The West Wing (Episodes Guide)

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4.06 – Game On
October 30, 2002
Directed by: Alex Graves / Written by: Aaron Sorkin, Paul Redford

Toby falls prey to a practical joke by the rest of the staff, after which everyone but Leo takes off for the debate in San Diego. Sam makes a side trip to Newport Beach to explain to the congressional campaign manager of the late Horton Wilde why the campaign has to fold even though Wilde is still on the ballot; what Sam doesn’t expect is a stalwart named Will Bailey who, determined to keep the ideas of the campaign alive, continues to hold campaign events and do door-to-door canvassing. In San Diego, a nervous w.w. staff readies itself to spin for the president, but when Bartlet and Richie go head to head in a unique debate format, Bartlet tears Richie apart on states’ rights, education, taxes, etc., by being precisely the intellectual snob everyone had accused him of being and using it to his own advantage. Back in DC, Leo and Jordon Kendall meet with the Qu’mari ambassador to the U.N., and Leo warns Qu’mar to back off its campaign to charge Israel with the assassination of Defense Minister Abdul Shareef. After the debate, Sam returns to Newport to meet once more with Will at a bar, during which Sam makes a surprising offer.


4.07 – Election Night
November 6, 2002
Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter / Written by: Aaron Sorkin, David Gerken, David Handelman

As results come in across the country, Sam is focused on a single congressional election that will determine his own future. After realizing she accidentally voted for the Republican nominee, Donna tries to find a Ritchie supporter who will “swap votes” with her. The President tries to hide a recurrence of his M.S.


4.08 – Process Stories
November 13, 2002
Directed by: Christopher Misiano / Written by: Aaron Sorkin, Paula Yoo, Lauren Schmidt

Sam finds himself in a tricky position after the election in Orange County takes an unexpected turn. Toby and his ex-wife also find themselves in a delicate position, but decidedly one of their own making. And CJ tracks down the self aggrandizing source of some Process Stories.


4.09 – Swiss Diplomacy
November 20, 2002
Directed by: Christopher Misiano / Written by: Kevin Falls, Eli Attie

A 15 year old boy needs a heart and lung transplant. He also happens to be the son of the Iranian Ayatollah who is not a supporter of the Bartlet Administration.


4.14 – Inauguration: Part I
February 5, 2003
Directed by: Christopher Misiano / Written by: Michael Oates Palmer, William Sind, Aaron Sorkin

It is the day of Bartlet’s second inauguration and yet the celebrations stutter as the staff are stunned by a betrayal in their midst.


4.16 – The California 47th
February 19, 2003
Directed by: Vincent Misiano / Written by: Aaron Sorkin, Lauren Schmidt, Paula Yoo

The president, first lady and w.w. staff travel to Orange County, Calif., to campaign for Sam’s bid to win the 47th District congressional seat — the Nov. winner in the heavily Republican district was, amazingly, a liberal Democrat who, more amazingly, had died a few weeks prior. The president orders Toby to fire Sam’s campaign manager, a staunch realist, and take over the campaign with a more idealistic approach. Some conservative voters approach Andrea Wyatt in a bar and give her grief about her out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and Toby and Charlie step in forcefully, landing them in jail. Donna talks, on behalf of Sam’s campaign, with a state labor leader who turns out to be a Communist.


4.17 – Red Haven’s on Fire
February 26, 2003
Directed by: Alex Graves / Written by: Aaron Sorkin, Mark Goffman, Debora Cahn

Military action in Africa has unforeseen repercussions. Sam and Toby work together on the Orange County Campaign. Will has to find his leadership skills quickly as he is left with no one but interns to prepare remarks on the dry subjects of Taxes.