“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out.” A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. “Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.” Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.'”
Leo McGarry (John Spencer) in the highly-acclaimed political drama The West Wing (1999 – 2006). The quote is taken from Noël, an episode that deals with one of the character’s problems with PTSD. You can find another example of the show’s wonderful dialogue here.
You know one of the things that happens when I stay away too long is that you forget that you don’t have the power to fix everything. You have a big brain, and a good heart and an ego the size of Montana. You do, Jed. You don’t have the power to fix everything. But I do like watching you try.
Abbey Bartlett (Stockard Channing) in the superlative political TV drama The West Wing (1999 – 2006). During its seven year run, it told of the President of the United States and his group of White House staffers’ issues when running the country.
With the European news being dominated by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, I thought it was only fitting to do a politically-themed quiz. So with the shockwaves of Brexit still being felt, here are 15 past and present TV shows that capture different moods, mavericks and mindsets within the political landscape. It is one of the tougher ones I will do, so no worries if you struggle. While my picture quizzes are usually film-based, for those interested I have also done TV ones before, with American drama and cartoons.
It’s been a truly rotten year for the untimely passing of outrageous talents within the entertainment industry, and we haven’t even reached April. Added to the sad roll-call of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and Terry Wogan, is the comedy genius that was Garry Shandling (1949 – 2016).