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In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I 

The President is rushed to hospital following a shooting; staffers field questions on protection measures and executive authority. Flashbacks show how key staff members joined the Bartlet campaign.

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Charlie Young
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Donna Moss
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Abbey Bartlet
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Vice President John Hoynes
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Zoey Bartlet
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Secret Service Agent Ron Butterfield
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Agent Gina Toscano
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Nancy McNally
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A pair of skinheads open fire as the President leaves a lecture theater, causing panic, chaos and injury. As the drama at the George Washington Hospital unfolds, C.J. and Leo field questions about exactly who is in charge while the president undergoes surgery, and Toby is asked about Secret Service protection measures. Flashbacks show the birth of the "Bartlett for America" campaign: Josh is courted by Leo; on his way to see Bartlett speak in New Hampshire he stops off to visit Sam at his Manhattan law firm; Toby is drinking at a bar, convinced he will be fired for advice he's given Bartlett. Written by Murray Chapman

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4 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In this episode Anna Deavere Smith makes her first appearance as National Security Advisor Dr Nancy McNally. Anna Deavere Smith also had a role in the American president with Martin Sheen See more »

Goofs

In his Q&A at the Nashua VFW, then-Governor Bartlett, a lifetime native of New Hampshire, mispronounces its capital, "Concord". He says "Concorde" (like the jet) rather than the traditional New England pronunciation, "Concerd" (homophone to the word "Conquered"). See more »

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Josh Lyman: Leo, the-the Democrats aren't gonna nominate another liberal, academic former governor from New England. I mean, we're dumb, but we're not that dumb.
Leo McGarry: Nah-I think we're exactly that dumb.
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Referenced in Entourage: The Sorkin Notes (2009) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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