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Season 6 of American drama series The West Wing aired on NBC television network.


The season began shortly after the events that occurred at the end of season 5. President Bartlet, over the strong objections of Leo McGarry, managed to organize a peace summit at Camp David between the Israelis and the Palestinians. After numerous negotiating sessions, a peace agreement was reached, but only if the U.S. was willing to provide peacekeepers. The stress of his job, along with fighting with his best friend over the conditions of the agreement, caused Leo to have a heart attack. He resigned his post as Chief of Staff and recommended C.J. Cregg as his replacement. After some initial stumbles, C.J. proved to be more than up to the job.

The remaining staff began to deal with the limitations of a lame duck Presidential administration. While preparing for a summit with China, a diplomatic incident forced C.J. to remove Josh from running point on it. This, combined with Josh's low opinions of the potential Democratic Presidential nominees and Donna leaving her position as his assistant caused him to convince Matt Santos, a relatively inexperienced but very politically savvy Congressman, to make a dark horse run for the Democratic nomination. Santos agreed to take the leap, but only if Josh would accompany him. This caused Josh to leave his post as Deputy Chief of Staff to work full time for Santos.

While preparing for and traveling to the China summit, the President began to experience a severe MS episode, which left him almost totally paralyzed. While he managed to successfully complete the summit in a wheelchair, he was left physically impaired for weeks afterward.

Following the President's State of the Union address, Leo, returning to the White House in an advisory capacity, worked to convince the rest of the senior staff that there was still a lot that they could do in their final year in office.

In the midst of the Democratic Primary campaign, the Matt Santos campaign started out shaky but gradually gained ground as the candidate continued to demonstrate his qualifications. John Hoynes, who had originally been a strong candidate, was brought down by yet another sex scandal. As the Democratic convention approached, no candidate had a lock on the nomination, resulting in a full-out floor fight. After Santos gave a rousing speech on the convention floor, President Bartlet, who had been reluctant to get involved in the nomination fight, did some behind-the-scenes maneuvering to give the nomination to Santos. the 2006 Presidential campaign would be between Matthew Santos and Arnold Vinick.


Stockard Channing as Abigail Bartlet
Dulé Hill as Charlie Young
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina as Will Bailey
Mary McCormack as Kate Harper
Janel Moloney as Donna Moss
Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler
John Spencer as Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman
with Jimmy Smits as Matthew Santos
and Martin Sheen as President Bartlet

Special Guest Stars

Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick
Lily Tomlin as Deborah Fiderer

Guest Cast[]


# Title Writer Director Notes
1 601 NSF Thurmont John Wells Alex Graves
2 602 The Birnam Wood John Wells Alex Graves
3 603 Third-Day Story Eli Attie Christopher Misiano
4 604 Liftoff Debora Cahn Alex Graves
5 605 The Hubbert Peak Peter Noah Julie Hébert
6 606 The Dover Test Carol Flint Laura Innes
7 607 A Change Is Gonna Come Telplay by John Sacret Young and Josh Singer
Story by John Sacret Young
Vincent Misiano
8 608 In The Room Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. Alex Graves
9 609 Impact Winter Debora Cahn Lesli Linka Glatter
10 610 Faith Based Initiative Bradley Whitford Christopher Misiano
11 611 Opposition Research Eli Attie Christopher Misiano
12 612 365 Days Mark Goffman Andrew Bernstein
13 613 King Corn John Wells Alex Graves
14 614 The Wake Up Call Josh Singer Laura Innes
15 615 Freedonia Eli Attie Christopher Misiano
16 616 Drought Conditions Debora Cahn Alex Graves
17 617 A Good Day Carol Flint Richard Schiff
18 618 La Palabra Eli Attie Jason Ensler
19 619 Ninety Miles Away John Sacret Young Rod Holcomb
20 620 In God We Trust Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. Christopher Misiano
21 621 Things Fall Apart Peter Noah Nelson McCormick
22 622 2162 Votes John Wells Alex Graves

See also[]

Seasons of The West Wing
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7