The West Wing (1999–2006)
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As the Haitian army continues their seizure of the American embassy there, Bartlet and the staff prepare for the announcement that Bartlet has M.S. and the President must decide whether or ... See full summary »


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
Anna Deavere Smith ... Nancy McNally
Kirsten Nelson ... Young Mrs. Dolores Landingham
Jason Widener ... Young Jed Bartlet
Don McManus ... Greg Summerhays
NiCole Robinson ... Margaret
Lawrence O'Donnell ... Dr. Bartlet (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)


As the Haitian army continues their seizure of the American embassy there, Bartlet and the staff prepare for the announcement that Bartlet has M.S. and the President must decide whether or he will seek re-election. As the funeral for Mrs. Landingham takes place and the announcement draws nearer, Bartlet thinks back to his past in search of the answer to the question everyone is asking: Will he seek re-election? Written by timdalton007

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Release Date:

16 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bartlet (Martin Sheen)'s motorcade to the State Department press conference passes the National Cathedral in a path so leisurely that it staggers the imagination - minimally a seven mile trip, rather than the actual one mile direct distance between the White House and State Department. See more »


When the president is in the oval office, stewing about re-election, the door blows open after he closes all of the other doors and it remains open. There are two problems with this. First, a wind tunnel would not occur when all doors are closed; at least one door into the office would need to be open. Second, there is always a Marine standing at the door to the oval office, yet none are visible and nobody moves to close the door that flew open. See more »


Dolores Landingham: You don't know how to use the intercom.
President Josiah Bartlet: It's not that I don't know how to use it. It's just that I haven't learned yet.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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The epitome of Good writing
30 December 2012 | by Mixx-2See all my reviews

Of the whole series, all seven seasons of it, this is the one that stands out from the crowd. West Wing was always about great storytelling, Aaron Sorkin is one of the most intelligent story writers out there, and here, at the end of a season, he gets to show all his prowess. All episodes that comes before this one had been building up to this crescendo, and what a final it is! Everything about this episode, everything, is perfection. Pacing, mood, camera, dialog, music, even the weather is perfect. All the characters do exactly what is needed. It is like watching a great opera unfold. It is, in a word, Perfect!

I have watched a lot of series in my days. I mention this, not that it will give me any credibility since you do not know me, because I think I have some knowledge about what woks and what does not. There are a few series out there that have that special Something.... 'The Wire', 'House', Boardwalk Empire, '24' to some extent, 'Six Feet Under', 'Dexter', 'American Horror Story', all those had something that aspired to be Great, but nothing comes close to West Wing.

Is this the Best Episode Ever! fro0m the West Wing? Well, it sure does come really close.

Is it the Best Episode Ever, any category? It might just be actually.

West Wing had a lot going for it, no matter what political persuasion you belong to (I am not American, just a Swede). Great writing, great characters, engaging stories, fantastic camera-work, and seriously good music and audio.

I HAVE to give this 10/10.

Do NOT watch this episode as a Stand Alone! See all the episodes that comes before this and you will find this one so much more rewarding.

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