The West Wing

Season 7 Episode 1

The Ticket

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

As everyone but Josh causes Santos to question his choice of Leo as his running mate, Bartlet's investigation into the dangerous press leak continues. Also C.J. gets interviewed by Babish and Donna approaches Josh for a job.

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  • Getting worse instead of better...

    I'm glad that The West Wing is ending this season - it's getting worse again.

    This episode lacked substance; I also don't care about any of the stories, which is ridiculous because I'm really excited about the campaign story that was told pretty well throughout series 6.

    Oliver Babish was just awful, he was a great character back in series 2 and 3 but here he was smug and patronising and not at all the same character.

    The flash-forward was embarrassing: "Nice prose"? What the hell kind of thing for Bartlet to say is that?

    This episode was also making something out of nothing. It was like they did some stuff in the previous episode that they figured they'd better carry on.

    Stories and episodes should not be this forced, I found my mind wandering. It just wasn't The West Wing I know and love and adore.moreless
  • Don\'t have level two clearance, but the inaccuracies in the cast lists in this season should be noted. with clearance please add this to the page information. Someone with clearance please add to page info.moreless

    Don\'t have level two clearance, but the inaccuracies in the cast lists in this season should be noted. The Ticket features all main cast members, although Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina and Alan Alda only appear briefly. Alda is seen on television, while Hill and Malina are featured briefly in the flash forward at the opening of the episode. Someone with clearance please add this to the page information.

    Good episode, although it would have been nice to see Richard Schiff and Dulé Hill used more since they are both gone for a bulk of this season. Still, everyone is nicely utilized.moreless
  • "The West Wing" inicia esta temporada con dos puntos claves: el adios al presidente Bartlet, y dar paso a la campaña de los democratas contra los republicanos. Y eso, nos queda claro desde este capitulo.moreless

    El inicio muestra al presidente Bartlet, viejo y aun mas sabio, caminando en lo que sera la biblioteca que llevara su nombre dentro de 3 años. Sus viejos compañeros de batalla lo acompañan: Josh, Will, Kate, CJ, Charlie, y Toby. En tres años, CJ se ha casado con su enemigo periodista y ha tenido una hija; Toby trabaja en Columbia, mientras que Josh... al parecer, es el secretario personal del presidente Santos. Queda incierto que ocurre con Donna y Leo pues no aparecen en esta proyeccion a futuro.

    La campaña ha comenzado, y Josh debe lidiar con el candidato Santos para que acople a su campaña a Leo, cuyo pasado de alcoholismo lo sigue atormentando.

    Otro punto clave se da cuando CJ es indicada como la posible fuente de informacion sobre una etsacion militar espacial, cuya fuente no fue informada a l presidente Bartlet, y menos aun a las otras superpotencias. El abogado cuestiona a CJ, haciendole ver que es probable que ella tenga una enemiga dentro de la Casa Blanca.

    Sin embargo, a todos nos queda presente la escena final, donde Donna solicita una entrevista con Josh, para que le de un empleo y puedan continuar trabajando juntos, y que renazca la amistad perdida. Sin embargo, Josh le hace recordar a su antigua colaboradora las acusaciones y otras frases que ella usara en contra de Santos durante la campaña. Al recordarle Donna que eso era parte del discurso informativo, Josh la sigue negando para que integre su equipo, y usa la frase mas despectiva que hasta ahora se usara en la serie: "Ustedes no ganaron, nosotros si". Terminada esta frase, Donna se pone de pie, yy con los ojos llorososo, se retira sin decir nada a nadie de los que pasan frente a ella, mientras que Josh sale hasta la puerta para ver como se va su antigua amiga, colaboradora, y quiza el enamoramiento que estamos esperando en esta temporada.


    He ahi el resumen del capitulo. TWW ha iniciado una etapa de conflictos de intereses, de campaña politica contra los republicanos y la lucha de poder entre los amigos. El guion ha sido positivo, asi como los dialogos y la trama. No sabemos si esta sera la ultima temporada de TWW, pero todo indica que no nos dejara respirar en cada capitulo.moreless
  • Those Bastards. They are such a tease.

    I hate them. They are so evil. They give you a little then leave you waiting for more.

    The Flash Forward scene was awsome. CJ and Danny finally hooking up. Will In Congress. Blonde Military girl writes a book, that Charlie has read. and Toby is either teaching at columbia or working in columibia. I assume it's the former.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Santos will win the election. why else would joss be the one to let them know that the president has arrived.

    All in all this is exactly the reason i watch the west wing abd u can't wait to see the rest of the season.

  • Problematic opening teaser which drains the plot engine of some of its suspense. Great Donna and Josh moment. The election remains exciting and suspenseful, while the White House flounders under crisis management instead of setting its own agenda.moreless

    The upcoming election has given this premiere its urgency and energy. The media and policy considerations are what fill it. The character moments between Josh and Donna, and Leo and Santos is what makes it work at the end.

    I can appreciate the power of a good cliff-hanger in the form of a flash-forward as the next guy, but seeing Josh run up and a young, black-haired man getting out of the limo, seems to STRONGLY indicate what West Wing-ers all along have suspected -- SANTOS is going to win the election. Though Wells and Co., have been dangling carrots to the press about mulling over a possible Alda win, handing the reigns of everyone's favorite political drama into the hands of unfamiliar Republican characters seem anathema to me. You can put a press secretary into the chief of staff's office, but having bastions of the liberal party, namely Josh, working for a Republican, no matter how moderate, stretches reality to the breaking point. So its Santos.

    The disappointment of revealing too much of that hand though, and the destinies of our favorite characters, make the journey a little less urgent, a little less fun, when that is what you need, especially in light of a lack of a Sorkin-like character specialist or the lack of anticipation for historical White House developments and battles in a lame duck second-term presidency.

    I didn't think Bartlet was going to go out like that, with a middling second-term, forced to deal with the crisis du jour instead of dealing with the obstacles to his own agenda, but that's what you see currently. The election is where it's at, as new ground is mined as you get an inside look into the ins and outs of handling a national campaign. Fascinating stuff, hopefully the writers are challenged to keep it sufficiently informative and fascinating as the election winds down.

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

Josh Lyman

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Matthew Santos (Episodes 114-)

John Spencer

John Spencer

Leo McGarry

Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

President Jed Bartlet

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Toby Ziegler

Burt Bulos

Burt Bulos

Reporter #2

Guest Star

Paul Keeley

Paul Keeley

Agent Ellis Taylor

Guest Star

Phil Trask Jr.

Phil Trask Jr.

Reporter #3/Kevin

Guest Star

Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien

Kenny Thurman

Recurring Role

Karis Campbell

Karis Campbell


Recurring Role

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Joey Lucas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • SPOILER ALERT: In the opening scene, taking part three years in the future, Toby Zeigler teaching at Columbia University, meaning the question that hung over most of the rest of the season, right up to the final minutes of the finale -- whether Toby would go to jail or be pardoned -- had already been answered.

    • Filming Locations:The first section of the episode was filmed entirely at the University of Southern California. President Bartlet's library is Doheny Library, starting in the Los Angeles Times reference rooms then moving into the lobby. Congressman Santos gives his speech across Alumni Park in Bovard Auditorium. It is possible to see the library from the first scene in the opening shots of the second.

    • When it seems that Leo McGarry is getting cold feet about his role on the ticket, Santos says he can only get out of it by going back on the bottle or by having a heart attack. A few months later John Spencer, the actor playing McGarry, did die of a heart attack, forcing the producers to change the storyline. This scene thus becomes gruesomely prescient.

    • This is Oliver Platt's first appearance on the show since the season 3 episode "Gone Quiet."

    • David Garrison has a small part as a television political analyses. During Season 2, Ted McGinley played the host of a political analysis show.

      Both Garrison and McGinley had previous played the husband of Marcy from Married... with Children.

      Furthermore, last season, Ed O'Neill had a role as a governor who was campaigning to be the Democratic Presidental nominatee.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Donna: You called Russell a cowpoke. You said the President avoided him in the halls. You hummed "These Boots Are Made For Walking" every time the press mentioned his name.
      Josh: Yeah, but I won.
      Donna: It was my job, Josh. You're not used to me being in a position of authority. I'm sure that's uncomfortable.
      Josh: I've got an airplane hangar out there filled with 500 strangers looking to me for direction; I've got a candidate who doesn't trust any of them, and frankly neither do I. And if you think I don't miss you every day...

    • McGarry: Ok. Let's start by reframing the question. Forget about a four year term, the presidency is 18 months. That's your window. After that, there's midterms. No one on the Hill has time to do business with you, they're too busy getting re-elected.
      Santos: Huh.
      McGarry: Then suddenly, you're running again.
      Santos: So I'm basically throwing everything out but my first five pages.
      McGarry: In the garbage. Realistically, one page. But, we can do this in phases.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first episode to air in the show's new timeslot Sundays at 8 p.m.

    • Credited with wrong titles:
      Original Casting: John Fran Levey and Kevin Scott
      Key Make-Up: John Damiani
      Key Hairstylist: Darlene Brumfield
      Costume Supervisors: Debra Beebe and Philip Hayman
      Music Supervior: Ann Kline

      Credit not available at the episode level:
      Producers: Kristin Harms, Patrick Ward, Debora Cahn, and Andrew Stearn
      Supervising Producer: Eli Attie
      Executive Producer: Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. and Peter Noah
      Produced by: Michael Hissrich
      Executive Producers: Alex Graves, Christopher Misiano, John Wells

    • This is the first episode that Kristin Chenoweth is listed in the main opening credits.


    • The Wizard of Oz: Annabeth and Josh discuss a political cartoon using the Wizard of Oz, Kristen Chenoweth played Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked, which is about the land of Oz before Dorothy got there!