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October 02, 2005

The Janeane Garofalo, West Wing alternate reality

The West Wing TV show is the alternate reality within which America's "liberals" live. The heroes of the show have this warm, comfy, hip, friendly sheen, with which they imbue the screen as they spritely walk from room to room as they fight against the force of evil: Republican candidate Vinick, as played by one of actual reality's forces of evil, Alan Alda.

I watched a few minutes of Janeane Garofalo's guest appearance on the show before I had to stop because I was laughing too hard.

She plays "Louise Thornton" (or was it "Louise Barton"?), plucky campaign strategist who Bob Schrum (Bradley Whitford) brings on board to keep the Smits (Jimmy Santos) campaign "real".

Thornton reputedly has a 200 IQ. However, one of Garofalo's deficiencies couldn't be disguised by lying scriptwriters: she's slightly taller than a Keebler elf. To correct for that, the cameraman shot from the ground up, making the top of her head appear to be only a little shorter than that of her co-stars. Apparently their insurance wouldn't cover a high enough box upon which she could stand.

UPDATE: The DUmmies, as can be expected, weigh in:

-- She was GREAT! And I swear whoever wrote her lines reads DU. She said a lot of things we've been saying right here! -- If I were a lesbian, I'd want to marry Janeane. She kicked total *&%$! Of course, she's even better on AAR when she has no directors, producers or writers, and just shoots from the hip and her vast understanding of politics, the government and human nuttiness.

Even more gender-bending ensues.

AAR tries to stir up some interest, offering an open thread for "West Wing gossip". It has 342 comments, and as far as I could tell none of them were about the show.

UPDATE 2: The ratings are in, and they are not good at all:

This week's episode averaged around 7.7 million viewers — and was soundly thrashed from 8 to 9 p.m. by timeslot winner "Cold Case" on CBS (16.2 million viewers), "Extreme Home Makeover" (ABC) and Fox's "The Simpsons"/"War at Home" combo

Posted in Janeane at October 2, 2005 08:21 PM


The character has IQ of 200. That must have been a stretch for her considering she isn't funny or that bright.

Posted by: Gregd at October 3, 2005 02:00 PM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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