The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Two Cathedrals 

As the Haitian army continues their seizure of the American embassy there, Bartlet and the staff prepare for the announcement that Bartlet has M.S. and the President must decide whether or ... See full summary »

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As the Haitian army continues their seizure of the American embassy there, Bartlet and the staff prepare for the announcement that Bartlet has M.S. and the President must decide whether or he will seek re-election. As the funeral for Mrs. Landingham takes place and the announcement draws nearer, Bartlet thinks back to his past in search of the answer to the question everyone is asking: Will he seek re-election? Written by timdalton007

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16 May 2001 (USA)  »

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In the flashbacks a young Jed Bartlett is seen as a student at a school where a younger version of Mrs. Landingham is seen as an adult working for Bartlett's father. In reality Martin Sheen who plays president Bartlett and Kathryn Joosten who play Mrs. Landingham, the president's secretary, were only born a year apart. Kathryn Joosten was born in 1939 and Martin Sheen was born in 1940. See more »

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The motorcade passes the National Cathedral on the way from the White House to the State Department. In fact, the State Department is only several blocks from the White House (due west of the Ellipse) while the National Cathedral is more than three miles away. Furthermore, the motorcade appears to pass directly past the front doors of the cathedral at full speed. While there is a paved area in front of the cathedral, the street is almost 200 feet from the entrance and the geography of the cathedral's close wouldn't permit that speed. See more »

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President Josiah Bartlet: Yes... Sandy.
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?
[Bartlet puts his hands in his pockets, looks to the side then looks back at the pool of reporters]
Leo McGarry: Watch this...
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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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The epitome of Good writing
30 December 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Of the whole series, all seven seasons of it, this is the one that stands out from the crowd. West Wing was always about great storytelling, Aaron Sorkin is one of the most intelligent story writers out there, and here, at the end of a season, he gets to show all his prowess. All episodes that comes before this one had been building up to this crescendo, and what a final it is! Everything about this episode, everything, is perfection. Pacing, mood, camera, dialog, music, even the weather is perfect. All the characters do exactly what is needed. It is like watching a great opera unfold. It is, in a word, Perfect!

I have watched a lot of series in my days. I mention this, not that it will give me any credibility since you do not know me, because I think I have some knowledge about what woks and what does not. There are a few series out there that have that special Something.... 'The Wire', 'House', Boardwalk Empire, '24' to some extent, 'Six Feet Under', 'Dexter', 'American Horror Story', all those had something that aspired to be Great, but nothing comes close to West Wing.

Is this the Best Episode Ever! fro0m the West Wing? Well, it sure does come really close.

Is it the Best Episode Ever, any category? It might just be actually.

West Wing had a lot going for it, no matter what political persuasion you belong to (I am not American, just a Swede). Great writing, great characters, engaging stories, fantastic camera-work, and seriously good music and audio.

I HAVE to give this 10/10.

Do NOT watch this episode as a Stand Alone! See all the episodes that comes before this and you will find this one so much more rewarding.


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