The West Wing - Season 5

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Episode Guide

  • Memorial Day
    Episode 22
    5/19/04
    8.6
    Jed weighs his options for responding to the bombing as Israeli and Palestinian forces face off against each other; Josh has an interesting reaction when Colin arrives at the hospital to visit Donna; Kate and Leo clash over the advice she's giving Jed; Josh assumes a diplomatic role when the Palestinians approach him to initiate settlement discussions; Toby and Charlie prepare a reluctant Jed for throwing out the first ball at Camden Yards; Donna's life is threatened when she develops a pulmonary embolism; Jed reflects on the days prior to his first inauguration.moreless
  • Gaza
    Episode 21
    5/12/04
    8.6
    Donna Moss, Percy Fitzwallace, Andrea Wyatt and a couple of congressmen are in the Middle East on a fact finding mission when their cars are blown up. President Bartlet considers possible military targets to bomb in retaliation. In flashbacks, we see Donna becoming attracted to British photojournalist Colin Ayres.
  • No Exit
    Episode 20
    4/28/04
    8.3
    An airborne contamination alert locks down the West Wing, forcing staffers to stay put until the all-clear is sounded; Toby and Will face off over Will's working for the vice president; C.J. tells Donna some things she's rather not hear about Josh and her career prospects; Leo confronts Abbey about the dangers of her recent coping mechanisms; Jed, Debbie, and Charlie are poked, prodded, and sent to the decontamination showers; Kate is initially reluctant to give Josh any information on a personal or professional level as they sit out the alert together.moreless
  • Talking Points
    Episode 19
    4/21/04
    7.8
    Josh is anguished when he realizes that his successful trade negotiation skills managed to create the opportunity for a computer company to move 17,000 jobs to India, which means that the administration can't deliver on the promises he and Jed made to the head of the communications workers union during Jed's first presidential campaign; C.J. is unsuccessful in lighting a fire under the press to write about the malfeasance she discovers in the FCC's new media ownership rules until she hits them where they sit; Donna lobbies for an increase in her job responsibilities, and gives Josh the silent treatment until she lands a place on a Congressional delegation to the Middle East; Jed asks Fitz to come out of retirement to accompany the Congressional delegation to the Middle East; Josh gets unsettling news about Ryan's new job and the lessons Ryan learned working for him; Kate Harper, the new Deputy National Security Advisor, fails to win over Jed and Debbie in her first day on the job; C.J. once again completely misreads Ben's intentions when he attempts to reach her on the day she leaves for Brussels.moreless
  • Access
    Episode 18
    3/31/04
    7.4
    A documentary camera crew follows C.J. around for a not-so-typical day in the White House.
  • The Supremes
    Episode 17
    3/24/04
    9.2
    Jed and the staff vet potential Supreme Court appointees; Toby and Andy don't see eye-to-eye on her fact-finding trip to the Middle East; Donna's parents are the unlikely inspiration for the resolution to the problems arising from the judicial confirmation process.
  • Eppur Si Muove
    Episode 16
    3/3/04
    8.1
    When a conservative Republican Congresswoman targets Ellie's research project in an effort to discredit Jed, Toby discovers that the source of the leak is uncomfortably close to home, and Will realizes that they've all greatly underestimated his boss; Josh investigates the wisdom of a recess appointment as he tries to convince an old friend to be patient with the Sixth Circuit judicial nomination process and keep his hat in the ring; C.J. completely misreads Ben's intentions; Donna tracks down an AWOL Ryan; an opening is created on the Supreme Court; in an effort to redefine Abbey's image with the press, C.J. sets her up to do a public service announcement with the Muppets, which inspires Ellie to stand up before the press in defense of scientific research unhampered by politics.moreless
  • Full Disclosure
    Episode 15
    2/25/04
    8.1
    C.J. has an intensely personal reason for leading the charge when Hoynes decides to rehab his image in a bid for the presidency by slandering Jed and Leo in a tell-all biography, and uses both her charm to get the information she needs to mount a counterattack, and her ferocity to deliver the smackdown that will stop Hoynes in his tracks; the D.C. Mayor finds an ally in Charlie as he tries to persuade Jed to sign a supplemental appropriation bill for the District which contains a controversial school voucher pilot program rider; Toby sits down with union reps over textile import safeguards and the trade deficit with China, and arrives at a plan to settle the bras versus cars debate with the help of Ed and Larry; Ryan astonishes Josh with a little Congressional sleight of hand to break a stalemate in the staff's meeting with the Base Closing Commission; in a difficult moment, C.J. reaches out to an old friend by finally returning Ben's call.moreless
  • An Khe
    Episode 14
    2/18/04
    7.9
    The SEALs are sent in on a perilous mission to rescue a Navy plane shot down in North Korean waters; when the man who saved his life in Vietnam becomes the subject of a congressional investigation, Leo attempts to intercede on his behalf; C.J. rises to the bait, appears on the Taylor Reid Show, and gives him a verbal beat-down; Josh becomes more annoyed with Ryan than usual when the intern one-ups him during a presidential briefing on a tax cut for stay-at-home-moms that's being proposed by a congressional foe; Jed resists sitting for his official portrait; C.J. continues to avoid her former beau Ben, who's arrived in Washington to begin his new job at Interior; Abbey decides to get back into medicine by volunteering at a free clinic.moreless
  • 2/11/04
    8.2
    An unlikely party comes to the aid of the administration as it seeks to discover the party responsible for nuclear testing in the Indian Ocean; Will is unhappy, but his boss doesn't seem to mind, when a request to beef up the Vice President's issue profile results in Toby's handing him boring, low-level minutae; Josh dismisses a NASA proposal for a manned Mars mission until an agency staffer shows him the error of his ways; a conservative talk show host makes a pathetic attempt to bait C.J. into appearing on his show.moreless
  • Slow News Day
    Episode 12
    2/4/04
    8.2
    Toby gets Jed's support to seize a controversial window of opportunity to save Social Security, but is hampered by Jed's mandate to keep the operation under wraps; desperate to feed the press corps beast on a glacially slow news day, C.J. meets with an attache to discuss cabbage imports, and has a little fun with a particularly dense reporter; Josh's brainstorm to help Will burnish Bob Russell's presentation problems and a persistent reporter endanger Toby's attempts to broker a deal on the Hill; Rina finds a friend in Donna, and Josh isn't too happy about it; Toby is saved from having to fall on his sword when Josh and Jed devise a plan to rescue his deal from certain disaster.moreless
  • 1/14/04
    8.1
    In the days leading up to the State of the Union address, Toby gets crucial voter feedback when he accompanies Joey as she mall-tests the speech around the nation; Jed and the staff wrestle with the issues of presidential pardons and mandatory minimums; Charlie dates an attractive woman who's not what she seems; Joey Lucas derails Josh's plans when she arrives at the White House carrying a surprise; Jed and Abbey reach out to an old friend on the eve of his ex-wife's remarriage.moreless
  • The Stormy Present
    Episode 10
    1/7/04
    8.1
    President Bartlet attends the funeral of a former president with other former presidents Glenallen Walken and D. Wire Newman, while monitoring a possible situation in Saudi Arabia. Josh Lyman mediates an argument between a representative from Connecticut and one from North Carolina who wants her state's copy of the Bill of Rights returned. CJ is concerned about a scientist's invention which could interfere with privacy.moreless
  • Abu el Banat
    Episode 9
    12/3/03
    8.1
    The Bartet clan attempts to gather for a holiday dinner. Jed must deal with a hostage situation in Sudan, an assisted suicide in Oregon, his son-in-law's yearn to run for the House of Representatives, and his grandson's want to spend time with his grandpa. C.J. takes a stand on the assisted suicide because of her father's worsening condition.moreless
  • Shutdown
    Episode 8
    11/19/03
    8.8
    Jed's decision not to be held hostage by Haffley shuts down the federal government; unable to get through to Jed and fearing the worst, Leo calls in the reinforcements, and Abbey returns to Washington to deliver a message and provide her husband with a little perspective; after being benched from the staff meetings, Josh gets put back in the game by Jed and sets the stage for victory; disregarding the advice of more seasoned colleagues, Haffley makes a major misstep and loses his advantage over the White House; Jed and Haffley meet and reach an accord on the budget.moreless
  • 11/12/03
    8.4
    As Chief Justice Ashland's health problems continue to mount, Joe Quincy, Ashland's former clerk, is pressed into service to persuade him to retire; as C.J. prepares Zoey for a sit-down interview about her kidnapping, Abbey reveals that her relationship with her husband is still strained; Jed refuses to be held hostage by the Republican in the budget negotiations.moreless
  • Disaster Relief
    Episode 6
    11/5/03
    8.1
    The fallout on the Hill from Carrick's switch to the Republican party exiles Josh deep into a White House doghouse, so C.J. gives Donna some tips on how she can support him; Jed gets a harsh reality check from C.J. when he lingers too long in a small Oklahoma town devastated by a deadly tornado; in Jed's absence, Leo juggles an impending war between Albania and Greece, a visit from the German chancellor, a tussle over tax cuts, and an over-reaching Secretary of Defense; Josh and Toby are less than thrilled when Leo brings Angela on board to assume some of Josh's responsibilities.moreless
  • 10/29/03
    7.8
    Will Bailey receives an offer to become Vice President Russell's top aide. Amy Gardner does some skillful lobbying for domestic violence prevention which gets the wrath of Bartlet. A conservative democratic senator switches parties.
  • Han
    Episode 4
    10/22/03
    8.4
    Josh fails to sway an unruly congressman who insists on voting against the administration on the vice presidential confirmation, but Ryan reaches out to get him to change his mind; Leo fears that the potential defection of a prominent North Korean pianist will jeopardize secret nuclear disarmament talks; Will and Toby are humiliated when an early draft of a speech outlining their struggle to laud Bob Russell's confirmation is erroneously substituted for the final version; Donna's aunt and uncle from Wisconsin pay a visit, testing Josh's ability to refrain from bad cheesehead jokes during their tour of the White House; the staff struggles over how to language the state of the economy; fearing that the administration is drifting off-course, Toby wants to hand over more responsibilities to Will in order to focus on getting back to their core message.moreless
  • Jefferson Lives
    Episode 3
    10/8/03
    8.0
    When he realizes that his first choice for Vice President faces an uphill fight for nomination, Jed nominates a congressman that none of the staff can get excited about; Josh is less than thrilled with his new intern.
  • The Dogs of War
    Episode 2
    10/1/03
    8.7
    Bombs drop on Qumar upon Walken's orders; as the hours pass without any word on Zoey's whereabouts, tensions increase within the Bartlet family; Walken and Leo clash after Josh's suspicion that the opposition is using Walken's tenure in the Oval Office to advance their agenda is confirmed; Andy takes the twins home; Leo inflicts a new intern from a prominent political family on an unwilling Josh; Jed's staff is less than thrilled when they learn who will succeed Walken as Speaker of the House; the search for a new Vice President is accelerated; Zoey is rescued.moreless
  • 7A WF 83429
    Episode 1
    9/24/03
    9.1
    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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