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The West Wing: The Birnam Wood

With bombs falling on terrorist training camps in Syria, Palestine and Israel continue to talk about a resolution to the conflict. Bartlet and Leo continue to clash over the settlement, leaving the two to realize their irreconcilable differences. Meanwhile, Josh returns to Washington and begins questioning Leo's well-being.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x2
Production Number: 2T5002
Airdate: Wednesday October 27th, 2004

Director: Alex Graves
Writer: John Wells

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Guest Stars
Armin Mueller-StahlArmin Mueller-Stahl
As Eli Zahavy
Eli DankerEli Danker
As Doran Mazar
Lily TomlinLily Tomlin
As Debbie Fiderer
Makram KhouryMakram Khoury
As Nizar Farad
Marcelo TubertMarcelo Tubert
As Saeb Mukarat
Natalija NogulichNatalija Nogulich
As Shira Galit
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Steven CulpSteven Culp
As Jeff Haffley
Terry OTerry O'Quinn
As General Nicholas Alexander

Co-Guest Stars
Ann DucatiAnn Ducati
As Maya Zahavy
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Cameron SteeleCameron Steele
As Capt. Garner
Wadi SadellahWadi Sadellah
As Prayer Leader
Main Cast
Martin Sheen
As President Jed Bartlet
John Spencer
As Leo McGarry
Allison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Bradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Richard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Dulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Joshua Malina
As Will Bailey
Mary McCormack
As Kate Harper
Episode Notes
Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) does not appear in this episode.

Scenes at Camp David were filmed in ThorpeWood, a preserve in Maryland.

Episode Quotes
Bartlet: Any ideas on how to break the logjam?
Josh: Too bad Congress isn't here. They'd just cook the books and hold a press conference.

Episode Goofs
Syria is referred to as "The Kingdom of Syria." However, Syria is a republic, not a kingdom.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Birnam Wood

The episode title is a reference to a line from Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Fear not, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane."

Warning: The West Wing season 6 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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