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6.1 NSF Thurmont  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 10-20-04

With Palestinian leaders surrounded in their compound, Israel is willing to sit down with the US and moderate Palestinians to discuss a peaceful solution to the latest outbreak of fighting. Surprising everyone, however, the Palestinians publicly thank the US for inviting them to the negotiation table. Also, Donna (Janel Moloney) is rushed into surgery for a pulmonary embolism.

6.2 The Birnam Wood  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 10-27-04

Bartlet (Martin Sheen) has convinced Israel and Palestine to visit Camp David for a round of peace negotiations. Leo (John Spencer) stays back in order to give the official okay to strike the Ein Hawa terrorist training camp in Syria.

6.3 Third-Day Story  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 11-03-04

Before signing the peace accord, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) tells his staff to go after the support of the House and the U.N. Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Toby (Richard Schiff) are assigned the task of getting congressional support. Meanwhile, CJ (Allison Janney) works to confirm international support with the U.N. Security Council. Donna (Janel Moloney) returns to work and Charlie (Dulé Hill) resists taking a college swimming exam that would allow him to graduate.

6.4 Liftoff  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 11-10-04

The Bartlet Administration must devise a plan of action when an emissary from the Republic of Georgia walks into the White House and offers them weapons-grade uranium that's in a research reactor the Russians left behind when they pulled out of Georgia. Meanwhile, Josh (Bradley Whitford) goes looking for support of the tax cut from the DCCC and along the way meets with Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits), a bright and enigmatic congressman from Texas.

6.5 The Hubbert Peak  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 11-17-04

Josh (Bradley Whitford) test drives an oversized SUV and crashes into a hybrid car resulting in bad publicity for The White House. Annabeth (Kristin Chenoweth), the new Press Secretary, has been on the job for only a week and is preparing to face the press corps for the first time. Toby (Richard Schiff) is concerned that she looks too young and may not be prepared for their probing questions.

6.6 The Dover Test  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 11-24-04 Rerun 07-23-05 8 p.m.

When a U.S. peacekeeping compound is attacked and American soldiers are killed, the White House struggles to contain the story even as the father of one of the slain soldiers speaks out against the mission. Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Santos (Jimmy Smits) attaches his patients' bill of rights to a Republican piece of legislation -- and effectively keeps the Democratic elements in line while maintaining a Republican agenda. Also, Leo (John Spencer) gets a lesson in life and business from his nurse.

6.7 A Change is Gonna Come  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 12-01-04

Final preparation goes into President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) visit to China when he accepts a flag from the Taiwanese delegation representing the Taiwanese Independence Movement -- prompting China to mobilize for military action.

6.8 In the Room  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 12-08-04 Rerun 07-23-05 9 p.m.

At a Bartlet family birthday, Penn and Teller burn the American flag in the White House, prompting a publicity nightmare. Aboard Air Force One, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is stricken by a paralyzing episode due to his MS. Josh (Bradley Whitford) is approached to run the Vice President's presidential campaign.

6.9 Impact Winter  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 12-15-04

Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff arrive in China for the summit and the President continues to suffer from the paralyzing side-effects of MS. Meanwhile, an asteroid is headed for the U.S., leaving Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Leo (John Spencer) to deal with the preparations.

6.10 Faith Based Initiative  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 01-05-05

The internet press is running with a story that questions CJ's (Allison Janney) sexual orientation. CJ refuses to put out a statement, which only makes the media press harder. The effects of MS are becoming more pronounced on President Bartlet (Martin Sheen). Meanwhile, Santos (Jimmy Smits) declares that he will run for President but only if Josh (Bradley Whitford) will run his campaign.

6.11 Opposition Research  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 01-12-05

Josh (Bradley Whitford) goes to New Hampshire with Santos (Jimmy Smits) to set up their campaign headquarters. From the very beginning, there are problems with setting up the office in an abandoned shack and personal differences about the campaign's goals are immediately evident. Meanwhile, as Donna (Janel Moloney) and Will (Joshua Malina) work together on Russell's (Gary Cole) campaign, Will makes it clear to Donna that in order for their partnership to work, she needs to acknowledge that Josh is gone.

6.12 365 Days  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 01-19-05

It's the day after the State of the Union and there's no time to rest.The staff is busy dealing with emrgency situations while Leo (John Spencer) starts his first day in his new position by watching old State of the Union addresses to find inspiration. Kate (Mary McCormack) spends her day working on a situation in Bolivia; CJ (Allison Janney) on a situation in North Korea; Toby (Richard Schiff) on unemployment.

6.13 King Corn  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 01-26-05

Vice President Russell (Gary Cole) is the first to give his speech at the Iowa Corn Growers' Expo. Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits) and Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) follow and the differences in these candidates become very clear. Josh (Bradley Whitford) struggles to understand how he can possibly guide Santos in this race.

6.14 The Wake Up Call  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 02-09-05

On Valentine's Day, an Iranian fighter jet accidentally shoots down a British passenger plane -- killing 100 people -- but C.J. (Allison Janney) is reluctant to awaken the President (Martin Sheen) even as the hawkish British prime minister considers bombing Iran's nuclear reactors in retaliation. After learning that the passenger jet was mistaken for a U.S. spy plane, Bartlet calls in British ambassador Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees), as they debate whether a strike is the perfect excuse to wipe out the atomic sites or if it will set back reform movements in the rogue nation. Elsewhere: Abbey (Stockard Channing) and C.J. war over the President's schedule for rest; Toby (Richard Schiff)and a legal professor (Christopher Lloyd) try to pound out a new democratic constitution with representatives of Belarus -- and everyone keeps dodging the traditional White House appointment with Miss Universe.

6.15 Freedonia  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 02-16-05

Five days before the New Hampshire primary, a desperate Josh (Bradley Whitford) must find a way to get his trailing candidate, Congressman Santos (Jimmy Smits), into the local newspaper's debate between the two front-runners, Vice President Russell (Gary Cole) and Hoynes (Tim Matheson), or face extinction -- until they gamble on staging their own debate. When Santos brings in savvy Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) to prep him, Josh clashes with both his ex-girlfriend and his candidate over the listless campaign.

6.16 Drought Conditions  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 02-23-05

Vice President Russell (Gary Cole) appears to be the front runner for the Democratic nomination for president. However, a new contender, Senator Rafferty (Mel Harris) gives an amazing speech and has the press buzzing with her ideas. Josh (Bradley Whitford) discovers an interesting link between Senator Rafferty's health-care plan and President Barlet's original plan which only someone on the inside would be privy to. Meanwhile, C.J. (Allison Janney) is trying to get Congress to back a bill.

6.17 A Good Day  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 03-02-05

Santos (Jimmy Smits) masterminds a plot to pass the president's stem cell bill while the Republicans aren't looking. A group of middle school children who are part of the Future Leaders for Democracy visit the White House and seek out Toby (Richard Schiff) to discuss the voting age. Kate (Mary McCormack) has to deal with an impending invasion of Canada.

6.18 La Palabra  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 03-09-05

Santos (Jimmy Smits) goes to Sacramento for the last few days before Super Tuesday and while he's trying to push his healthcare agenda, the media pressures him to take a stand on California legislation to provide drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Russell (Gary Cole) decides not to go to California and Hoynes (Tim Matheson) plays his own game of dodging the issue. Donna (Janel Moloney) steps up and takes a more pro-active role in the Russell campaign by becoming the new spokesperson.

6.19 Ninety Miles Away  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 03-16-05

When speculations fly surrounding the nexus between communist Cuba and the democratic United States, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is propelled into a dubious conundrum -- whether to continue secret talks with Cuba's ailing dictator and lift an antiquated embargo or to yield to bipartisan political fallout and reaffirm 40-year-old sanctions. Meanwhile, Leo (John Spencer) and Kate (Mary McCormack) learn that they have more in common than politics when a distant memory of corrupted elections and barroom antics reveal a more intimate connection.

6.20 In God We Trust  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 03-23-05

Vinick (Alan Alda) wins the Republican nomination for presidency and begins working on his campaign. He gets political advice from Bruno (Ron Silver) about choosing a vice president and how to deal with the latest controversy of Vinick's church attendance, or lack thereof. Meanwhile the Democrats are stuck in a three-way race for enough delegates to win the Democratic nominations; Russell (Gary Cole) barely leads Santos (Jimmy Smits) and Hoynes (Tim Matheson) is a distant third. Bartlet (Martin Sheen) tries to show unity in the party by wrangling the candidates.

6.21 Things Fall Apart  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 03-30-05 Rerun 09-11-05

The clear organization of the Republican Convention is making the Democrats look in disarray as the three candidates continue to battle for a clear Democratic Presidential nominee. Bartlet (Martin Sheen) asks Leo (John Spencer) to take control and organize the Democratic Convention. Meanwhile, the International Space Station has a leak and is losing oxygen which jeopardizes the lives of the three astronauts aboard and morality and mortality are examined.

6.22 2162 Votes  Credits  |  In Reality  |  Episode Page

Original Airdate 04-06-05 Rerun 09-18-05

It's the Democratic National Convention and the race to become the Democratic Presidential candidate has narrowed to three candidates: Russell (Gary Cole), Baker (Ed O'Neill) and Santos (Jimmy Smits). Also, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) must wrestle with the decision to launch the super-secret defense shuttle to rescue the astronauts trapped at the space station and risk national security or let them die.

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