The West Wing (1999–2006)
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In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II 

A suspect in the presidential shooting is caught; staffers anxious await news on Bartlet and Josh's injuries; flashbacks show how C.J. and Donna joined Bartlet's campaign.


Thomas Schlamme


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sam Seaborn
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
Timothy Busfield ... Danny Concannon
Elisabeth Moss ... Zoey Bartlet
Michael O'Neill ... Secret Service Agent Ron Butterfield
NiCole Robinson ... Margaret
Grace Zabriskie ... Isabel
Allen Garfield ... Roger Becker


A conspirator in the shooting of President Bartlett is caught and reveals unexpected information. The President appears to be recovering well, but Josh is serious wounded. As his friends and colleagues wait anxiously for news, flashbacks show more about the beginnings of the "Bartlett for America" campaign: C.J. is working in Hollywood for an entertainment industry public relations firm; Josh discovers a woman named Donna in his office who claims to be his new secretary. Written by Murray Chapman

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Release Date:

4 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Dixie Pig restaurant seen at the beginning of the episode was a barbecue restaurant in south Alexandria, VA which closed shortly after the episode was filmed. See more »


Josh says that his father's pulmonary embolism went to his heart. By definition, a pulmonary embolism goes to a lung (after traveling harmlessly through the heart). See more »


Josh Lyman: Well, I feel bathed in the warm embrace of the candidate, Leo.
Leo McGarry: He's really very easy to like, once you get to know him.
Josh Lyman: How many people get that far?
Leo McGarry: Not that many.
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References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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US Secret service
31 December 2017 | by nleggett1See all my reviews

I love West Wing... BUT.... I really have trouble getting past the idea that the US Secret Service did not clear the buliding where the shooters shot from. One would think that this would be done and the building kept secure the whole time Bartlet was there. I know that is sop with the Secret Service in reality. Butterfield and his crew revealed incompetence.

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