The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Hoynes and Russell are campaigning in New York, confident of their prospects in the California primary. Santos needs to do unexpectedly well in California in order to stay financially ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet (credit only)
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young (credit only)
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg (credit only)
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper (credit only)
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler (credit only)
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet (credit only)
Gary Cole ... Vice President Bob Russell
Teri Polo ... Helen Santos
Tim Matheson ... John Hoynes
Ray Wise ... Governor Tillman D-CA


Hoynes and Russell are campaigning in New York, confident of their prospects in the California primary. Santos needs to do unexpectedly well in California in order to stay financially afloat; another third place finish will see his donors shift their money elsewhere, finishing his campaign. Santos's message of education and health care is overshadowed when California passes a law prohibiting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. Despite the bill being widely supported by most voters, Matt cannot publicly endorse it as he's counting on the support of Latino voters, who expect him to denounce it. Written by Murray Chapman

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9 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Governor Tillman of California appears in this story. It was a speech he wrote for Governor Tillman which first brought Will Bailey's writing talent to Sam's attention back in season 4, leading to Will's addition to the White House writing team. See more »


As the Santos campaign plane begins its descent into Sacramento, the pilot seems to say "Sacramento's Franklin (field)". While there is a Franklin Field south of Sacramento it is a small General Aviation field with no services and insufficient Runway Length/surface to handle a jet airliner. See more »


Matthew Santos: You know, when I got out of the Marines, I hadn't been around my old neighborhood in Houston in a few years. I had just gotten this job offer from the Pentagon, and it required a full FBI background check. After a few weeks, the investigators - they came up to me, and they said, "We can't give you the job. We've interviewed all your old friends and neighbors. They can't confirm anything, not even your name." So I hop a plane, go back to the old block. I see my neighbor's 11- and 13-year-old ...
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Super Tuesday Drama
20 July 2009 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

After the fairly weak episode, A Good Day (had a stupid sub-plot about America and Canada nearly going to war), the sixth series returns with a bang with this episode about Sunday Tuesday.

Within the Democratic Party, the three contenders, Congressman Matt Santos, Vice-President Bob Russell and Former VP John Hoynes are battling it out for the nomination. Russell and Hoynes are on the East-Coast whilst the Santos ' campaign are in California , thinking their best shot to win is in that large state.

They is a lot going on this is multi-layered episode there are a lot of plots going on, showing how frantic politics and election campaigning can be. Within the Santos camp there are worries about the campaign running out of money because he keeps coming in third and none of the big donors don't want to get involved. Santos needs a good result to keep the campaign going. Added to the mix the California legislator have passed a bill which makes it illegal for illegal immigrants to have driving licenses, resulting in them not having any access to welfare. This issue puts Santos in a lose-lose situation: if he supports the Governor's veto the story would be Latino for Latinos and looses all other support available to him: but if Santos said nothing then he could loose his core support, the Latino vote. Santos and Josh Lyman need to come up with something really clever to solve this problem.

On the East Coast, Russell and Hoynes are slugging it out in states like New York . Both are the front runners for the Democratic nomination. In the middle of campaigning Will Bailey gives Donna Moss a quick promotion as Russell's spokewoman. After Donna speaks with one of Hoynes' people she believes something is wrong in the Hoynes' camp. Such enough there is and the whole Primary Election is blown wide open.

This is the West Wing at its best. It is fast paced, intelligence entertainment for politics nuts like me. It is multi-layered with a number of plot trends which do interlink. There is excellent direction, editing and most importantly actor, which top talent at their best. It's not as witty as some other episodes but I don't mind because this episode is so engrossing.

An example of American Television at it best.

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