The West Wing: Season 5, Episode 1

7A WF 83429 (24 Sep. 2003)

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Seven hours have passed since Zoey's kidnapping and and the Republicans are in charge of the White House. Rifts are appearing in the leadership of both parties further complicated by the ... See full summary »



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Seven hours have passed since Zoey's kidnapping and and the Republicans are in charge of the White House. Rifts are appearing in the leadership of both parties further complicated by the arrival of a ransom note demanding the release of terrorists. Written by h_berry

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Awards and Nominations: Episode was nominated for the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Thomas Del Ruth, A.S.C.) Nominated for the 2004 ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic TV Series (Thomas Del Ruth, A.S.C.). See more »


Admiral Fitzwallace suggests using AGM-88 HARM missiles to destroy the Kazir training camps in Qumar. The AGM-88 HARM is an anti-radiation missile designed to home in on the electronic transmissions emitted from surface-to-air radar systems and is equipped with a relatively small warhead. Such a missile would be an unlikely choice as it is only effective against radar installations and not against the types of structures and personnel that would likely exist in a terrorist training facility. See more »


Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Danny Concannon is doing a story alleging we assassinated Abdul Sheriff.
Glenallen Walken: How are his sources?
Leo McGarry: He's got it.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: He's looking for a comment
Glenallen Walken: I suppose throwing him in leg irons and locking him in the basement of the Capitol wouldn't do any good.
Leo McGarry: We shouldn't comment, sir, not while Zoey Bartlett is missing.
Steve Atwood: No, we need to get out in front of it, release it before it breaks in the Post.
Toby Ziegler: Release what? That we violated The Neutrality Act to covertly assassinate an official of a friendly government?
Steve Atwood: He ...
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One prime rib dinner away from sudden cardiac arrest.
3 December 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

It would be hard to overstate the importance of Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme to THE WEST WING. Of course, that seems half-patently obvious. Sorkin was the visionary and the voice. Once things are clicking, you can replace the former, but the latter? When STAR TREK lost Roddenberry, they only lost their visionary. And Schlamme was, for lack of a better metaphor, the show's body. He gave the show's voice its look and texture. Losing these two, due to squabbles with the studio, can only be compared in television history to Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds leaving M*A*S*H. The fact that both shows survived, even thrived, reduces the second-guessing to fodder for fan debates. And John Wells becomes Burt Metcalfe, promoted from in-house to guide the show once the horse (or camel) has left the one-bactrian town. Did the studio bring shame upon its house by allowing this pair to leave? Yeah. But what cannot be doubted is that Wells was the right choice. Welcome to "7A WF 83429", darkly and disquietingly shot, the combustible part three of a four-episode arc. Imagine Stephen King writing half a novel, then asking you to finish. This episode simmers, as Walken (John Goodman) replaces Jed, his finger on the trigger of massive military retaliations against Qumar (never mind that Zoey's kidnappers are still unknown). Is it possible that Goodman single-handedly elevated this one into greatness, assuring a nervous fan base that the show would survive? Yes. Not to diminish the fantastic contributions of the regular cast, but with any other actor in the Walken role, this episode, season, and series could have gone a whole different way.

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