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The West Wing: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1

As the staff awaits the news on the condition of Bartlet and Josh after the shooting, they reflect on how Josh, Sam, and Toby became involved in the campaign years ago. Meanwhile, the media demands details on the shooting while the staff deals with a military crisis in Iraq after a fighter pilot's aircraft is downed.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 226201
Airdate: Wednesday October 04th, 2000

Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Sep 18, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Tim Matheson
As John Hoynes
Timothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon

Guest Stars
Andy Umberger
As Cal Mathis
Anna Deavere Smith
As Nancy McNally
Daniel Von Bargen
As General Jack Shannon
Elisabeth Moss
As Zoey Bartlet
Ernie Lively
As Mr. Loch
Jody Wood
As Mr. Cameron
Jorja Fox
As Gina Toscano
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Michael O'Neill
As Ron Butterfield
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Peter White (1)
As Jack Gage
Jim Ortlieb
As Dr. Benjamin Keller
Michael Bryan French
As Hospital Administrator

Co-Guest Stars
Andy Milder
As Senator's Aide
Bradley James
As Donnie, Agent #3
Carlos Cervantes
As Bobby, Civilian Advisor
Dafidd McCracken
As Agent #1
Derek Coleman
As Agent #4
Ivan Allen
As Roger Salier, TV Anchor
Jane Lynch
As Lucy, Reporter
Jerry Sroka
As Reporter
Juan A. Riojas
As Agent #2
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Kris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mindy Seeger
As Chris
Ming Lo
As Dr. David Lee Clancy
Randy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Robyn Pedretti
As Candy, Senator's Aide
Sean Moran
As Dr. Holbrook
Ted Garcia
As TV Reporter
Thomas Spencer
As Aide #3
Victor McCay
As Henry
Willie Gault
As Agent Madsen
Al Twanmo
As Agent Cho
Carol Kiernan
As Doctor
Chad Knight
As Paramedic #4
Dan Gunther
As Doctor #1
David Ursin
As Bartender
Elijah Mahar (1)
As Agent Dixon
Harris Laskaway
As Questioner #2
Jenny Buchanan
As Questioner #1
Kat Sawyer-Young
As Sam's Secretary
Kivi Rogers
As Paramedic #6
Maria McCann
As Nurse
Matthew Robert Gottlieb
As Military Aide
Rhonda Stubbins White
As Dr. Whitaker
Scott Parrott
As Paramedic #1
Shawn Woodyard
As Paramedic #3
Sunita Koshy
As Paramedic #2
Tanya Linette Smith
As Paramedic #5
Trisha Simmons
As Nurse Debbie
V. Kim Blish
As Volleyball Player
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
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Rob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Dulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Episode Notes
Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) is now credited as a show star and has been added to the opening credits montage. Despite appearing in all episodes of season 1, this is the first season that she is credited as a star.

This is the first episode in which flashbacks are used.

In conjunction with "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 2", this episode won two Emmy awards in 2001: Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

In conjunction with "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 2", this episode was nominated for two Emmy awards in 2001: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.

In conjunction with "The Leadership Breakfast", John Spencer (Leo McGarry) was nominated for the 2001 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

At 59 guest stars, this episode has the most guest stars of any other West Wing episode.

While filming this episode, Jorja Fox's (Gina Tuscano) foot was accidentally ran over by a limo. Luckily, no bones were broken.

This episode was rated #2 on the Futon Critic's 20 Best Episodes of 2000 article.

Episode Quotes
Josh: Hi.
Donna: Hi.
Josh: Who are you?
Donna: I'm Donna Moss, who are you?
Josh: I'm Josh Lyman.
Donna: Ah.
Josh: Yes.
Donna: I'm your new assistant.
Josh: Did I have an old assistant?
Donna: Maybe not.
Josh: Who are you?
Donna: I'm Donna Moss, I came here to volunteer and the woman assigned me to you.
Josh: Which woman?
Donna: Becky.
Josh: You mean Margaret?
Donna: Yes.
Josh: Who are you?
Donna: I'm Donna Moss, I'll be working as your assistant.
Josh: I'm going to talk to Margaret.

Bartlet: I've been a real jackass to you, Josh.
Josh: Well ...
Bartlet: To everybody. Toby Ziegler, C.J. Cregg, Sam Seaborn.
Josh: Yeah.
Bartlet: Don't think I don't know what you gave up to work on this campaign, and don't think that I don't know your value. And I'll never make you think I don't again ... You gotta be a little impressed that I got all those names right just now.

Bartlet: Willey's going to drop out after South Carolina?
Leo: If he doesn't finish higher than third.
Bartlet: Are we going to get his endorsement?
Leo: We're going to get his money, that's for sure.
Bartlet: It's for sure?
Leo: Josh thinks it is.
Bartlet: Which one is Josh.
Josh: I am.
Bartlet: Okay.
(Bartlet leaves)
Josh: Well, I feel bathed in the warm embrace of the candidate.
Leo: He's very easy to like, once you get to know him.
Josh: How many people get that far?
Leo: Not that many.
Josh: Okay.

Margaret: I can sign the President's name. I have his signature down pretty good.
Leo: You can sign the President's name?
Margaret: Yeah.
Leo: On a document removing him from power and handing it to someone else?
Margaret: Yeah! Or ... do you think the White House Counsel would say that was a bad idea?
Leo: I think the White House Counsel would say it was a coup d'etat!
Margaret: Well. I'd probably end up doing some time for that.
Leo: I would think ... And what the hell were you doing practicing the President's signature?
Margaret: It was just for fun.
Leo: We've got separation of powers, checks and balances, and Margaret vetoeing things and sending them back to the Hill.

Abby: You can say it, you know. It's not like I haven't heard it before.
Josh: Your husband's a real son of a bitch, Mrs. Bartlet.
Abby: He doesn't like being handled.

Josh: Governor, you should really get back to the ballroom, so that you can get on a plane and get to California.
Bartlet: He [Josh's late father] was a lawyer?
Josh: Yeah, a litigator.
Bartlet: Did he like that you were in politics?
Josh: I think he would have liked grandchildren more.

Episode Goofs
Though discussed heavily in the episode, the President is not required to submit a letter to turn the Presidency over to the Vice President. According to the 25th Amendment, if the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet members can vote to remove the President from his office if he is in some way unfit to perform the required duties of the office. If this were to happen, the Vice President would assume the Presidency until the President is once again fit to return to his duties.

Cultural References
Episode Title: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen

The episode title is based off of the 1923 Sean O'Casy play, The Shadow of a Gunman.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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