The West Wing

Season 7 Episode 16

Election Day (Part 1)

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 02, 2006 on NBC
9.2
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Anxieties runs high in both camps over Election Day. Donna tries to calm Josh down while Bruno paces the Vinick War Room but both managers think the exit polls numbers don't add up. West Wing staffers are watching the results roll in while Charlie tries to get C.J. to start thinking about life after The White House. Foo Fighters play and Annabeth makes a startling discovery.moreless

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  • One of the most important episodes of the season lapses into moments of soap opera.

    5.0
    Perhaps it is because I am watching the season on dvd and already know the outcome of the election, that I was more annoyed by the soap opera elements of this episode than excited by the actual storyline. So Josh and Donna get together. Not really a surprise but I find the timing rather strained. (Or is organising a campaign such an aphrodisiac?) Plus, on a show like The West Wing I don't need to see bed scenes when there are more important things happening. (The Will-Kate relationship is handled more subtly, the 'West Wing way'.)



    The actual frenzy of the incoming results was done well, but my other gripe with the episode is the lack of ... West Wing. Only a few short scenes with the inhabitants of the White House?moreless
  • This episode had all the characteristics that I loved in the early episodes.

    9.0
    The West Wing, in the beginning, had a knack for taking real world and pressing issues and merging them effortlessly with the multi-layered personalities of a neurotic staff. This episode was no different, an election which was anybody's game, the death of the beloved Leo character, and the tension of Josh, just below the surface and threatening to bubble out. While I, like many people, mainly watched the West Wing just to watch the emotions between Josh and Donna, I was not disappointed to see them come to a head and be dealt in typical Josh and Donna style. With irreverence and humor.moreless
  • Election Day arrives and Oh my good God did I just see what I think I saw........

    9.5
    Living in England and therefore getting episodes several months after they air in the US, I try my hardest to avoid as many spoilers as I can, so that I’m constantly surprised by what is going to happen. I’ve even been known to chase friends away carrying the TV Times as I’ve screamed “I don’t want to know, I don’t want to know!!” and then showered them with four letter words and fist fulls of pot pouri that my mother brought me, as they clearly ignore me.



    Oh my giddy Aunt am I glad I managed to keep the narrative of this episode quiet.



    Oh the whole I thought this was brilliant episode. It was funny and more importantly the tension and helplessness of the Election Day seemed to seep from the television screen. And it featured another Josh “explosion” which reminded me very much of my favourite episode ever Noel. He is so confident and controlled all the time; it’s nice to see his frailties from time to time.



    Needless to say the whole Josh and Donna thing took me completely by surprise. I believe my mouth dropped open so much the cat nearly climbed in. But importantly I think it was handled well. As was the end. A tremendous episode. This is why I love this show.

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  • The first part of a 2 parter that really needs to be viewed as a whole. Strangely paced and way way way to full of people having sex...

    6.6
    There are some great things in this episode. The scene where Josh goes nuts and then Donna comforts him outside is great. The bits with Charlie (where did he go?) and CJ are also great. The rest of the episode just didn't feel like a West Wing ep to me.



    In terms of the overall story arc for the entire season, this is one of the most crucial episodes ever made for the show. And yet it seems so full of little bits of sexual innuendo and school yard sex jokes that are more suited to an episode of Gilmore Girls than this prestigious piece of TV drama.



    I'm sure the second part will erase the memories but first viewing still hurts.



    The end: sad but inevitable. RIP John Spencer.

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  • A pivotal episode for the election of a new President of the United States.

    10
    This episode greatly details the opening hours of the election. Josh is definitely stressed out about the possible outcome of the election. The episode shows the drama during election day and the tighteness of the election. It is sad that Leo died and it creates a crisis for the Santos campaign. It will be interesting to see what happens with the election after the death of Leo. This episode definitely setup a great finish for "Election Day-Part II."



    The actoring was tremedolous by showing the drama of the situation. Their actoring was convincable and really good. I am finally glad that Josh and Donna hooked up because that tension has been building for atleast the past 4 years.



    I look forward to finding out the results of the election between Matthew Santos and Arnold Vinick.moreless
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Senator Arnold Vinick (Episodes 123-)

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

Josh Lyman

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Matthew Santos (Episodes 114-)

Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Will Bailey (Episodes 78-, recurring previously)

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Themselves

Guest Star

Cress Williams

Cress Williams

Lester

Guest Star

Melinda McGraw

Melinda McGraw

Jane Braun

Guest Star

Teri Polo

Teri Polo

Helen Santos

Recurring Role

Karis Campbell

Karis Campbell

Ronna

Recurring Role

Ron Silver

Ron Silver

Bruno Gianelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • It is visible that none of the campaign staff seems to have voted as through out the day they seems to have stayed in the hotel monitoring the situation of the election, especially Josh noting how cold it is in Texas after the death of Leo, which means he has not yet stepped outside apart from going to the hospital

    • When the Santos' walk into their house, Matt asks where the kids are. Helen replies it's a Tuesday. Most schools are closed on National Election Days.

    • Despite the fact that Josh was shot and had extensive open-heart surgery in the second season, when Josh and Donna are in bed there is no scarring on his chest.

      Likewise, Donna has no scars from the bombing of the CODEL in the end of the fifth/start of the sixth season.

    • The Santos house features three different staircases in three different episodes.

      In the season 6 episode "Impact Winter", the staircase inside the front door to the house can be seen leading away from the door to the left of the hall.

      In season 7, in the episode "Running Mates", the staircase can be seen coming down from left to right behind the door in a number of scenes,

      Later in season 7, in the two "Election Day" episodes, the staircase has changed yet again, now curving upwards from the right of the door. Either Helen Santos has been doing some extensive remodelling, or different sets were used in each episode.

    • Josh talks about people going to the polls in Oregon but the entire state votes by mail.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Annabeth (referring to Leo, who is sleeping as the election numbers are coming in): I'm betting he's going to want to be up for this.

    • Bruno (moves his watch from his left wrist to his right): Superstitious. One of my election day good luck routines.
      Jane: One of?
      Bruno: You met Carrie already.

    • Annabeth: Leo's going to sleep the whole damn thing. I got to go get him up. What can I say? Nerves of steel. I just got to get him themed up for the party. He's been threatening to wear his robe.

    • Will: You spend the night at my house more often then not.
      Kate: Which makes me...?
      Will: A really good date.

    • Charlie (to C.J.): You're a smart savvy woman who could easily consider world domination for a next career move.

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