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The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 1

7A WF 83429

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary

As the search for Zoey continues, Walken takes a hard line against the kidnappers that could contribute to her death; Danny releases the Shareef story, and the revelation creates a rift that separates Jed from Abbey and Liz; tensions arise between Walken's staff and Bartlet's staff; the Democratic leadership in Congress assails Leo for allowing Jed to step aside; in retaliation for Shareef's death, a movie theater in Turkey is bombed, and eighty people, including American soldiers, are killed.moreless

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  • If last episode almost made me cry, then this one did it for sure.

    This one was.. I have no words.. the emotion I think was the main thing, really dark and heavy but the way the portrayed it.. so powerfully, so heart-breakingly.. The whole thing with whole family.. that scene when they come back.. and the look of Abbey.. a mother whose daughter is missing.. the pain.. that look.. I just cannot get it out of my mind. It was so cruel, so powerful and heart-breaking.

    And ofcourse the whole thing with new president.. the changes.. the way they are dealing with Omar.. that's huge.. and they are just turning it even worse.. and those last scenes.. that music.. that fench.. again.. heart breaking.moreless
  • The first post-Sorkin episode gets it right.

    Could a show that was so closely linked to its creator, survive his departure? This first episode of the fifth season seemed to bode well. True, you sort of miss the fast, clever dialogue of Sorkin. But two important elements are very much present. To me the show has always been about loyalty and the plotline of the Bartlet staff dealing with President Walken is handled well. Just look at the faces of C.J. or Toby when they listen to the man in the Oval Office. Secondly there was always that difference between what happens behind the scenes and what is shown to the public. President Walken's press conference comes as a surprise, especially when the accomplished politician phrases things differently from the way he did in the meetings. A lot of praise should go to John Goodman who can make a dubious character like Walken come to life.moreless
  • My favorite episode of the whole show. It was very moving

    This is by far my favorite episode of the whole show. I espically liked the part when Donna and Josh walk outside and see the memorial for Zoe. It was extremely moving. This episode shows ua a lot about the characters and how they inreact. I thnk that it show just how fragile we all are and how just a little more stress than normal can push us over the edge. It also shows though how we have to be strong in order to get through times of hardship in order to indure. The lighting is perfect becasue I think that it projects the mood of the episode very well.moreless
  • John Wells's first foray as the writer of the West Wing was good, but the transition was hardly un-noticable.

    John Wells's first foray as the writer of the West Wing was good, but the transition was hardly un-noticable. Gone was Aaron Sorkin's quirky humor, poetic prose, and fantastic story telling. Also missing is the direction of Tommy Schlamme, most of the episode looks like someone forgot to turn the lights on in the studio.

    Even non followers of the show would be able to differinciate the quality of writing between the two. The episode was still better than 90% of what is on television, but it was no where close to the excellence of seasons 1-3.

John Goodman

John Goodman

Glenallen Walken (uncredited)

Guest Star

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Steve Atwood

Guest Star

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Sen. Tripplehorn

Guest Star

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Nancy McNally

Recurring Role

Annabeth Gish

Annabeth Gish

Liz Bartlet Westin

Recurring Role

Steven Eckholdt

Steven Eckholdt

Doug Westin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode we finally learn where the fictional country of Qumar is located. On the map on the Situation room wall, Qumar is shown to be cut out of Iran with a coast line.

    • Danny: Pulling out of Qumar, the release of Bahji prisoners. I have to ask...

      Both Qumar and the Bahji terrorist cell are made up.

    • This episode is the first appearance of the Bartlets' eldest daughter Elizabeth 'Liz" Bartlet Westin. The character is played by the actress Annabeth Gish.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Awards and Nominations: Episode was nominated for the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Thomas Del Ruth, A.S.C.) Nominated for the 2004 ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic TV Series (Thomas Del Ruth, A.S.C.).

    • Music: The haunting music in the background during the Mass is "Sanvean" by Lisa Gerrard, from her CD The Mirror Pool. Another version can be found on the Dead Can Dance live concert CD Toward the Within.

    • The title is the designation for the FBI's file on Zoey's kidnapping. "7A" is their code for kidnapping, "WF" indicates that the FBI's Washington, D.C. field office is handling the case, and "83429" is the case file number.