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
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In the wake of the shooting involving 'President Bartlet', 'Toby Ziegler' and 'Secret Service Agent Ron Butterfield' meet to talk about security and the use (or non-use) of covered exits. In the background can be seen the building logo 'Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine'. This facility at George Washington University Hospital was established to recognize the Emergency Department's role in saving the life of President Reagan after the March 1981 attempt on his life. Elements in the story parallel the attempt on President Reagan, being initially unaware that he was shot, and leaving the scene of the shooting for the White House only to divert to the hospital. 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
President Josiah Bartlet
Tonight, what began at the Commons in Concord, Massachusetts as an alliance of farmers and workers, of cobblers and tinsmiths, of statesmen and students, of mothers and wives, of men and boys, lives two centuries later as America! My name is Josiah Bartlet, and I accept your nomination for the Presidency of the United States!
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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