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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 ChanningStockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Recurring
Tim MathesonTim Matheson
As John Hoynes
Recurring
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Danny Concannon
Recurring

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

Co-Guest Stars
Andy MilderAndy Milder
As Senator's Aide
Recurring
Bradley JamesBradley James
As Donnie, Agent #3
Recurring
Carlos CervantesCarlos Cervantes
As Bobby, Civilian Advisor
Recurring
Dafidd McCrackenDafidd McCracken
As Agent #1
Recurring
Derek ColemanDerek Coleman
As Agent #4
Recurring
Ivan AllenIvan Allen
As Roger Salier, TV Anchor
Recurring
Jane LynchJane Lynch
As Lucy, Reporter
Recurring
Jerry SrokaJerry Sroka
As Reporter
Recurring
Juan A. RiojasJuan A. Riojas
As Agent #2
Recurring
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Recurring
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Recurring
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Recurring
Mindy SeegerMindy Seeger
As Chris
Recurring
Ming LoMing Lo
As Dr. David Lee Clancy
Recurring
Randy BrooksRandy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Recurring
Robyn PedrettiRobyn Pedretti
As Candy, Senator's Aide
Recurring
Sean MoranSean Moran
As Dr. Holbrook
Recurring
Ted GarciaTed Garcia
As TV Reporter
Recurring
Thomas SpencerThomas Spencer
As Aide #3
Recurring
Victor McCayVictor McCay
As Henry
Recurring
Willie GaultWillie Gault
As Agent Madsen
Recurring
Al TwanmoAl Twanmo
As Agent Cho
Carol KiernanCarol Kiernan
As Doctor
Chad KnightChad Knight
As Paramedic #4
Dan GuntherDan Gunther
As Doctor #1
David UrsinDavid Ursin
As Bartender
Elijah Mahar (1)Elijah Mahar (1)
As Agent Dixon
Harris LaskawayHarris Laskaway
As Questioner #2
Jenny BuchananJenny Buchanan
As Questioner #1
Kat Sawyer-YoungKat Sawyer-Young
As Sam's Secretary
Kivi RogersKivi Rogers
As Paramedic #6
Maria McCannMaria McCann
As Nurse
Rhonda Stubbins WhiteRhonda Stubbins White
As Dr. Whitaker
Scott ParrottScott Parrott
As Paramedic #1
Shawn WoodyardShawn Woodyard
As Paramedic #3
Sunita KoshySunita Koshy
As Paramedic #2
Tanya Linette SmithTanya Linette Smith
As Paramedic #5
Trisha SimmonsTrisha Simmons
As Nurse Debbie
V. Kim BlishV. Kim Blish
As Volleyball Player
Main Cast
Martin SheenMartin Sheen
As President Jed Bartlet
John SpencerJohn Spencer
As Leo McGarry
Allison JanneyAllison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Rob LoweRob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard SchiffRichard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Dulé HillDulé 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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