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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Referring to Leo's upcoming meeting, where the Democratic leadership will question Bartlet's handing over of power to Republican Speaker of the House Walken, Josh asks if Toby, Will and Donna are going to the auto-da-fé. According to Wikipedia, "auto-da-fé" has come to refer to burning at the stake for heresy. See more »


The president should have raised FPCON to ALPHA. DEFCON relates to military readiness for an attack and uses numbers (from 5 to 1), whereas FPCON (formerly THREATCON and renamed several years before this episode aired, to prevent this very kind of confusion) relates to the level of terrorist threat (and the measures required to secure military facilities) and uses the NATO phonetic alphabet (from NORMAL and ALPHA to DELTA). See more »


Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Good morning. I have with me members of the FBI team who have taken the lead role in this investigation. The FBI has opened a '7A' - that's a missing persons file - and has assigned Zoey Patricia Bartlet a control number: 7A WF 83429. The 'WF' stands for 'Washington Field Office'.
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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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