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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abbey Bartlet (credit only)
Charlie Young (credit only)
Kate Harper (credit only)
Toby Ziegler (credit only)
Leo McGarry (credit only)


Five days before the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the Santos campaign risks extinction as Matt has not been invited to the last debate. Josh proposes a number of strategies to get Santos into the debate, including deal-making, legal challenges, attack ads, and publicity stunts - but the Congressman is reluctant to play along. With Josh scrambling to keep the campaign alive, Santos calls in help from Washington to tune his message. Hoynes and Russell launch attack ads on each other's records, and Josh realizes that a desperate long-shot is needed to keep Santos in the race. Written by Murray Chapman

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16 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Freedonia is the mythical country in the 1933 Marx Brothers film "Duck Soup". In this episode, Santos complains that political discourse has fallen so low that when one politician was asked recently about the "situation in Freedonia", he claimed he was "studying it". A similar situation had happened in real life. In the 1990s, a satirical magazine called Spy pulled a practical joke, in which they got several Congressional members to issue statements condemning the ethnic cleansing in Freedonia. See more »


When Amy is eating her ice cream cone, the amount of ice cream changes. See more »


C.J. Cregg: [to Josh on the phone regarding Donna] Didn't you teach her not to engage with a chicken?
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References Duck Soup (1933) See more »


West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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The perfect campaign episode
29 October 2013 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

So I do not understand why people sometimes refer to the post-Sorkin seasons as weaker. This season really did it for me, especially the campaign arc which has been written and executed almost perfectly so far. It emotionally peaked for me here, at Santos' first little breakthrough making it this season's first ten point episode for me.

At its core it is what the whole series has always been about: Political utopia of what if politics could be done right. The best episodes of the series make us believe in that or at least they make us want to believe it could happen as depicted and as soon as Santos rips away the microphone after his one minute last shot of air time, you'll find yourself in that place again. The fact that this moment is not induced by Jed Bartlet but by someone who aspires to replace him convinced me for the first time that someone actually could fill his shoes. I found this so good it made me want to skip the next white house arc episode which I won't of course.

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