The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 12

Slow News Day

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2004 on NBC

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  • A strong presentation of one of the show's central themes.

    It is often said that the victories of the intelligence community are never known, yet their failures are front page news. It is rare that we think of policy makers and politicians in the same terms.

    In a media in which the stereotype of the opportunistic politician is all-pervasive, this intriguing episode presents the idea of a Presidential Administration securing an important political legacy, saving social security, for which it will never be truly able to take credit. Toby's willingness to fall on his sword and resign; and the President's willingness to embrace an "invisible" political legacy are powerful exemplars of the idea of public service as selflessness and sacrifice.