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The West Wing 7 Seasons 2001

Season 2
4.8 out of 5 stars (686) IMDb 8.8/10

The President and his staff have been targeted for disruption by rival politicians, soon after being targeted by would-be assassins. Yet the determined colleagues continue to serve.

Starring:
Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill
Original air date:
May 16, 2001

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1. In the Shadow of Two Gunmen - Part I

President Josiah Bartlet is rushed to the hospital after being shot. Even though Bartlet undergoes surgery, his wound is not life threatening. But Josh sustained a bullet wound to the chest.

CC TV-NR October 4, 2000 43 minutes
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2. In the Shadow of Two Gunmen - Part II

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.

CC TV-NR October 4, 2000 43 minutes
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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. Josh recovers at home.

CC TV-NR October 18, 2000 44 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR October 25, 2000 44 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR November 1, 2000 44 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR November 8, 2000 43 minutes
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7. The Portland Trip

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

CC TV-NR November 15, 2000 42 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR November 22, 2000 43 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR November 29, 2000 43 minutes
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10. Noel

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

CC TV-NR December 20, 2000 45 minutes
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11. The Leadership Breakfast

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

CC TV-NR January 10, 2001 43 minutes
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12. The Drop-In

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

CC TV-NR January 24, 2001 43 minutes
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13. Bartlet's Third State of the Union

Bartlet's third State of the Union speech is a major success. Unfortunately, problems immediately occur that diminish the White House staff's enthusiasm.

CC TV-NR February 7, 2001 43 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR December 14, 2001 44 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR February 21, 2001 44 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR February 28, 2001 44 minutes
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17. The Stackhouse Filibuster

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

CC TV-NR March 14, 2001 43 minutes
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18. 17 People

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

CC TV-NR April 4, 2001 44 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR April 25, 2001 43 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR May 2, 2001 43 minutes
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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.

CC TV-NR May 9, 2001 43 minutes
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22. Two Cathedrals

Josh independently implements a rash plan to coerce wayward Democrats to support the administration's lawsuit against big tobacco companies. The military crisis in Haiti escalates.

CC TV-NR May 16, 2001 44 minutes
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I think that in many cases, the second season of a TV show is its best season. Why is TV so often completely opposite from sophomore efforts in music and movies? From my own observations it's because in the second season of a TV show, the actors have gained a comfortable grasp on how to portray the deeper parts of their character. At the same time, the show still has the freshness of a new show, the same rich texture that won it a debut to begin with; the writers are still developing plots that don't feel stale, so the show hasn't lost that "new car smell". Of course there are exceptions: shows that run out of steam soon after they start, and shows that just seem to keep getting better even after the second season.
I don't know if The West Wing's second season is its best, but it definitely includes some of the best episodes. Great writing, great acting, great sets and music, all come together to form what has become my favorite TV show ever.
Season Two includes these episodes:
In The Shadow of Two Gunmen (Part 1)
In The Shadow of Two Gunmen (Part 2)
The Midterms
In This White House
And It's Surely To Their Credit
The Lame Duck Congress
The Portland Trip
Shibboleth
Galileo
Noël
The Leadership Breakfast
The Drop In
Bartlet's Third State of the Union
The War at Home
Ellie
Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail
The Stackhouse Filibuster
17 People
Bad Moon Rising
The Fall's Gonna Kill You
18th and Potomac
Two Cathedrals
(You can look up an episode guide if you want a quick summary of the plots; I didn't want to spoil any surprises here.)
I doubt Warner will include the special episode "Isaac and Ishmael" in this set. This episode was written after the 9/11 attacks, and aired a week before the start of Season Three; thus, if it is included with a regular season, it will probably be the third.
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For four years, the West Wing was largely considered the best show on TV, and not without good reason. Although this could have turned into a liberal lovefest, the show managed to tap into and rediscover a pride and optimism in our government that our founding fathers must have felt. Far from being venal, corrupt parasites, the politicians of The West Wing were talented and generous people who truly care about the country and struggle to make the right decisions, which often literally are between life and death. It's no wonder that this splendid little shade of fantasy continues to be popular, especially when we have becomed accustomed to expecting less and less from those who are running our country.
The West Wing's second season had the show really beginning to hit its stride. In my mind, the show hit its peak here and in the third season, with plenty of new drama and surprises. The season starts in the aftermath of the previous cliffhanger, with the President and Josh being shot by white supremacists and everyone else struggling to get through it all. Then, the season begins to move along. Among the highlights: Emily Procter begins her recurring role as Ainsley Hayes, a Republican lawyer working in the White House and constant sparring partner for Sam; another "Big Block of Cheese Day"; a great Christmas episode in which Josh is haunted by the news of a fighter pilot that shared his birthday who killed himself; an unexpected filibuster, and the discovery that the President has Multiple Sclerosis, which is impressively explored in the episode "17 People". The episode takes the form of a series of fiery dialogues between Toby and the President and is filled with tension, but is lightened up by its subplot of staffers trying (unsuccessfully) to come up with jokes for the President.
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The last season ENDED in a brutal cliffhanger with an attempt on the President or Zoe. The last scenes were the staff and bystanders diving for cover as gunmen shot from windows in a nearby building. This season opens trying to untangle the confusion of that night and opens a rich, second season of the best drama on television. We are also treated to some great pre-first season moments, when the staff was managing Bartlet's presidential campaign. From my count there were 17 Emmy nominations this season - for writing, acting, and more - I've noted the episodes that were winners. My only complaint is that they're making us wait so long for these sets, when people overseas have had them already for almost a year - come on, it's OUR idealist leadership. But to quote the deputy press secretary, "let's forget that you're a little late to the party and just embrace the fact that you showed up"
> In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (1) (*emmy)
> In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (2) (*emmy)
> The Midterms
> In This White House
> And It's Surely to Their Credit
> The Lame Duck Congress
> The Portland Trip
> Shibboleth
> Galileo
> Noël (*emmy)
> The Leadership Breakfast
> The Drop In
> Bartlet's Third State of the Union (1)
> The War at Home (2)
> Ellie
> Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail
> The Stackhouse Filibuster
> 17 People
> Bad Moon Rising
> The Fall's Gonna Kill You
> 18th and Potomac
> Two Cathedrals
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