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's title is taken from a part of a line in the poem "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats. The phrase was also famously used by Chinua Achebe as the title of his 1958 novel. See more »

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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 »

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C.J. Cregg: I'm sorry to ask, but did David ever mention anything about another kind of space shuttle?
Toby Ziegler: Another kind of space shuttle?
C.J. Cregg: A non-civilian shuttle.
Toby Ziegler: A military shuttle?
C.J. Cregg: Did he ever mention anything about anything like that?
Toby Ziegler: Did he ever commit a felonious breach of national security?
C.J. Cregg: Hints, intimations, a brotherly confidence?
Toby Ziegler: Brotherly confidence by definition...?
C.J. Cregg: Showing off, sibling one-upmanship. "Look what I know."
Toby Ziegler: An occasional cryptic hint; when he wanted to lord it over me.
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