The West Wing: Season 6, Episode 18

La Palabra (9 Mar. 2005)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Toby Ziegler (credit only)
Governor Tillman D-CA


Hoynes and Russell are campaigning in New York, confident of their prospects in the California primary. Santos needs to do unexpectedly well in California in order to stay financially afloat; another third place finish will see his donors shift their money elsewhere, finishing his campaign. Santos's message of education and health care is overshadowed when California passes a law prohibiting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. Despite the bill being widely supported by most voters, Matt cannot publicly endorse it as he's counting on the support of Latino voters, who expect him to denounce it. Written by Murray Chapman

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A scene takes place inside the Vice President's airliner, which has the call-sign Air Force Two. This aircraft at time of filming was a Boeing C-32 (a modified Boeing 757). The set used for the scene is The West Wing's set for Air Force One, a modified wide-body Boeing 747, and the stairs to the upper-deck briefly appear. The C-32 is a narrow-body airliner without an upper-deck. See more »


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Super Tuesday Drama
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After the fairly weak episode, A Good Day (had a stupid sub-plot about America and Canada nearly going to war), the sixth series returns with a bang with this episode about Sunday Tuesday.

Within the Democratic Party, the three contenders, Congressman Matt Santos, Vice-President Bob Russell and Former VP John Hoynes are battling it out for the nomination. Russell and Hoynes are on the East-Coast whilst the Santos ' campaign are in California , thinking their best shot to win is in that large state.

They is a lot going on this is multi-layered episode there are a lot of plots going on, showing how frantic politics and election campaigning can be. Within the Santos camp there are worries about the campaign running out of money because he keeps coming in third and none of the big donors don't want to get involved. Santos needs a good result to keep the campaign going. Added to the mix the California legislator have passed a bill which makes it illegal for illegal immigrants to have driving licenses, resulting in them not having any access to welfare. This issue puts Santos in a lose-lose situation: if he supports the Governor's veto the story would be Latino for Latinos and looses all other support available to him: but if Santos said nothing then he could loose his core support, the Latino vote. Santos and Josh Lyman need to come up with something really clever to solve this problem.

On the East Coast, Russell and Hoynes are slugging it out in states like New York . Both are the front runners for the Democratic nomination. In the middle of campaigning Will Bailey gives Donna Moss a quick promotion as Russell's spokewoman. After Donna speaks with one of Hoynes' people she believes something is wrong in the Hoynes' camp. Such enough there is and the whole Primary Election is blown wide open.

This is the West Wing at its best. It is fast paced, intelligence entertainment for politics nuts like me. It is multi-layered with a number of plot trends which do interlink. There is excellent direction, editing and most importantly actor, which top talent at their best. It's not as witty as some other episodes but I don't mind because this episode is so engrossing.

An example of American Television at it best.

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