Rewatch: The West Wing Season 1

I was never won over by the Pilot.  The Newsroom and Studio 60‘s pilots captured my interest instantly but I remembered when I watched TWW the first time, it took me half a season to get into it properly.

1×01 – Best thing about the Pilot?  C.J.: Is there anything I can say other than “The President rode his bicycle into a tree?”
Leo: He hopes never to do it again.
C.J.: Seriously, they’re laughing pretty hard.
Leo: He rode his bicycle into a tree, C.J. What do you want me to – “The president, while riding a bicycle on his vacation in Jackson Hole, came to a sudden arboreal stop.” What do you want from me?
C.J.: A little love, Leo.

1×03 – I love this episode with the follow up to Morris Tolliver’s killing (who, btw, I liked a lot). CJ in Josh’s office – “Wow, are you stupid!” The CJ/Sam showdown. The President’s whole dilemma with ordering his first military attack and being pissed off with everyone. Charlie’s interview with Josh. The President/Leo showdown. The President/Charlie’s first conversation <3.

1×10 – Christmas episode! Who doesn’t like Christmas episodes?! “Flamingo Is On Her Way”. LOL! I love that now I’ve been to DC I recognise all these places that they film at. The President joking around with the kids <3. Mrs Landingham telling Charlie about her sons. So sad. “An hour with you in a rare books store? Couldn’t you just drop me off the top of the Washington monument instead?” “My secret service code name is Flamingo.” “Nice bird.” The homeless vet’s funeral.

1×12 – The episode where the President’s MS is revealed. I love Abby in this episodes, especially when she was speaking to Leo. Leo’s alcoholism is revealed. Sam’s loyalty to Leo. The State of the Union speech. Lord John Marbury – always a laugh! I’ve never been able to truly ship Danny/CJ but that scene in her office was mightily cute. I love the last scene between the President and the guy picked to stay behind in case of an emergency.

1×15 – CJ had root canal! The President’s secret plan to fight inflation! Oh Josh doing the press briefing = epic disaster. Sam+Toby roadtrip to fetch Mendoza! Charlie trying to wake the President up. Lol!

1×16 – Air Force One! Love it! JORJA FOX! Margaret being pissed at Leo that she didn’t get to go to California. OMG Donna gave Josh the “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” speech. I KNEW WHEN MAC USED THAT ON JIM IN THE NEWSROOM I HAD HEARD IT BEFORE!!! David Hasselhoff!!

1×18 – Toby not wanting to jinx the Mendosa vote. Sam/Mallory/Leo. CJ DOING THE JACKAL!!! CJ coaching Carol on her response to the drugs bust. Zoe learning French. Gina is so awesome! Sam/Cathy and his schedule. Toby being cheerful! Ron’s secret service briefing. CJ standing up to the President.

1×22 – The signal!!!! Gina <3. “I swear I’m invading Baghdad”. Oh if you only knew …. Toby’s brother on the shuttle. Josh/Vice President jogging. Sam/ President and the signal!!! Women’s softball! That must have been an amazing end of season episode when it aired with that cliffhanger. The show is usually all talk, no action and then –boom-.


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