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

While Santos is wrapped up in choosing his new Vice President, Helen is overwhelmed by the issues facing the new First Family.  Meanwhile, Vinick must find a new road now that the election is over.


Opening scene is Senator Vinick fetching the papers from his porch. Vinick reads his papers while half-listening to the TV. Vinick show up at his office, which is in disarray. Vinick is at loose ends. Sheila stops in and discusses her job opportunities and her offer to work for Senator Royce. Vinick insists on contacting each state party chair and senators that supported him, and asks for Bob to bring him the exit polls again - the staffer wonders out loud to Sheila who is going to tell him the campaign is over.

The Santos children get their own secret service detail. Mrs. Santos get miffed when President Elect Santos ducks out to discuss the V.P. selection with a staffer.

Helen Santos is very disappointed when she learns that she and the children will not be able to stay in their Houston home until the children complete the school year; the Secret Service would have to seal off the street and install other security measures such as two guard houses. Mrs. Santos agrees that she and the kids will move into the White House in January.

Vinick gets a check up from his physician and is told he is in great shape. He and his attorney mull over his offers including offers to sit on boards and guest lecturing at top tier universities. He agrees to take guest lecturing positions at schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. Bob and Sheila are reviewing the exit polls with Vinick when he mentions the school positions he is taking - they realize that Vinick is thinking about running again. They disagree but say nothing.

President Elect Santos continues to build his cabinet.

CJ and Helen meet in CJ's office. Helen mentions needing to find a school for the kids; CJ said the Secretary of Education can help. CJ and Helen go to meet the personal staff (including kitchen, porters, valet, etc.), most of whom have been in the White House for a long time. Helen says there are too many people. CJ asks who Helen would fire.

Barry Goodwin calls Vinick's office and requests a meeting with him. Vinick arrives at the office and waits while the Santoses check schools. The office phone rings and Ronna comes in to let him know the call is for him; the school visit is taking longer than expected and it may be another hour. Vinick leaves for a while to get coffee when he realizes he has nothing else to do but wait.

The Santoses talk. They're worried that sending the kids to a fancy school will spoil them. Helen states that school will be the most normal thing in their lives. Upon arriving at the White House for her 3 p.m. decorating appointment, she is surprised to realize the meeting is in the Oval Office.

Santos and Vinick meet. Vinick asks about the cameras and learns it isn't a photo op. Santos wants Vinick's advice. Vinick says the VP will need to be approved by Congress. Santos asks Vinick if he'd consider being VP. Vinick is unsure about what will really happen. Santos asks Vinick what he intends to do next, and he lets him know he intends to run again. Santos asks if Vinick wants to talk about Kazakhstan. Santos says he wants Vinick as his Secretary of State. Santos mentions Vinick's strengths and asks Vinick to do it.

Sheila and Bob are incredulous that Vinick turned Santos down the Secretary of State appointment to run for president again. They try to talk him out of running again. Vinick realizes if he turns him down his second choice, Reynolds, will be a poor Secretary of State. Vinick returns to Santos transition office to discuss Vinick's terms of service. Vinick doesn't see how it could work and thinks the idea is crazy. Santos shows him the daily briefing on Kazakhstan. The episode ends with Santos and Vinick discussing Kazakhstan.



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Jim:You got to talk to him about money.
Sheila Brooks: You're his oldest friend.  If you can't get through to him, I can't.
Jim: He's refusing to join any boards.  He just wants to do guest lecturing at universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.  He's going to be bored to death, and he won't be able to afford the Republican lifestyle he deserves.


"The West Wing" The Last Hurrah (2006)