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The West Wing: Two Cathedrals

On the day of Mrs. Landingham's funeral after her car accident, the staff has to deal with the building Haitian President crisis. Bartlet continues to deal with the Senators who don't support the tobacco company lawsuit while preparing to disclose to the public that he has MS and has been hiding it for the past eight years. Meanwhile, Toby gets an unexpected job offer; and Bartlet must decide whether or not he will seek reelection.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x22
Production Number: 226222
Airdate: Wednesday May 16th, 2001

Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Dec 04, 2003

  • Currently 9.7/10
9.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet

Guest Stars
Anna Deavere Smith
As Nancy McNally
Fred Ornstein
As Congressman Harry Wade
Gregory Alan Williams
As Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams)
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Bill Gratton
As Advisor #1
Don McManus (1)
As Greg Summerhays
Jason Widener
As Young Jed Bartlet
John Bennett Perry
As Bill Wakefield
Kirsten Nelson
As Young Dolores Landingham

Co-Guest Stars
Charles Noland
As Steve, Reporter
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Doris McMillon
As Sandy
Ivan Allen
As Roger Salier, News Anchor
Jane Lynch
As Lucy, Reporter In Briefing Room
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Lewis Grenville
As Reporter
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Peter James Smith
As Ed
William Duffy
As Larry
Angelo Tiffe
As Greenway
Christopher Murray
As Tony Phillips
E.E. Bell
As Advisor #2
Robert A. Becker (1)
As Minister Monohan
Shelley Malil
As Renfro
Trevor Eddy
As Young Bartlet's Friend
Wendy Poole
As Staffer
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
Bartlet's line -- Haec credam a deo pio? A deo iusto? A deo scito? Cruciatus in crucem! Tuus in terra servus nuntius fui officium perfeci. Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem! -- translates from Latin into English as "am I to believe those were the acts of a loving God? A just God? A wise God? To hell with your punishments! I was your servant on Earth - I spread Your word and did Your work. To hell with your punishments. To hell with you."

This episode won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in conjunction with several episodes from this season.

For his performance in this episode, Martin Sheen (President Bartlet) was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Mark KnopflerBrothers in Arms 

Episode Quotes
C.J.: Listen, I was thinking since it's probably gonna be a light day, maybe blow off work, go shopping or something.

Mrs. Landingham: God doesn't make cars crash and you know it. Stop using me as an excuse.

Bartlet: (at the National Cathedral while smoking a cigarette and yelling at God) You're a son-of-a-bitch, you know that? She bought her first new car and you hit her with a drunk driver. What, was that supposed to be funny? "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene. I don't know whose ass he was kissing there 'cause I think you're just vindictive. What was Josh Lyman? A warning shot? That was my son. What did I ever do to yours except praise his glory and praise his name? There's a tropical storm that gaining speed and power. They say we haven't had a storm this bad since you took out that tender ship of mine in the north Atlantic last year, 68 crew. Do you know what a tender ship does? Fixes the other ships. Doesn't even carry guns, just goes around, fixes the other ships and delivers the mail, that's all it can do. Gratias tibi ago, domine. Yes, I lied. It was a sin. I've committed many sins. Have I displeased you, you feckless thug? 3.8 million new jobs, that wasn't good? Bailed out Mexico, increased foreign trade, 30 million new acres of land for conservation, put Mendoza on the bench, we're not fighting a war, I've raised three children... that's not enough to buy me out of the doghouse? Haec credam a deo pio? A deo iusto? A deo scito? Cruciatus in crucem! Tuus in terra servus nuntius fui officium perfeci. Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem! You get Hoynes!

On the news that the President suffers from MS
Congressman Harry Wade: Leo, most of us are just hearing the news. And i don't wan't to be the first one to say it, but i'm gonna. I think the president has godt to strongly consider not to run for reelection.
Leo: You think you're the first one to say it? You are, at minimum, the thirtyfifth in the last two hours.
b]Congressman Harry Wade: But we're the ones that're talking to you now. And we're the ones who are asking. Is the Presiden gonna run for reelection?
(short pause)
Leo: Harry, Bill. There's gonna be a press conference tonight. I'd watch.

Episode Goofs
Near the beginning of the episode, Bartlet places his glasses in his left pocket, but a few shots later he retrieves them from his right pocket.

Cultural References
Toby: The President taped an Easter message that looked like it was lit by Ed Wood.

Ed Wood is a director, actor, screenwriter, and producer who is often refered to as the worst in the entertainment business history. After his death in 1978, Wood received the Golden Turkey Award for Worst Director of All Time, but his lack of ability landed him a large cult following.

Bartlet: "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene.

Henry Graham Greene is an English author who often explored moral issues in his work. The line that Bartlet quotes is from Greene's Brighton Rock, one of his most well-known works.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
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