The West Wing

Season 7 Episode 1

The Ticket

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

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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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • "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.

    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.
  • 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.

    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.

  • The exciment begins! Democrats and Republicans are starting a battle. However, there is a disagreement between the White house and democratic campaign as well. First day: full of events!

    This is really a great beginning for a new season.
    In a way, I agree that CJ/Danny thing in the first moments of the show was a bit surprising, but it could be worse; it could be Josh and Donna standing there, showing the pictures of their children. :)
    Speaking of which, I was completely on Josh\'s side in that interview and I think Donna will go work in the White house, considering that Annabeth went to work with Leo. Just guessing...
    I LOVED Oliver Platt in his role! He is my favorite guest star there! I hope he\'s stay for more episodes.
    Too bad we didn\'t see the Republican quarters, but with all those war fronts it\'s hard to fit them all in one episode. And that is what makes this show great! Excitement and the wait for more!
  • Finally, an episode that exceeds my low expectations.

    It seems like John Wells is finally starting to take this show somewhere and has stopped jerking it around to get people watching.

    The opening:
    I thought it was a bit cheezy, and I was a little bit disappointed with them just throwing in the CJ/Danny thing, that they've been playing at for years. You can't build up a relationship like that for so long and then jump the gun and be like "HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS!"

    "The leak":
    Glad to see Oliver Babbish back, because he can make any scene more interesting. They seemed to have dumbed CJ down quite a bit. I'm so sure she would have taken so long to figure out that she's a suspect.

    The relationship between the two of them is interesting, and I like that Santos is establishing that he is boss.

    Pretty much heartbreaking. Janel and Brad were fantastic, and I think this scene was done realistically without jumping back into the J/D pairing too quickly. I also think Josh was completely right not to hire her again, for personal AND professional reasons.

    Where is Toby? Despite being barely in the show, I mean where is the Toby we know and love? Toby's character is the one who's been the most loss in the Sorkin to Wells switch. Josh can just strut and Jed can just rattle off useless information to maintain their characters, but Toby's brilliance I think was such an Aaron Sorkin touch that's been lost.

    Overall, much better than I expected it to be.
  • Builds on the suspense created at the end of season six - who will win the White House: Santos or Vinick? What happens to Donna Moss and Will Bailey? None of the questions are answered, but the suspense is increased.

    This first episode of the seventh season promises another season on the campaign trail, but this time not the primaries, but the last few months on the way to the presidency.

    There are several story lines:

    Leo McGarry as Vice President: Leo faces scrutiny due to his past as an AA and his heart attack while he was still Chief of Staff (well basically just after President Bartlett fired him in Camp David). At first, it is left unclear why Santos chose Leo as his running mate, one can gain the impression that Josh talked Santos into this decision, but how likely is that considering that Santos is a very independant minded candidate? Santos offers an explanation: Leo knows how to run a government - but wouldn't Leo been more helpful as a campaign manager? A vice president is most often chosen to balance the ticket - Leo does appear to be more experienced (perhaps in the Dukakis-Bentsen mold), but what states could he win which Santos couldn't. As far as we know, Leo never ran for office before - he is not necessarily a known entity to the voters. It will be interesting to see how the writers resolve the question why Leo was chosen and what his role will be. At this point he does seem to be a very week choice as vice president - from a campaign point of view.

    At the beginning of the episode, we learn that Will Bailey is a Congressman (a backbencher on the Ways and Means committee). It will be interesting to see how he makes this transition, right now he is back in the office of the soon to be outgoing vice president "Bingo" Bob Russell.

    Perhaps a little bit shocking is the way Josh tells Donna that he cannot hire her, despite ímplying that he trusts her more than any other staffer working for Santos. Considering that the chemistry between Josh and Donna has been one of the highlights of the first 5 1/2 seasons, many had hoped she would be back to reunite the "dream team". At the end of the episode, it is unclear what she will be doing. She is not present at the Ceremony for Bartlett's library either (three years later) - at least she is not shown.

    "The leak" - who leaked the information about the space shuttle - this subplot somehow does not seem that important anymore - it appears that the focus of the show has shifted to the campaign, the west wing is not shown that much, we will see how that developes.

    Arnold Vinick's Campaign will also be an interesting issue. Rob Ritchie's campaign against Bartlett four years earlier was never much the focus of the show - will it be more of a focus this time? We will see - until now, Alan Alda has not really received much screen time, considering he has become a "starting credits character".

    As one can see, there are quite a few interesting plots, I actually forgot one: who will WIN the election?

    Therefore it should be an interesting seventh season, and I cannot wait to see the next episode - and I hope that Josh and Donna somehow get together again: they had some of the most classic moments of the series.
  • A solid beginning for what should be another great season!

    First, a little background. I didn’t watch the show in first run until the third season, and then because of other commitments, I didn’t watch again until the fifth season began. I’ll admit that I was wary of Sorkin’s typical desire to soapbox through his characters, and coming in late, I didn’t have a feel for why the characters were doing what they were doing. Since then, I’ve seen all the episodes several times over with my wife, who is also a new fan. The DVDs get plenty of mileage in our household!

    The point is that I don’t look at this series from the same perspective as someone who was there from the very beginning. I recognize that the show had a very different tone, but I don’t subscribe to the notion that it’s horrible now without Sorkin and his firm handle on where he wanted things to go. If anything, I find it very appropriate that the first term was overseen by one showrunner, and now the second term is under another. Each term has had its general theme, and the second term is darker overall than the first, given that Bartlet’s time in the sun is nearly over.

    That’s why I really liked how this episode began. It makes one thing very clear, right from the beginning: this season is about the end of the Bartlet administration. That was clear last season, but this drives it home. (I’m inclined to think that this is also in preparation for this being the final season.) So the emphasis is on the struggle between the old and the new, even more than it was last season. Since the election plot thread was the one I enjoyed the most last season, this is a big plus for me.

    One thing I really like about this series is its density. So much is happening, and it’s easy to get caught up in the plot and character details. This episode is no exception. I spent most of the time delving into the interplay between Josh, Santos, and Leo. Everyone is spot on, and it promises to be quite interesting in the episodes to come, especially in terms of Leo’s past history. Leo’s character is getting the “fish out of water” treatment that CJ received last season, and it ought to be equally precarious.

    Speaking of CJ, I don’t read spoilers, so I have no idea how this mess with the security leak is going to hash itself out. I have a feeling it’s going to play into some cast restructuring again. I’m glad that the White House is still a vital part of the story, however, because I’m not ready to let go of Bartlet just yet!

    Other good things: Josh and Donna’s incredibly awkward conversation, CJ and Danny finally getting together (and spawning, apparently), the hint at where the characters will end up (will this flash forward be a running thing, touching on all the characters over the years?), and Annabeth’s new role as Leo’s hot campaign manager. I love that both Smits and Alda in the credits (on opposite ends of the list, no less!).

    Perhaps the most telling thing I can say is this. I forgot to tell my wife that it was starting again, and she only realized it when she saw it come up as “recording” on our TiVo. We were all set to watch something else, but she insisted that we watch this instead. Few shows are that high on her priority list. “Lost” and “BSG” perhaps, but compared to this, well…she preferred to wait on “Desperate Housewives” for another day. A solid opening was all we could have asked for, and that’s what we got.
  • And the process begins

    Liked the initial offering of a show that has been slowly dying. They haven't recaptured the first two years of dialogue mastery, but I did like the scene with Josh and Donna. Wow

    While I like Leo as a running mate, the focus on his background lifestyle would never die in today's media. VPs usually don't lose elections, but this one might.

    The flashback scene at the start was cool. No idea how it might apply. Looking like Toby's episodes are numbered. Would like to see more of Oliver Platt's character. The guy is a good actor, that's for sure.

    Overall, I liked the show and will continue my blind allegiance.
  • Exciting plot developments, inevitable changes in focuses of characters. The show is changing; has changed a lot from the early seasons. It's a different show, but I still love it.

    Despite those attributes, I don't feel any sense of suspense from the prospect of the election. It's obvious that Santos is going to be elected. You can tell by the fact that they've hardly shown much of Vinnick in the last three episodes, dating back to the end of last season. We really don't know much about him so far, although the aforementioned last episode that featured him substantially (#130, In God We Trust) was really good, showing the side of Vinnick that makes me think that he's a worthy adversarial to both Bartlett and Santos. He's not as political as even Bob Russell, who is as every bit as a loser as the show portrays him to be. I'm sure we'll see much more of him as the season advances, but somehow I don't really feel any suspense. That's not so much a criticism for this first episode of this season, but how they handled the whole election process from last season.

    Scenes like the last scene with Leo and Santos planning for the future is why I'll keep watching the show. The sincere idealism that the creators and the writers have shown over the years is very appealing and infectious, which leads to finding myself wishing and thinking that it's still possible to have people like that running and leading the country. I so wish that Bartlett is for real. So much so that when the republican convention was doing some heavy Bartlett bashing, it was hard to understand how people in the show, even people of opposing political party, how great a person and an admirable president Bartlett really has been. It he was real he would easily be one of the greatest presidents.

    As another reviewer noted, it is too bad that Toby's role has been diminished, as well as the fact that the comic moments in the show has also diminished. The thing that I fell in love with about the show is the nobility, intelligence and the humor that Bartlett has shown many times in the first two seasons especially. The show has evolved to be very intense and serious over the last two seasons.
  • Good Start!

    What an awesome way to begin the season. I love the new flavor to the show but ya gotta admit it was kinda sad seeing Toby fading in importance. I am praying he's not the leak. I am thinking the leak is not someone close to Bartlet because they wouldn't have been invited to his Library opening...What do you think?
  • This is what the fans has been waiting for for the past few years.

    Though the flashback did reveal a few things that could have been enjoyable to watch unfold during the season, it was nontheless, a good way to start the season. There is that feeling an era is about to end, yet the lives of these smart people will go on.
    The conflicts throuhtout the episode is able to grasp you and it breaks your heart to see Leo/Josh vs. C.J./Toby. The Donna/Josh storyline really is a shocker to this episode and makes you wonder and waiting for more. For a long time, the show actually ends on a happy note wih Santos and Leo fianlly working together and trying to ease their relationship.
    The Shuttle Leak storyline is playing out smoothly though their are times when I tell myself they could have done better here or there.
    The usual comedy is interwined into the shows and thought not as frequent as the early seaons, still very enjoyable.
    This season could be the one that keeps the West WIng going to the eight season, as I will love to see, though I just can't help but see this as being the last season.
    So far, it is playing out to be a Santos victory, and though I am a Democrat, I would not mind seeing Vinick in the White House. He could end up being the villain this season.
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