The West Wing - Season 2 Part 2 [VHS] 
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Contains the following episodes:
- Bartlets State of the Union
- The War at Home
- Somebodys Going to Emergency, Somebodys Going to Jail
- The Stackhouse Filibuster
- 17 People
- Bad Moon Rising
- The Falls Gonna Kill You
- 18th and Potomac
- Two Cathedrals
The main focus of the second half of series 2 of The West Wing is the Presidents multiple sclerosis. Someone has found out about the Presidents 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 Sheens 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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
Everyone should own this DVD for 'Two Cathedrals' alone.
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.Read more ›
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!
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!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great price , don't know the show and this is an easy way to decide whether i like it or not - not in this casePublished on 12 Dec. 2013 by G. Mogan
Still by far he best American Drama Series ever written. I am watching the whole series (Complte) end to end!Published on 17 July 2013 by Michael Buss
I believe this to be one of the best series to come from America. I now own the complete seven series and for entertainment value and interest they cannot be beaten. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2011 by skippy
I do believe I am the biggest West Wing fan there is alive (I kid you not). I therefore find it not a little irksome that the US is currently televising Series - 5 and I can only... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2003 by jchibber
I can only agree with what has been said before. These 11 episodes are the best television I have ever seen. Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2003 by TerraceGaz
This series of The West Wing far outshines any that has come before. The writing is intelligent and witty and gives an insight into the tortured mind of a President who has the... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2003
It may sound dull and repetative, but this series is even better than the last ones. The last episode stands above the rest as one of the best pieces of TV to come out of America. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2003 by Nicholas A. Robson
Just amazing. Well beyond the standard of the first series. Story lines excellent and the return of barking Lord John starts the series off to a tee. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2003 by Nicholas A. Robson