Great Moments That Make Us Put Up With Aaron Sorkin When He's Being An Idiot
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President Bartlet vs. God (From "The West Wing")
Say this for Sorkin: he doesn't do things halfway. To illustrate the depths of Bartlet's anger at a low moment in his presidency — under fire for keeping his MS diagnosis a secret, grieving the death of his longtime secretary Mrs. Landingham in a car accident — Sorkin doesn't just invite Martin Sheen to monologue to a co-star, but instead sends him to National Cathedral so Bartlet can have a reckoning with The Lord Almighty, whom he declares to be a "feckless thug" before cursing him out in Latin and defiantly stubbing out a cigarette on the marble floor. There are dramatic "West Wing" moments that are more moving, but this was arguably the show's dramatic peak — and a natural moment for a character who was introduced quoting the First Commandment: "I am the lord your God. Thou shalt worship no other god before me."