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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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 »

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In the penultimate scene where Bartlet is shaking hands as he walks down the terminal concourse, the camera crane is reflected in the chrome panels of the wall in the top of the shot. See more »

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C.J. Cregg: There were 36 homicides last night. 480 sexual assaults. 3411 robberies. 3685 aggravated assaults, all at gun point. And if anyone thinks those crimes could have been prevented if the victims themselves had been carrying guns, I only remind you that the President of the United States was shot last night while surrounded by the best-trained armed guards in the history of the world.
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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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