The West Wing (1999–2006)
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The Warfare of Genghis Khan 

A nuclear device is tested in the Indian Ocean, but none of the known nuclear powers will claim responsibility, leading to the possibility of a terrorist group holding missile tests. Vice ... See full summary »


Bill D'Elia


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Peter Noah | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Israeli Prime Minister Efraim 'Eli' Zahavy
Gary Cole ... Vice President Bob Russell
Jay Mohr ... Taylor Reid
Anna Deavere Smith ... Nancy McNally
Terry O'Quinn ... General Nicholas Alexander
Steve Ryan ... Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson
Christina Chang ... Alex Moreau


A nuclear device is tested in the Indian Ocean, but none of the known nuclear powers will claim responsibility, leading to the possibility of a terrorist group holding missile tests. Vice President Russell, heretofore dismissed by west wing staff as a joke, a four-term congressman alleged to be securely in the pocket of a large Colorado mining company, recalls a junket he'd taken early in his political career in which a drunken Israeli statesman confessed to secret missile tests. Russell visits the sit. room and puts the military and national security leaders at ease, leading the president and Leo to reassess the man's political gravitas. Bartlet then drags the Israeli p.m. to the White House, where they debate the power of the U.S. to dictate which states should have nuclear capabilities. Written by No indication it was a missile, device is more accurate

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11 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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The nuclear test depicted is similar to a nuclear test conducted in 1979 by an unknown nation. To this day, the country that conducted the test is not known, but Israel is one of the suspects. See more »


Leo McGarry says admiring the beautiful interior of the Swiss embassy: "You can afford them when you don't have to pay for a national defense", despite the fact that Switzerland has, being independent since 1292, had a national defense for more than seven centuries. See more »


Josh Lyman: Hey, you want to hear something cool? Voyager I just crossed the termination shock eight billion miles away. First human-made object to leave the solar system.
Donna Moss: Funny, I'm going through a little termination shock myself.
Josh Lyman: What?
Donna Moss: Suddenly this consuming interest in space just because some NASA administrator batted eyes at you?
Josh Lyman: You hate that I'm interested in this.
Donna Moss: What was your first hint?
Josh Lyman: That's perfect. Sit down. Sit. I need to play out an argument.
Josh Lyman: Everyone hates us.
Donna Moss: Inspiring start.
Josh Lyman: We're the ...
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