The West Wing (1999–2006)
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In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II 

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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4 October 2000 (USA)  »

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During season 1 C.J given a goldfish by Danny. It turned out she actually liked the Goldfish crackers. In this episode when C.J is fired and is carrying her belongs into the house. In her box a package of Goldfish crackers can clearly be seen. See more »


In one of the television news broadcasts, Bartlet is referred to as 'former Governor' of New Hampshire. In later episodes, Bartlet was still in office as governor while receiving briefings after winning the election. See more »


Toby Ziegler: C.J., you fell into the pool there...
C.J. Cregg: I can't see!
Toby Ziegler: Yeah, well maybe, uh, kind of, try to feel your way to dry land. Want a hand?
C.J. Cregg: Shut up. Avert your eyes.
Toby Ziegler: What?
C.J. Cregg: I'm climbing out of the pool, my clothes will be clingy, avert you eyes.
Toby Ziegler: C.J., I really didn't come here to...
C.J. Cregg: Avert your eyes!
Toby Ziegler: OK.
[turning around, as C.J. gets out of the pool, and straightens her dress out]
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References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Possibly the best 90 mins of TV I've ever seen
6 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

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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