The West Wing: Season 6, Episode 21

Things Fall Apart (30 Mar. 2005)

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While Vinick and the Republicans deliver a flawless albeit predictable convention, the Democratic convention looks to be more like a pie fight as there is no clear favorite. Russell tries ... See full summary »



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While Vinick and the Republicans deliver a flawless albeit predictable convention, the Democratic convention looks to be more like a pie fight as there is no clear favorite. Russell tries to preempt the floor vote by hinting offers of the vice presidential nomination to both Santos and Governor Baker of Pennsylvania. Charlie and Zoey's relationship is becoming more serious, resulting in different reactions from the President and the First Lady. An air leak on the International Space Station will kill all three astronauts unless a rescue mission can be launched. NASA advises that their shuttles are unfit for flight, but then hints at another solution. Written by Murray Chapman

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This episode suggests Governor Baker would be open, perhaps even eager to be Russell's VP. However Baker was ahead of Russell in the early primary pollings and, according to Leo, likely pulled out of the race because of his friendship with Vinick. Leo's theory is heavily supported by the fact that Baker recommended longtime successful political strategist Bruno Gianelli to Vinick. Now we're led to believe that despite turning down the possible nomination for President before the voting even started and days/weeks earlier actively helping Vinick he's willing to join on as a VP on a ticket with Russell? See more »


The ISS (International Space Station) develops a problem. It is stated that there are no means for evacuating the astronauts aboard. That is not true. A Russian Soyuz TMA spaceship is always docked to the station. It is capable of carrying three men and reenter into the atmosphere. See more »


President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: [speaking about the Democratic convention] We need someone strong enough to organize the damn thing.
Leo McGarry: [resignedly] Wonder who we can get?
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: If it helps, it gives me no pleasure dumping this damn thing on you.
Leo McGarry: There's the pleasure of not having to do it yourself.
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: Which is not inconsiderable.
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References Eight Is Enough (1977) See more »


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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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