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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When Sam walks into the conference room late in the episode and says "I want to state right here, right now, in terms so plain and clear as to command their assent . . . " he is paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson's explanation for the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson stated its purpose was ". . . to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent . . ." See more »

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The President asks if anyone knows Kenny's last name, and nobody seems to. However, both he and Josh learned it when they first met in the episode "Take this Sabbath Day" from season 1. See more »

Quotes

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
Performed by Pete Anthony
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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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