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The West Wing: Season 2 [2000] (4 discs)

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Length:990 minutes
(16 hours 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-14
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Synopsis: The season starts after the shooting. The staff deals with the fallout for a good long while.


Reaction: The show continues its run and ends with Bartlet being asked if he plans to run for reelection.


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Select Guest Cast
Adam Arkin => Dr. Stanley Keyworth (NoŽl)
Gregory Alan Williams => Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams) (NoŽl)
Yo-Yo Ma => Yo-Yo Ma (NoŽl)
Allison Smith => Mallory O'Brien (Galileo)
Colm Feore => Tad Whitney (Galileo)
Nigel Gibbs => Aide #2 (Galileo)
Anna Deavere Smith => Nancy McNally (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)
Jane Lynch => Reporter (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)
Jim Ortlieb => Dr. Keller (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)
Jorja Fox => Agent Gina Toscano (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)
Kim Webster => Ginger (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)
Mindy Seeger => Chris (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)
Tim Matheson => Vice President John Hoynes (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I)
Barry Livingston => Speechwriter #2 (The Fall's Gonna Kill You)
Rosalind Chao => Jane Gentry (The Fall's Gonna Kill You)
Spencer Garrett => Richard Will (The Fall's Gonna Kill You)
Clark Gregg => FBI Special Agent Michael Casper (Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail)
John Billingsley => Dr. John Fallow (Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail)
Corbin Bernsen => Henry Shallick (The Leadership Breakfast)
Felicity Huffman => Ann Stark (The Leadership Breakfast)
Peter James Smith => Staffer Ed (The Leadership Breakfast)
William Duffy => Staffer Larry (The Leadership Breakfast)
Devika Parikh => Bonnie (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II)
Don McManus => Greg Summerhays (Two Cathedrals)
Kirsten Nelson => Young Mrs. Dolores Landingham (Two Cathedrals)
Lawrence O'Donnell => Dr. Bartlet (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.) (Two Cathedrals)
Ed Begley Jr. => Seth Gillette (The War at Home)
J. Michael Flynn => Officer (The War at Home)
Emily Procter => Ainsley Hayes (In This White House)
Ted McGinley => Mark Gottfried (In This White House)
George Coe => Sen. Howard Stackhouse (The Stackhouse Filibuster)
Glenn Morshower => Mike Chysler (Bartlet's Third State of the Union)
Marlee Matlin => Joey Lucas (Bartlet's Third State of the Union)
Richard Riehle => Off. Jack Sloan (Bartlet's Third State of the Union)
John Larroquette => Lionel Tribbey, White House Counsel (And It's Surely to Their Credit)
Kathleen York => Andrea Wyatt (Ellie)
Oliver Platt => White House Counsel Oliver Babish (Bad Moon Rising)
Scott Lawrence => Congressional Committee Chair (Bad Moon Rising)
Trace Beaulieu => Cal (Bad Moon Rising)
Renťe Estevez => Nancy (as Renee Estevez) (The Drop In)
Rocky Carroll => Corey Sykes (The Drop In)
Roger Rees => Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury (The Drop In)
Select Cast and Crew
Alex Graves => Director
Bill Johnson => Director
Bryan Gordon => Director
Christopher Misiano => Director
Jeremy Kagan => Director
Jessica Yu => Director
Ken Olin => Director
Laura Innes => Director
Lou Antonio => Director
Michael Engler => Director
Paris Barclay => Director
Robert Berlinger => Director
Scott Winant => Director
Thomas Schlamme => Director
Aaron Sorkin => Writer
Kevin Falls => Writer
Paul Redford => Writer
Allison Janney => C.J. Cregg
Bradley Whitford => Josh Lyman
Dulť Hill => Charlie Young
Elisabeth Moss => Zoey Bartlet
Janel Moloney => Donna Moss
John Spencer => Leo McGarry
Kathryn Joosten => Mrs. Landingham
Martin Sheen => President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Melissa Fitzgerald => Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson => Margaret
Richard Schiff => Toby Ziegler
Rob Lowe => Sam Seaborn
Stockard Channing => Abbey Bartlet
Timothy Busfield => Danny Concannon

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The set was the largest constructed for both a pilot and a television series to date. It was so large, that during the first season, it had to be housed on two stages, each with an identical yellow corridor for continuity. During the hiatus between the first and second seasons, the set was moved to a larger stage, and put together, where it has remained ever since.
  • Galileo - The storyline about President Bartlett not liking green beans was inspired by President Bush Sr who famously banned broccoli from the White House
  • In This White House - The number that displays on Ainsley's caller ID when the White House calls is (202) 456-1414. That is the real world telephone number of the White House switchboard.
  • Shibboleth - When President Bartlet asks the Chinese man seeking religious asylum whether he can name any of Jesus' (12) apostles, he lists only 11 names. Technically, this is not incorrect: two were named James.
  • In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I - This episode contains the highest number of guest stars of any other in the entire series.
  • The Portland Trip - Ainsley tries to get a can of Fresca, but they do not keep Fresca in the building. According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lyndon Johnson loved the soda Fresca so much he had a fountain installed in the Oval Office that dispensed the beverage, which the president could operate by pushing a button on his desk chair.
  • The Leadership Breakfast - Josh and Sam try to light a fire in a White House fireplace only to find that it is only decorative when they set the fire alarms off. In January 2009, life imitated art when the Obama administration's new Director of the Office of Management and Budget, [?] Peter R. Orszag, tried to light a fire in a fireplace in his office that filled other office suites with smoke and set the fire alarms off.
  • 17 People - This episode has the smallest number of additional guest stars of any other episode in the entire series, namely just Emily Procter.
  • The War at Home - At the beginning of the episode the President says to Leo "George Bernard Shaw said 'you don't live longer, it just seems longer.'" They then debate if it was really Shaw who said it. The correct quote is by [?] Sir Clement Raphael Freud who said "if you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer."
  • Galileo - President Clinton allowed use of his President's Box at the Kennedy Center for scenes in this episode.
  • NoŽl - Yo-Yo Ma plays a cello piece. Instead of miming the motions of the song to recorded music, however, he actually played the song for each take. According to director Thomas Schlamme, this amounted to playing the song about 45 times.
  • The character of Mandy (Moira Kelly) was abandoned after the first season. Aaron Sorkin and Kelly both agreed that the character had run its course. However, Sorkin never explained on the show what happened to Mandy. The character just disappeared. This gave birth to the term "Mandyville", a reference to where characters go, when they disappear from a series.
  • The Leadership Breakfast - Felicity Huffman appears as a guest after starring in Aaron Sorkin's [Sports Night].
  • Bartlet's Third State of the Union - Bartlett stopping to tie his shoe was improvised by Martin Sheen
  • Two Cathedrals - The role of Bartlet's father was played by series producer and writer Lawrence O'Donnell. Originally just drafted in to help out at a table read, director Thomas Schlamme found O'Donnell's interpretation of the President's father to be so interesting that he eventually offered him the role.
  • Two Cathedrals - In the flashbacks a young Jed Bartlett is seen as a student at a school where a younger version of Mrs. Landingham is seen as an adult working for Bartlett's father. In reality Martin Sheen who plays president Bartlett and Kathryn Joosten who play Mrs. Landingham, the president's secretary, were only born a year apart. Kathryn Joosten was born in 1939 and Martin Sheen was born in 1940.
  • Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail - Josh mentions to Sam that Lincoln signed a pardon on April 14, 1865, the same day he was shot. Until over a decade after this episode was filmed, historians thought this was true. However, in January 2011, Lincoln researcher Thomas Lowry admitted that he had altered the date of the pardon (which he had "discovered" in the permanent records of the U.S. National Archives) from 1864 to 1865 so that it would seem more historically significant.
  • In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I - In the DVD commentary it is mentioned that when shooting the scene in which Donna learns about Josh's serious injury, Richard Schiff, instead of using the line in the script, told Janel Moloney, playing Donna, that "Bradley Whitford died", prompting her absolutely devastated expression in the scene.