The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Five days before the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the Santos campaign risks extinction as Matt has not been invited to the last debate. Josh proposes a number of strategies to get ... See full summary »

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Eli Attie | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet (credit only)
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young (credit only)
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper (credit only)
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler (credit only)
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet (credit only)
Mary-Louise Parker ... Amy Gardner
Gary Cole ... Vice President Bob Russell
Tim Matheson ... John Hoynes
Evan Arnold ... Ned
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Storyline

Five days before the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the Santos campaign risks extinction as Matt has not been invited to the last debate. Josh proposes a number of strategies to get Santos into the debate, including deal-making, legal challenges, attack ads, and publicity stunts - but the Congressman is reluctant to play along. With Josh scrambling to keep the campaign alive, Santos calls in help from Washington to tune his message. Hoynes and Russell launch attack ads on each other's records, and Josh realizes that a desperate long-shot is needed to keep Santos in the race. Written by Murray Chapman

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Perry, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

"Previously on the West Wing" spoken by Josh (Bradley Whitford). See more »

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When Amy is eating her ice cream cone, the amount of ice cream changes. See more »

Quotes

Josh Lyman: How about our exclusion from the debates. Let's try that.
Ned: So, what do we do? Film chicken coops and say they're too chicken to debate us?
Josh Lyman: I want two volunteers. I want them in giant chicken suits. I want them in my office first thing in the morning.
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Connections

References Duck Soup (1933) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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The perfect campaign episode
29 October 2013 | by benfolds-1See all my reviews

So I do not understand why people sometimes refer to the post-Sorkin seasons as weaker. This season really did it for me, especially the campaign arc which has been written and executed almost perfectly so far. It emotionally peaked for me here, at Santos' first little breakthrough making it this season's first ten point episode for me.

At its core it is what the whole series has always been about: Political utopia of what if politics could be done right. The best episodes of the series make us believe in that or at least they make us want to believe it could happen as depicted and as soon as Santos rips away the microphone after his one minute last shot of air time, you'll find yourself in that place again. The fact that this moment is not induced by Jed Bartlet but by someone who aspires to replace him convinced me for the first time that someone actually could fill his shoes. I found this so good it made me want to skip the next white house arc episode which I won't of course.


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