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The West Wing: Election Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 2nd 2006 9:22PM
Bradley Whitford and Janel MoloneyDid someone put something in the water that the Santos campaign workers are drinking? Everyone's hooking up! Lou (Janeane Garofalo) and the 23 year old campaign worker; two women who work on the staff; even...Josh and Donna! Yup, even they go off to Josh's hotel ro...HOLY CRAP, LOOK AT JANEL MOLONEY IN HER UNDERWEAR!!...room. Later in the day Matt and his wife get into the act, waiting for numbers to come in.

Are they sure the title of this episode isn't "Erection Day"?

Santos is doing very well, in the north, the south, even California. So well that Josh thinks the numbers don't add up. He kinda freaks out about it  - in a scene that seemed to come out of nowhere, frankly - but Donna tries to get him to calm down because there's nothing else he can do now. He's been working 18-20 hours a day for  months, and it's time for the voters to have their say.

Meanwhile, Charlie carries a ton of job offers for C.J. She's not sure what she wants to do. Charlie wants to continue to work with her in some way.

Will tells Kate that he might be interested in going back to California to help political candidates in small elections. Kate wants to stick around and help the next President - "whoever he is" - get through Kazakhstan. Will asks her if she voted for Vinick. She doesn't answer.

MSNBC reports that Vinick wins Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Santos wins Pennsylvania and South Carolina. It's still too close to call. It's going to be a long night.

And the episode ends with Annabeth going to Leo's room and finding him on the ground. The Secret Service rushes in and 911 is called...

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I've heard something about the election going to the House, so this makes sense. However, I don't see the Senate picking the VP in our scenario... There's no Democratic canidate to select. More likely Santos will have the opportunity (even if he has to spend some political capital to get it) to nominate his VP after the Inauguration... You know, that is if Santos wins. If he doesn't then the Bartletverse is dumped with the Religious Right Southern Nutjob (Hey, I'm just talking about his charaterization... I'm a Southern Republican)

April 06 2006 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No one wins the election. Neither candidate gets the 270 electoral votes, and it goes to the House for final vote. Which means the House votes for President and the Senate votes for VP, but with Leo dead, it looks like it will be a mixed administration (Democrat President with Republican VP).

This is jsut a guess of course, but it looked like that's how the numbers added up on the big board (for you Dr. Strangelove fans out there)...

April 05 2006 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Regarding Leo's last appearances: It seemed to me, watching the show before "Election Day" (can't remember the title) that all the strategy scenes with John Alyward (who was the head of the DNC, and who is better known for being on ER in its early years) seemed like they had been written for Leo instead. He's giving sage advice on campaign strategy--Leo's role. I'm pretty sure the episode was filmed after John Spencer's death, not before. It was a very smooth substitution, but it seemed like a substitution to me.

As far as this one goes, I was disappointed that they didn't call it "Election Day, Part 1"--I was hoping it would finally be over when the episode ended. Now it turns into a long night...

I thought, at least up until the last 2 elections, that the candidates always know by the afternoon, based on exit polls. I guess the point was that exit polls are useless now.

I also liked the way that Santos was able to relax finally--those were good scenes after the chaos of the last few campaign episodes.

I also can't understand why you'd pay Allison Janney and Dule Hill (there he is! Don't blink!) to be in the episode and then only give them those 2 short scenes. I'm really tired of the White House scenes consisting of Will and Kate. It's just not the same place anymore, with everyone good besides C.J. and the President gone. Realistic for the last few months of a presidency, though, I guess.

I'm looking forward to the last 6 episodes, especially with all the returning people (and SAM! SEABORN!)

April 04 2006 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow! Janel/Donna is one hot momma! Does anyone have any screenshots of her?

This was a good episode, because it shows what it is like when all the campaigning comes to a climax and then boom . . . all of a sudden for a few hours, there is absolutely nothing you can do.

I will be watching Bravo tonight (Monday at 8 PM Eastern) to watch this episde again. And of course, I can't wait to see what will happen next week.

April 03 2006 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chris: I've heard the same (went to school to get into Politics, but lost interest upon graduation). Again, its sucks to be the body man.

Leo: I've said (and posted) in last weeks comments that the spoiler for who wins is out there (And I think it follows your hints, though I think you misread that conversation... I think that they're setting up the possiblity for a "Too Close to Call" scenario for the end of election night, but I think it will be called by the end of next week's episode.

However, who becomes the next SecState might suprise a few, so that may be your shocker.

April 03 2006 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I was suprised with everyone's hook-ups, was anyone else paying attention to the sudden hints for next weeks episode besides Leo's death? The writers were giving hints as to who won the election. Think outside the box and oh by the way...next Sunday isn't the last episode - you watch, there's a shocker coming.

April 03 2006 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Lehmann

I thought Josh losing it was perfect -- Election Day is the day the strategists lose control of the process they've been spending months trying to keep control of... The only character that seemed a bit unfocused and lost was Santos, actually.

Oh... and for anyone who has worked night-and-day for a political campaign... it does create some strange bedfellows. I think that whole piece was an insider nod to anyone who has ever spent 18 hour days on the trail.

April 03 2006 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

The remaining episodes are:

Election Day Part II
The Last Hurrah
Institutional Memory

April 03 2006 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bob: Its funny how EVERYONE remembers Leo in that scene (Its more funny how someone brings it up EVERY week it feels like). Good post tonight. I'd be lying if I said that I really didn't appreciate my TiVo this week. There's that little 8 second rewind button... I've always known Janel Maloney was a beautiful woman, but wow.

So, it seems that all of the main players in the Santos campaign er... releaved some stress this week. Except for Bram. Gotta feel sorry for that guy. (Also leaves you wondering how far Leo and Annabeth's relationship progressed prior to his heart attack).

Bill: I have to disagree. I think that this has been a strong season from the first episode.Most seemed to be caught up in looking for certian characters who had less episodes, but I think its been a great season. I just rewatched the first several episodes, and several early ones stand out (Toby confessing as an example). I mean, none had the quality of last year's '90 Miles Away,' but I'm just saying :)

Yeah, its time for my weekly lamenting on how good this show has gotten this season for it to be cancelled. You've got to wonder with its critical resurgance, if it had stayed on Wednesdays, would the ratings have come back as well? I guess all is well with the Aaron Sorkin reunion tour that is Studio 60, I'll be in pretty good shape next season (I know finding a spot for Janel Maloney would be pushing it, but, ya know.... I also wonder if we're going to have our favorite sound and vidoe guys from Sportsnight/Press Corps from West Wing back in the both (I know "Katie" will be in the Mauren Dowd role, but I'm talking about the SportsNight guys. I think there's probably several openings for recurring characters in the Studio 60 control booth).

I digress. I did have a major problem with this episode. Josh seemed to do this whole breakdown thing. And while that behavior isn't atypical of Josh, we saw him being the calm in the storm last week. As much as I'm looking forward to the next two (three?) episodes and how they handle John Spencer's passing, I will hate to watch Josh live through that. First his sister in the fire, then his father the day President Bartlet wrapped him the Democratic Nomination, and now his surrogate father Leo on the day he gets a little known Texas Representative elected President.

At least he has Donna.

April 03 2006 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, I dug Janel. And Josh's character is becoming more odious. But please, as a previous poster asked, does anyone know exactly how many episodes are left?

April 03 2006 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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