The West Wing

In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 10/4/00
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  • Episode Description
  • While the staff awaits news regarding the injuries to Jed and Josh, they recall how Josh, Sam, and Toby became involved in the campaign three years earlier; Leo, Toby, and C.J. deal with inquiries on Secret Service protection policies, as well as the absence of executive authority while Bartlet was in surgery.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Sheen

    President Jed Bartlet

  • Dule Hill

    Charlie Young

  • Allison Janney

    Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

  • Rob Lowe

    Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

  • Richard Schiff

    Toby Ziegler

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • About this episode

    By JordanWelch, Feb 19, 2013

  • Nightmares and memories.

    By kickdoor, May 20, 2010

  • The aftermath of shooting

    By Parricida, Nov 22, 2007

  • One of my favorites

    By wuzzaman, Sep 24, 2007

  • I love, love loved this episode!!!

    By cookaberry, Jun 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Danny: The President's been under aesthetic for more than an hour. He's probably gonna be on a morphine drip. Without the 25th, who's in charge? CJ: The Vice President, the Secretary of State, the National Security Advisor, the Secretary of Defence, one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House Chief of Staff. Danny: You just listed six people! Who's in charge? CJ: The Canadians. Danny: C.J.... CJ: You understand I'm talking about the hockey team.

    • Josh: Running for president of the United States and not putting Social Security front and center is like running for president of the Walt Disney Corporation by saying you're gonna fix the rides at EPCOT. Mark: We're gonna get to Social Security, Josh; it's a long campaign. For now, we focus on the tax cuts. Female Aide: It's what magicians call "misdirection." Josh: Really, 'cause it's what the rest of us call bullsh--

    • Nancy: It gets more complicated if you'd read section 202 the National Security Act of 1947. C.J.: Let's assume I haven't. Nancy: It says that the Secretary of Defense will be the principal assistant to the President on all matters relating to the national security. C.J.: What does "principal assistant" mean? Nancy: It doesn't specify. Toby: No, it wouldn't, 'cause that's an area of federal law where you'd want as much ambiguity as possible. Nancy: Yeah.

    • Sam: Then mortgage the boats from top to bottom. Cameron: Ships. Sam: I'm sorry? Cameron: Oil tankers aren't boats; they're ships. Sam: Mr. Cameron, you want me to buy the boats, you're not asking me to be the first mate, right?

    • Sam: You all right? C.J.: What? Sam: Are you all right? C.J.: Where´s the President? Sam: He´s on his way back to the White House. So is Zoey. They just put Leo in a car. Are you all right? C.J. (concerned): Somebody pulled me down.

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    Notes (3)

    • Additional Credits:

      Special Assistance: National Park Service

      Special Assistance: National Capital Region

      Special Assistance: United States Park Police

      Washington D.C. Produciton Assistance by ThinkFilm, Inc

    • Janel Moloney appears in the opening montage for the first time.

    • The episode in combination with the Part II won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. The episode in combination with Part II was Nominated 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore). Nominated with the Part II for 2001 Banff Rockie Awards in the category of Continuing Series. Nominated with the Part II for 2001 CAS Awards in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Television Series.

    Trivia (2)

    • This episode has the most guest stars out of any episode of The West Wing.

    • There is a lot of discussion about the President not having signed a letter turning over power to the VP and so there was no one in charge. However the 25th Amendment provides for the VP and a majority of the principal officers of the executive branch (i.e. the Cabinet) to remove the power of the presidency from the President if he is unable to perform his duties. The VP would become the Acting President until the President submits a letter to Congress saying he is ready to reassume his duties.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" The title seems to be inspired by Seán O'Casey's 1923 play "The Shadow of a Gunman."

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