The West Wing (1999–2006)
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18th and Potomac 

With hypothetical polling numbers showing them its political suicide, staffers prepare to announce the President's condition. As they do, a military crisis flares up in Haiti and Josh faces... See full summary »

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Sen. Andy Ritter, D
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With hypothetical polling numbers showing them its political suicide, staffers prepare to announce the President's condition. As they do, a military crisis flares up in Haiti and Josh faces off against two senators who are against the Government's tobacco-industry suit. But as bad as the day seems to be going, a tragedy will come from a car wreck at 18th and Potomac that will effect everything. Written by timdalton007

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9 May 2001 (USA)  »

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This is the first episode that President Barlett calls Mrs Landingham by her first name (Dolores). The only other time this is seen is in a flashback in a later episode. See more »

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The President is told that the Haitian army has "two Bradleys with 120 millimeter cannons". The Bradley infantry fighting vehicle is equipped with a 25mm auto-cannon; the 120mm gun is on the much larger Abrams main battle tank. It is possible, though unlikely, she is referring to the variant of the Bradley equipped with the 120mm mortar. See more »

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Abbey Bartlet: You all right?
Sam Seaborn: Yes ma'am.
Abbey Bartlet: Sure you don't want some acetylsalicylic acid?... Aspirin, my brother.
Sam Seaborn: What a dumb major you had.
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References Petticoat Junction (1963) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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Is she alright?
13 November 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Staff tensions flare, as the press conference announcing Bartlet's M.S. approaches, with no word on whether he'll seek re-election. Then a car crash brings the death of the wonderful Mrs. Landingham (Kathryn Joosten), Jed's personal secretary of the past few decades. I'm sure that in the history of television, no minor character death ever felt so major. Kathryn only had a few lines per episode, if that, but she was always...perfect. On the one hand, you're mad at the creators, for killing her needlessly, and yet...it's hard to argue with how the impact of the death (brilliantly unforeshadowed) on the overall arc of the series was probably perfect. The end of the episode, when Charlie reveals the news, is searing. The final image, showing Jed reacting through figured glass panes, is throat-lumpingly rendered.


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