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"The West Wing" Hartsfield's Landing (2002)

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The West Wing: Season 3: Episode 15 -- Bartlet engages both Sam and Toby in intricate chess matches that mirror the wily game of brinksmanship that Bartlet is playing with the Chinese, who are conducting war games in the Taiwan Strait.


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Original Air Date:
27 February 2002 (Season 3, Episode 15)
A fictitious small town in N.H. is the site of the first presidential primary vote, and the results from Hartsfield's Landing... See more » | Add synopsis »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Vincent Misiano 
Writing credits
Aaron Sorkin (created by)

Aaron Sorkin (written by)

Produced by
Neal Ahern Jr. .... co-producer
Kevin Falls .... co-executive producer
Alex Graves .... supervising producer
Kristin Harms .... producer
Michael Hissrich .... producer
Mindy Kanaskie .... associate producer
Christopher Misiano .... supervising producer
Paul Redford .... producer
Thomas Schlamme .... executive producer
Aaron Sorkin .... executive producer
Patrick Ward .... associate producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Llewellyn Wells .... producer
Original Music by
W.G. Snuffy Walden 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lauren A. Schaffer  (as Lauren Schaffer)
Casting by
Anthony Sepulveda 
Production Design by
Kenneth Hardy 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Totleben 
Costume Design by
Lyn Paolo  (as Lyn Elizabeth Paolo)
Makeup Department
John Damiani .... key makeup
Lisa Nash-Jones .... makeup artist
Jeffrey Sacino .... key hair stylist
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C. (uncredited)
Greg LaCava .... assistant make-up (uncredited)
Production Management
Neal Ahern Jr. .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Bond .... second assistant director
Douglas S. Ornstein .... first assistant director
Robert 'Skid' Skidmore .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Blanche Sindelar .... property master
Scott De Shields .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Katherine Lambert .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Michael Parent .... painter (uncredited)
Mike Stassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Mike Sunga .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Catherine Flynn .... dialogue editor
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor
Dan Hiland .... re-recording mixer
Walter Newman .... supervising sound editor
Gary D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer
Hal Whitby .... sound mixer
Nicholas R. Allen .... boom operator (uncredited)
Kevin B. Barron .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Casey J. Crabtree .... foley artist (uncredited)
Michael Crabtree .... foley artist (uncredited)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer & editor (uncredited)
Yervant Hagopian .... utility sound (uncredited)
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Deron Street .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... camera operator (as Don Thorin)
Stephen Martin Paull .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Bellamy .... costume supervisor
David Swope .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Stuart Goetz .... music editor
Ann Kline .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Hobart Lundt .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Allison Abner .... story editor (as Alison Abner)
Eli Attie .... story editor
Patrick Caddell .... consultant (as Patrick H. Caddell)
Jeff Crandell .... location manager
Marlin Fitzwater .... consultant
Laura Glasser .... story editor
Frank Luntz .... consultant
Dee Dee Myers .... consultant
Peggy Noonan .... consultant
Gene Sperling .... consultant
Heather Zuhlke .... assistant: John Wells (as Heather Marks)
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles (uncredited)
Bill Rinier .... script coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Did You Know?

The fictional town in the episode is based on Dixville Notch, an unincorporated small village in the Dixville township of Coos County, New Hampshire, USA. Dixville Notch is best known in connection with its longstanding middle-of-the-night vote in the U.S. Presidential Election, including during the New Hampshire primary. Since 1960, voters cast their ballots at midnight and polls officially close one minute later. Ever since 1968, the candidate who comes out on top in Republican Primary has been the eventual Republican nominee for President. Twenty-six voters took part in the 2004 elections.See more »
Factual errors: When Sam enters his office and first sees the chessboard, the queens should be on the exact same file. The white queen, assuming it is the tallest piece, is on the wrong square. The rule is "Queen is on her color".See more »
Sam Seaborn:I don't know how you do it.
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet:You have a lot of help. You listen to everybody and then you call the play.
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet:Sam, you're going to run for President one day. Don't be scared. You can do it. I believe in you.
[moves chess piece]
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet:That's checkmate.
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