The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Posse Comitatus 

Bartlet, Leo, Sam, Toby, and C.J. travel to New York City for a Catholic fund raiser at a long Broadway play called "The War of the Roses". Josh steps up his efforts to beat his girlfriend,... See full summary »

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Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin
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Cast

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
Adam Arkin ... Dr. Stanley Keyworth
Mary-Louise Parker ... Amy Gardner
Mark Harmon ... Agent Simon Donovan
Lily Tomlin ... Deborah Fiderer
James Brolin ... Governor Robert Ritchie, R-FL
John Amos ... Percy Fitzwallace
Kurt Fuller ... SitRoom Civilian Advisor
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Bartlet, Leo, Sam, Toby, and C.J. travel to New York City for a Catholic fund raiser at a long Broadway play called "The War of the Roses". Josh steps up his efforts to beat his girlfriend, Amy, in their struggle over welfare reform, which leads to her forced resignation. C.J. and Secret Service agent Simon Donavon grow closer, but a tragic event cuts short their relationship. At the play, Bartlet comes face to face with Republican Presidential candidate Rob Ritchie and faces the decision of whether or not to assassinate the Qumari Defense Minister. Written by timdalton007

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Fitz (John Amos) says that Shareef (Al No'mani)'s plane is a Gulfstream, but the plane we see looks like a Lear jet. See more »

Goofs

When Josh and Amy are discussing welfare, they are doing so at a Tully's Coffee. Tully's Coffee only has stores in the western United States and none in Washington D.C. See more »

Quotes

Sam Seaborn: He went to the Yankee game.
Toby Ziegler: Ritchie?
Sam Seaborn: Local news covered it. He said this is how ordinary Americans get their entertainment.
Toby Ziegler: I've been to 441 baseball games at Yankee Stadium. There's not a single person there who's ordinary.
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Soundtracks

Patriotic Song
from 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby'
Written by Stephen Oliver
Performed by Adrian Diamond and CHORUS
Vocal Production by Leanne Summers
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Season 3: Has a good balance and tone but misses the chance to have more grit and impact
2 March 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I was glad to find that the second season of this show managed to tone down the excessive smaltz and smugness to get rid of the majority of the parts that were pretty unbearable in the first season. This is a tone that thankfully continues into the third season and, although the politics of all involved is pretty much liberal across the board, As a result we do of course get plots and directions that will engage those that share the politics with the makers but still those that disagree strongly will find little to interest them. This much is par for the course by now and it didn't bother me much in this third season, but for large sections I did find myself wishing that it had done something to step up its game in this season.

The plot was well set up for a more politically muddy season which would have added to the previous reduction in superiority. The decision to run in the election against a backdrop of politically charged actions due to the failure to disclose MS does provide plenty of tougher moments and it does drive a good two thirds of the season, but yet it never fully delivers. It goes for a third of the season with energy and urgency but doesn't build past this and sadly it sort of all fizzles out a little bit. It isn't that it doesn't have a conclusion or a meaning within the season, it is just that it is starts strong and gets softer whereas often with drama it works the other way so as to build and build. The show does explore the characters a bit in the midst of turbulent times, but it never challenges the viewer to like or dislike the character – their basic moulds and our views of them is never threatened and this adds to the slight feel that the drama is weaker than some of the dialogue and acting would suggest. Having characters drift out and seemingly be forgotten also made me feel like the plots involving them were sort of phased out rather than ended or being allowed to exist organically in the bigger picture.

The final handful of episodes are dramatic but the plots mostly seem to exist simply to create drama or to get everything to a point for next season – so again there isn't a satisfying build so much as a sudden rush to get all the pieces in place. It all still works as accessible melodramatic entertainment though and I enjoyed it as such, but just wanted more from it – more weight, more challenge and more in the characters; in short I hoped that the third season would continue to grow as the second had – not just reach a point and be happy with it.

The cast continue to do well and they benefit from the slick writing and glossy of the production. Everyone is good – or at least as good as the material wants. Sheen is typical of the whole cast – he can do troubled, he can do reflective, he can do kindly, he can do angry, he can do comical and so on; so whatever the dialogue that day needed, he was right there – it is not his fault that the days are quite separate and that his character, like that of others, isn't as smart or as developed as the gloss would have you believe. Again it works on a certain level – but I found myself thinking about what writers like those from The Wire etc would make of this show and only ever coming back with the answer of "more".

West Wing season 3 settles into a pattern a bit and as such it disappoints in terms of its ambition. The plots engage, the production is glossy and the performances are solid – in other words it does the job of melodramatic light entertainment and I enjoyed it as such despite wanting it to challenge me and push the characters and material. Of course it is still better than being smug and self-satisfied as it once was, but there is certainly still a lot of room to grow for this show.


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