The West Wing Week Weekly 1.01: Pilot by CoenM

Champion(s):

diana


Runner(s)-Up:

GordonT


Quiz Description

Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway created The West Wing Weekly podcast to discuss each episode of The West Wing. This quiz is based on both the episode and the podcast, and while it will certainly help if you watched the show or listened to the podcast it will hopefully not be essential. This may turn into a regular thing, but given how long it took me to finish this one it may be more of an irregular thing.

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Questions:

Hirway's connection to Malina goes back to an email Hirway sent to Malina asking for career advice without ever having met him. Hirway picked Malina because both attended what IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITY, Hirway studying art and design, Malina theater (but not at its prestigious School of Drama, which only offers graduate level programs)?

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Yale

Malina was already appearing on Sports Night when Aaron Sorkin penned the pilot of The West Wing, and argued for being able to appear on both shows by citing the Broadway experience of what SEX AND THE CITY ACTRESS, who in 1984 appeared simultaneously in The Real Thing and Hurlyburly?

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Cynthia Nixon

The opening scenes of the pilot have Sam Seaborn (played by Rob Lowe) interacting with a woman who he later learns is a call girl, played by Lisa Edelstein, who may be best known for playing Dr. Lisa Cuddy on what NON-SORKIN TV DRAMA?

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House

Malina noted the repeated use of what FIVE LETTER TERM for Seaborn's boss as a sort of mystery in the episiode which is now completely unmysterious, thanks to this episode's constant use - and eventual definition - of the term?

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POTUS

In the episdode, Leo gets into a fight with the editor of the New York Times crossword over the spelling of what WORLD LEADER's last name, though it turns out that Leo and the NYT may both have the spelling wrong, based on the spelling found in the passport of one of the leader's sons? (NOTE: you do not have to give the "correct" spelling)

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Muammar Gathafi

We learn in this podcast that the initials in the name of this COMPOSER of the show's Emmy-winning theme stand for William Garrett? He is also known for composing the themes for My So-Called Life, Early Edition, and Huff, among others.

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W. G. "Snuffy" Walden

Malina notes that if The West Wing were taking place in the DC of what ABC SHOW, on which he plays Attorney General David Rosen, Sam would have Edelstein's call girl character killed before the end of the episode?

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Scandal

The subplot where Josh Lyman gets in trouble over a remark made to a Christian conservative involved God being indicted for what CRIME, used to convict Al Capone?

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tax evasion

The episode closes with Bartlett making a speech about refugees who landed in Florida after leaving what COUNTRY by boat, an act most notable in the 1980s with the Mariel boatlift?

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Cuba

While discussing the handsomeness of Rob Lowe, it's mentioned that he's able to stretch by playing non-handsome characters, such as Dr. Jack Startz in Behind the Candelabra, a biopic about what PIANIST?

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Liberace

In what WYOMING RESORT TOWN, the location of the state's busiest airport, does President Bartlett, while riding a bicycle, come "to a sudden arboreal stop," according to Leo?

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Jackson Hole

Mary Marsh's "New York sense of humor" comment is linked to the "New York values" comment made by what 2016 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?

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Ted Cruz