preparing appropriate retribution."
    It may be a goal of mine to use this line in real life.
  9. "Is it total crackpot day again?"
    This phrase DOES get used in real life, all the time; I'm not sure what it says about me that I have so much opportunity to use it, but there you have it.
  10. I can't imagine getting an "I get to escape nuclear disaster" card and knowing that my friends and coworkers didn't have the same privileges.
  11. "I think this press conference is about our future." "I think it's about we haven't had a press conference in a while."
    This perfectly illustrates the difference between my boss's attitude about meetings and my own.
  12. "My friends, my daughter, my beer, and some chili!"
    One of the great strengths of this show is that shows President both in his role as leader of the country and as a normal guy who likes to unwind occasionally. I think it's healthy for us to remember that the president is a real person.
  13. "You know what, let's do this. Everybody look down at the big seal in the middle of my carpet. Now, everybody look back up at me."
    That's one way to exercise executive privilege.
  14. "I would like this meeting to last no more than three minutes. I will allow it to last no more than five."
    I wish this is how meetings went in my world.
  15. "Nobody ever looks like Joe McCarthy. That's how they get in the door in the first place."
  16. PLUIE!!!
    And, as a bonus, Nick Offerman!
  17. Nick Offerman is basically Ron Swanson in this show as well. (Except he wants the government to spend money. I guess that's a big difference.)
    "CJ, if we're going to do this, why not do it right?"
  18. MANDY IS EVIL.
    Why is she messing with Toby's head?
  19. You're right, CJ! Josh really is sweet sometimes.
    Also, the fact that he describes Schubert's Ave Maria as miraculous melts my heart a bit.
  20. "I couldn't live without you, Toby. I'd be in the tall grass. I mean it, I'd be in the weeds."
    What a thing to have your boss say to you.
  21. "This is a girl, Charlie. You don't have to call her ma'am."
    A meet-cute over chili.
  22. "I want to be a comfort to my friends in tragedy, and I want to be able to celebrate with them in triumph. And for all the times in between I just want to be able to look them in the eye."
    There Josh goes, being all sweet again. Never fear, I'm sure he'll be back to being cocky in the next episode.
  23. Goodness, I love these people.
  24. What a way to end an episode, right?
  25. Follow the link for S1.E6