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The West Wing: Season 4 [2002] (6 discs)

Length:990 minutes
(16 hours 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-14
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Synopsis: Bartlet's campaign is in full force and he has to battle to keep the job he currently has. Then the season ends with him having to decide whether to give it up anyway.

Reaction: The show continues some great stories and doesn't show any sign of stopping.

Personal Rating: ...

Select Guest Cast
Adam Arkin => Dr. Stanley Keyworth (Holy Night)
Danny Jacobs => Jules Ziegler in 1954 (Holy Night)
Elisabeth Moss => Zoey Bartlet (Holy Night)
Jerry Adler => Jules Ziegler (Holy Night)
John Diehl => Claypool (Holy Night)
Trent Ford => Jean Paul (Holy Night)
Aimee Mann => Aimee Mann (College Kids)
Barenaked Ladies => Themselves (College Kids)
Charles Noland => Reporter Steve (College Kids)
Clark Gregg => FBI Special Agent Michael Casper (College Kids)
Glenn Morshower => Mike Chysler (College Kids)
Joanna Gleason => Atty. Jordon Kendall (College Kids)
Thomas Kopache => Assistant Secretary of State Bob Slatterly (College Kids)
Alan Dale => Secretary of Commerce Mitch Bryce (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Allison Smith => Mallory O'Brien (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Amy Adams => Cathy (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Anna Deavere Smith => Nancy McNally (20 Hours in America: Part I)
John Amos => Percy Fitzwallace (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Kim Webster => Ginger (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Kris Murphy => Katie Witt (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Peter James Smith => Ed (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Renée Estevez => Nancy (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Ron Silver => Bruno Gianelli (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Timothy Davis-Reed => Mark O'Donnell (20 Hours in America: Part I)
William Duffy => Larry (20 Hours in America: Part I)
Ashley Benson => Girl (Game On)
Danica McKellar => Elsie Snuffin (Game On)
Hal Holbrook => Asst. Secretary of State Albie Duncan (Game On)
James Brolin => Governor Robert Ritchie, R-FL (Game On)
Michelle Hotaling => President Bartlett's Daughter (Game On)
Tim Matheson => Vice President John Hoynes (Game On)
Tony Amendola => Qumari U.N. Ambassador Ali Nissir (Game On)
Audrey Wasilewski => Janice Trumbull (Arctic Radar)
Bernard White => Dr. Essan Mohebi (Swiss Diplomacy)
Faran Tahir => Manny (Swiss Diplomacy)
Geoff Pierson => Senate Minority Leader Tripplehorn (Swiss Diplomacy)
Lucinda Jenney => Karen Kroft (Swiss Diplomacy)
Bill O'Brien => Kenny Thurman (Debate Camp)
Bruce French => Bill Stark (Debate Camp)
John Aniston => Alexander Thompson (Debate Camp)
Kathleen York => Andrea Wyatt (Debate Camp)
Kathryn Joosten => Dolores Landingham (Debate Camp)
Marlee Matlin => Joey Lucas (Debate Camp)
Catherine Kwong => Lauren Chin (The California 47th)
Claire Coffee => Cassie Tatum (The California 47th)
J. Patrick McCormack => General Jimmy Wendall (The California 47th)
Kimberlee Peterson => Lauren Shelby (The California 47th)
Lara Phillips => Lauren Romano (The California 47th)
Christian Slater => Lt. Cmdr. Jack Reese (Election Night)
Devika Parikh => Bonnie (Election Night)
Megan Cavanagh => Voting Shortcut (Election Night)
Ron Ostrow => Reporter John (Election Night)
Don Perry => Muriel Keith (20 Hours in America: Part II)
Donald Moffat => Talmidge Cregg (The Long Goodbye)
Matthew Modine => Marco Arlens (The Long Goodbye)
Mindy Seeger => Chris (The Long Goodbye)
Verna Bloom => Molly Lapham (The Long Goodbye)
Emilio Estevez => Young Jed Bartlet (Twenty Five)
Harry Groener => Secretary of Agriculture Roger Tribbey (Twenty Five)
John Goodman => Glenallen Walken  (Twenty Five)
George Coe => Sen. Howard Stackhouse (The Red Mass)
Malachi Throne => Israeli Foreign Minister Ben Yosef (The Red Mass)
Gina Hecht => Julie, Panel Moderator on TV (Process Stories)
Tobin Bell => Colonel Whitcomb (Process Stories)
Helen Slayton-Hughes => Marion Cotesworth-Haye (Privateers)
Kimberly Bigsby => Molly O'Connor (Commencement)
Taye Diggs => Secret Service Agent Wesley (Commencement)
Matthew Perry => Joe Quincy (Evidence of Things Not Seen)
Michael O'Neill => Secret Service Agent Ron Butterfield (Evidence of Things Not Seen)
Natsuko Ohama => Dr. Gwendolyn Chen (Guns Not Butter)
Paul McCarthy-Boyington => Goat Handler Mike (Guns Not Butter)
Ramon Estevez => Businessman (as Ramon Luis Estevez) (Guns Not Butter)
Sam Pancake => Stu Winkle (Life on Mars)
Alex Graves => Director
Bill D'Elia => Director
Christopher Misiano => Director
Jessica Yu => Director
John David Coles => Director
Lesli Linka Glatter => Director
Paris Barclay => Director
Thomas Schlamme => Director
Vincent Misiano => Director
Aaron Sorkin => Writer
Debora Cahn => Writer
Eli Attie => Writer
Jon Robin Baitz => Writer
Kevin Falls => Writer
Paul Redford => Writer
Allison Janney => C.J. Cregg
Bradley Whitford => Josh Lyman
Dulé Hill => Charlie Young
Janel Moloney => Donna Moss
John Spencer => Leo McGarry
Joshua Malina => Will Bailey
Lily Tomlin => Deborah Fiderer
Martin Sheen => President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Mary-Louise Parker => Amy Gardner
Melissa Fitzgerald => Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson => Margaret
Richard Schiff => Toby Ziegler
Rob Lowe => Sam Seaborn
Stockard Channing => Abbey Bartlet
Timothy Busfield => Danny Concannon

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Guns Not Butter - The episode title refers to a common economic model that gives an example of how a country can apportion limited resources on either defence (guns) or production of domestic goods (butter) or a combination of both but to increase one you need to reduce the other
  • The Long Goodbye - Both Allison Janney and Martin Sheen were born and raised in Dayton, OH. Rob Lowe was raised there as well having moved to the city as a small child.
  • Arctic Radar - President Bartlett asks Leo if adultery is illegal under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Leo answers that it is not. In reality adultery does in fact violate Article 134 of the UCMJ.
  • Twenty Five - While Toby is in the hospital room with his babies, the television is playing what is supposed to be home movie footage of Zoey as a child with her father. Even though the younger Jed Bartlet in the home movie is only seen very briefly, he is played by one of Martin Sheen's real-life sons, actor and director Emilio Estevez. This is the second time in their careers that Estevez has played a younger version of the same character that Martin Sheen was playing; the first time was in Nightbreaker.
  • Commencement - In this episode Zoey was kidnapped whilst going to the restroom in a club party. This scenario was depicted by President Bartlet when he was angry at Zoey in Season 1's The West Wing: [Mr. Willis of Ohio].
  • Inauguration: Part 1 - When Donna is describing the uniform Jack will be wearing she refers to the pants having 13 buttons. Dress Blue pants do have 13 buttons, but only for enlisted personnel, not Officer's uniforms.
  • Commencement - In the DVD commentary for this episode, Aaron Sorkin says that during shooting, he found out that Elisabeth Moss (who plays Zoey Bartlet) had never been high on illicit drugs, so Sorkin counseled her on how to play the scene in which Zoey has been drugged by Jean-Paul.
  • Twenty Five - Series creator Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme final episode.
  • Martin Sheen's somewhat unusual way of putting his jacket on is caused by an injury to his arm sustained at his birth.
  • Evidence of Things Not Seen - In The West Wing: [20 Hours in L.A.] at the LA party, Donna walks away from Josh to go stalk Matthew Perry. Matthew Perry appears as Joe Quincy and Donna comments on him being considered cute by most staff. He will also appear in Sorkin's next TV show [Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip].
  • The character of Amy Gardner was temporarily written off the show, because Mary-Louise Parker was visibly pregnant, and the producers couldn't hide it anymore.
  • 20 Hours in America: Part I - When Toby and Josh are headed to the airport, they are pushed an hour back because Dearborn County, Indiana does not observe daylight saving time. As of 2006, every County in Indiana observes daylight saving time. Only Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands do not.
  • College Kids - The "Rock The Vote" event shown at Cambridge, MA is aimed at encouraging young people to vote in the US general election. The band playing at the event, Barenaked Ladies, are all born and raised in Canada.
  • 20 Hours in America: Part II - When Toby and Josh are discussing governor Ritchie's intelligence on the train, Toby laments that Ritchie thinks [?] Neville Chamberlain led Britain during WW2. Chamberlain did in fact lead Britain in WW2, but only for the first 8 months before giving way to Winston Churchill. However, the reference Toby makes is to Richard Chamberlain.
  • Swiss Diplomacy - This was the second of only three episodes to not have a writing credit for Aaron Sorkin during the first four seasons, the others being season one's The West Wing: [Enemies] and this season's The West Wing: [The Long Goodbye].
  • Swiss Diplomacy - When Will Bailey (Joshua Malina ) is asked about who is helping Sam (Rob Lowe ) he mentions that his Political Director is Tom Baker, [?] Tom Baker was actually the name of the the Fourth Doctor in the original 1960's version of [Doctor Who].
  • In the DVD extras for season four, John Spencer and Stockard Channing both say that in the Abbey-Jed-Leo relationship dynamic, Abbey is (of course) Jed's wife, and Leo is Jed's mistress. Spencer hastened to add that he meant "political mistress", but Channing did not qualify the assessment.
  • 20 Hours in America: Part I - A line from President Bartlet's speech memorializing the bombing victims, "the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight," was taken from Tom Hanks's 1993 acceptance speech for his Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia. Ironically, this happens in the same episode in which Sam says, "Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal outright". This is a variation on a quotation by [?] Pablo Picasso: "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." (Ironically, one of Sorkin's lines from this episode--"Every time we think we've measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we are reminded that that capacity may well be limitless"--was plagiarized during an NBC sports feature airing directly before the 2006 Kentucky Derby. The freelance writer who wrote the line was fired.