Sister Site Launches – ReWatching The West Wing

TheTwoCents founder, KP, has started a weekly round-table style website for discussions on Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing. The discussion has already begun for Season One – Episode One: “Pilot”. Join in!

1Season One – Episode One – “Pilot”
Original Air Date: September 22, 1999

Roundtable: KP moderates with: Lindsay, Jer, RobbyK, and Lauren (the “Rookie” viewing each episode for the first time!)

NBC SYNOPSIS:
The entire White House staff bristles with activity when it’s learned that the President (Martin Sheen) injured himself during a bicycle accident, and his absence becomes a factor as chief of staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer) must juggle a host of impending crises, including a mass boat lift of Cuban refugees approaching the Florida coast and the reaction of conservative Christians to a controversial televised comment by deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford). Meanwhile, Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), the trouble-prone deputy communications director, unknowingly spends the night with a call girl (Lisa Edelstein) and then makes another critical error during a children’s White House tour.

OPENING:

SAM SEABORN
I don’t think we’re going to run the table, if that’s what you’re asking.
BILLY KENWORTHY [reporter]
It’s not.
SAM
I know.
BILLY
Deep background. I’m not going to come close to using your name.
SAM
[laughs] You’re not going to come close to getting a quote, either.

WHO DO WE MEET THIS WEEK?:
Being the Pilot episode, the creators, more or less, are stuck having to introduce us to everyone of the main characters in one episode. Since this is our “pilot” re-watch, we will talk a bit more generic about these folks who viewers are meeting for the first time. Having watched these characters for seven seasons, we ending up knowing them very well. Yet, in mere seconds, Aaron Sorkin is able to paint each character out to the viewer.

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