The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 1

Manchester: Part 1

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2001 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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Bartlet's decision about Haiti falls under scrutiny; C.J. makes a horrible blunder in a press conference and is hounded about the president's health by reporters; the staff disagrees about whether Bartlet should apologize for not revealing his medical condition; Abbey is angry that Jed has decided to run for reelection.moreless

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  • Beyond the village.

    8.0
    Well I agree with most others, going back to the season two finale scene was a bad move. I just don't see the need to hurt the appreciation of that scene by showing Bartlet's verbal answer. I think any confusion viewers might have had would have been cleared up two minutes later when we see he has a campaign staff on AF1. Aside from that though, the episode was good, if not especially noteworthy. I'm liking Bruno Gianelli(Ron Silver), the campaign manager so far. He's a jerk, but the kind of jerk you love to hate, or at least I do, plus he's hilarious.



    Bruno: "Hey, red-headed girl."

    Margaret: "Margaret."

    Bruno: "Okay."



    Bruno: "Leo, I'm reading things that would make the cast of Up With People sit down on the floor and cry."



    CJ getting ramped up by that reporter(I'm actually a big fan of that actor) and then sandbagging herself was tough to watch. In addition to feeling bad for her it was just the worst time for a mistake like that. After that and Sam's outburst in Leo's office it's clear the staff hasn't finished processing Bartlet concealing his MS.



    I loved when everyone in the Sit Room gave Bartlet a stand ovation after he announced he would be seeking a second term, even if it was mostly ceremonial. I also liked that Nancy referred to Bartlet as "our boy." It's just nice to know that even with his lack of military experience they've come to respect him as Commander-in-chief.



    All in all a solid start to the third season.moreless
  • Aftermath of it all...

    8.7
    So, story of president's health is out there and so is that he is running for re-election and if that is not enough, they still have the Haiti thing. It is just a matter of time when it all turns over someone heads. CJ is great example of it and I am afraid she will hate herself for one simple sentence for long.



    And that lawyer.. oh.. he is so annoying and it really looks bad for Charlie.. and they all claching in Leo's office.. this episode really had the tension and show the pressure and it all just worked well those little slower clips in the mean while.. great composition.moreless
  • Wow, my head is still spinning...

    9.0
    This episode picks up just a little bit before the season finale ended. But the rest of the episode is filled with scenes right after the season finale and four weeks later... So much information is presented, my head is spinning... It feels like I can't absorb it all, there are new characters and all kinds of things that don't make any sense... I can only hope things will be cleared up when I watch the next one.



    I love the thing with Joey Lucas and the poll, at the beginning. Bartlet's running again, though I felt the beginning was a bit anti-climatic, and they didn't really need to show all the things they did from the previous episode. I love the RU-456, or w/ever, and Donna's Hallelujah! Plus CJ was amazing in the briefing room, and her relieved comment. Ouch! But that was a pretty amazing thing when she comes out afterwards. And I love the scenes of everyone at the bar, and Donna eating Josh's food, Toby writing with out paper... It's classic...



    There's just so much to absorb after this episode, I can't wrap my mind around it, I feel like I'll have to watch it three times to completely get everything.moreless
Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Dule Hill

Dule Hill

Charlie Young

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Sam Seaborn (Episodes 1-84)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Connie Britton

Connie Britton

Connie Tate

Guest Star

Evan Handler

Evan Handler

Doug Wegland

Guest Star

Victor McCay

Victor McCay

Henry

Guest Star

Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt

Oliver Babish

Recurring Role

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Joey Lucas

Recurring Role

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Nancy McNally

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Bruno: Leo, I'm reading things that would make the cast of Up With People sit down on the floor and cry.

    • Josh: I said to you, I said this - I said: "Do you want food?"
      Donna: Yes.
      Josh: And you said, "No, I don't want any food."
      Donna: Yeah.
      Josh: And now, you're eating my food.
      Donna: You'd kind of think you'd have learned it by now.

    • Josh: (Joey and Kenny come in soaking wet) What happened?
      Joey (Kenny): My ride left without me.
      Josh: Mine, too. I got a ride with Larry and Ed.
      Joey (Kenny): Yes. Didn't you see me jumping up and down waving my hands in the air?
      Josh: I just thought you were happy.
      Larry: Me, too.
      Joey: You're an idiot!

    • Charlie (advised to get a lawyer): How much?
      White House Counsel: Assuming you saw nothing wrong, heard nothing wrong and did nothing wrong, about $100,000.

    • CJ (to the press corps): The president finds you all annoying, but not mentally debilitating.

    • CJ: Frankly, the president is relieved to be focusing on something that matters.

    • Toby: How's the First Lady?
      Leo: You know, I think with everything on our plates we don't need to be marriage counselors right now.
      Toby: No, we should, cause you and I would be really good at it.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Additional Credit: Washington D.C. Production Services by Thinkfilm, Inc.

    • The images of Air Force One seen as the staff climbed onboard in the opening sequence were computer generated. A sly reference to this was made in the next scene where C.J. says she "cannot computer generate images of the first lady"

    • Music Featured In This Episode:- "Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Nomination for Series Storyline at the 2002 Shine Awards in conjunction with the Part 2

    • Music:
      1. "Rock the Boat" by the Hues Corporation plays in the bar.
      2. "Instead" by Abandon Jalopy plays during the pool game.
      3. "Evolution Revolution Love" by Tricky featuring Ed Kowalczyk from the album Blowback plays when Toby is mocking Charlie's pool skills.

    • Stockard Channing appears in the opening montage for the first time.

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