President Bartet's attack of multiple sclerosis requires hasty reorganization of the summit in China. Unable to endure the long meetings, he becomes frustrated when the Chinese take advantage of his absence to drag their feet over North Korea. Back at the White House, Josh is told by NASA that a large asteroid is on a collision course with earth; staffers are unsure whether to prepare for the end of the world or not. Donna becomes frustrated when Josh continually postpones what she says is an important conversation. With the New Hampshire primary looming and Vinick looking like a formidable opponent, Josh and Leo try to find a Democratic presidential candidate they can believe in.
Directed by Vincent Misiano. With Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina. After spending months negotiating a difficult summit with China, Josh is dismayed to learn that the President accepted a flag symbolizing Taiwanese independence. Vice President Hoynes appears on television to promote his book and indicates a desire to return to politics. With the Iowa caucuses only a few months away, Vice President Russell and others begin positioning themselves to win the ...
Directed by Laura Innes. With Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina. The glow of the Middle East peace deal begins to fade once the hard reality of implementing change begins. Josh becomes involved in the Patient's Bill of Rights, which is becoming a political football as the Vice President and Congressman Santos both try to out-maneuver each other and the Republicans. C.J. continues to be unimpressed with Toby's performance as press secretary when he gets into a ...
Josh visits a car dealership and is seduced by both a hybrid and a monster SUV, despite knowing that Congress is unlikely to raise fuel efficiency standards. For political cover as well as genuine concern, he meets with representatives of the alternative energy industries. Charlie has graduated from college and is reluctant to keep his promise to the President of finding a "real" job.
“Dolley Madison was maybe 5’3″.”
Directed by Alex Graves. With Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina. C.J.'s first day as Chief of Staff gives her a new appreciation for Leo's skill in the role. While struggling to keep up with her hectic schedule, she must handle the sudden appearance of abandoned Soviet nuclear material, counter political maneuvering within the Cabinet, and assert her authority with the staff and the President. Toby conducts a press briefing after which C.J. orders him to ...
I always loved this episode. Fun to watch CJ adjusting to her new job and taking over in the end.
Directed by Christopher Misiano. With Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina. Leo is found in the woods and rushed to hospital; the staff struggle to hold the peace deal together without a Chief of Staff; the President neglects his duties out of loyalty and guilt towards Leo; Donna arrives back in the USA.
Directed by Alex Graves. With Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina. Josh returns from Germany in time to voice concerns about Leo; the Israelis and Palenstinians meet at Camp David with little chance of an agreement; the President and Leo's differences over the Middle East crisis reach a breaking point.
Innovate Pasadena President Beth Kuchar interviews Chuck Chugumlung - Art Center alumnus, creative director and co-organizer of IP's Friday Coffee and Design X meetups.
Hat tip Chuck Chugumlung. He’d mentioned this to me a while back, but glad to finally have some time to catch it. Chuck is definitely doing some interesting work both in and for Pasadena.
Directed by Kevin Dowling. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru. Gabriel has surprising information; Elizabeth begins to take family matters into her own hands.
Directed by Kevin Dowling. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru. Philip juggled the many women in his life while Elizabeth takes drastic measures to complete a mission. Stan asserts a plan to save Nina with an unlikely ally.
Watched a big piece of this episode late last night as I fell asleep.
Directed by Sam Hoffman. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth tries to finalize a deal to bring the US troops home from the Middle East. A woman's life is threatened by rumors she is involved with one of Elizabeth's staffers. Henry provides relationship advice to Will.
Somehow I knew this was going to be the plane bae story all over again. Interesting how they chose to end the story with an arranged marriage to show the drastic difference between cultures.
Directed by James Burrows. With Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes. Jack's insistence that Will be nicer to his fiancé, Estefan, backfires when Estefan thinks Will is in love with him. In a hurry to buy her boyfriend Noah a Valentine's Day gift, Grace unknowingly knocks over a prominent figure while going after a taxi. And when Karen discovers that Noah not only writes her favorite romance novels but also plans to kill off the main character, she forces him to ...
Directed by Rachel Feldman. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. After a woman is murdered in her apartment, Danny and Baez turn to her daughter for help, but instead she complicates the investigation; someone from Jamie and Eddie's past launches a smear campaign against them.
With Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli, Paige Goehner, Meadow Roberts.
It drives me a bit crazy that these shows always pick their winners on a single episode performance rather than an overall season-long performance. I don’t think I can keep watching this show even as a guilty pleasure.
Directed by Thomas Schlamme. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru. Philip faces a moral dilemma while developing an asset. Philip and Elizabeth's friction escalates. Stan develops a theory with serious reprecussions for national security. Paige makes a surprising birthday wish.