A day in the lives of presidential candidates Bob Russell, Matt Santos, and Arnold Vinick, who are in Iowa trying to gain support for their campaigns. Iowa is the first state in the nation ... See full summary »

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A day in the lives of presidential candidates Bob Russell, Matt Santos, and Arnold Vinick, who are in Iowa trying to gain support for their campaigns. Iowa is the first state in the nation to hold their presidential caucuses, and issues affecting farmers and rural areas are the focus. The most important issue on the table is the large federal subsidies for ethanol fuel given to corn growers, which is supported by Iowa residents but seen as naked pandering by the rest of the country. Josh continues to clash with Santos over winning votes instead of proposing radical policy. Donna and Josh continue to avoid speaking about the state of their relationship. Written by Murray Chapman

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26 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Senator Arnold Vinick: "I could take these people to a DMZ, it wouldn't take their minds off ethanol and abortion." The reference to the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) in Korea is possibly a reference to Alan Alda's role as Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, which was set during the Korean War. See more »

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The episode shows a day in life of three presidential candidates, all starting in the same motel in Iowa at 5:46 a.m. However, in all scenes of the wakeup calls, the sun can be seen streaming through the window blinds. At that time of the morning in February in Iowa, dawn isn't until at least 1 hour later, let alone full daylight. See more »

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Green. Green Grass of Home
Written by Curly Putman
Performed by Johnny Cash
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Welcome Root and Richardson
18 December 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

A superlatively-crafted teleplay, by executive producer John Wells. Telling the parallel story of three campaigns (Russell, Santos, Vinick) courting Iowa voters and grappling with the issue of pandering. Josh and Donna accidentally get hotel rooms across from each other, and the sad discomfort is palpable. Jimmy and Teri and Bradley are razor sharp. And with his largest screen time yet, Vinick is the only candidate who takes a principled stand...and gets shellacked for it. His staff debuts, with campaign manager Sheila Brooks (Patricia Richardson - HOME IMPROVEMENT, ULEE'S GOLD) and consultant Bob Mayer (Stephen Root - OFFICE SPACE, NEWSRADIO) turning in impeccable performances. WEST WING has never gone this deep into a season without an excellent episode, but Alan's presence gives you the same sense of assurance that Goodman gave the post-Sorkin transition. Ryan Adam's soundtrack cover of "Desire" is poignant. Plus the only WW scene to ever show (probably) a lead in the act of moving his bowels.


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