The West Wing: Season 5, Episode 21

Gaza (12 May 2004)

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A fact finding codel to the Middle East is torn apart by an explosion. Key members of the administration and their loved ones are caught in the mess. The President is forced to consider retaliatory military action the unstable area, with possible repercussions that could last decades. Written by h_berry

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The line quoted to Donna by the photojournalist is from the song "Same Old Song and Dance" from the 1974 Aerosmith album "Get Your Wings" See more »


The Photo Journalist's camera strap switches from over head and right arm and just over right shoulder when Donna and delegation is getting in truck. Also Nikon body switches from solid black body to silver hot shoe. See more »


Josh Lyman: What's Up?
C.J. Cregg: An Explosion in Gaza. The CODEL. Fatalities.
Josh Lyman: What about Donna?
Josh Lyman: It Just Happened, That's all I know.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Farewell, Fitz...
12 December 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Donna, Fitz, and Andy are sent on a fact-finding mission in Gaza. One of their vehicles is detonated by terrorists, leaving Fitz and two congresspersons dead and Donna critically wounded. Insanity erupts, with Leo (and the republicans and most of the democrats) calling for immediate military retaliation, while Jed tries to bring Palestine and Israel to a peace summit. Kate is the only voice in the Sit Room preaching patience. In flashbacks, Donna learns about the horrors of the region, and has a rather charming romance with an irish photojournalist (Jason Isaacs - HARRY POTTER, PETER PAN). Josh flies across the Atlantic to be by Donna's side. Farewell, Fitz...we wanted more, not less of you...but this episode hit us right in the stomach, and that's nothing to sneeze at.

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