In this episode of The West Wing Podcast Maggie and Anne-Sophie share their thoughts on the 2nd episode of Season 2 called The Midterms.
- As one of the President’s staff, Josh (Bradley Whitford) recovers from bullet wounds, the rest of the team pushes on to the “mid-term” congressional elections in November — but as C.J. (Allison Janney) deflects press requests on how the assassination attempt has affected the mood in the White House, she knows that nearly everyone bears psychological scars in its aftermath. In particular, Charlie (Dulé Hill) is affected when he learns more about the shooting and reacts coldly both to Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and Zoey (Elisabeth Moss). For his part, Toby (Richard Schiff) surveys the President’s newfound popularity in the polls and proposes that the administration pursue a course that would turn up the heat on extremist groups while Sam (Rob Lowe) convinces a friend, Tom Jordan (Jamie Denton) to run for Congress after the death of Grant Samuels, the current congressman. Elsewhere, Bartlet is obsessed with an obscure school board election in New Hampshire for purely personal reasons.
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