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The West Wing Transcript Archive


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20 HOURS IN AMERICA part 1
20 HOURS IN AMERICA part 2
Original Air Date: September 25, 2002

TWO-HOUR SEASON PREMIERE SEES PRESIDENT ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL AS PROBE OF DOWNED PLANE GROWS.


COLLEGE KIDS
Original Air Date: October 2, 2002

PRESIDENT LAWYERS UP FOR NAGGING ASSASSINATION INQUIRY -- The President's team reacts to the ongoing inquiry into its pre-meditated Qumari assassination by lawyering up as they gingerly approach Leo's lawyer (guest star Joanna Gleason) while a key judicial ruling on presidential third-party candidates throws a monkeywrench into the campaign. Elsewhere, Sam, Toby and Josh hatch a radical new idea to pay for college education; and the approval process of executive secretary-to-be Deborah Fiderer hits a snag when new evidence is uncovered.


THE RED MASS
Original Air Date: October 9, 2002

PRESIDENT OK'S RAID ON HOMEGROWN TERRORISM AND DEBATES ISSUE OF DEBATES -- The President ponders the fallout of greenlighting a strike force to overtake a barricaded gang of homegrown terrorists in Idaho -- who include a young non-combatant in need of medical attention -- while his staff tries to negotiate with Bartlet's Republican rival for more, rather than fewer debates. Josh accuses his girlfriend Amy of stealing potential votes from Bartlet as a result of her efforts on behalf of a third-party candidate (guest star George Coe). Leo quietly meets with a high-ranking Israeli official (guest star Malachi Throne) to discuss mutual strategy in the wake of the Qumari assassination investigation.


DEBATE CAMP
Original Air Date: October 16, 2002

While on a weekend retreat to prepare for the crucial debates, the President is confronted with an Israeli air attack on Qumar that could enflame the Mideast -- while his staff recalls the Bartlet administration's first error-prone days in office.


GAME ON
Original Air Date: October 30, 2002

President Bartlet finally meets GOP foe Robert Ritchie (guest star James Brolin) in a campaign debate that also brings back cantankerous State Department veteran Albie Duncan (guest star Hal Holbrook). Duncan, who's no fan of the president, is designated the White House's foreign-policy "spinner" for the event. Meanwhile, Leo and Jordan Kendall (guest star Joanna Gleason) meet with a UN diplomat about the escalating Qumari crisis; Sam tries to persuade the staffers for a just-deceased Southern California Congressional candidate to end their election campaign; and Toby once again tries to persuade his ex-wife, Rep. Andrea Wyatt (guest star Kathleen York), to remarry him.


ELECTION NIGHT
Original Air Date: November 6, 2002

IT'S ELECTION DAY -- WILL PRESIDENT BARTLET CONTINUE IN THE WHITE HOUSE? CHRISTIAN SLATER GUEST-STARS -- Election Day arrives as the President and his staff begin counting exit poll votes across the country -- especially in a conservative California congressional district where the result has important implications for Sam and its maverick campaign manager (guest star Joshua Malina).


PROCESS STORIES
Original Air Date: November 13, 2002

It's election night, and Bartlet isn't the only winner. Horton Wilde won his House race in Orange County, Cal., which puts Sam in a delicate position, especially since someone leaked his promise to Wilde's widow. And Andy Wyatt (guest star Kathleen York) won her House race in Maryland (with 85 percent of the vote), but Toby's still worried about how her pregnancy will play politically. Meanwhile, a coup is developing in Venezuela, and it's the first night in the situation room for Col. Jack Reese (guest star Christian Slater), the gallant Ritchie supporter who swapped votes with Donna.


SWISS DIPLOMACY
Original Air Date: November 20, 2002

BARTLET CONSIDERS POSSIBLE IRAN-U.S. BREAKTHROUGH -- The President ponders the immense political ramifications of honoring a secret request from the hardline Iranian Ayatollah to allow his son to be flown to the United States for life-saving surgery.


ARCTIC RADAR
Original Air Date: November 27, 2002

GO WEST YOUNG MAN -- Sam packs up to begin his California campaign and refers talented campaign manager Will (guest star Joshua Malina) to Toby who reviews Will's speechwriting skills. Elsewhere, C.J. duels with a reporter who's upset over his new press room seat assignment.


HOLY NIGHT
Original Air Date: December 11, 2002

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.


GUNS NOT BUTTER
Original Air Date: January 8, 2003

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


THE LONG GOODBYE
Original Air Date: January 15, 2003

PRODIGAL DAUGHTER C.J. RETURNS TO ROLLERCOASTER HIGH SCHOOL REUNION; MATTHEW MODINE MAKES EPISODIC TV DEBUT -- In a special episode guest written by playwright Jon Robin Baitz, C.J. reluctantly returns to Dayton, Ohio, to speak at her 20th high school class reunion but her return home includes an impromptu encounter with a rich and handsome classmate (guest star Matthew Modine) -- and a sobering understanding that her intellectual father is suddenly deteriorating from Alzheimer's Disease. While C.J. is confronted with a kaleidoscope of emotions, she can't help but check in on Toby who struggles to fill in for her during news briefings.


INAUGURATION part 1
Original Air Date: February 5, 2003

A situation in a thoroughly unimportant country on the other side of the world has the President and his staff re-writing his Inauguration address on the eve of his swearing-in as tensions between the White House and the Pentagon mount and the staff is stunned by the betrayal of one of their own.


INAUGURATION part 2 : OVER THERE
Original Air Date: February 12, 2003

Preparations for the Inauguration (and the parties that follow) continue as the White House scuttles the President's speech and moves closer and closer to an historic military action. The conclusion of a two-parter.


CALIFORNIA 47TH
Original Air Date: February 19, 2003

PRESIDENT HEADS WEST TO HELP SAM'S POLITICAL CAMPAIGN -- En route to California to campaign for Sam's congressional election challenge where everything that can go wrong, goes wrong, the President and his staff debate whether to announce his controversial tax plan that might damage Sam's bid in conservative Orange County. In the meantime, Bartlet must keep tabs on a dangerous U.S. military incursion in an tumultuous African country.


RED HAVEN'S ON FIRE
Original Air Date: February 26, 2003

WHITE HOUSE TENSES FOR RESULTS OF MILITARY RESCUE ATTEMPT -- The President waits tensely for the results of a military strike to rescue three captive American soldiers in Africa while Toby tries to help Sam's California congressional campaign and Josh butts heads with the First Lady.


PRIVATEERS
Original Air Date: March 26, 2003

ABBEY SEEKS TO SINK ALTERED BILL AND TOBY HELPS WHISTLE-BLOWER -- Abbey is upset when an anti-abortion rider is attached to a foreign aid bill and asks Amy to work behind the scenes to torpedo the President's proposal while Toby gets in a legal bind when an ex-classmate (guest star Jeff Perry) turns whistle-blower on a lawbreaking chemical company. Meanwhile, the Daughters of the American Revolution wants to disown Abbey when they learn that her distant relative was more pirate than patriot.


ANGEL MAINTENANCE
Original Air Date: April 2, 2003

At the end of an 18 hour return trip home from Manila, just 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 and so the plane stays in the air while the problem can be looked at. Tensions in the plane and on the ground grow as people become more and more concerned that the plane may have been tampered with.


EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN
Original Air Date: April 23, 2003

MATTHEW PERRY GUEST-STARS AS WHITE HOUSE UNDER SECURITY LOCKDOWN WHILE PRESIDENT MANEUVERS TO RETRIEVE SPY PLANE -- After a gunman fires three shots at the White House, the staff remains under lockdown as the President negotiates the return of a downed spy plane while Josh interviews a candidate (guest star Matthew Perry) for associate counsel -- and a spirited card game allows everyone to let off steam.


LIFE ON MARS
Original Air Date: April 30, 2003

A seemingly benign press leak begins a day and night long journey that ends with the discovery of a scandal that affects the uppermost levels of the administration, though what the staff doesn't yet know is that this is merely the match that lights the fuse and that things are about to get considerably worse. Matthew Perry guest stars as a newly hired White House attorney who has the bad luck of discovering the problem.


COMMENCEMENT
Original Air Date: May 7, 2003

With the country at a heightened state of alert because suspected terrorists have disappeared, the President wrestles with what message to give his youngest daughter Zoey's (guest star Elisabeth Moss) graduating class at Georgetown. As C.J. has to stop Danny (guest star Timothy Busfield) from filing a story, Charlie decides whether to follow through a romantic promise he made to Zoey when they were dating. Taye Diggs guest stars as the new head of Zoey's secret service detail.


25
Original Air Date: May 14, 2003

SEASON FINALE FINDS PRESIDENT TAKING DRASTIC MEASURES IN ADMINISTRATION'S GREATEST CRISIS -- In the season finale, a national crisis is thrust on the President on the night of his daughter Zoey's graduation, forcing him to shut down Washington, D.C. as he orders the Fifth Fleet to the Persian Gulf -- all of which prompts Bartlet to consider executive action that would have been unthinkable just hours earlier. In the midst of the administration's greatest challenge, a conflicted Toby still finds time to savor a personal milestone on the best day of his life.


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