The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Things Fall Apart 

While Vinick and the Republicans deliver a flawless albeit predictable convention, the Democratic convention looks to be more like a pie fight as there is no clear favorite. Russell tries ... See full summary »

Director:

Nelson McCormick

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Peter Noah | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Senator Arnold Vinick
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Kristin Chenoweth ... Annabeth Schott
Gary Cole ... Vice President Bob Russell
Teri Polo ... Helen Santos
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Storyline

While Vinick and the Republicans deliver a flawless albeit predictable convention, the Democratic convention looks to be more like a pie fight as there is no clear favorite. Russell tries to preempt the floor vote by hinting offers of the vice presidential nomination to both Santos and Governor Baker of Pennsylvania. Charlie and Zoey's relationship is becoming more serious, resulting in different reactions from the President and the First Lady. An air leak on the International Space Station will kill all three astronauts unless a rescue mission can be launched. NASA advises that their shuttles are unfit for flight, but then hints at another solution. Written by Murray Chapman

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This episode's title is taken from a part of a line in the poem "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats. The phrase was also famously used by Chinua Achebe as the title of his 1958 novel. See more »

Goofs

In the previous episode, Vinick's campaign staff say that Matt Santos "couldn't even carry his own state" (Texas). In this episode. it is stated that he did win the Texas primary. See more »

Quotes

President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: [speaking about the Democratic convention] We need someone strong enough to organize the damn thing.
Leo McGarry: [resignedly] Wonder who we can get?
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: If it helps, it gives me no pleasure dumping this damn thing on you.
Leo McGarry: There's the pleasure of not having to do it yourself.
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: Which is not inconsiderable.
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Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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