The West Wing (1999–2006)
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TV-14 | | Drama | Episode aired 7 May 2003
The assassination of Shareef threatens to become public, the president speaks at Zoe's graduation, and the unthinkable happens.

Director:

Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah Bartlet
Mary-Louise Parker ... Amy Gardner
Timothy Busfield ... Danny Concannon
John Amos ... Percy Fitzwallace
Taye Diggs ... Secret Service Agent Wesley
Anna Deavere Smith ... Nancy McNally
Kathleen York ... Andrea Wyatt
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The assassination of Shareef threatens to become public, the president speaks at Zoe's graduation, and the unthinkable happens.

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Drama

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Trivia

In the Situation Room Leo (John Spencer) asks, "What kind of day has it been?" just before Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) is shown arriving at the party. What Kind of Day Has It Been is also the title of the Season 1 finale, which ends with the shooting in Rosslyn. See more »

Goofs

McNally recommends going to Threat Condition BRAVO. Due to the similarity with DEFCON, THREATCON was renamed to FPCON (Force Protection Condition) after the 9/11 attacks, two years before the story took place. See more »

Quotes

President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: Yeah, listen, I don't think this is going to come as a galloping shock to anyone here, but last May, I ordered a Special Ops Unit to kill Abdul Shareef, and that's what they did, and we made it look like what got reported.
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Crazy Credits

Typically West Wing episodes end with the "created by" credits using white lettering on black background. This episode, and the following episode's opening credits have black lettering on white background. See more »

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Water Suite No.1 in F Major, HWV 348: III
Written by George Frideric Handel
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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