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Manchester: Part 1 

The staff is hunkered down in the Bartlets' hometown of Manchester, N.H., where they work with political consultants Bruno, Doug and Connie on the president's official announcement that ... See full summary »

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The staff is hunkered down in the Bartlets' hometown of Manchester, N.H., where they work with political consultants Bruno, Doug and Connie on the president's official announcement that he'll be seeking a second term; meanwhile, they all lament various W.H. events of the previous four weeks, including a huge strategic mistake by Josh, a pivotal FDA announcement scheduled for the same day as the president's speech, an ongoing battle between then president and first lady, and a major press room gaffe by C.J. Written by meebly

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The historic town of Middleburg, Virginia stands in for Manchester in Part 1 and Part 2. See more »

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The dialogue at the conclusion of The West Wing: Two Cathedrals is:
  • Reporter Sandy: Mr. President, can you tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second term?
  • President Josiah Bartlet: I'm sorry, Sandy, there was a bit of noise there. Could you repeat the question?
  • Reporter Sandy: Can you tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second term?
  • However, when this scene is repeated at the start of this episode, the exchange is:
  • Reporter Sandy: Mr. President, can you tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second term?
  • President Josiah Bartlet: I'm sorry, Sandy, there was a _little_ bit of noise there. _Can_ you repeat the question?
  • Reporter Sandy: _Yes sir._ Can you tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second term?
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Reporter: I think the question was, was he physically and emotionally prepared to make a life-and-death decision after what he'd just been through?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: He'd been through a TV interview and a press conference. The President finds you all annoying, but not prohibitively debilitating.
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I'm from the United States of suck my-
14 November 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

What, we couldn't have had another terrorist attack, to put off this season-opening clunker for another couple weeks? Sorry if that was in bad taste, but you know what they say the difference between tragedy and comedy is. Anyway, nothing gels in this one. Nothing snaps. Sorkin wasn't proud of his writing...and for good reason. As the campaign for re-election gets going, three political strategists join the inner circle, led by Bruno Gianelli (the inestimable Ron Silver - REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, RHODA), who would do eighteen episodes over the rest of the run. Silver had some brilliant moments, but overall he never quite popped. His lieutenants are played by Evan Handler (STUDIO 60, CALIFORNICATION) and Connie Britton (SPIN CITY). Fine performers, but probably due to their guilt-by-association with this two-parter, they were dropped after a few episodes. Connie had some potential chemistry with Sam, but again the producers avoid that road for Mr. Seaborn. C.J. makes a huge press room gaffe, and offers her resignation. Joey Lucas and Oliver Babish and the regulars have some decent moments, but this episode never rises out of the muck it calls home.


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