The West Wing

The West Wing

Experience the inner workings of the White House in this innovative, multi-award-winning drama series created by Emmy® winner Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night). Martin Sheen, as President Bartlet, continues to leads an acclaimed ensemble cast. Entering its fifth season with a total of 24 Emmys®, The West Wing begins as the President -- and the nation -- faces the traumatic kidnapping of his youngest daughter, and that it may be the result of his controversial political actions. As the President steps down temporarily, handing executive powers to the Speaker of the House (John Goodman), the White House is overrun with rivals. This season features the 100th episode, written by acclaimed novelist John Sacret Young; a killer tornado in Oklahoma; and a visit to the Gaza Strip. Notable recurring guest stars this season include Timothy Busfield, Lily Tomlin, Mary-Louise Parker, Matthew Perry, Marlee Matlin, Mary McCormack, Jesse Bradford, William Devane, Annabeth Gish and Anna Deveare Smith.
Experience the inner workings of the White House in this innovative, multi-award-winning drama series created by Emmy® winner Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night). Martin Sheen, as President Bartlet, continues to leads an acclaimed ensemble cast. Entering its fifth season with a total of 24 Emmys®, The West Wing begins as the President -- and the nation -- faces the traumatic kidnapping of his youngest daughter, and that it may be the result of his controversial political actions. As the President steps down temporarily, handing executive powers to the Speaker of the House (John Goodman), the White House is overrun with rivals. This season features the 100th episode, written by acclaimed novelist John Sacret Young; a killer tornado in Oklahoma; and a visit to the Gaza Strip. Notable recurring guest stars this season include Timothy Busfield, Lily Tomlin, Mary-Louise Parker, Matthew Perry, Marlee Matlin, Mary McCormack, Jesse Bradford, William Devane, Annabeth Gish and Anna Deveare Smith.

Season 5 (22 episodes)

  • 1. 7A WF 83429

    Original air date: 09/24/2003 Runtime: 42:09 min.

    Original air date: 09/24/2003 Runtime: 42:09 min. As the White House reels from the kidnapping of Zoey, the youngest daughter of Democratic U.S. President Josiah Edward Bartlet, the government is temporarily passed from the distraught Bartlet to the Republican party.

  • 2. The Dogs of War

    Original air date: 10/01/2003 Runtime: 42:12 min.

    Original air date: 10/01/2003 Runtime: 42:12 min. The international crisis concerning the terrorist abduction of Bartlet's daughter Zoey reaches a critical point as Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken, the acting President, orders the bombardment of Qumari terrorist camps.

  • 3. Jefferson Lives

    Original air date: 10/08/2003 Runtime: 43:21 min.

    Original air date: 10/08/2003 Runtime: 43:21 min. Following a harrowing chapter in the nation's history, the White House celebrates the Fourth of July. Bartlet endures the painful process of nominating a candidate for vice president.

  • 4. Han

    Original air date: 10/22/2003 Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Original air date: 10/22/2003 Runtime: 43:00 min. A renowned North Korean pianist is greeted at the White House for a solo performance, but the formalities change when the musician slips a message to the President stating that he wants to defect.

  • 5. Constituency of One

    Original air date: 10/29/2003 Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Original air date: 10/29/2003 Runtime: 43:00 min. After Josh is hailed as the "101st Senator" in a newspaper profile, he clashes with conservative Senator Carrick, a Democrat from Idaho.

  • 6. Disaster Relief

    Original air date: 11/05/2003 Runtime: 42:54 min.

    Original air date: 11/05/2003 Runtime: 42:54 min. Bartlet is preoccupied with a killer tornado in Oklahoma and flies there to lend his support. But his compassion overrules good judgment, and Bartlet stays longer than planned.

  • 7. Separation of Powers

    Original air date: 11/12/2003 Runtime: 43:02 min.

    Original air date: 11/12/2003 Runtime: 43:02 min. The President's staff wrangles with new Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley over the pending federal budget. Meanwhile, Toby dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and friend Joe Quincy to check on the condition of stricken Chief Justice Roy Ashland.

  • 8. Shutdown

    Original air date: 11/19/2003 Runtime: 43:01 min.

    Original air date: 11/19/2003 Runtime: 43:01 min. A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President and the powerful Republican Speaker of the House disagree over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs.

  • 9. Abu el Banat

    Original air date: 12/03/2003 Runtime: 43:25 min.

    Original air date: 12/03/2003 Runtime: 43:25 min. The festive Christmas spirit at the annual White House tree-lighting celebration is dimmed when the President learns that Christian relief workers have been jailed in Islamic Northern Sudan.

  • 10. The Stormy Present

    Original air date: 01/07/2004 Runtime: 42:39 min.

    Original air date: 01/07/2004 Runtime: 42:39 min. When a former President of the United States dies, the two remaining ex- Presidents fly on Air Force One with Bartlet to attend the funeral. Onboard, Bartlet's two historic guests partake in a lively debate about their administrations.

  • 11. The Benign Prerogative

    Original air date: 01/14/2004 Runtime: 42:56 min.

    Original air date: 01/14/2004 Runtime: 42:56 min. Toby finishes the State of the Union Address a few weeks early, and a pregnant Joey Lucas polls responses to the speech from everyday people.

  • 12. Slow News Day

    Original air date: 02/04/2004 Runtime: 43:31 min.

    Original air date: 02/04/2004 Runtime: 43:31 min. Toby convinces Bartlet to secretly sanction his solo attempt to make history by reforming Social Security, but Toby's efforts to recruit a Republican senator and a Democratic cohort are publicly divulged.

  • 13. The Warfare of Genghis Khan

    Original air date: 02/11/2004 Runtime: 42:45 min.

    Original air date: 02/11/2004 Runtime: 42:45 min. When the flash of a secret nuclear detonation is detected over the Indian Ocean, Bartlet calls upon his people to investigate which nation now has the atomic bomb.

  • 14. An Khe

    Original air date: 02/18/2004 Runtime: 43:10 min.

    Original air date: 02/18/2004 Runtime: 43:10 min. When five crew members of an airborne Thunderchief are shot down by North Korean jets near the hostile country, President Bartlet dispatches a Navy SEAL team to retrieve them.

  • 15. Full Disclosure

    Original air date: 02/25/2004 Runtime: 42:43 min.

    Original air date: 02/25/2004 Runtime: 42:43 min. The Bartlet administration reels from press leaks that former Vice President Hoynes is preparing a tell-all book that will embarrass the President and Leo as Hoynes plans to become a candidate for President of the United States.

  • 16. Eppur Si Muove

    Original air date: 03/03/2004 Runtime: 42:54 min.

    Original air date: 03/03/2004 Runtime: 42:54 min. Bartlet becomes furious when a rival conservative congresswoman tries to end funding for a controversial National Institute of Health medical study by exposing the fact that Bartlet's daughter Ellie is working at the institute as a scientist.

  • 17. The Supremes

    Original air date: 03/24/2004 Runtime: 42:08 min.

    Original air date: 03/24/2004 Runtime: 42:08 min. When a Republican Supreme Court justice suddenly dies, the Bartlet administration scrambles to find a worthy replacement, and the halls are filled with candidates.

  • 18. Access

    Original air date: 03/31/2004 Runtime: 42:33 min.

    Original air date: 03/31/2004 Runtime: 42:33 min. Producing a program on past and present White House press secretaries, a television documentary crew follows C.J. around to film a "typical" day.

  • 19. Talking Points

    Original air date: 04/21/2004 Runtime: 43:34 min.

    Original air date: 04/21/2004 Runtime: 43:34 min. On the eve of the President's controversial trade summit meeting in Brussels, Josh is troubled when he learns that Bartlet will reverse his position concerning the loss of American jobs to foreign nations.

  • 20. No Exit

    Original air date: 04/28/2004 Runtime: 43:19 min.

    Original air date: 04/28/2004 Runtime: 43:19 min. After attending a formal dinner at another location, Bartlet and his staff return to the White House and experience an emergency quarantine inside the West Wing when the environmental hazard monitor detects a dangerous foreign substance.

  • 21. Gaza

    Original air date: 05/12/2004 Runtime: 42:46 min.

    Original air date: 05/12/2004 Runtime: 42:46 min. Donna and Admiral Fitzwallace travel with a few Congressmen to the hotly disputed Gaza Strip on a fact-finding mission, trying to sort through the rival issues between the Palestinians and Israelis.

  • 22. Memorial Day

    Original air date: 05/19/2004 Runtime: 43:15 min.

    Original air date: 05/19/2004 Runtime: 43:15 min. In the season finale, after the murders of high-ranking U.S. officials in the explosive Gaza Strip, Bartlet weighs appropriate military action.