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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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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This episode reveals that Presidents Harrison, Kennedy, and Clinton existed in the West Wing universe. See more »

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After CJ exits the gate, the north lawn of the White House is shown without any setup for the Inaugural Parade. The President's private booth, or any of the bleachers lining Pennsylvania Ave., would've still been in place. See more »

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Margaret Hooper: ...and they've asked that we vacate our parking spots by 2 p.m.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Not a problem. I walked today.
Margaret Hooper: Really?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Yes, I often walk.
Margaret Hooper: You do?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Sometimes I walk. I'm going to walk a lot when I get back to California.
Margaret Hooper: Los Angeles being a pedestrian nirvana.
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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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