Manchester (Episode 3)
The West Wing Season 3

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In the conclusion of The West Wing's "official" third-season opener, political consultants Bruno Gianelli (Ron Silver), Connie Tate (Connie Britton), and Doug Wegland (Evan Handler) cross swords with the presidential staff over the issue of Bartlet's impending re-election campaign. C.J. (Allison Janney) suffers the repercussions of her press-conference "meltdown" and endeavors to keep the press corps from assuming that Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is worried about winning a second term. The situation involving the Haitian dictator comes to a boil -- and a solution. And Leo (John Spencer) is ordered to pull political strings to postpone the FDA's announcement on the controversial drug RU-486. Like the first part of "Manchester," part two is framed in a flashback format, recalling the events leading up to Bartlet's decision to run again despite the controversy surrounding his medical condition.


Martin Sheen
as President Josiah `Jed' Bartlet
Rob Lowe
as Sam Seaborn
John Spencer
as Leo McGarry
Richard Schiff
as Toby Ziegler
Allison Janney
as C.J. Cregg
Bradley Whitford
as Josh Lyman
Dulé Hill
as Charlie Young
Janel Moloney
as Donna Moss
Stockard Channing
as First Lady Abigail Bartlet
Ron Silver
as Bruno Gianelli
Anna Deavere Smith
as Nancy McNally
Evan Handler
as Doug Wegland
Connie Britton
as Connie Tate
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