The West Wing: Season 6, Episode 22

2162 Votes (6 Apr. 2005)

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WHO WILL BE THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE? - It's the Democratic National Convention and the race to become the Democratic Presidential candidate has narrowed to three candidates: Russell, Baker and Santos. Also, Bartlet must wrestle with the decision to launch the super-secret defense shuttle to rescue the astronauts trapped at the space station and risk national security or let them die. Written by

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This episode received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Alex Graves). This episode received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series (Gary D. Rogers, Dan Hiland, Patrick Hanson, C.A.S.). See more »


In the introduction before Congressman Matt Santos takes the stage to address the convention, the announcer states that Santos is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy (at around 50 mins). In previous episodes he is described as a graduate of the US Naval Academy and in the top 10 percent of his class; in later episodes he is said to be a graduate of the Naval Academy, an officer in the US Marine Corps, and a pilot who served in the Gulf. The single reference to the Air Force Academy is inconsistent with the other references. See more »


Sen. Arnold Vinick: Ok, let's go win this thing.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Makes you proud to be a Democrat
27 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Here is a classic season finale for the West Wing, ending with the gruelling convention for the Democratic Nomination for the Presidency.

Congressman Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) and Vice President Bob Russell(Gary Cole) had a close result in the Primary process, with neither gaining the 2162 delegates they need to win the nomination. Both try to politick to win nomination, offering positions and contracts if their win and show they are the better candidate. Russell argues he can win in the Mid-West, whilst Santos could win in California and Texas. Russell even has Governor Eric Baker (Ed O'Neill) of Pennsylvania as his VP nominee. But a scanner is thrown in the works when Baker reject's Russell's offer and attempts to a last minute run for the nomination himself, getting support as a unitary candidate. Within the White House is a key subplot from the previous episode when the International Space Station is running out of oxygen and they had been a leak to the New York Times about the military Space Shuttle that could be used to save them. President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is furious and wants the person who leaked this information to the press to be found.

This is an exciting episode for politics nuts like me and you feel the confusion and frenzy of the quick negotiations and the way events can quickly change. The frantic camera-work helps add to the affect. It is brilliantly written and nearly became real life last year during the nomination of Barack Obama. Both the director Alex Graves and writer John Wells do a great job with this episode. They is great actor, as expected from the West Wing and shows why it is one of the best televisions show ever made. I am also a sucker for grand speeches in film and TV and Matt Santos' speech is a cracker for me.

An excellent episode.

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