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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Greg Summerhays
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 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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Before President Bartlet's press conference, C. J. instructs him to take his first question from science journalist Lawrence Altman because that will allow the press conference to start with a discussion about MS rather than one about reelection. Bartlet chooses to answer another reporter's question first instead, but there is a shot of a reporter meant to be Altman. Lawrence K. Altman is a qualified medical doctor and, since 1969, a New York Times reporter on medical and scientific issues; although he was portrayed by an actor (Alfred L. Hurwitz ) in this episode, the real Altman did write an October 9, 2001, New York Times article about the MS story line in the context of real-life presidents who have chosen to disclose or to hide health issues. See more »


During a flashback where Mrs Landingham is attempting to convince Jed to tackle the pay difference between male and female staff she mentions that "Mr Ryan gets paid an additional $400 a year to coach the rowing team." Jed corrects her use of "team" to "crew." When she asks for clarification of what he means he says "it's not rowing, it's crew." It should be "it's not TEAM, it's crew." See more »


President Josiah Bartlet: You're a son of a bitch, You know that? She bought her first new car and You hit her with a drunk driver. What? Was that supposed to be funny? "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene. I don't know whose ass he was kissing there, 'cause I think You're just vindictive. What was Josh Lyman - a warning shot? That was my son. What did I ever do to Yours but praise His glory and praise His Name? There's a tropical storm that's gaining speed ...
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References The West Wing: The State Dinner (1999) See more »


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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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