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The West Wing 7 Seasons 2002

Season 3
4.8 out of 5 stars (510) IMDb 8.8/10

Experience the inner workings of the White House in this innovative drama series created by Emmy® winner Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night). Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) leads a commended ensemble cast.

Starring:
Allison Janney, John Spencer

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1. Isaac and Ishmael

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

TV-NR CC Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: October 3, 2001
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2. Manchester, Part 1

Bartlet announces that he intends to seek reelection.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 9, 2001
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3. Manchester, Part 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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 16, 2001
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 23, 2001
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5. On the Day Before

As a State Department dinner nears, Bartlet boldly vetoes the "death tax" bill, but his staff must scramble when they learn that the House of Representatives has enough votes to override the veto.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 30, 2001
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6. War Crimes

After a church shooting, Bartlet asks reluctant Vice President John Hoynes to speak at an antigun rally in Texas, but the uneasy allies confront each other in a starkly frank showdown.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 6, 2001
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 13, 2001
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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, Maggie and Jack, who are camped in the White House lobby.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 20, 2001
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 27, 2001
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10. Bartlet for America

Leo fears the worst when he testifies in the congressional investigation into Bartlet's lack of public disclosure about his illness.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 11, 2001
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 8, 2002
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12. 100,000 Airplanes

While the White House staff works intensely on Bartlet's crucial State of the Union speech, Bartlet suddenly demands the inclusion of a passage that promises a crusade to cure cancer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: January 15, 2002
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 29, 2002
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14. Night Five

Bartlet consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Stanley Keyworth, for a troubling sleep disorder and receives a sobering personal assessment.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 5, 2002
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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, who are conducting war games in the Taiwan Strait.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 26, 2002
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: March 5, 2002
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 26, 2002
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: April 2, 2002
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 30, 2002
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20. The Black Vera Wang

Bartlet and his staff rush to deal with an anticipated terrorist attack over a broad area. Meanwhile, C.J. has trouble adjusting to being protected by a handsome and capable Secret Service agent.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 7, 2002
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 14, 2002
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22. Posse Comitatus

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

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 21, 2002
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23. 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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 23, 2002
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By Adam Dukovich on October 2, 2004
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The West Wing's third season began in sadness. The 9/11 attacks would change much about our country (and this show), and we got an episode after them (Isaac and Ishmael) that attempted to show sensitivity and comfort during a confusing time. At that time, it wasn't generally liked, but it seems to have aged well (it was voted the 10th best episode by Bravo viewers earlier this year). After this, though, the season began in earnest, picking up where the astonishingly good "Two Cathedrals" episode left off and begins a multi-episodic story arc that has the staff at odds with each other as well as the introduction of the fabulous Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli (he would get an Oscar nod for his performance). Truth be told, this season didn't have the same uniformity of excellence that previous ones did--the middle of the season was lukewarm, with episodes like "The Two Bartlets" and "Night Five" which rank among the lowest in the series (let's keep it in perspective, though: the worst of this season is still better than the best of the current one). However, the show pulls off one of the best episodes of the show in the finale, "Posse Comitatus", which has President Bartlet grappling with faith, law and morality in the matter of having an Osama bin Ladin-like terrorist assassinated. The sheer shock of the final act still brings chills down my spine every time I see it. Also notable: perhaps the most emotional episode in the series, "Bartlet for America" won an Emmy and its final scene between the President and Leo rivals the denouement in Kubrick's Paths of Glory for full-force emotional impact. "Gone Quiet" is a gripping story about a lost submarine, and features a wonderful, curmedgeonly performance by Hal Holbrook as Assistant Secretary of State Albie Duncan.Read more ›
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The third season of The West Wing follows President Bartlett and his staff as they kick off his re-election campaign. This comes in the wake of President Bartlett's admission to the public that he has M.S. and concealed it from the public during the campaign.

The season actually starts off with an episode entitled "Isaac and Ishmael," a stand alone episode written in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Many people did not like the episode (although it has gained popularity) but I really enjoyed it. After that, the season resumes where it left off in "Two Cathedrals" (the second season finale). Ron Silver comes on as Bruno Gianelli, the campaign director for Bartlett's re-election. There are some spectacular guest appearances throughout this season (besides Silver). First is Mark Harmon, as a Secret Service Agent who is assigned to protect CJ Cregg after she receives several death threats. Also, Hal Holbrooke is great as Assistant Secretary of State Ablie Duncan.

Bartlett's opponent in the presidential race is Republican Governor Richie, a man with a President George W. Bush-type persona. Besides having to overcome his lie about his medical condition, Bartlett must compete with a candidate who seems to be more like the "average American" and he must decide whether to try and take that path, or stick with being himself, an academic liberal from New England.

All in all this is a great season, although perhaps not as consistent as the first two. The last episdoe, "Posse Commitatus," is a great finale in which the President must decide whether or not to use military foces to assisinate a foreign leader. West Wing fans should own this season as it continues on the tradition of superb writing, wit, and drama.
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While I agree with many of the other reviews listed here, I must respectfully disagree with the contention that this is the last "great" season (or that Season 2 was the best, for that matter: West Wing seems to be one of that rare breed like "Upstairs, Downstairs" or "Fawlty Towers" that hit the ground running and most enjoyed the freedom of exploring its characters in its premiere season - a freedom and looseness missing in later seasons). Season 4, which will be the last season that any true West Wing fan need bother to purchase, was not as bad as other reviewers are implying. While the Season 4 episodes after "Inauguration" rapidly spiral into explosions and melodrama that only a hyperactive network executive desperate for ratings could love, the denouement of the Sorkin tenure era is a masterstroke that was a brilliant way for him to stick it to NBC and prove that great writing, above all else, makes for great shows.

As for Season 3, it continues in the fine tradition of the first two seasons with delightful characters and interesting explorations of the ethical and moral problems regularly faced in government. Sorkin once again shows his mastery of the musical rhythm of dialogue, as well as his distaste for prolonged story arcs (just as in Season 2 he rapidly tried to move past the aftermath of the shooting - except in the incredible Christmas episode - in Season 3 he rapidly tries to move beyond the impacts of the President's admission of MS). Sorkin does deal with the MS implications to an extent, again providing an amazing Christmas episode . . . this time for Leo (which extended for a third year the tradition of the featured character of the Christmas episode winning the Emmy for Supporting Actor).
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