Wow. We can't believe we made it through the entire series. It's been quite a wild ride. Here are our thoughts on the series finale! If you'd like to keep in touch with us for any announcements on new interviews or upcoming projects, sign up for my infrequent email list at AndreaHowat.com. We love you, Wingers. Thanks for listening. Love always, Andrea & Sallie.
It's the CJ Cregg show, and we're not mad about it. We've got brilliant (even non-verbal) scenes with both CJ & Danny and CJ & Toby; if this episode doesn't pull at your heart strings, we don't know what will. Also, it's our second-to-last episode, and we're feeling emotional about it. Join us to commiserate, as we recap, "Institutional Memory."
It's a perfectly fine episode; it tells the story of both our President-Elect and one bathrobe-clad candidate who lost and the unlikely way they may be joining forces. We didn't dislike it, but we're missing out on the stories of so many original cast members, with whom we have so little time left.
Does the President-Elect overstep his boundaries? Is he actually playing a covert game of good-cop / bad-cop with President Bartlet? We'll discuss it in between discussing two major points: the long-awaited Josh & Donna DTR (Define The Relationship) and *THE RETURN OF SAM SEABORN*. We have thoughts and feelings. Perhaps you do too. Join us as we recap, "Transition."
There are some really lovely aspects of this episode, aside from its most prominent and depressing storyline. Grab a tissue and join us for the sob-fest that is, "Requiem." We promise it'll be okay.
It's the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It's the culmination of the Santos campaign and the culmination of a relationship that's seven years in the making. We see the joyful (and #awkwardoboe) moments of new love and the unexpected grief of having to say goodbye to another. Tune in as we discuss it all in our recap of "Election Day" (Parts I + II).
*We almost didn't post this one because Sallie's mic track is scratchy and we couldn't fix it. But for those adept at tuning that out, we figured we'd release the episode, since we already went ahead and recorded the next episode (ELECTION DAY!). Plus, this episode has Toby in it, so we couldn't very well skip it, now could we?
Does Matt Santos have a fatal flaw? A secret lovechild? Or just a tendency to forget his briefcase? This episode could alternatively be titled, "Everybody Hates Jane" or "More Toby, Please." We're down to single digits, with less than 10 episodes until our big SERIES finale! But before then, join us in the discussion of, "Two Weeks Out."
If you're not here to talk about Josh + Donna, this episode is not for you. But if you're like the 99% of us who ARE here for it, then dive on it. We have lots to talk about. Join us as we finally discuss, "The Cold."
A nuclear plant in California has both The White House and both campaigns walking a delicate tightrope. President Bartlet takes the reins. Donna is given a tenuous assignment. Will Bailey continues to sass the press. Join Andrea along with guest Sarah Johnson (@sarahsj) as they discuss all things, "Duck and Cover."
Two words: DANNY CONCANNON. This episode was written by Bradley Whitford, and we happen to love it. Join us as we discuss all things, "Internal Displacement."
Inside the world of the show, things are brewing between Will + Kate, while Vice Presidential debate prep puts the Santos team on edge. In the real world, we process the news about John Spencer, in light of his brilliant performance in this Leo-centric episode.
They're trying to replace Josh! Kate asks Will Bailey on a date. Ellie Bartlet is getting married, which means President Bartlet is getting emotional - which means WE're getting emotional. Join us, will you?
Will plans a wedding, Kate cancels her golfing plans (mini), and Santos (yet again!) rises to the occasion, delivering a soaring sermon about racial reconciliation.
Spoiler alert: we both really like this episode, but we can understand why some of you do not. We'll discuss our favorite moments and the moments we consider to be the worst in The West Wing (ever). Join us as we discuss, "The Debate."
Debate negotiations? Semi interesting. Two pro-choice candidates? Very interesting. DONNA GETS HIRED BY THE SANTOS CAMPAIGN? Now we need to talk. Join us as we recap, "The Al Smith Dinner."
Don’t mind us as we pretend that this episode’s really about them keeping Toby in the Roosevelt Room because they’re planning a surprise party for him. Join us and special co-podcaster Lizzy from The Hamilton West Wing (@TheHamWing) as we discuss our mutual affinity for Lin-Manuel Miranda and the most heartbreaking (but beautifully told), terrible, no-good storylines from the show in “Here Today.” Our tears will not be gone tomorrow.
We're back in the saddle! Join Andrea & Sallie as they discuss the heartbreaking revelation in the NASA leak storyline, along with all other things Frosty in, "Mr. Frost."
The Vinnick Campaign tries to put the Santos campaign on the back foot by speaking out about immigration issues. My how times have changed. Friend of the show Dustin Alexander steps in for Sallie to share thoughts on the episode, which is tied with The Long Goodbye for the least number of original cast members in it. Hope you feel less awkward about it than a bathroom visit from Mr. Frost. Don't worry, the room's secure and so is he.
Matt Santos is the best Mommy we've ever had, and we've got no problem with it. And let's give two cheers for Janeane Garofalo in her first West Wing episode! From electoral math to moments of 50 Shades of Gray, we're here to talk about it all.