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The West Wing - Season 2 Part 2 [VHS] [2001]

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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford
  • Writers: Aaron Sorkin
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 28 July 2003
  • Run Time: 443 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBJ7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Contains the following episodes:

  • Drop-In
  • Bartlet’s State of the Union
  • The War at Home
  • Ellie
  • Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail
  • The Stackhouse Filibuster
  • 17 People
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • The Fall’s Gonna Kill You
  • 18th and Potomac
  • Two Cathedrals

The main focus of the second half of series 2 of The West Wing is the President’s multiple sclerosis. Someone has found out about the President’s secret condition and it becomes obvious that there are larger implications to deal with: should Bartlett have run in the first place and has he duped the American public? As each of the main staff members finds out, they have a different perspective or opinion on how to handle the difficult issue. The situation comes to an emotional head with a season finale press conference, where the President must announce if he is running for a second term or not: a prime testament to Martin Sheen’s acting ability. On top of this, there are other more general issues to deal with for Bartlett and his team – a hostage situation in Columbia, the car crash of a dearly loved member of the team and their fair share of difficult Senators.

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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 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. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 27 July 2003
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The West Wing rocks with the 2nd set of DVD's climaxing the second season of this fine TV show. We continue to chart the fortunes of the Bartlet Whitehouse, as this series hurtles towards its shattering conclusion with the revelations of the Presidents Illness and the shocking departure of a much loved character.
There are fine episodes here from The Drop in, through Bartlet's Third State of the Union, The Stackhouse Filibuster, 18th and Potomac ending with Two Cathedrals which sets us up for the thrilling third season soon to come on DVD and Video.
The performances are as usual excellent from a seasoned cast and supporting players. Truly a fine feast of fictional politics served with humor and more than a little pathos
Excellent!!!!!
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By A Customer on 28 July 2003
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Shows like The West Wing, restore my faith in television. Stunningly well written and beautifully filmed, The West Wing really is one of my favorite shows of all time. This DVD contains the second half of the second series of the show and include the episode 'Two Cathedrals'. This contains probably the finest scene I have ever watched on TV, where Bartlet gives God a piece of his mind.
Everyone should own this DVD for 'Two Cathedrals' alone.
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The second half of the second series of The West Wing must rank as the most consistently great eleven episodes of television ever made.
The set opens on a high with the two-parter detailing Bartlet's success at the State of the Union, but even this moment of triumph is tempered with sadness as a rescue operation in Columbia goes awry.
From here on in, not a single character makes it without a fall of somekind. Sam's personal and professional life clash in the episode 'Somebody's Going To Emergancy, Somebody's Going To Jail', an hour of television which would be the bestr if included on any other set. Here, it just goes to show the quality of the season by being average.
From the episode '17 People' onwards, the ongoing plot of Bartlett's MS comes to the fore. Enjoy his smile in the sixth episode on the set - it's the last until the closing moments.
Having said that, it's not all doom and gloom. Bradley Whitford gets to perform one of the greatest prat falls ever, and Ainsley Hayes provides a good vein of humour.
Mention must be made of the episode '17 People'. Scripted without any exterior locations, new sets or guest stars in order to save money, this riveting piece of drama best shows Aaron Sorkin's talent as a writer. Tight, tough and uncompromising, Bartlet's confession of his illness to Toby nearly wrecks the personal relationship between the two characters, and there are no easy fixes. Even by the end of the season these two have not made up.
But the absolute hands-down winner of best episode of The West Wing (possibly ever) goes to 'Two Cathedrals'. Martin Sheen is superb as the emotionally distraught President whose mind is locked in the past.
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The states have provided us with great tv programmes recently: Law and Order, Alais, Boomtown and CSI. However, at the very top of the list is the West Wing. Season 2, part 2 adopts a more serious tone as the President Bartlet prepares to go public with his multiple slcerosis.
Highlights include "17 people" in which Bartlet tells Toby about his disease and the season finale "Two Cathedrals" in which Bartlet, after attending the funeral of a dear friend and telling the world about his MS, going to a press conference to the tune of "Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits.
If you are looking for funny monents,you have got to see CJ's meeting with the Organisation of Cartographers for Social Equality in "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail".
The West Wing is educating, witty and brilliantly funny. Roll on season 3!
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By A Customer on 2 Jun. 2003
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this excellent second half to the second series of The West Wing carries on from its previous segments and continues the witty, paced happenings of the White House. Bartlett dealing with ill health and having to face the prospect of not running for president again (under his wifes guidlines) makes for some heated viewing as the team also hav to deal with the stresses that began in the first half such as Josh's stress and CJ's mounting hostility towards the presidents ways. they also have to deal with foreign affairs - drug companies, kidnappings. Then the inevitable accident that will always pop-up. Arin Sorkin's excellent screenplay looses none of its original wit and humour or serious tones that blend together to make this the best piece of fiction about The White House.
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Having already released the first of the best, Warner Bros now give us the rest of the best this is the second part of Series Two and the pace quickens as President Bartlett heads towards the presidential election with more on his mind than just governing the country.
The remaining eleven episodes are packed with humor, pathos and above all else DRAMA with a capital D. Be prepared for a few surprises along the way and perhaps a little heart-break.
This series is a must for all fans of the President, Josh, Toby, Sam, C.J, Donna, Charlie and Leo et al. And if you think this is great... Just wait till Season Three!!!!
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