The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 2

In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II (4 Oct. 2000)

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A suspect in the presidential shooting is caught; staffers anxious await news on Bartlet and Josh's injuries; flashbacks show how C.J. and Donna joined Bartlet's campaign.

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A conspirator in the shooting of President Bartlett is caught and reveals unexpected information. The President appears to be recovering well, but Josh is serious wounded. As his friends and colleagues wait anxiously for news, flashbacks show more about the beginnings of the "Bartlett for America" campaign: C.J. is working in Hollywood for an entertainment industry public relations firm; Josh discovers a woman named Donna in his office who claims to be his new secretary. Written by Murray Chapman

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The Dixie Pig restaurant seen at the beginning of the episode was a barbecue restaurant in south Alexandria, VA which closed shortly after the episode was filmed. See more »

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Josh says that his father's pulmonary embolism went to his heart. By definition, a pulmonary embolism goes to a lung (after traveling harmlessly through the heart). See more »

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Josh Lyman: [Josh's father has died] At least his friends and neighbors will be spared the all the, you know...
President Josiah Bartlet: He'd have been doing some bragging right now?
Josh Lyman: Yeah. Your name wouldn't have come up, by the way. "My son won the Illinois primary."
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Possibly the best 90 mins of TV I've ever seen
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I just watched the two parts of this episode again for the latest of countless viewings. After the cliffhanger ending of season one, they return to the scene. The highlight of the opening sequence is the reaction of Toby to finding Josh, who has just been shot. The episode makes brilliant use of flashbacks to show how the team came together from its earliest beginnings. The speech that Bartlett gives explaining his decision to "hose" the dairy farmers is possibly my favourite scene of a show that is filled with brilliant scenes. There is not a word spoken of the bond between Donna and Josh, but it is explored brilliantly by the background scene, and is shown brilliantly just through Donna's expressions. Overall, these two episodes stand out as the crown jewel of what is, in my opinion, the best dramatic show I have ever watched.


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