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Episode 1 - Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

The senior members of the White House staff are summoned to the office early in the morning to handle difficult situations: Hundreds of Cubans are on their way across the Atlantic Ocean in search of freedom; and klutzy President of the United States Josiah Bartlet accidentally sprained his ankle riding a bicycle into a tree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Episode 1 - Pilot

The senior members of the White House staff are summoned to the office early in the morning to handle difficult situations: Hundreds of Cubans are on their way across the Atlantic Ocean in search of freedom; and klutzy President of the United States Josiah Bartlet accidentally sprained his ankle riding a bicycle into a tree. Some members of the staff experience crises of their own. Sam discovers the law student he slept with last night, Laurie, also works as a high-priced call girl. Josh's former lover and fellow campaign worker, Madeline "Mandy" Hampton, now dates and works for a senator who might vie for the office of President. Also, a rumor persists that Josh will be terminated because of a remark he made on a TV show. The comment offends the Christian fundamentalists and upsets Reverend Al Caldwell, an influential religious leader and necessary Presidential ally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Episode 2 - Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Leo hires Mandy as a consultant to the President. Vice President Hoynes rebuffs C.J. when she tries to discuss a comment he made. Leo confronts Hoynes and insists that Hoynes understand his obligation to communicate with the President's press secretary. President Bartlet's naval doctor is killed in an act of foreign terrorism.

  

Episode 2 - Season 1, Episode 2: Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Leo hires Mandy as a consultant to the President.

  

Episode 3 - A Proportional Response

When Danny, a reporter, learns about Sam's relationship with a call girl, he doesn't write a story about it because C.J. gives Danny a lead on a much bigger newsworthy item in exchange for his silence. The President plots revenge on terrorists as he gathers his advisors in the White House. His foul mood intimidates his new aide, Charlie, a college-age man whose mother was recently killed while working as a police officer.

  

Episode 3 - Season 1, Episode 3: A Proportional Response

When Danny, a reporter, learns about Sam's relationship with a call girl, he doesn't write a story about it because C.J. gives Danny a lead on a much bigger newsworthy item in exchange for his silence.

  

Episode 4 - Five Votes Down

The staff has 72 hours to rescue a gun-control bill that needs five more votes in Congress to pass. Eventually they get four votes, so Leo reluctantly visits the vice president, and Hoynes promises he'll get the other vote. After the bill passes, Hoynes accepts credit given to him by the press for the gun bill's passage. The vice president invites Leo to a secret Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with other government officials, and Leo attends. Toby may be open to questions of impropriety over a stock he owns. Feeling neglected because her husband spends too much time working, Leo's wife moves out of their house.

  

Episode 4 - Season 1, Episode 4: Five Votes Down

The staff has 72 hours to rescue a gun-control bill that needs five more votes in Congress to pass.

  

Episode 5 - The Crackpots and These Women

Leo assigns his senior staff the task of conducting private meetings with fringe groups that want attention from the White House. Toby discovers he was not the President's first choice for communications director. Bartlet, a former economics professor, impresses a meeting of economists with his knowledge. Josh discovers that the smallpox virus remains a threat to United States security. And the President's daughter, Zoe, visits the White House.

  

Episode 5 - Season 1, Episode 5: The Crackpots and These Women

Leo assigns his senior staff the task of conducting private meetings with fringe groups that want attention from the White House.

  

Episode 6 - Mr. Willis of Ohio

A mentally unbalanced woman with a gun climbs the White House fence. The Secret Service foils her plan to target Zoey. Toby and Mandy convince a nonpolitician, the husband of a deceased congresswoman, to vote against a census amendment in committee. Sam privately tutors C.J. on the Commerce Bill with regard to the census. While accompanying Zoey, Sam, Josh, C.J. and Mallory to a bar, Charlie intervenes when some college guys threaten Zoey.

  

Episode 6 - Season 1, Episode 6: Mr. Willis of Ohio

A mentally unbalanced woman with a gun climbs the White House fence.

  

Episode 7 - Season 1, Episode 7: The State Dinner

The President and First Lady host a tense dinner at the White House honoring the president of Indonesia and his wife.

  

Episode 7 - The State Dinner

The President and First Lady host a tense dinner at the White House honoring the president of Indonesia and his wife. Danny flirts with C.J. The President takes action against a group of survivalists in Idaho. Leo and the President try to forestall a strike by the Teamsters, a labor union composed of truck drivers. While a hurricane heads towards an American naval fleet, Bartlet reassures, by phone, a scared young military man on board.

  

Episode 8 - Enemies

The President embarrasses Vice President Hoynes during a cabinet meeting, and Danny finds out. In order to keep the story from print, C.J. arranges a meeting between Danny and the President. A banking reform bill that Bartlet supports nears passage, but it comes with a rider allowing strip mining on federal land. The dilemma over the bill is resolved when Josh finds a way for the President to protect the land. And Leo frets about his daughter, Mallory, dating Sam.

  

Episode 8 - Season 1, Episode 8: Enemies

The President embarrasses Vice President Hoynes during a cabinet meeting, and Danny finds out. In order to keep the story from print, C.J. arranges a meeting between Danny and the President.

  

Episode 9 - The Short List

The President confidentially chooses Judge Harrison as his nominee for the Supreme Court. His staff continues to search Harrison's past. When the President meets with the retiring justice, the justice insists that Bartlet consider Judge Roberto Mendoza. Since he has not publicly announced his decision, Bartlet directs his staff to investigate Mendoza as well. When Sam uncovers an article that Harrison wrote declaring the right to privacy is not covered by the constitution, something totally against Bartlet's philosophy, the President officially nominates Mendoza instead. Josh worries that a congressman's attack on the staff for alleged drug use precedes an attack on Leo, whose former substance abuse may no longer be a secret.

  

Episode 9 - Season 1, Episode 9: The Short List

The President confidentially chooses Judge Harrison as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

  

Episode 10 - Season 1, Episode 10: In Excelsis Deo

Sam and Josh work on thwarting Congressman Lillienfield's accusation about drug abuse in the White House.

  

Episode 10 - In Excelsis Deo

Sam and Josh work on thwarting Congressman Lillienfield's accusation about drug abuse in the White House. Leo warns Bartlet that Leo may have to resign because of his former substance abuse. Toby arranges a full military funeral for a homeless Korean War veteran he never met. The murder of a homosexual high school student forces C.J. and members of the White House staff to reconsider hate crime legislation. C.J. finally agrees to go out on a date with Danny, a journalist. Bartlet tries to sneak out to do some Christmas shopping.

  

Episode 11 - Season 1, Episode 11: Lord John Marbury

When India invades Kashmir and Bartlet worries about a nuclear threat to both countries, he asks the colorful, inebriated Lord John Marbury, a former ambassador to New Delhi and an expert on India, to help with the crisis.

  

Episode 11 - Lord John Marbury

When India invades Kashmir and Bartlet worries about a nuclear threat to both countries, he asks the colorful, inebriated Lord John Marbury, a former ambassador to New Delhi and an expert on India, to help with the crisis. A Republican anti-Bartlet group accuses the White House of running an internal investigation concerning recreational drug use by White House staffers as a result of the Lillienfield accusation. Bartlet's daughter wants to date Charlie, and the President worries that the interracial young couple may elicit a reaction from racist hate groups.

  

Episode 12 - He Shall, from Time to Time?

The President and his staff prepare the State of the Union Address, but the President becomes ill. His naval doctor examines him in the living quarters. Mrs. Bartlet, a physician, orders various medical tests. She later reveals to Leo--and only Leo--that President Bartlet suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Later Bartlet further explains to Leo that his type of MS is called relapsing-remitting, and he experiences total recovery after attacks that are induced by fever and stress. Mandy informs C.J. that news of Leo's addiction will be made public. Leo conducts a press conference revealing his stay in the rehabilitation facility for alcohol and Valium addiction. Danny and C.J. kiss.

  

Episode 12 - Season 1, Episode 12: "He Shall, From Time to Time"

The President and his staff prepare the State of the Union Address, but the President becomes ill.

  

Episode 13 - Season 1, Episode 13: Take Out the Trash Day

The parents of a brutally murdered gay student are invited to witness the President sign a hate crimes bill into law even though the father doesn't believe that Bartlet expresses a strong enough position on gay rights.

  

Episode 13 - Take Out the Trash Day

The parents of a brutally murdered gay student are invited to witness the President sign a hate crimes bill into law even though the father doesn't believe that Bartlet expresses a strong enough position on gay rights. Sam and Josh make a deal that ensures there will be no Congressional hearing about Leo's drug problem. Sam terminates the woman responsible for exposing Leo's personnel file, but Leo quickly rehires her.

  

Episode 14 - Take This Sabbath Day

On a Friday evening, the United States Supreme Court rejects the application for a stay of execution for Simon Cruz. The President of the United States is the only person capable of commuting a federal sentence. On Saturday morning, the Catholic President returns from a trip overseas. After Sam discusses the situation with the staff, Leo briefs the President on the Simon Cruz situation. That weekend the somber President ponders this huge responsibility. Bartlet talks to the Pope on the phone. Ultimately the President refuses to stay the execution. And Josh meets with Joey Lucas, an angry campaign manager whose Democratic candidate is not getting much support from the political party.

  

Episode 14 - Season 1, Episode 14: Take This Sabbath Day

On a Friday evening, the United States Supreme Court rejects the application for a stay of execution for Simon Cruz.

  

Episode 15 - Season 1, Episode 15: Celestial Navigation

Josh lectures to a large group of college students, recounting one day in the life of the harried senior White House staff.

  

Episode 15 - Celestial Navigation

Josh lectures to a large group of college students, recounting one day in the life of the harried senior White House staff. Meanwhile, Sam and Toby rush to Connecticut to help Supreme Court Justice nominee Roberto Mendoza. A man who never drinks alcohol, Mendoza was wrongfully arrested for drunk driving simply because he's Hispanic. But Mendoza refuses to leave the jail because the arrest violates his civil rights--he did absolutely nothing wrong. Toby explains that once he gets approved as a Supreme Court Justice, Mendoza can make an impact. Mendoza agrees and leaves with Sam and Toby.

  

Episode 16 - 20 Hours In L.A.

The President and his staff fly to Los Angeles for a big fund-raiser, but the powerful Hollywood mogul hosting the event threatens to cancel if the President doesn't condemn an anti-gay bill. In Washington, Leo tries to coerce Hoynes to break a tie on a bill the President supports but the vice president doesn't support. Leo realizes that Hoynes' stance against the bill is the correct opinion and finds a way to defeat the bill. And Josh encounters Joey Lucas again.

  

Episode 16 - Season 1, Episode 16: 20 Hours in L.A.

The President and his staff fly to Los Angeles for a big fund-raiser, but the powerful Hollywood mogul hosting the event threatens to cancel if the President doesn't condemn an anti-gay bill.

  

Episode 17 - Season 1, Episode 17: The White House Pro-Am

The First Lady's public comments on a White House appointment create problems for the President because he's afraid of incurring his wife's wrath.

  

Episode 17 - The White House Pro-Am

The First Lady's public comments on a White House appointment create problems for the President because he's afraid of incurring his wife's wrath. So Sam explains to Abby the importance of working with the President'a staff in the future. Zoey cancels her high-profile date with Charlie at a club opening because of death threats from white supremacists.

  

Episode 18 - Season 1, Episode 18: Six Meetings Before Lunch

The Senate confirms Mendoza's appointment to the Supreme Court.

  

Episode 18 - Six Meetings Before Lunch

The Senate confirms Mendoza's appointment to the Supreme Court. Josh interviews a nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights who favors reparations to African Americans for the enslavement of their ancestors. The son of a major Democratic fund-raiser is arrested for felony drug possession and distribution at a party that Zoe attended. And Mandy wants a new panda for the National Zoo to replace the one that died a few weeks ago.

  

Episode 19 - Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

Two members of the Federal Election Commission resign. Sam and Toby meet with military officers and congressmen to discuss homosexuals serving in the military. Admiral Fitzwallace enters the meeting and agrees that he doesn't believe gays should be in the military. But he adds that 50 years ago, no one thought African Americans could serve effectively. And an inflammatory memo that Mandy wrote before joining the staff, which outlines the weakness of the Bartlet administration, surfaces. The President and his senior staff read the memo and find it enlightening. New polls reveal that their job approval rating has just dropped five more points. Leo tells the President it's time to do what he was elected to do, to support the issues in which he truly believes.

  

Episode 19 - Season 1, Episode 19: Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

Two members of the Federal Election Commission resign. Sam and Toby meet with military officers and congressmen to discuss homosexuals serving in the military.

  

Episode 20 - Season 1, Episode 20: Mandatory Minimums

Armed with a new resolve to take chances, the Bartlet administration tackles the drug enforcement policy.

  

Episode 20 - Mandatory Minimums

Armed with a new resolve to take chances, the Bartlet administration tackles the drug enforcement policy. Refusing to consider input from party leaders, the President announces his two nominations to the Federal Election Commission. His candidates believe in campaign finance reform--something unpopular with party leaders. And Toby meets with his ex-wife for advice.

  

Episode 21 - Season 1, Episode 21: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Bartlet works to reform campaign finance by changing the makeup of the members on the Federal Campaign Commission.

  

Episode 21 - Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Bartlet works to reform campaign finance by changing the makeup of the members on the Federal Campaign Commission. Sam's relationship with a prostitute is revealed. And new poll numbers indicate the President's approval rating is up 9 points.

  

Episode 22 - Season 1, Episode 22: What Kind of Day Has It Been?

An American Air Force fighter plane gets shot down over Iraq, and, eventually, the pilot is successfully rescued.

  

Episode 22 - What Kind of Day Has It Been?

An American Air Force fighter plane gets shot down over Iraq, and, eventually, the pilot is successfully rescued. The space shuttle--with Toby's astronaut brother on board--can't land because of mechanical problems. During a town hall meeting on a university campus, the President impresses college students and others in the crowd with his answers combining fact with humor. While Zoey, Charlie, the President and members of his staff exit the building, gunfire erupts. Who is injured?

  

Episode 23 - Season 2, Episode 1: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Pt. 1

President Josiah Bartlet is rushed to the hospital after being shot. First of a two-part episode.

  

Episode 24 - Season 2, Episode 2: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Pt. 2

As doctors continue to perform surgery on his chest, Josh remembers, in a dream, how Toby, Sam, C.J., Donna and he became members of the Bartlet political team under Leo's direction. Second of a two-part episode.

  

Episode 25 - Season 2, Episode 3: The Midterms

In the months leading up to the midterm elections, the staff makes an all-out effort to pick up Democratic seats in Congress.

  

Episode 26 - Season 2, Episode 4: In This White House

Toby and Josh help Bartlet mediate between the leader of an AIDS-ravaged, poverty-stricken African nation and a drug company.

  

Episode 27 - Season 2, Episode 5: And It's Surely to Their Credit

C.J. finds a way to stop a retiring general from attacking the President's position on budget cuts for the military.

  

Episode 28 - Season 2, Episode 6: The Lame Duck Congress

Bartlet considers the extraordinary measure of calling the Senate together during its winter holiday in order to force a vote on a comprehensive nuclear test-ban treaty.

  

Episode 29 - Season 2, Episode 7: The Portland Trip

During a flight to Portland, Bartlet deals with three issues: a Sudanese tanker that is transporting oil out of Iraq against sanctions; a bill involving same-sex marriage; and an upcoming speech on education.

  

Episode 30 - Season 2, Episode 8: Shibboleth

As Thanksgiving arrives, Bartlet decides the fate of a container ship full of illegal Chinese immigrants who claim to be Christians seeking asylum from religious persecution.

  

Episode 31 - Season 2, Episode 9: Galileo

While the Russian government claims an explosion in its country occurred at an oil refinery, evidence proves it happened at a nuclear facility.

  

Episode 32 - Season 2, Episode 10: Noël

At Christmas time, Leo hires a traumatologist to force Josh to confront his unacknowledged stress resulting from when he was shot.

  

Episode 33 - Season 2, Episode 11: The Leadership Breakfast

Bartlet's staff prepares for a Presidential breakfast meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.

  

Episode 34 - Season 2, Episode 12: The Drop-In

Leo fails to convince Bartlet of the merits of an expensive but unproven missile defense system.

  

Episode 35 - Season 2, Episode 13: Bartlet's Third State of the Union

Bartlet's third State of the Union speech is a major success.

  

Episode 36 - Season 2, Episode 14: The War At Home

Three hours after learning that drug agents were taken hostage in Colombia, Bartlet gives the order for special forces to rescue them, risking a war.

  

Episode 37 - Season 2, Episode 15: Ellie

Comments made by Surgeon General Dr. Courtney Griffith concerning the medical effects of marijuana appear to reverse the President's stance on legalizing the drug.

  

Episode 38 - Season 2, Episode 16: Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail

Sam finds out that his father was unfaithful to Sam's mother for 28 years.

  

Episode 39 - Season 2, Episode 17: The Stackhouse Filibuster

A stubborn Senator delays a vote--and the Senate's vacation--for over nine hours.

  

Episode 40 - Season 2, Episode 18: 17 People

For days, Toby ponders the mystery of Hoynes' attempt to gain the voters' favor by admonishing the oil companies.

  

Episode 41 - Season 2, Episode 19: Bad Moon Rising

Bartlet reluctantly consults the new White House Counsel, Oliver Babish, who is stunned by the legal implications of Bartlet's condition.

  

Episode 42 - Season 2, Episode 20: The Fall's Gonna Kill You

After Toby informs C.J. about Bartlet's disease, she endures Babish's questioning and realizes that she might have unwittingly been part of a criminal conspiracy to deceive the public.

  

Episode 43 - Season 2, Episode 21: 18th and Potomac

After Joey gives Bartlet and his staff devastating polling figures, they debate how to inform the public of Bartlet's multiple sclerosis.

  

Episode 44 - Season 2, Episode 22: Two Cathedrals

Josh independently implements a rash plan to coerce wayward Democrats to support the administration's lawsuit against big tobacco companies.

  

Episode 45 - Season 3, Episode 1: Isaac and Ishmael

The premiere episode of the third season of "The West Wing" deals with some of the questions and issues currently facing the world in the wake of the tragedies that recently occurred in America.

  

Episode 46 - Season 3, Episode 2: Manchester, Pt. 1

Bartlet announces that he intends to seek reelection.

  

Episode 47 - Season 3, Episode 3: Manchester, Pt. 2

Bartlet refines his speech for a major reelection announcement, while his staff works uneasily with a heavyweight political strategist (RON SILVER) on this issue of whether or not Bartlet should include a public apology in his remarks.

  

Episode 48 - Season 3, Episode 4: Ways and Means

C.J. cunningly reveals clues to the press that could force Rollins to be ousted and replaced by someone more favorable to the administration.

  

Episode 49 - Season 3, Episode 5: On the Day Before

As a State Department dinner nears, Bartlet boldly vetoes the "death tax" bill.

  

Episode 50 - Season 3, Episode 6: War Crimes

After a church shooting, Bartlet asks reluctant Vice President John Hoynes (recurring guest star TIM MATHESON) to speak at an antigun rally in Texas.

  

Episode 51 - Season 3, Episode 7: Gone Quiet

When an American spy submarine suddenly loses contact with the U.S. in hostile North Korean waters, a concerned Bartlet receives advice from Assistant Secretary of State Albie Duncan (Emmy Award winner HAL HOLBROOK - "The Bold Ones").

  

Episode 52 - Season 3, Episode 8: The Indians In the Lobby

While Bartlet worries about where he will be on Thanksgiving--and how to best cook a gourmet turkey--C.J. meets with two Native Americans.

  

Episode 53 - Season 3, Episode 9: The Women of Qumar

At Abbey's urging, Josh meets with a powerful women's caucus over the proposed language of a United Nations treaty banning prostitution.

  

Episode 54 - Season 3, Episode 10: Bartlet for America

The White House is festooned with Christmas finery.

  

Episode 55 - Season 3, Episode 11: H. Con-172

Leo defiantly rejects the Congressional Oversight Committee's offer of a public censure of Bartlet that would finally bring an end to the investigation and spare Leo of any possible personal repercussions.

  

Episode 56 - Season 3, Episode 12: 100,000 Airplanes

Bartlet's crucial State of the Union speech, Bartlet suddenly demands the inclusion of a passage that ambitiously promises a crusade to cure cancer within 10 years.

  

Episode 57 - Season 3, Episode 13: The Two Bartlets

Bartlet and his staff ponder whether or not to counter a fast-rising Republican presidential candidate's verbal assault on affirmative action.

  

Episode 58 - Season 3, Episode 14: Night Five

Bartlet consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Stanley Keyworth (recurring guest star ADAM ARKIN - "Chicago Hope"), for a troubling sleep disorder and receives a sobering personal assessment.

  

Episode 59 - Season 3, Episode 15: Hartsfield's Landing

Bartlet engages both Sam and Toby in intricate chess matches that mirror the wily game of brinksmanship that Bartlet is playing with the Chinese.

  

Episode 60 - Season 3, Episode 16: Dead Irish Writers

As Abbey contemplates the likelihood that her medical license will be taken away the following day, she grumpily attends a big White House party for her birthday.

  

Episode 61 - Season 3, Episode 17: The U.S. Poet Laureate

Bartlet makes a disparaging comment about a potential Republican nominee after a television interview, not realizing that he is still being recorded.

  

Episode 62 - Season 3, Episode 18: Stirred

When a large truck carrying uranium fuel rods crashes in a remote Idaho tunnel, Bartlet's staff prepares for a potential environmental--or terrorist--crisis.

  

Episode 63 - Season 3, Episode 19: Enemies Foreign and Domestic

As Sam finalizes the maddening details of Bartlet's upcoming summit with the Russian president, satellite photographs reveal an Iranian nuclear bomb facility built with Russian technology.

  

Episode 64 - Season 3, Episode 20: The Black Vera Wang

Bartlet and his staff rush to deal with an anticipated terrorist attack over a broad area.

  

Episode 65 - Season 3, Episode 21: We Killed Yamamoto

Bartlet agonizes over whether or not to forfeit the principle of diplomatic immunity for an important Middle Eastern official who is known to be plotting terrorism.

  

Episode 66 - Season 3, Episode 22: Posse Comitatus

In the season finale, Bartlet makes a life-or-death decision regarding a foreign diplomat who is a known terrorist.

  

Episode 67 - Season 4, Episode 1: 20 Hours in America, Pt. 1

Part One of a two-hour season premiere.

  

Episode 68 - Season 4, Episode 2: 20 Hours in America, Pt. 2

Part Two of a two-hour season premiere.

  

Episode 69 - Season 4, Episode 3: College Kids

Bartlet's staff prepares a legal team to deal with the inquiry into Bartlet's involvement in the Qumari assassination.

  

Episode 70 - Season 4, Episode 4: The Red Mass

Bartlet ponders the potential consequences of ordering a strike force to overtake a barricaded gang of domestic terrorists in Iowa, one of whom is a noncombatant requiring medical attention.

  

Episode 71 - Season 4, Episode 5: Debate Camp

While on a weekend retreat to prepare for the crucial upcoming debates, Bartlet must also deal with an Israeli air attack on Qumar that could cause havoc in the Mideast.

  

Episode 72 - Season 4, Episode 6: Game On

One day before a debate between Bartlet and his Republican rival, Governor Robert Ritchie (recurring guest star JAMES BROLIN), even skeptical Toby must admit that Bartlet is ready.

  

Episode 73 - Season 4, Episode 7: Election Night

On Election Day, Bartlet and his staff begin counting exit poll votes across the country.

  

Episode 74 - Season 4, Episode 8: Process Stories

As the White House staffers rejoice after Bartlet's win, the outcome of a bizarre congressional race in a conservative California district provides them with a surprising idea.

  

Episode 75 - Season 4, Episode 9: Swiss Diplomacy

Bartlet ponders the immense political ramifications of honoring a secret request.

  

Episode 76 - Season 4, Episode 10: Arctic Radar

Sam prepares his California congressional campaign and refers talented campaign manager Will Bailey (recurring guest star JOSH MOLINA) to Toby for a review of Will's speechwriting skills.

  

Episode 77 - Season 4, Episode 11: Holy Night

A winter storm blankets the northeast as a staffer gets a surprising visit from his father, and Bartlet and Leo start to hear the footsteps.

  

Episode 78 - Season 4, Episode 12: Guns Not Butter

The staff joins together to fight a losing battle on a foreign aid vote in the Senate.

  

Episode 79 - Season 4, Episode 13: The Long Goodbye

C.J. reluctantly returns home to Dayton, Ohio, to speak at her 20th high school class reunion.

  

Episode 80 - Season 4, Episode 14: Inauguration, Pt. 1

A situation in an unimportant country on the other side of the world has Bartlet and his staff rewriting his address on the eve of his inauguration. Meanwhile, tensions mount between the White House and the Pentagon, and the staff is stunned by a betrayal of one of their own.

  

Episode 81 - Season 4, Episode 15: Inauguration, Pt. 2: Over There

Preparations for the Presidential inauguration, and the parties that follow, continue as the White House cancels Bartlet's speech and moves closer to a historic military action.

  

Episode 82 - Season 4, Episode 16: The California 47th

En route to California to support Sam's troubled campaign for Congress, Bartlet and his staff debate whether or not to announce a controversial tax plan that might damage Sam's chances in conservative Orange County.

  

Episode 83 - Season 4, Episode 17: Red Haven's on Fire

Bartlet waits tensely for the results of a military strike intended to rescue three captive American soldiers in Africa.

  

Episode 84 - Season 4, Episode 18: Privateers

Upset because an antiabortion provision has been attached to a foreign aid bill, Abbey asks Amy (recurring guest star MARY-LOUISE PARKER) to secretly help defeat the bill, which was proposed by Bartlet.

  

Episode 85 - Season 4, Episode 19: Angel Maintenance

At the end of an 18-hour return trip from Manila, as Air Force One is about to begin its descent into Andrews Air Force Base, a cockpit indicator light leads the crew to believe that the landing gear might not be locked down.

  

Episode 86 - Season 4, Episode 20: Evidence of Things Not Seen

After a gunman fires three shots at the White House, the staff remains on lockdown.

  

Episode 87 - Season 4, Episode 21: Life On Mars

A seemingly benign press leak begins a journey that lasts for a day and a night and ends with the discovery of a scandal affecting the uppermost levels of the administration.

  

Episode 88 - Season 4, Episode 22: Commencement

The U.S. is in a heightened state of alert because suspected terrorists have gone missing.

     

Episode 89 - Season 4, Episode 23: Twenty Five

In the season finale, Bartlet confronts a national crisis on the night of his daughter Zoey's (recurring guest star ELISABETH MOSS) graduation from Georgetown University, forcing him to shut down Washington, D.C., and order a fleet to the Persian Gulf.

  

Episode 90 - Season 5, Episode 1: 7A WF 83429

As the White House reels from the kidnapping of Zoey, the youngest daughter of Democratic U.S. President Josiah Edward Bartlet, the government is temporarily passed from the distraught Bartlet to the Republican party.

  

Episode 91 - Season 5, Episode 2: The Dogs of War

The international crisis concerning the terrorist abduction of Bartlet's daughter Zoey reaches a critical point as Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken, the acting President, orders the bombardment of Qumari terrorist camps.

  

Episode 92 - Season 5, Episode 3: Jefferson Lives

Following a harrowing chapter in the nation's history, the White House celebrates the Fourth of July. Bartlet endures the painful process of nominating a candidate for vice president.

  

Episode 93 - Season 5, Episode 4: Han

A renowned North Korean pianist is greeted at the White House for a solo performance, but the formalities change when the musician slips a message to the President stating that he wants to defect.

  

Episode 94 - Season 5, Episode 5: Constituency of One

After Josh is hailed as the "101st Senator" in a newspaper profile, he clashes with conservative Senator Carrick, a Democrat from Idaho.

  

Episode 95 - Season 5, Episode 6: Disaster Relief

Bartlet is preoccupied with a killer tornado in Oklahoma and flies there to lend his support. But his compassion overrules good judgment, and Bartlet stays longer than planned.

  

Episode 96 - Season 5, Episode 7: Separation of Powers

The President's staff wrangles with new Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley over the pending federal budget. Meanwhile, Toby dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and friend Joe Quincy to check on the condition of stricken Chief Justice Roy Ashland.

  

Episode 97 - Season 5, Episode 8: Shutdown

A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President and the powerful Republican Speaker of the House disagree over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs.

  

Episode 98 - Season 5, Episode 9: Abu el Banat

The festive Christmas spirit at the annual White House tree-lighting celebration is dimmed when the President learns that Christian relief workers have been jailed in Islamic Northern Sudan.

  

Episode 99 - Season 5, Episode 10: The Stormy Present

When a former President of the United States dies, the two remaining ex-Presidents fly on Air Force One with Bartlet to attend the funeral. Onboard, Bartlet's two historic guests partake in a lively debate about their administrations.

  

Episode 100 - Season 5, Episode 11: The Benign Prerogative

Toby finishes the State of the Union Address a few weeks early, and a pregnant Joey Lucas polls responses to the speech from everyday people.

  

Episode 101 - Season 5, Episode 12: Slow News Day

Toby convinces Bartlet to secretly sanction his solo attempt to make history by reforming Social Security, but Toby's efforts to recruit a Republican senator and a Democratic cohort are publicly divulged.

  

Episode 102 - Season 5, Episode 13: The Warfare of Genghis Khan

When the flash of a secret nuclear detonation is detected over the Indian Ocean, Bartlet calls upon his people to investigate which nation now has the atomic bomb.

  

Episode 103 - Season 5, Episode 14: An Khe

When five crew members of an airborne Thunderchief are shot down by North Korean jets near the hostile country, President Bartlet dispatches a Navy SEAL team to retrieve them.

  

Episode 104 - Season 5, Episode 15: Full Disclosure

The Bartlet administration reels from press leaks that former Vice President Hoynes is preparing a tell-all book that will embarrass the President and Leo as Hoynes plans to become a candidate for President of the United States.

  

Episode 105 - Season 5, Episode 16: Eppur Si Muove

Bartlet becomes furious when a rival conservative congresswoman tries to end funding for a controversial National Institute of Health medical study by exposing the fact that Bartlet's daughter Ellie is working at the institute as a scientist.

  

Episode 106 - Season 5, Episode 17: The Supremes

When a Republican Supreme Court justice suddenly dies, the Bartlet administration scrambles to find a worthy replacement, and the halls are filled with candidates.

  

Episode 107 - Season 5, Episode 18: Access

Producing a program on past and present White House press secretaries, a television documentary crew follows C.J. around to film a "typical" day.

  

Episode 108 - Season 5, Episode 19: Talking Points

On the eve of the President's controversial trade summit meeting in Brussels, Josh is troubled when he learns that Bartlet will reverse his position concerning the loss of American jobs to foreign nations.

  

Episode 109 - Season 5, Episode 20: No Exit

After attending a formal dinner at another location, Bartlet and his staff return to the White House and experience an emergency quarantine inside the West Wing when the environmental hazard monitor detects a dangerous foreign substance.

  

Episode 110 - Season 5, Episode 21: Gaza

Donna and Admiral Fitzwallace travel with a few Congressmen to the hotly disputed Gaza Strip on a fact-finding mission, trying to sort through the rival issues between the Palestinians and Israelis.

  

Episode 111 - Season 5, Episode 22: Memorial Day

In the season finale, after the murders of high-ranking U.S. officials in the explosive Gaza Strip, Bartlet weighs appropriate military action.

  

Episode 112 - Season 6, Episode 1: NSF Thurmont

In the aftermath of the Gaza Strip attack that seriously wounded Donna and killed Admiral Fitzwallace and two American congressmen, Bartlet faces strong opposition to his peace plans.

  

Episode 113 - Season 6, Episode 2: The Birnam Wood

Bartlet arranges for representatives from Israel and Palestine to visit Camp David in Maryland for peace negotiations.

  

Episode 114 - Season 6, Episode 3: Third-Day Story

Before signing the Middle East peace accord, Bartlet orders his staff to enlist the support of the United States House of Representatives and the United Nations.

  

Episode 115 - Season 6, Episode 4: Liftoff

An emissary from the Republic of Georgia visits the White House and offers weapons-grade uranium stored in a research reactor the Russians left behind when they pulled out of Georgia.

  

Episode 116 - Season 6, Episode 5: The Hubbert Peak

Josh test-drives an oversized SUV and crashes into a hybrid car resulting in bad publicity for the White House.

  

Episode 117 - Season 6, Episode 6: The Dover Test

The United States peacekeeping compound is attacked, and American soldiers are killed. As the White House struggles to control the story, the father of a slain soldier speaks out against the mission.

  

Episode 118 - Season 6, Episode 7: A Change Is Gonna Come

Final preparations are being made for Bartlet's visit to China when he accepts a flag from the delegation representing the Taiwanese Independence Movement--prompting China to prepare for military action.

  

Episode 119 - Season 6, Episode 8: In the Room

At a Bartlet family birthday, magicians PENN & TELLER (themselves) burn the American flag in the White House, prompting a publicity nightmare.

  

Episode 120 - Season 6, Episode 9: Impact Winter

As Bartlet and his staff arrive in China for a critical meeting, the President is still suffering the paralyzing effects of multiple sclerosis.

  

Episode 121 - Season 6, Episode 10: Faith Based Initiative

The press circulates an untrue rumor about C.J. A controversial amendment banning gay marriage is added to the budget.

  

Episode 122 - Season 6, Episode 11: Opposition Research

Josh travels to New Hampshire with Santos (recurring guest star JIMMY SMITS) to establish their campaign headquarters.

  

Episode 123 - Season 6, Episode 12: 365 Days

The day after the President's annual State of the Union address, the harried staff deals with one emergency situation after another.

  

Episode 124 - Season 6, Episode 13: King Corn

The Midwestern state of Iowa is the location for the first presidential debate among the candidates. At the Iowa Corn Growers' Expo, Vice President Russell gives the first speech.

  

Episode 125 - Season 6, Episode 14: The Wake Up Call

On Valentine's Day, an Iranian fighter jet accidentally shoots down a British passenger plane--killing 100 people--but C.J. is reluctant to awaken the President even as the British prime minister considers bombing Iran's nuclear reactors in retaliation.

  

Episode 126 - Season 6, Episode 15: Freedonia

Five days before the New Hampshire primary, a desperate Josh must get his trailing candidate, Congressman Matthew Santos, into the local debate between the two front-runners, Vice President Russell and John Hoynes.

  

Episode 127 - Season 6, Episode 16: Drought Conditions

Vice President Russell appears to be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President. But a new contender, Senator Rafferty, gives an amazing speech and has members of the press filling their columns with her words.

  

Episode 128 - Season 6, Episode 17: A Good Day

Congressman Santos masterminds a plot to pass the President's stem cell bill while the Republicans aren't paying attention.

  

Episode 129 - Season 6, Episode 18: La Palabra

Santos travels to Sacramento, California, for the last few days before Super Tuesday (a day when a large number of states simultaneously hold their primary elections; the single day when the most nominating delegates can be won.)

  

Episode 130 - Season 6, Episode 19: Ninety Miles Away

Speculations surround the nexus between communist Cuba and the democratic United States.

  

Episode 131 - Season 6, Episode 20: In God We Trust

After winning the Republican nomination for presidency, Arnold Vinick begins working on his campaign.

  

Episode 132 - Season 6, Episode 21: Things Fall Apart

The success of the impeccably organized Republican Convention contrasts with the Democrats who look in disarray as the candidates continue to battle to become the Democratic Party presidential nominee.

  

Episode 133 - Season 6, Episode 22: 2162 Votes

At the Democratic Party National Convention, the race to become the presidential nominee has narrowed to three candidates: Russell, Hoynes and Santos.

  

Episode 134 - Season 7, Episode 1: The Ticket

Josh is caught off guard when political commentators are critical of Leo as a running mate for Santos. White House Counsel Oliver Babish discusses a leak investigation with C.J. And Donna approaches Josh for a job.

  

Episode 135 - Season 7, Episode 2: The Mommy Problem

As a grand jury convenes to investigate the White House military shuttle leak, the campaign's focus changes to national security.

  

Episode 136 - Season 7, Episode 3: Message of the Week

Vinick undermines the Santos campaign by targeting immigration issues--a topic Santos had previously successfully avoided.

  

Episode 137 - Season 7, Episode 4: Mr. Frost

Since several members of the staff have been subpoenaed to testify in the military shuttle leak investigation, C.J. is left to run the office practically by herself.

  

Episode 138 - Season 7, Episode 5: Here Today

After answering questions from White House Counsel Oliver Babish, Toby concludes that he needs to retain counsel.

  

Episode 139 - Season 7, Episode 6: The Al Smith Dinner

A third-party attack on Santos brings unwanted attention to both his and Vinick's stance on abortion. Meanwhile, Will gets a promotion.

  

Episode 140 - Season 7, Episode 7: The Debate (West Coast)

In a first for "The West Wing," the Emmy Award-winning series broadcasts a live episode featuring a tension-packed debate between the two Presidential candidates, Santos and Vinick.

  

Episode 141 - Season 7, Episode 8: Undecideds

Santos visits a Los Angeles African-American family whose child was shot by a Latino police officer. C.J. manages a crisis between China and Kazakhstan.

  

Episode 142 - Season 7, Episode 9: The Wedding

On the eve of Ellie's White House wedding, a military situation in Central Asia takes Bartlet away from the rehearsal festivities.

  

Episode 143 - Season 7, Episode 10: Running Mates

Leo struggles through debate practice and makes Josh and Lou extremely nervous. Meanwhile, Santos gets a brief respite from the campaign trail to see his family.

  

Episode 144 - Season 7, Episode 11: Internal Displacement

C.J. is in the process of negotiating a deal so Russia and China don't go to war over Kazakstan when some potentially embarrassing information about Bartlet surfaces.

  

Episode 145 - Season 7, Episode 12: Duck and Cover

Bartlet must face the possibility of a nuclear reactor meltdown in California. In the midst of this emergency, the presidential campaign goes on.

  

Episode 146 - Season 7, Episode 13: The Cold

The effects of a nuclear scare in California continue to shake things up on both sides of the campaign trail.

  

Episode 147 - Season 7, Episode 14: Two Weeks Out

As the end of the campaign trail nears, the candidates feel the burden more than ever.

  

Episode 148 - Season 7, Episode 15: Welcome to Wherever You Are

The Attorney General pressures Toby to reveal his source on the shuttle leak.

  

Episode 149 - Season 7, Episode 16: Election Day, Pt. 1

In the series' 150th episode, the night before Election Day becomes even more meaningful for two staffers.

  

Episode 150 - Season 7, Episode 17: Election Day, Pt. 2

As the polls close, and results are tallied, emotions run high. Santos and Josh face the loss of their Vice Presidential candidate.

  

Episode 151 - Season 7, Episode 18: Requiem

Bartlet and his current staff--as well as some friends from the past--come together for Leo's funeral.

  

Episode 152 - Season 7, Episode 19: Transition

A controversy occurs when the President-Elect places a telephone call to the president of China and espouses a different viewpoint from that of Bartlet.

  

Episode 153 - Season 7, Episode 20: The Last Hurrah

While Santos is wrapped up in choosing his new Vice President, Helen is overwhelmed by the issues facing the new First Family.

  

Episode 154 - Season 7, Episode 21: Institutional Memory

As the Bartlet administration prepares to transition into the Santos administration, C.J. must confront the choices affecting her future.

  

Episode 155 - Season 7, Episode 22: Tomorrow

In the series finale, the Bartlet administration prepares to leave the West Wing.

  

Episode 201 - The West Wing Special Episode

"The West Wing" blends drama with reality in this groundbreaking documentary episode that includes interviews with former Presidents and White House figures.

  



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