The West Wing

Season 7 Episode 7

The Debate (West Coast)

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 2005 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This version is the one used for all the repeats in syndication and on Bravo.

    • Although the debate episode was done twice, only the West Coast version appears on the Season 7 DVD, and the parts with Ellen DeGeneres were edited out. It would have been nice to have both versions on the set, just for curiosity sake.

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  • Notes

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Multi-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series or Special.

    • This is the only episode of the entire series in which none of the show's original cast members appear. In fact, with the exception of Bruno Gianelli (Ron Silver), none of the characters from this episode appeared on the show prior to Season 6.

    • The poll on the website asks "Who do you think won the debate?" and shows results Santos 71% Vinick 29%.

    • Vinick's reference to a school voucher program for Washington D.C. refers to Episode 103, "Full Disclosure" in season 5, when it was passed into law.

    • Kristin Chenoweth, Allison Janney, Mary McCormack, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, and Martin Sheen do not appear in this episode. Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff also do not appear and are therefore uncredited.

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