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Two Cathedrals 

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 »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Seaborn
... Charlie Young
... C.J. Cregg
... Donna Moss
... Toby Ziegler
... Leo McGarry
... Josh Lyman
... Jed Bartlet
... Abbey Bartlet
... Nancy McNally
... Young Mrs. Dolores Landingham
Jason Widener ... Young Jed Bartlet
... Greg Summerhays
... Margaret
... 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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16 May 2001 (USA)  »

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In the flashbacks a young Jed Bartlett is seen as a student at a school where a younger version of Mrs. Landingham is seen as an adult working for Bartlett's father. In reality Martin Sheen who plays president Bartlett and Kathryn Joosten who play Mrs. Landingham, the president's secretary, were only born a year apart. Kathryn Joosten was born in 1939 and Martin Sheen was born in 1940. See more »


The President is asked whether he will seek another term in office at the end of the episode by a reporter. The reporter repeats the question. The question when repeated by the reporter is slightly different when the flash back is shown in the first episode of the next season. See more »


Young Mrs. Dolores Landingham: Look at you. You're a boy king. You're a foot smarter than the smartest kid in the class. You're blessed with inspiration. You must know this by now. You must have sensed it. Look, if you think we're wrong... if you think Mr. Hopkins should honestly get paid more than Mrs. Chadwick, then I respect that. But if you think we're right and you won't speak up because you can't be bothered, then God, Jed, I don't even want to know you. Come inside.
[walks off]
Young Mrs. Dolores Landingham: I'll call Triple A.
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3 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

One of the best TV episodes of all time for raising the hairs on the back of your neck - brilliant TV and exceptional performances, especially from Martin Sheen, Kathryn Joosten and the late John Spencer! The tension builds and never dips, ending with a fantastic series cliff hanger. There is not one character I would like to see cut and each has been carefully developed since the beginning, so we know their strengths and weaknesses and still like them. Normally I hate flashbacks in a series, as it gives me the impression that the storyline wasn't thought out well from the start. That doesn't apply to 'Two Cathedrals' where so much is explained and revealed about Jed Bartlet in this episode. It is easy to forget that Martin Sheen is acting a part because he is just so believable throughout the whole episode - no wonder he was asked to run for the US Senate.

I miss this series so much - it has never been bettered. If you have never watched The West Wing then watch it from the start - you will be hooked.

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