The West Wing – Season 2 Part 2 (Episodes 12

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The second series of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin's relentlessly erudite drama about life behind the scenes at the White House, continues here with the emphasis on President Bartlet's multiple sclerosi..read more

The second series of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin’s relentlessly erudite drama about life behind the scenes at the White House, continues here with the emphasis on President Bartlet’s multiple sclerosis, a condition that he has hitherto concealed from the American electorate and most of his staff,
Tensions grow between himself and the First Lady (Stockard Channing) as she realises, in the episode “Third State of the Union” that he intends to run for a second term in office,

It becomes clear to Bartlet (Martin Sheen) that he must go public with his MS, and his staff are forced to come to terms with this, as well as deal with the usual plethora of domestic and international incidents, which apparently preclude any of them from having any sort of private lives, least of all love lives,
These include crises in Haiti and Columbia, an obstinate filibuster and a Surgeon General’s excessively frank remarks about the drugs situation,
Thankfully, the splendid Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees) is on hand to make chief of staff Leo McGarry’s life more of a misery in “The Drop-In”,

These episodes, though occasionally marred by a sentimental soundtrack and an earnest and wishfully high regard for the Presidential office, are masterclasses in drama and dialogue, ranging from the wittily staccato to the magnificently grave, capturing authentically the hectic pace of political intrigue and the often vain efforts of decent, brilliant people to do the right thing,
“Two Cathedrals”, which features flashbacks to Bartlet’s schooldays and his thunderous denunciation of God following a funeral, is perhaps the greatest West Wing episode of all,

On the DVD : The West Wing, Series 2 Part 2 features no extras, though the transfer is immaculate,
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  • Actor:Martin Sheen
  • Actor:Rob Lowe
  • Actor:Allison Janney
  • Actor:John Spencer
  • Actor:Bradley Whitford
  • AudienceRating:Suitable for 12 years and over
  • Binding:DVD
  • Creator:Martin Sheen
  • Creator:Rob Lowe
  • Creator:Bing Sokolsky
  • Creator:Dean Cundey
  • Creator:Mike Fash
  • Creator:Mike Fountain
  • Creator:Aaron Sorkin
  • EAN:7321900246163
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  • Format:PAL
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  • NumberOfDiscs:3
  • NumberOfItems:3
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  • ProductGroup:DVD
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_DVD
  • Publisher:Whv
  • RegionCode:2
  • ReleaseDate:2003-07-28
  • RunningTime:42
  • SKU:11017949
  • Studio:Whv
  • Title:The West Wing – Season 2 Part 2 (Episodes 12 To 22) [DVD]
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