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The West Wing Season 4

United States President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen - Apocalypse Now) and his devoted staffers tirelessly serve the country, facing new, late-term challenges. The innovative, multiple Emmy Award-winning drama series The West Wing comes from award-winning producers John Wells (ER, China Beach), Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night) and Thomas Schlamme (Sports Night).

Emmy Awards for: Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Christopher Misiano) The two-hour season premiere counts as two episodes.

Episode guide

  1. 01 - 20 Hours in America - Part I

    The reelection campaign of President Josiah Bartlet (series star MARTIN SHEEN) is underway and moving quickly - so quickly that after Bartlet finishes a speech in Unionville, Indiana, Josh Lyman (series star BRADLEY WHITFORD), Toby Ziegler (series star RICHARD SCHIFF) and Donna Moss (series star JANEL MOLONEY) are accidentally left behind by the motorcade containing C.J. Cregg (series star ALLISON JANNEY) and the other staffers. The three must find their own way back to Washington, D.C.

    At the White House, Leo McGarry (series star JOHN SPENCER) and Admiral Fitzwallace (recurring guest star JOHN AMOS) become anxious when they learn that the country of Qumar has reopened its investigation into the death of one of its officials. Later, Bartlet is informed that Qumar intends to accuse Israel of the assassination, in which Bartlet was actually involved. Also troubling the staff are the floundering stock market and a casual remark made by First Lady Dr. Abigail "Abby" Bartlet (series star STOCKARD CHANNING) about the importance of being a mother. In Josh's absence, Sam Seaborn (series star ROB LOWE) tends to the President. Sam also gets a surprise visit from Mallory (recurring guest star ALLISON SMITH), his former girlfriend and Leo's daughter, who asks Sam on a date.

    Meanwhile, the staffers deal with the crisis caused by a bomb that explodes at a University of Iowa swim meet. Also, Charlie Young (series star DULÉ HILL) revisits the idea of hiring Deborah Fiderer (recurring guest star LILY TOMLIN) as Bartlet's executive secretary.

  2. 02 - 20 Hours in America - Part II

    The reelection campaign of President Josiah Bartlet (series star MARTIN SHEEN) is underway and moving quickly - so quickly that after Bartlet finishes a speech in Unionville, Indiana, Josh Lyman (series star BRADLEY WHITFORD), Toby Ziegler (series star RICHARD SCHIFF) and Donna Moss (series star JANEL MOLONEY) are accidentally left behind by the motorcade containing C.J. Cregg (series star ALLISON JANNEY) and the other staffers. The three must find their own way back to Washington, D.C.

    At the White House, Leo McGarry (series star JOHN SPENCER) and Admiral Fitzwallace (recurring guest star JOHN AMOS) become anxious when they learn that the country of Qumar has reopened its investigation into the death of one of its officials. Later, Bartlet is informed that Qumar intends to accuse Israel of the assassination, in which Bartlet was actually involved. Also troubling the staff are the floundering stock market and a casual remark made by First Lady Dr. Abigail "Abby" Bartlet (series star STOCKARD CHANNING) about the importance of being a mother. In Josh's absence, Sam Seaborn (series star ROB LOWE) tends to the President. Sam also gets a surprise visit from Mallory (recurring guest star ALLISON SMITH), his former girlfriend and Leo's daughter, who asks Sam on a date.

    Meanwhile, the staffers deal with the crisis caused by a bomb that explodes at a University of Iowa swim meet. Also, Charlie Young (series star DULÉ HILL) revisits the idea of hiring Deborah Fiderer (recurring guest star LILY TOMLIN) as Bartlet's executive secretary.

  3. 03 - College Kids

    Bartlet's staff prepares a legal team to deal with the inquiry into Bartlet's involvement in the Qumari assassination. The country of Qumar is manufacturing evidence to implicate Israel, which could lead to war. The staffers cautiously approach Leo's ex-wife, attorney Jordon Kendall (JOANNA GLEASON), to represent Bartlet. Meanwhile, a key judicial ruling on presidential third-party candidates causes trouble for Bartlet's campaign. Josh is upset with his girlfriend, Amy (recurring guest star MARY-LOUISE PARKER), for accepting a certain job interview. Sam, Toby and Josh concoct a radical new idea to help people pay for college education. And the approval of prospective executive secretary Debbie Fiderer (recurring guest star LILY TOMLIN) is threatened when new evidence is discovered.

  4. 04 - The Red Mass

    Bartlet ponders the potential consequences of ordering a strike force to overtake a barricaded gang of domestic terrorists in Iowa, one of whom is a noncombatant requiring medical attention. Meanwhile, Bartlet's staff tries to negotiate with his Republican rival for more debates. Josh accuses his girlfriend, Amy (recurring guest star MARY-LOUISE PARKER), of possibly drawing votes away from Bartlet by helping a third-party candidate, Senator Howard Stackhouse (recurring guest star GEORGE COE). And Leo discreetly meets with a high-ranking Israeli official, Ben Yosef (MALACHI THRONE) to discuss mutual strategy regarding the Qumari assassination investigation.

  5. 05 - Debate Camp

    While on a weekend retreat to prepare for the crucial upcoming debates, Bartlet must also deal with an Israeli air attack on Qumar that could cause havoc in the Mideast. Meanwhile, Bartlet's staff recalls the administration's first error-prone days in office.

  6. 06 - Game On

    One day before a debate between Bartlet and his Republican rival, Governor Robert Ritchie (recurring guest star JAMES BROLIN), even skeptical Toby must admit that Bartlet is ready. After a debate rehearsal, Toby meets with his ex-wife, Congresswoman Andrea "Andy" Wyatt (recurring guest star KATHLEEN YORK), who is advising on the campaign. Toby also tells C.J. that Albie Duncan (recurring guest star HAL HOLBROOK), a rather old, slightly crazy Republican, will help Bartlet deal with the aftermath of the debate. Later, the staff joyously watches Bartlet trounce Ritchie in the debate. Meanwhile, Leo and attorney Jordon Kendall (recurring guest star JOANNA GLEASON) negotiate a peaceful settlement to the escalating Qumar-Israel conflict. And Sam attempts to persuade an idealistic campaign manager, Will Bailey (recurring guest star JOSH MALINA), to remove a recently deceased Democratic candidate from the Presidential ballot.

  7. 07 - Election Night

    On Election Day, Bartlet and his staff begin counting exit poll votes across the country. In a conservative California congressional district, the results have important implications for Sam and a maverick Democratic campaign manager, Will Bailey (recurring guest star JOSH MOLINA). Meanwhile, Donna meets an intriguing Navy Commander, Jack Ross (recurring guest star CHRISTIAN SLATER - "Windtalkers," "The Contender"), who has been transferred to the White House as Deputy Military Aide.

  8. 08 - Process Stories

    As the White House staffers rejoice after Bartlet's win, the outcome of a bizarre congressional race in a conservative California district provides them with a surprising idea. Toby and his ex-wife, Congresswoman Andrea "Andy" Wyatt (recurring guest star KATHLEEN YORK), confront a difficult decision on their future. Donna flirts with Navy Lieutenant Commander Jack Ross (recurring guest star CHRISTIAN SLATER), who moves into his White House office. And Bartlet attempts to celebrate his victory by spending a romantic night with Abbey. Meanwhile, a coup takes place in Venezuela.

  9. 09 - Swiss Diplomacy

    Bartlet ponders the immense political ramifications of honoring a secret request from the uncompromising Iranian Ayatollah to allow his son to be flown to the United States for life-saving surgery.

  10. 10 - Arctic Radar

    Sam prepares his California congressional campaign and refers talented campaign manager Will Bailey (recurring guest star JOSH MOLINA) to Toby for a review of Will's speechwriting skills. Meanwhile, C.J. clashes with a reporter who is upset over his new pressroom seat assignment.

  11. 11 - Holy Night

    A winter storm blankets the northeast as a staffer gets a surprising visit from his father, and Bartlet and Leo start to hear the footsteps.

  12. 12 - Guns Not Butter

    The staff joins together to fight a losing battle on a foreign aid vote in the Senate.

  13. 13 - The Long Goodbye

    C.J. reluctantly returns home to Dayton, Ohio, to speak at her 20th high school class reunion. Her visit includes an encounter with a rich and handsome classmate, Marco Arlens (MATTHEW MODINE - "Any Given Sunday"), and the sobering realization that her father, Talmidge (DONALD MOFFAT - "Clear and Present Danger"), is rapidly deteriorating from Alzheimer's disease. While C.J. confronts her myriad emotions, she can't resist keeping in contact with Toby, who struggles to temporarily replace her during news briefings.

  14. 14 - Inauguration - Part I

    A situation in an unimportant country on the other side of the world has Bartlet and his staff rewriting his address on the eve of his inauguration. Meanwhile, tensions mount between the White House and the Pentagon, and the staff is stunned by a betrayal of one of their own.

  15. 15 - Inauguration - Part II: Over There

    Preparations for the Presidential inauguration, and the parties that follow, continue as the White House cancels Bartlet's speech and moves closer to a historic military action.

  16. 16 - The California 47th

    En route to California to support Sam's troubled campaign for Congress, Bartlet and his staff debate whether or not to announce a controversial tax plan that might damage Sam's chances in conservative Orange County. Meanwhile, Bartlet must keep abreast of a dangerous U.S. military incursion in a tumultuous African country.

  17. 17 - Red Haven's on Fire

    Bartlet waits tensely for the results of a military strike intended to rescue three captive American soldiers in Africa. Meanwhile, Toby tries to help Sam's California congressional campaign, and Josh clashes with Abby.

  18. 18 - Privateers

    Upset because an antiabortion provision has been attached to a foreign aid bill, Abbey asks Amy (recurring guest star MARY-LOUISE PARKER) to secretly help defeat the bill, which was proposed by Bartlet. Meanwhile, Toby gets into legal trouble when a former classmate exposes a lawbreaking chemical company. Also, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution want to reject Abbey when they learn that her distant relative was more of a pirate than a patriot.

  19. 19 - Angel Maintenance

    At the end of an 18-hour return trip from Manila, as Air Force One is about to begin its descent into Andrews Air Force Base, a cockpit indicator light leads the crew to believe that the landing gear might not be locked down. The craft stays in the air while the problem can be examined. Tensions in Air Force One and on the ground grow as people become increasingly concerned that someone may have tampered with the airplane.

  20. 20 - Evidence of Things Not Seen

    After a gunman fires three shots at the White House, the staff remains on lockdown. Meanwhile, Bartlet negotiates the return of a downed spy plane. Josh interviews a candidate, Joe Quincy (recurring guest star MATTHEW PERRY - "Friends," "The Whole Nine Yards"), for associate counsel. And a spirited card game allows everyone to relieve their tension.

  21. 21 - Life on Mars

    A seemingly benign press leak begins a journey that lasts for a day and a night and ends with the discovery of a scandal affecting the uppermost levels of the administration. What the staff doesn't yet know is this is merely the beginning of a chain reaction - and things are about to get considerably worse. Recurring guest star MATTHEW PERRY appears as Joe Quincy, a newly hired White House attorney who has the bad luck of finding the problem.

  22. 22 - Commencement

    The U.S. is in a heightened state of alert because suspected terrorists have gone missing. Meanwhile, Bartlet struggles with the message that he wants to convey to his youngest daughter Zoey's (recurring guest star ELISABETH MOSS), graduating class at Georgetown University. C.J. must stop reporter Danny Concanon (Timothy Busfield) from filing a story. And Charlie decides whether or not to keep a romantic promise he made to Zoey when they were dating. Recurring guest star TAYE DIGGS ("Chicago," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back") appears as the new head of Zoey's Secret Service detail.

  23. 23 - 25

    In the season finale, Bartlet confronts a national crisis on the night of his daughter Zoey's (recurring guest star ELISABETH MOSS) graduation from Georgetown University, forcing him to shut down Washington, D.C., and order a fleet to the Persian Gulf. Bartlet also considers executive action that would have been unthinkable just hours earlier. In the midst of the administration's greatest challenge, a conflicted Toby still finds time to savor a personal milestone.