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Synopsis: The season starts after the shooting. The staff deals with the fallout for a good long while.
Reaction: The show continues its run and ends with Bartlet being asked if he plans to run for reelection.
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|Adam ArkinAdam Arkin|| => ||Dr. Stanley Keyworth (NoŽl)|
|Gregory Alan WilliamsGregory Alan Williams|| => ||Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams) (NoŽl)|
|Paxton WhiteheadPaxton Whitehead|| => ||Bernard Thatch (NoŽl)|
|Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma|| => ||Yo-Yo Ma (NoŽl)|
|Allison SmithAllison Smith|| => ||Mallory O'Brien (Galileo)|
|Colm FeoreColm Feore|| => ||Tad Whitney (Galileo)|
|Nigel GibbsNigel Gibbs|| => ||Aide #2 (Galileo)|
|Anna Deavere SmithAnna Deavere Smith|| => ||Nancy McNally (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)|
|Jane LynchJane Lynch|| => ||Reporter (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)|
|Jim OrtliebJim Ortlieb|| => ||Dr. Keller (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)|
|Jorja FoxJorja Fox|| => ||Agent Gina Toscano (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)|
|Kim WebsterKim Webster|| => ||Ginger (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)|
|Mindy SeegerMindy Seeger|| => ||Chris (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)|
|Tim MathesonTim Matheson|| => ||Vice President John Hoynes (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)|
|Barry LivingstonBarry Livingston|| => ||Speechwriter #2 (The Fall's Gonna Kill You)|
|Rosalind ChaoRosalind Chao|| => ||Jane Gentry (The Fall's Gonna Kill You)|
|Spencer GarrettSpencer Garrett|| => ||Richard Will (The Fall's Gonna Kill You)|
|Clark GreggClark Gregg|| => ||FBI Special Agent Michael Casper (Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail)|
|John BillingsleyJohn Billingsley|| => ||Dr. John Fallow (Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail)|
|Corbin BernsenCorbin Bernsen|| => ||Henry Shallick (The Leadership Breakfast)|
|Felicity HuffmanFelicity Huffman|| => ||Ann Stark (The Leadership Breakfast)|
|Peter James SmithPeter James Smith|| => ||Staffer Ed (The Leadership Breakfast)|
|William DuffyWilliam Duffy|| => ||Staffer Larry (The Leadership Breakfast)|
|Devika ParikhDevika Parikh|| => ||Bonnie (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II)|
|Don McManusDon McManus|| => ||Greg Summerhays (Two Cathedrals)|
|Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson|| => ||Young Mrs. Dolores Landingham (Two Cathedrals)|
|Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence O'Donnell|| => ||Dr. Bartlet (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.) (Two Cathedrals)|
|Ed Begley Jr.Ed Begley Jr.|| => ||Seth Gillette (The War at Home)|
|J. Michael FlynnJ. Michael Flynn|| => ||Officer (The War at Home)|
|Emily ProcterEmily Procter|| => ||Ainsley Hayes (In This White House)|
|Ted McGinleyTed McGinley|| => ||Mark Gottfried (In This White House)|
|George CoeGeorge Coe|| => ||Sen. Howard Stackhouse (The Stackhouse Filibuster)|
|Glenn MorshowerGlenn Morshower|| => ||Mike Chysler (Bartlet's Third State of the Union)|
|Marlee MatlinMarlee Matlin|| => ||Joey Lucas (Bartlet's Third State of the Union)|
|Richard RiehleRichard Riehle|| => ||Off. Jack Sloan (Bartlet's Third State of the Union)|
|John LarroquetteJohn Larroquette|| => ||Lionel Tribbey, White House Counsel (And It's Surely to Their Credit)|
|Kathleen YorkKathleen York|| => ||Andrea Wyatt (Ellie)|
|Oliver PlattOliver Platt|| => ||White House Counsel Oliver Babish (Bad Moon Rising)|
|Scott LawrenceScott Lawrence|| => ||Congressional Committee Chair (Bad Moon Rising)|
|Trace BeaulieuTrace Beaulieu|| => ||Cal (Bad Moon Rising)|
|Renťe EstevezRenťe Estevez|| => ||Nancy (as Renee Estevez) (The Drop In)|
|Rocky CarrollRocky Carroll|| => ||Corey Sykes (The Drop In)|
|Roger ReesRoger Rees|| => ||Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury (The Drop In)|
Random Trivia For This Title:
- In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I - In the DVD commentary it is mentioned that when shooting the scene in which Donna learns about Josh's serious injury, Richard SchiffRichard Schiff, instead of using the line in the script, told Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney, playing Donna, that "Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford died", prompting her absolutely devastated expression in the scene.
- Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail - Josh mentions to Sam that Lincoln signed a pardon on April 14, 1865, the same day he was shot. Until over a decade after this episode was filmed, historians thought this was true. However, in January 2011, Lincoln researcher Thomas Lowry admitted that he had altered the date of the pardon (which he had "discovered" in the permanent records of the U.S. National Archives) from 1864 to 1865 so that it would seem more historically significant.
- Two Cathedrals - 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 SheenMartin Sheen who plays president Bartlett and Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten who play Mrs. Landingham, the president's secretary, were only born a year apart. Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten was born in 1939 and Martin SheenMartin Sheen was born in 1940.
- Two Cathedrals - The role of Bartlet's father was played by series producer and writer Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence O'Donnell. Originally just drafted in to help out at a table read, director Thomas SchlammeThomas Schlamme found O'Donnell's interpretation of the President's father to be so interesting that he eventually offered him the role.
- The Leadership Breakfast - Felicity HuffmanFelicity Huffman appears as a guest after starring in Aaron SorkinAaron Sorkin's [Sports Night].
- Bartlet's Third State of the Union - Bartlett stopping to tie his shoe was improvised by Martin SheenMartin Sheen
- The character of Mandy (Moira KellyMoira Kelly) was abandoned after the first season. Aaron SorkinAaron Sorkin and Kelly both agreed that the character had run its course. However, Sorkin never explained on the show what happened to Mandy. The character just disappeared. This gave birth to the term "Mandyville", a reference to where characters go, when they disappear from a series.
- Galileo - President Clinton allowed use of his President's Box at the Kennedy Center for scenes in this episode.
- NoŽl - Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma plays a cello piece. Instead of miming the motions of the song to recorded music, however, he actually played the song for each take. According to director Thomas SchlammeThomas Schlamme, this amounted to playing the song about 45 times.
- The War at Home - At the beginning of the episode the President says to Leo "George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw said 'you don't live longer, it just seems longer.'" They then debate if it was really Shaw who said it. The correct quote is by [?] Sir Clement Raphael Freud who said "if you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer."
- 17 People - This episode has the smallest number of additional guest stars of any other episode in the entire series, namely just Emily Procter.
- The Leadership Breakfast - Josh and Sam try to light a fire in a White House fireplace only to find that it is only decorative when they set the fire alarms off. In January 2009, life imitated art when the Obama administration's new Director of the Office of Management and Budget, [?] Peter R. Orszag, tried to light a fire in a fireplace in his office that filled other office suites with smoke and set the fire alarms off.
- In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I - This episode contains the highest number of guest stars of any other in the entire series.
- The Portland Trip - Ainsley tries to get a can of Fresca, but they do not keep Fresca in the building. According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lyndon Johnson loved the soda Fresca so much he had a fountain installed in the Oval Office that dispensed the beverage, which the president could operate by pushing a button on his desk chair.
- Galileo - The storyline about President Bartlett not liking green beans was inspired by President Bush Sr who famously banned broccoli from the White House
- In This White House - The number that displays on Ainsley's caller ID when the White House calls is (202) 456-1414. That is the real world telephone number of the White House switchboard.
- Shibboleth - When President Bartlet asks the Chinese man seeking religious asylum whether he can name any of Jesus' (12) apostles, he lists only 11 names. Technically, this is not incorrect: two were named James.
- The set was the largest constructed for both a pilot and a television series to date. It was so large, that during the first season, it had to be housed on two stages, each with an identical yellow corridor for continuity. During the hiatus between the first and second seasons, the set was moved to a larger stage, and put together, where it has remained ever since.
|Episode Name||Disc||Side||Disc Order||Directors||Writers||Synopsis||IMDB|
|In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I||1||A||1||Thomas Schlamme||Aaron Sorkin||The President is rushed to hospital following a shooting; staffers field questions on protection measures and executive authority. Flashbacks show how key staff members joined the Bartlet campaign.||9.4|
|In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II||1||A||2||Thomas Schlamme||Aaron Sorkin||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.||9.3|
|The Midterms||1||A||3||Alex Graves||Aaron Sorkin||With the midterm elections coming up, Toby looks for a way to stop hate groups; Charlie and Zoey decide whether to continue their relationship; President Bartlet discovers the egg cream and is concerned about an ultra-right-wing candidate running for school board in his old district in New Hampshire; and Sam is asked to put White House help behind an old friend running for Congress.||8.4|
|In This White House||1||A||4||Ken Olin||Aaron Sorkin||After a Republican commentator trounces Sam on television, President Bartlett decides to hire her over the objections of the staff. Josh and Toby mediate a conference between U.S. drug companies and an African President whose country is dying of AIDS.||8.7|
|And It's Surely to Their Credit||1||B||1||Christopher Misiano||Aaron Sorkin||Sam helps Josh battle his health insurance company; Ainsley Hayes encounters her firebrand boss and hostile colleagues; Abby gives the President some good news about his health; C.J. discovers a retiring General intends to publicly criticize the president.||8.4|
|The Lame Duck Congress||1||B||2||Jeremy Kagan||Aaron Sorkin||The administration considers recalling Congress to pass a nuclear test ban treaty; a Ukranian politician arrives unannounced at the White House; Sam reluctantly asks Ainsley to summarize a position paper; C.J.'s personal and professional relationship with Danny becomes more complex.||7.8|
|The Portland Trip||1||B||3||Paris Barclay||Aaron Sorkin||C.J. joins the President on a flight to Portland after a wisecrack about Notre Dame; Josh seeks to defeat an anti-gay marriage bill; Sam wants to rewrite an education speech; an oil tanker appears to be violating UN sanctions; Josh teases Donna over her dating record.||7.9|
|Shibboleth||1||B||4||Laura Innes||Aaron Sorkin||Dozens of Chinese stowaways are discovered in a container ship in California; Toby looks to pick a fight over school prayer with a recess appointment; Thanksgiving at the White House sees C.J. in charge of turkeys and Charlie looking for the ultimate carving knife.||8.5|
|Galileo||2||A||1||Alex Graves||Kevin Falls|
|The President and NASA plan a TV event for a probe's landing on Mars; satellite photographs show a suspicious-looking fire in Russia; Leo asks Toby and Josh to decide on the next postage stamp; Sam and C.J. have personal reasons for not wanting to accompany the President to a concert.||8.3|
|NoŽl||2||A||2||Thomas Schlamme||Aaron Sorkin||Josh speaks to a psychiatrist about the events of the last three weeks: Toby hired musicians for the foyer, an Air Force pilot disobeyed orders, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly.||9.4|
|Episode Name||Disc||Side||Disc Order||Directors||Writers||Synopsis||IMDB|
|The Leadership Breakfast||2||A||3||Scott Winant||Aaron Sorkin||Toby wants to use a bipartisan breakfast to discuss real issues instead of making it a staged event; Sam floats the idea of moving the press room across the street; Leo wants Josh to apologize to a columnist on his behalf; Leo and Toby realize they need to start thinking about reelection.||8.1|
|The Drop In||2||A||4||Lou Antonio||Aaron Sorkin||Sam meticulously prepares a speech for the President to give to the environmental lobby, but Toby wants to sneak in some criticism of their failure to condemn environmental terrorism. Leo tries to convince the President to support his pet project - a missile defense shield - despite its continued failure to produce results, and the fact that it likely contravenes an anti-ballistic missile treaty.||7.9|
|Bartlet's Third State of the Union||2||B||1||Christopher Misiano||Aaron Sorkin||While a live TV show is broadcast from the West Wing following the State of the Union, the staff must covertly deal with a hostage situation in Colombia. CJ learns that a special guest at the state of the union has a black mark on his record that could taint the administration. Ainsley Hayes is afraid to meet the President in person.||8.3|
|The War at Home||2||B||2||Christopher Misiano||Aaron Sorkin||President Bartlet is fighting a war on two fronts as he tries to rescue hostages in Colombia and deal with explaining to his wife why he's breaking his word to her by running for a 2nd term.||8.5|
|Ellie||2||B||3||Michael Engler||Aaron Sorkin||The surgeon general makes some controversial comments about marijuana, leading to an attack by family values groups and an unsolicited comment by Bartlet's middle daughter, Ellie, to Danny Concannon that her father wouldn't fire the s.g. The president summons Ellie from med school in Baltimore to the W.H., and we learn that she, unlike her parents and sisters, is shy and reticent, and has always felt like the family outcast in Jed's eyes.||8.3|
|Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail||2||B||4||Jessica Yu||Paul Redford|
|On this year's "Big Block of Cheese Day", a college friend of Donna's asks Sam to help her get her late grandfather, accused of being a Communist spy inside the U.S. government, a presidential pardon; dealing with the recent revelation that his father had been having an affair for the past 27 years, Sam faces off with an F.B.I. agent, and later with Nancy McNally, over the pardon.||8.7|
|The Stackhouse Filibuster||3||A||1||Bryan Gordon||Aaron Sorkin||Josh finalizes a six billion-dollar health care that has strong support from both parties in both houses and appears to be a slam dunk for passage, but 78-year-old Senator Howard Stackhouse pulls a last-minute surprise: he wants money added for autism research or he'll filibuster. Thinking it's just a bluff, Josh blows off the senator, who then filibusters for more than eight hours while the w.w. staff waits desperately to begin their weekend, with the episode unfolding as staffers write e-mails to family members describing the evening's action.||8.9|
|17 People||3||A||2||Alex Graves||Aaron Sorkin||Following the Vice-President's remarks to him, Toby realizes the truth behind the President's illness: multiple sclerosis. Toby, Leo, and Bartlet discuss the possible political implications of this if it goes public including possible jail time for the 17 people who now know about the illness. Meanwhile Sam, Josh, Donna and the rest of the staff, unaware of the illness, struggle with a speech the President is to give at the White House Correspondents Dinner.||8.9|
|Bad Moon Rising||3||A||3||Bill Johnson||Aaron Sorkin||President Bartlett talks to the White House Counsel about the concealment of his MS. An enraged Toby has CJ grill the West Wing staff to find a leaker. Josh and Donna spar over a financial bailout of Mexico.||8.7|
|The Fall's Gonna Kill You||3||B||1||Christopher Misiano||Aaron Sorkin||White House Counsel Oliver Babbish interviews CJ once she learns of the President's condition. The First Lady learns she may be legally vulnerable. Donna frets over news of a falling satellite.||8.5|
|Episode Name||Disc||Side||Disc Order||Directors||Writers||Synopsis||IMDB|
|18th and Potomac||3||B||2||Robert Berlinger||Aaron Sorkin||With hypothetical polling numbers showing them its political suicide, staffers prepare to announce the President's condition. As they do, a military crisis flares up in Haiti and Josh faces off against two senators who are against the Government's tobacco-industry suit. But as bad as the day seems to be going, a tragedy will come from a car wreck at 18th and Potomac that will effect everything.||9.0|
|Two Cathedrals||3||B||3||Thomas Schlamme||Aaron Sorkin||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?||9.7|