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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 most decide whether or not Bartlet 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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The President's tirade in Latin at the end loosely translates as: "Thank you, Lord. Am I to believe these things from a righteous God, a just God, a wise God? To hell with your punishments! I was your servant, your messenger on the earth; I did my duty. To hell with your punishments! And to hell with you!" The sentences, "Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem", literally translate as "To a cross with your punishments. To a cross with you." So an idiomatic translation of the last might be "Go crucify yourself." See more »


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 »


Dolores Landingham: You don't know how to use the intercom.
President Josiah Bartlet: It's not that I don't know how to use it. It's just that I haven't learned yet.
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References The West Wing: The State Dinner (1999) See more »


West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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In my humble opinion, the best TV episode I have ever seen
30 March 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Towards the end of the episode, the background score is 'Brothers in Arms' by Dire Straits. Although it is one of my all time favorite songs and I would have loved it anyway, I thought the timing was just plainly stupendous. I cannot recall ever getting that eerie sensation of hair rising on the back of my head, while watching another television show! For that alone, I would rate this episode high.

The story is inspirational. Jed Bartlet's long time teacher and guiding force, Mrs Landigham has died and he has to decide if he wants to run for election again. As he makes up his mind, we are brought to witness the various challenges he faces and you realize that sometimes the biggest challenges lie within yourself. This is a truly inspirational episode and it made me learn certain things about myself. It also helped give me some perspective.

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