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 "Previously on the West Wing" spoken by C.J.

Leo struggles through debate practice and makes Josh and Lou extremely nervous. Meanwhile, Santos gets a brief respite from the campaign trail to see his family.


The Santos family spends time in their home which temporarily becomes campaign headquarters. Mrs. Santos is the subject of gossip when a picture of her red panties is captured as she kneels on the front lawn when she and the children greet the congressman upon his homecoming. Photos later show up all over the internet and news papers.

Leo performs poorly during debate preps. Lou, Josh, and Ronna grow increasingly worried. Rumors spread that they might cancel the debate. The debate occurs on schedule. When arriving at the debate site, Lou and Annabeth continue giving Leo tips about eye contact and more. Leo performs quite well during the debate despite his struggles during the preparation sessions. It turns out that he is the one who lowered expectations for his performance, using Annabeth's email account.



Special Guest Stars[]

Guest Starring[]



On the original airing, Martin Sheen introduced the episode, dedicating the next set of episodes to the late John Spencer. [1]

This is the first episode of the series to air after the death of John Spencer on December 16, 2005. [2]



Leo McGarry: Never use your cat's name as your password.

Josh Lyman: I forget, in D.C. do they allow felons to vote?
Josh Lyman: Too soon?
Toby Ziegler: Yeah, a little bit.

Josh Lyman: Get some rest. I need you to look pretty for 20 million TV viewers.
Leo McGarry: If that's what we're counting on, the campaign is doomed.

Leo McGarry: There's not enough helium in the cosmos.


"The West Wing" Running Mates (2006)
The West Wing: Running Mates