The West Wing: Season 3, Episode 21

We Killed Yamamoto (15 May 2002)

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Bartlet and Leo debate on how to deal with the impending visit of the Qumari Defense Minister, whom U.S. intelligence officers have conclusively linked to terrorists. Sam dismisses an ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Juan García ...
Rick Pintero
Christopher Curry ...
Colonel Lee


Bartlet and Leo debate on how to deal with the impending visit of the Qumari Defense Minister, whom U.S. intelligence officers have conclusively linked to terrorists. Sam dismisses an ingenious idea to trap Republican presidential opponent Robert Ritchie in an unsavory position over the Everglades, but comes around after talking to Toby. C.J. begins to develop a relationship with Secret Service agent assigned to her, Simon Donovan. Josh and Amy are locked into a battle over a welfare reform bill, whose outcome will cost one of them their job. Written by timdalton007

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When Leo and Adm. Fitzwallace are sitting in the Situation Room discussing what to do about Qumari Defense Minister Shareef, Fitzwallace states, "I've been a soldier for thirty-eight years." The problem with this statement is that Fitz is a Naval Officer - a distinction in service branch that is apparently overlooked by the scriptwriters: a member of the Navy would actually refer to himself/herself as a sailor, not a soldier. In American military jargon, 'soldier' denotes one who serves in the Army. See more »


Leo McGarry: Josh, is there nothing you can do to tame that woman?
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Well, I can fire a gun without falling down, if that's what you mean
18 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Shareef is visiting the U.S., but cannot be arrested because of diplomatic immunity. The heart of this episode is a Sit Room scene between Leo and Fitz, in which Fitz argues that the U.S. cannot let Shareef get away. The argument ranges far and wide, about geopolitical issues, the definition of war, and the meaning of modern terrorism. John Amos' most incendiary moment in show history (and perhaps in his career, excepting of course BEASTMASTER). Plans are made to assassinate Shareef on an airstrip in Bermuda. In the middle of intoxicating bliss, the Josh/Amy romance begins to disintegrate as their job agendas collide. The simmer between Simon and C.J. continues off the meter, as she exercises in the Secret Service gym and makes a marksmanship wager with him.

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