“We’re standing in a flying death tube!”

Every time I fly, I think of this.

I love this scene from The West Wing:


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  1. Hilarious – I think I need to re-evaluate whether or not I watch West Wing!

  2. A.D. says:

    That was great! Loved the remark about the minivan and later her response to the women looking at her husband. And yes, even though I had missed this scene, I’ve always experienced a plane as a “flying death tube.” The first time I ever flew, in my 30’s, it took the plane five minutes to taxi to the take-off area. In that time, I managed to say an entire 5-decade rosary. I was so scared! Again, thanks for the laugh.

  3. Maggie says:

    Father Maurer, the answer to “should I watch the West Wing?” is always a resounding “yes!”
    Despite being what my father used to called “a bastion of [1990s-era] liberal propaganda,” the writing (especially in session 1-4, the Sorkin years) is tight and clever and often funny. The characters were real and showed true development over the various arcs, and the show actually has a very pro-Catholic stance at times (despite President Bartlett being a “personally opposed/but pro-choice” Catholic)
    What’s next?

  4. That entire episode (Season 4, “The California 47th”) is one of the best comic episodes of the whole series (right up there for me with the Season 2 episode “And It’s Surely to Their Credit”, built around Gilbert and Sullivan: “It’s the one about duty.” “They’re all about duty!”). After we get back from the university’s Hanging of the Greens service tonight, we may just have to watch the whole thing.

  5. yatzer says:

    “Flying death tube”–my exact thoughts when I’m in an airplane. I’ve never done a complete rosary, but some urgent acts of contrition.

  6. Charles E Flynn says:

    Statistically, the airplane remains the safest mode of transport, provided the flight crew, maintenance crew, and air traffic controllers remember that the aircraft is not a bus with wings.

  7. jesusthroughmary says:

    The West Wing is the best television show of the last 30 years. I missed out on the whole series DVD set on Black Friday for $89. :-(

  8. Jayna says:

    Toby remains to be my absolute favorite character in that show. Every time you post a clip on here, I have to go and watch an episode. I may just do that now.

  9. jesusthroughmary says:

    Jayna –

    “I’ll bet all the money in my pockets against all the money in your pockets that it was Leo – who NO ONE ELECTED! For 90 minutes that night, there was a coup d’etat in this country!”

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