BEING PRESIDENT CAN BE HARD ON THE FAMILY - While Santos is wrapped up in choosing his new Vice President, Helen is overwhelmed by the issues facing the new First Family. Meanwhile, Vinick must find a new road now that the election is over.

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BEING PRESIDENT CAN BE HARD ON THE FAMILY - While Santos is wrapped up in choosing his new Vice President, Helen is overwhelmed by the issues facing the new First Family. Meanwhile, Vinick must find a new road now that the election is over.

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30 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Directed by Tim Matheson who played Vice President John Hoynes in the show. See more »

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The director of the Secret Service talks about how President-Elect Santos' new fence will violate Houston zoning laws, but the City of Houston has no zoning laws. See more »

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Jim - Vinick's Attorney: [exiting Vinick's office] You got to talk to him about money.
Sheila Brooks: You're his oldest friend. If you can't get through to him, I can't.
Jim - Vinick's Attorney: He's refusing to join any boards. He just wants to do guest lecturing at universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. He's going to be bored to death, and he won't be able to afford the Republican lifestyle he deserves.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Alda's finest West Wing
10 January 2013 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

When Alan Alda signed on to be a regular cast member of the greatest television show since M*A*S*H, this is the episode of which he dreamed. A towering portrayal of a man who goes from a hair's breath away from the presidency, to nobody. Arnie shuffles around his office, trying to convince his remaining staff (Richardson and Root) that he can win the next presidential election. At a coffee shop, the barista calls him Ernie. And then...thinking he's been called in for a belittling photo op, he is stunned to find the president-elect offering him secretary of state. He struggles with his place in history, and refusing to be a political pawn. Wonderful stuff. Plus a little Butterfield, trying to cope with the incoming first family's wish to have Helen and the kids remain in Texas? As if that's not enough, how about the WW directorial debut of Tim Matheson?


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