In his first term as President, Josiah Bartlet is finding himself stalled. His staff is restless, unable to pass legislation on the hill. To make matters worse, his Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman has just insulted the Religious Right on a national television program. As Bartlet and his staff work together to pass legislation through back channels and dealmaking, Bartlet decides to finally make a stand and attempts to get Roberto Mendoza appointed to the Supreme Court.
While Bartlet is able to get Mendoza on the bench, he still finds himself stuck in neutral until a rousing speech from White House Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry, gets Bartlet to focus on the issues instead of re-election. A few short weeks later, as President Bartlett is leaving a successful speech, shots are fired on him and his staff, with the Secret Service wondering who had been shot.
- Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn
- Moira Kelly as Mandy Hampton
- Dule Hill as Charlie Young
- Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
- Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler
- John Spencer as Leo McGarry
- Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman
- and Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet
Recurring Cast Edit
- Stockard Channing as First Lady Abbey Bartlet
- Edward James Olmos as Roberto Mendoza
- Janel Moloney as Donna Moss
- Tim Matheson as Vice President John Hoynes
- John Amos as Admiral Fitzwallace
- Marlee Matlin as Joey Lucas
- Jorja Fox as Gina Toscano
- Roger Rees as Lord John Marbury
- Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon
- Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Bartlet
- Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield
- Lisa Edelstein as Laurie
- Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham
- NiCole Robinson as Margaret
- Allison Smith as Mallory O'Brien
- Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick
- Devika Parikh as Bonnie
- Suzy Nakamura as Cathy
- Kim Webster as Ginger
- Peter James Smith as Ed
- Bill Duffy as Larry
- Renee Estevez as Nancy
- Bill O'Brien as Kenny Thurman
- John de Lancie as Al Kiefer
- Aaron Sorkin was the creator and executive producer.
- The show was a popular and critical hit, finishing 27th overall in viewers and winning nine Emmy awards.
- The season was released on DVD on November 18, 2003.