Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Most of my blog friends have been listing some sort of “favorite Thanksgiving episodes” of things and I was going to do the same and then I realized that there was absolutely nothing like the greatest Thanksgiving episode of anything ever.
The West Wing “Shibboleth”
This is the best, best, best, Thanksgiving episode of anything ever, and is in the top 2 of my favorite West Wing episodes. (And Surely It’s To Their Credit is #1) It’s full of moments of greatness. Some worth mentioning:
- Sam trying to convince Toby that they should procrastinate on writing the President’s Thanksgiving Proclamation by writing an action adventure series about Pilgrim Detectives. “With the big hats.”
- C.J. and The Turkeys. This whole subplot. It’s pure Sorkin Greatness
- The President gives Charlie the carving knife that Paul Revere made for the Bartlett family. Because Charlie is his son. It’s time to cry.
- “I’m going to begin the singing and lute playing!” “Whatever.”
- “We’ve been working really hard and we’d rather watch football than listen to a lecture about the yam in Latin.”
- “Oh the President could give a damn what you guys are doing tomorrow Toby!”
- “Did my sister put you up to this?” “No” “I’m shocked.” “It was my idea.” “I’m less shocked.”
- Donna being completely baffled that CJ doesn’t know all of the Thanksgiving Traditions so CJ just starts shouting all of her various academic achievements
- “We do not strut ever!” Leo’s speech to his sister is one of his absolute best and possibly the best that isn’t to the President himself.
- Oh right, all of this happens as everyone is trying to figure out how to keep a bunch of Chinese refugees from being sent back to China, in a nice little parallel to the first Thanksgiving.
This episode was followed up by the equally delightful but not quite as high quality Indians in The Lobby, which does have the subplot of The President calling the butterball hotline while pretending to be a regular Joe from Fargo, North Dakota and shouting, “J’accuse ma petite fromage,” at the first lady, but it’s just not as strong an episode all around.
And there are no turkeys.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!