The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 22

Two Cathedrals (16 May 2001)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Bartlet (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)


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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The role of Bartlet's father was played by series producer and writer Lawrence O'Donnell. Originally just drafted in to help out at a table read, director Thomas Schlamme found O'Donnell's interpretation of the President's father to be so interesting that he eventually offered him the role. See more »


The President is asked whether he will seek another term in office at the end of the episode by a reporter. The reporter repeats the question. The question when repeated by the reporter is slightly different when the flash back is shown in the first episode of the next season. See more »


Leo McGarry: [about Mrs. Landingham] She was a real dame, old friend, a real broad.
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3 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the best TV episodes of all time for raising the hairs on the back of your neck - brilliant TV and exceptional performances, especially from Martin Sheen, Kathryn Joosten and the late John Spencer! The tension builds and never dips, ending with a fantastic series cliff hanger. There is not one character I would like to see cut and each has been carefully developed since the beginning, so we know their strengths and weaknesses and still like them. Normally I hate flashbacks in a series, as it gives me the impression that the storyline wasn't thought out well from the start. That doesn't apply to 'Two Cathedrals' where so much is explained and revealed about Jed Bartlet in this episode. It is easy to forget that Martin Sheen is acting a part because he is just so believable throughout the whole episode - no wonder he was asked to run for the US Senate.

I miss this series so much - it has never been bettered. If you have never watched The West Wing then watch it from the start - you will be hooked.

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