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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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 »


One of the crises in "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" is the question of who is in command while President Bartlet is under general anesthesia. Several characters say that, under the 25th Amendment, the only circumstances in which the Vice-President can take charge is if the President is dead or if he signs a letter declaring himself incapacitated. This is not true. Under the same Amendment, the Vice-President and a majority of the Cabinet can declare the President incapacitated, transferring power to the Vice-President. (That provision exists specifically for situations like this.) However, a deleted scene between Danny Concannon and Leo McGarry clears this up later. Danny and Leo agree that they "did not want to invoke the 25th", meaning that they preferred to not go through the necessary measures to remove the president from power for the three hours that he was under anesthesia. This deleted scene can be found amongst the extras included on the DVDs of the second season. See more »


C.J. Cregg: Is Jed Bartlet a good man?
Toby Ziegler: Yes.
C.J. Cregg: Toby?
Toby Ziegler: [shifting, pause] Yes.
C.J. Cregg: Then let's go into the house so I can change my clothes and we'll talk about it.
Toby Ziegler: C.J.?
C.J. Cregg: Yeah?
Toby Ziegler: House is over there.
C.J. Cregg: Okay.
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References High Noon (1952) See more »


Written by Ronald Bell (uncredited), Claydes Smith (uncredited), George Funky Brown (uncredited) , Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell) (uncredited), J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor) (uncredited), Eumir Deodato (uncredited), Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens) ) (uncredited), Earl Toon (uncredited) & Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) (uncredited)
Performed by Kool & The Gang
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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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