The West Wing

Season 6 Episode 22

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2005 on NBC
9.2
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At the Democratic National Convention, Hoynes, Russell, Santos and Baker jockey for the 2162 votes that will give one of them the nomination for President, and the opportunity to lose to the apparently unstoppable Vinick in November. Meanwhile, the President must make a decision before it's too late on whether to deploy a secret rescue mission to the space station, and the FBI is asked to determine who leaked the existence of the military shuttle to the press.moreless

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  • And my classification is purely sarcasm. This episode just didn't do it for me aka I've seen better. (Warning... Review contains spoilers from the episode).

    7.7
    For a season finale this episode was remarkably unfullfiling for me. I didn't have to read a single spoiler to figure out the Smits was gonna be the Democratic nominee. He was the only contender ever in the main credits and people have been talking about his nomination since the end of season 5. John Wells, you do not inspire me. That speech did not have the vibrancy or motivation that I've seen on other episodes of this show. Granted they came from Bartlet who already had the "presidential voice" but Santos just ain't workin it. If the intention is to start from the bottom and have him work his way up I hope you can do it 8 episodes or less but I don't think it's gonna happen because from where you started I don't think you could do it in 22. I have the distinct feeling that Vinick is going to eat Santos as an appetizer de creme come election day. This episode had less character development than an episode of Jackass. I felt like I was watching one of those soap operas with one of those scenes that is so predictable you could run the lines back from the couple who did it last week. I wasn't surprised by anything not even the "I already found my guy" line. (Although I was a nice hail back to a better era of this series and for once a demonstration that the writers and producers do remember what went on in the 131 episodes before this one). Wait, Wait, I take that back. I was surprised by the nomination of Leo for Vice President. And that's because it made no sense at all in terms of anybody's character or the possiblilties for filing that position. Santos didn't come off as the underdog, he just came off as sorry. Hire Sorkin back for the last season (because it will be if you don't start putting up) and call it a day.moreless
  • My re-cap of a season that could have been great

    8.9
    I would like to discuss the rise of Matt Santos in season six of The West Wing. The lead up to getting Santos to run for president was written very well, especially the maturing of Josh’s character. Watching him essentially take on the tough task Leo did when getting Bartlett to make an unprecedented run was well scripted. But once Santos began his assent through the democratic party is when it became a bit unbelievable. First they tell you he’s one of 7 candidates and is polling dead last among them. Typical worst to first storyline. In one of this season’s peak episodes (Drought Conditions) Josh and Toby throw-down over Toby helping Ricky Rafferty. Then in the episodes after then they act as if Rafferty doesn’t exist anymore and the race is magically down to 3; Hoynes, Russell, and Santos. Again with Santos running last, in a now 3 horse race, he gets a much needed boos when Hoynes runs into a scandal. Which in modern day politics is very believable, except the fact that the scandal doesn’t completely kill Hoynes’ hopes and allows him to hang around. With Santos now running a dead heat with Russell and Hoynes and distant 3rd they come to the DNC ready for a battle. This is where things really get “non-believable”. Out of no-where Banks tries to get back in the race… and is successful. He starts to swing votes to his side very quickly. I’m sorry but I don’t think this is possible. And after more drama Matt Santos delivers a inspiring speech that manages to get President Bartlett on his side and swing the necessary votes to him as well earning him the nomination. Couple of questions I have. #1 – if Bartlett is the man and president he’s been throughout the entire show he would have never waited as long as he did to pick a side. In the early episodes he clearly disliked Hoynes. And in later episodes took his shots at Russell too. We all knew about his affinity for Josh and even mentioned that he like Santos. So it seems clear that he should have back Santos much earlier. #2 – if so many delegates can flip-flop from Russell to Hoynes to Baker to Santos… I would hardly call Santos a great nominee. I would definitely be worried about the party if I was a democrat.



    In the end the storyline of Santo’s For President was not very smooth because the writers were forced to incorporate equal time to the current administration. I think the season could have been a lot better had they cut out 3 or 4 non-important episodes from the Bartlett side and focused more on the Santos side.moreless
  • Fantastic conclusion to a rather stormy season for Bartlet.

    10
    Every time I watch this episode it is so exciting. Even though you know the conclusion before it gets to it, you\'re still kept wondering how it will come to be.



    One of the best closing scenes to a season ever that\'s sure to have you back on side with the show (if you ever doubted it in the first place).



    To the bosses at NBC we shout \"four more years!\".
  • The Democratic convention is on, Russell continues to try to get Santos to be his running mate, Baker decides to run off the floor.

    10
    Excellent episode. It was great writing. The only shame was that it was not a two parted episode. It was really too much to cover in one episode; however, it was well written so it never seemed rushed at any point. Like usual, all the actors play their parts well. I am especially starting to like Teri Polo as Helen Santos. Quite a departure from her Meet the Parents & Meet the Fockers role. The ending was great in my opinion with the surprise selection of Leo to be the Vice Presidential nominee. Quite the parallel to Dick Cheney, our current Vice President.



    One of the West Wing's all time bests.moreless
  • A sign of things to come. Can't wait for season 7.

    9.0
    I watched this episode with high hopes. I wished for a season finale that will be memorable. Though it was not the best, it is a sign of things to come.

    The tension throughout the episode worked, though we all knew Santons will win the nomination. The unexpected twist for VP at the end is what surpised me and I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out in season 7.

    Santos's speech was wonderful and put a tear in my eye. This is democracy. And I have to say after the episode, I wished Santos was President instead of Bush.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Matthew Santos (Episodes 114-)

Ed O'Neill

Ed O'Neill

Governor Eric Baker

Guest Star

Vincent Guastaferro

Vincent Guastaferro

Ernie Gambelli

Guest Star

Shannon O'Hurley

Shannon O'Hurley

Susan Wertz

Guest Star

Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson

John Hoynes

Recurring Role

Teri Polo

Teri Polo

Helen Santos

Recurring Role

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Annabeth Schott

Recurring Role

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    • This was the last episode to be broadcast in the show's original timeslot Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.

    • Music Featured In This Episode: - "Desire" by Ryan Adams

    • At the 2005 Emmy Awards The West Wing was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. In addition Alan Alda received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performances in "King Corn" & "In God We Trust". Stockard Channing also received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performances in "Third-Day Story" & "The Wake Up Call".

    • Awards and Nominations:
      This episode received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Alex Graves).

      This episode received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series (Gary D. Rogers, Dan Hiland, Patrick Hanson, C.A.S.).

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