The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 2

Manchester: Part 2

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2001 on NBC
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The senior staff clash with the consultants who are to work on Bartlet's reelection campaign; C.J. is concerned that the press senses the Barlets' marriage could be in trouble; Josh asks Leo to let him use his connection to postpone the FDA's drug announcement; the situation on Haiti comes to a headmoreless

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  • Writing a new book.

    9.0
    Funniest cold open in awhile, everyone was killing it.



    Bartlet: "Does somebody here have MS and they haven't said anything?"



    Josh: "That's true, sir, America doesn't want Dr. Kevorkian to lead the country. We got polling data on that."



    Bruno: "Yeah, listen up. I've been thinking, it might not be such a bad idea for me to lock you all in here and set the place on fire."



    Bruno was again great in this episode, especially in his scene with Leo and then Bartlet when he actually took the job. Doug(Evan Handler) also grew on me a little. I loved his scene with Toby, near the end of the episode at the Bartlet Farm. Though all of their back and forth arguing was great really.



    It was interesting to learn that Sam was the first one to mention Bartlet needing to make an apology. It was hard to see him taking Bartlet's deception so personally. It was also tough seeing Josh so pissed at himself for not using the tobacco case for political gain.



    It was nice that the situation in Haiti was solved diplomatically. I wasn't thrilled that the military leader that started the coup got to walk away scott free though. In fact I'm not sure if Margaret wasn't on to something.



    Margaret: "I say we should've gone in there with four tank divisions and turned the place into a casino."

    Sam: "Manifest Destiny?"

    Margaret: "Bet your ass."



    I was so happy to see Abby finally let Bartlet out of the dog house. Their scene in the limo on the way to the speech was incredible and their scenes back in the White House were great as well. They both do a really good job at convincing me they've been married for years.



    The highlight was definitely Bartlet's apology and speech at the end of the episode. The way he started giving them then speech, but then looks at their faces and realizes he must apologize to them was really moving. And I loved the call back to the Pilot episode with Bartlet's line, "You know what? Break's over."



    Better than Part 1, but at this point I would say the season two opener is still my favorite.moreless
  • Brake is over

    8.8
    It was somehow confusing episode as for the most of the time I was not getting what is going on but on the end, it cleared out.



    The ending was also the best part of the episode. The speech president gives for his staff before going out to give the speech.. and the way the all react to that.



    I also liked Bartlet and his wife. I really think it was good move to Abbey Bartlet's char from recruiting to cast as the present of president's wife gives so many new opportunities and they are already using them. The tension, the troubles, problems. It all works.moreless
  • Informative! Part 2 clears a lot of things up and actually makes some sense.

    9.0
    After watching part 1, I was so confused... Part 2 cleared up some stuff... how Bruno came to work, the Abbey and Jed stuff... but still, something didn't seem to click. I'm not sure what, it just seemed like it didn't all fit together...



    I don't like the new people... I really don't like Bruno.



    The teaser scene was so hilarious! I loved it with CJ and the snake, and then Josh seeing it too. Haha!



    Also there's Margaret reminding Leo how to make appointments, that was pretty funny. And then Bazan saying he wanted a private jet.



    I love Bartlet's heart to heart with CJ. CJ is so amazing, she could never leave Bartlet or the West Wing... That would definently suck.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

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Joey Lucas

Recurring Role

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Nancy McNally

Recurring Role

Ron Silver

Ron Silver

Bruno Gianelli

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Josh: That's true, sir, America doesn't want Dr. Kevorkian to lead the country. We got polling data on that.

    • Margaret: I say we should've gone in there with four tank divisions and turned the place into a casino.
      Sam: Manifest Destiny?
      Margaret: Bet your ass.

    • Connie: I was trying to find a Starbucks. A guy in a gas station said, "Round here, people don't pay four bucks for a cup of coffee."
      Sam: New Hampshire. Live free or cheap.

    • Bruno: I've been thinking it might not be such a bad idea to lock you all in here and set the place on fire. We have 48 hours before we kick off this campaign. We will work hard. We will work well. We will work together. Or so help me, mother of God, I will stick a pitchfork so far up your asses, you will, quite simply, be dead.

    • Bartlet (to his old staff on the eve of the new campaign): It occurs to me, I never said I'm sorry. I am. For the lawyers, for the press, for the mess, for the fear. Bruno, Doug, Connie -- these guys are good. They want to win. So do we. The only thing we want more is to be right. I wonder if you can't do both. There's a new book... and we're going to write it.

    • Bartlet: Did you know that hardly any of the guys who landed on the moon are married to the same people they were married to before they went there?
      Abbey: What?
      Bartlet: I'm just saying that it could be worse. I could have been an astronaut.
      Abbey: You could not have been an astronaut.
      Bartlet: I'd have been a great astronaut.
      Abbey: You're afraid of heights, speed, fire and small places.
      Bartlet: I'd have overcome it to go to the moon.
      Abbey: I know you would have. (pause) There's something important I have to say. I haven't really made up my mind yet, but at the moment, I'm leaning towards voting for you.

    • Bartlet (to C.J. about his orginal election): I was never supposed to win. . . . Then you guys came along and all of a sudden. . . .

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" plays before the rally. The song was composed by Thomas Beckett and performed by the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra

    • Awards and Nominations:
      The episode was a 2002 Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series (Kenneth Hardy, Ellen Totleben).

      Nominated for 2001 Golden Reel Awards in the category of Best Sound Editing in Television Series - Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement (Walter Newman, Catherine Flynn, Thomas A. Harris, Jennifer Mertens, Eric Hertsguaard, Karen Spangenberg, Lisa Wolf Grove, Erin Donovan, Patrick Hanson, Dan Hiland, Gary D. Rogers, Eric Gotthelf, Troy Porter, Marsha Sorce, Laverne Dewberry)

      Nominated for 2002 Shine Award for Series Storyline with the Part 1

    • At the end of this episode, Jed says "Break's over", which echoes the very first episode, and indicates that the campaign will mark a new beginning for the administration.

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