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15 Of The Most Brilliant Moments From “The West Wing”

Bartlet for America.

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7. When C.J. helped Sam adjust his priorities.


Sam: "There are bathrobes at the gym?"

C.J.: "In the women's locker room."

Sam: "But not in the men's. Now, that's outrageous. There's a thousand men working here and 50 women."

C.J. "Yeah, and it's the bathrobes that's outrageous."

Season 2, Episode 13


12. When Bartlet expertly trolled a bigot.

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Dr. Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.

President Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.

Dr. Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.

President Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important 'cause we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits.

Season 2, Episode 3