The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House. Series Finale.

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Senator Arnold Vinick
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Annabeth Schott
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Donna Moss
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Leo McGarry (credit only)
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Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House. Series Finale.

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14 May 2006 (USA)  »

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Trivia

President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet does a final walk through the West Wing thanking all his staff. At one point he stops and talks with Nancy and, asking about her mother, says, "I hope to see her real soon." Nancy is played by Renée Estevez, Martin Sheen's daughter; Renée Estevez's mother is Martin Sheen's wife, Janet, to whom Sheen has been married since 1961. See more »

Goofs

Both the justice administering the presidential office and Matt Santos get the oath of office wrong. In the phrase, "I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States," they both incorrectly add a definite article before the word 'president' (about 12 min. before the end). See more »

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Helen Santos: [waiting to step out for the inauguration] Man, I hope Janet Spraegins has her TV on.
President Matthew Santos: Who?
Helen Santos: Senior year. She beat me out for the last varsity spot on the swim team.
President Matthew Santos: Guess what?
Helen Santos: What?
President Matthew Santos: You win.
Helen Santos: [long pause] Though she did get Don Bolland to take her to the prom instead of me.
President Matthew Santos: We'll call it even then.
Helen Santos: Nah, I'm pretty sure Janet had to put out so Don would take her.
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America the Beautiful
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Written by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward
Performed by Keb' Mo'
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A Fitting Exit For a Superb Show
15 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

My only regret and disappointment on the finale was that NBC did not pay the proper homage to this landmark show. A winner of three Emmy's for Best Dramatic Show, and countless other Emmy statues for individual and group excellence The West Wing showed us the inner workings, frailties of character, and gut wrenching decisions that go on every day. I am sure many Republicans and Conservatives are none too upset at the end of this Democratic administration. I'm sure their collective scorn reached epic heights when the underdog Democrat, Mathew Santos, edged out stalwart Republican Senator Arnold Vinick in the general election. However, an objective viewer such as myself found purity, brilliance, hope, and yes...sometimes a different slant on things as this show developed over the years.

I thought the writers showed remarkable restraint from doing the typical Hollywood ending which would have had us seeing Josh and Donna getting married, Charley and Zoe together, Will and Kate hand in hand, Sam in a reunion with Mallory etc. etc. etc. Realism won the day and for that I was glad. Even when Bartlett took his final goodbye walk through the staff he made it personal but dignified. There were no screams and tears, no excessive hugging, just stoic thanks to a staff that served him well for two terms.

What NBC did not do, and my only regret, was a show such as this deserved a two hour finale. As we all know a one hour show is but a mere 42-43 minutes and that was not a long enough goodbye. Many more things could have been embellished in the storyline with some flashback scenes thrown in for the characters there throughout. I would have also liked to have seen a small brief tribute to John Spencer for the style in which he brought two great NBC characters to the screen.(Leo McGarry & Tommy Mullaney-LA Law).


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