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 ... See full summary »

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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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The scene where Santos staffers dress up as chickens to heckle Russell and Hoynes for not including him in the debates is based off an actual incident. When then-sitting President George H.W. Bush refused to debate Bill Clinton in 1992, Clinton called him 'Chicken George.' Subsequently, similar men appeared at Bush's rallies in such a costume. See more »

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

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Representative Matthew Santos: Good Evening. I'm running for President. And if you don't know who I am, I wouldn't be surprised. I've been shut out of tomorrow night's debate for suggesting that it actually *be* a debate, and this is the only ad I can afford. I got in this to improve a broken school system; to fix entitlements, 'cause they're going bankrupt; to expand health coverage, 'cause it'll save money if fewer people show up in emergency rooms. What I've found is that Presidential campaigns aren't about these things. ...
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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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