The West Wing: Season 4 (2002 - 2003)

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 25, 2002

Part One of a two-hour season premiere.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2002

Part Two of a two-hour season premiere.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2002

Bartlet's staff prepares a legal team to deal with the inquiry into Bartlet's involvement in the Qumari assassination.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2002

Bartlet ponders the potential consequences of ordering a strike force to overtake a barricaded gang of domestic terrorists in Iowa, one of whom is a noncombatant requiring medical attention.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2002

While on a weekend retreat to prepare for the crucial upcoming debates, Bartlet must also deal with an Israeli air attack on Qumar that could cause havoc in the Mideast.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2002

One day before a debate between Bartlet and his Republican rival, Governor Robert Ritchie (recurring guest star JAMES BROLIN), even skeptical Toby must admit that Bartlet is ready.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2002

On Election Day, Bartlet and his staff begin counting exit poll votes across the country.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2002

As the White House staffers rejoice after Bartlet's win, the outcome of a bizarre congressional race in a conservative California district provides them with a surprising idea.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2002

Bartlet ponders the immense political ramifications of honoring a secret request.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2002

Sam prepares his California congressional campaign and refers talented campaign manager Will Bailey (recurring guest star JOSH MOLINA) to Toby for a review of Will's speechwriting skills.

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The West Wing blends drama with reality in this groundbreaking documentary episode that includes interviews with former Presidents and White House figures.

Cast

Martin Sheen
as President Josiah `Jed' Bartlet
Stockard Channing
as First Lady Abigail Bartlet
Rob Lowe
as Sam Seaborn
John Spencer
as Leo McGarry
Allison Janney
as C.J. Cregg
Richard Schiff
as Toby Ziegler
Dulé Hill
as Charlie Young
Janel Moloney
as Donna Moss
Joshua Malina
as Will Bailey
Lily Tomlin
as Debbie Fiderer
John Amos
as Fitzwallace
Timothy Busfield
as Danny Concannon
Kathleen York
as Andrea Wyatt
Donald Moffat
as Talmidge Cregg
Danica McKellar
as Elsie Snuffin
Tim Matheson
as John Hoynes
Elisabeth Moss
as Zoey Bartlet
Anna Deavere Smith
as Nancy McNally
Verna Bloom
as Molly Cregg
Ron Silver
as Bruno Giannelli
Matthew Modine
as Marco Arlens
Joanna Gleason
as Jordan Kendall
Christian Slater
as Cdr. Jack Reese
Matthew Perry
as Joe Quincy
Trent Ford
as Jean-Paul
Terry Beaver
as Dr. Voight
George Coe
as Howard Stackhouse
James Brolin
as Governor Ritchie
Clark Gregg
as Agent Casper
Adam Arkin
as Dr. Stanley Keyworth
Michael O'Neill
as Butterfield
John P. Connolly
as Matt Kelly
Gregory Jbara
as Congressman Segal
Shannon Marshall
as Randy Weathers
Marlee Matlin
as Joey Lucas
Hal Holbrook
as Albie Duncan
Kris Iyer
as Dr. Salmi
Kathryn Joosten
as Mrs. Landingham
John Goodman
as Glenallen Westin
Omar Benson Miller
as Orlando Webber
Elisabeth Rosen
as Diane Halley
Lee Garlington
as Alana Waterman
Matthew Glave
as Scott Holcomb
Joan Armatrading
as Joan Armatrading
Henry G. Sanders
as Ambassador Tiki
Megan Cavanagh
as Woman No. 1
Glenn Morshower
as Civilian No. 1
Claire Coffee
as Cassie Tatum
Kaarina Aufranc
as Beautiful Woman
Ayre Gross
as Dr. Glazer
John Cathran Jr.
as Civilian No. 1
Thomas Kopache
as Civilian No. 2
S.E. Perry
as Marine General
Ralph Mayering Jr.
as Civilian No. 2
Alex Hyde-White
as Andre's Accoster
John Antonini
as Jamie Reed
Kimberly Bigsby
as Molly O'Connor
Rick Najera
as Izzy Perez
Paige Orr
as Karen
Brandon Noll
as Staffer
Trent Trail
as Lawrence
Bruce Norris
as Seantor Avery
Howard Mann
as Senior Citizen
Joe Cosgrove
as Cardinal
Richard Saxton
as Anaheim Anchor
Alex Paez
as David
Gia Cross
as Girl No. 1
Lynette Romero
as Anaheim Anchor No. 2
Ashley Benson
as Girl No. 2
Ivan Allen
as Anchor No. 1
Penny Griego
as Anchor No. 2
Mindy Thomas
as Anchor No. 4
Tony Amendola
as Ali Nisser
John Aniston
as Debate Moderator
Scott Facher
as Stage Manager
Amy Parks
as Tammy
Stacy Reed
as Girl in Bar
Tim Van Pelt
as Congressman
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Critic Reviews for The West Wing Season 4

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Season four is actually pretty great up through the election, and then everybody forgets to have ideas for episodes and Sam gets written off as an afterthought...

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…
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Characters on this show behave like normal people with super demanding jobs. They let things fester, brewing below the surface, suppressed from years of putting the needs of a nation before their own.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sorkin and his directors are certainly good at sustaining a kind of organized chaos, yet the reelection arc that opens the fourth series... sharpens the general sense of everyday urgency, starting the season off with a pleasant rush.

Jun 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Tension wasn't present at the debate... The same could be said for the new season of The West Wing.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Mr. Sorkin, moreover, leaves his successors with something that President Bush's aides never faced when Bill Clinton left office: a dignified exit.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

For the most part, [the season 4 premiere] is a highly amusing 'fish out of water' tale, even if it does end up increasingly outlandish.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a reminder that Sorkin is a wordsmith prodigy, and draws a great parallel from our real world to this fictional one without coming off as glib or opportunistic.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The West Wing: Season 4

  • May 01, 2017
    You know how most horror/science-fiction/fantasy shows have a season where our heroes have made some grave mistake, or pissed off the wrong people, and are unknowingly sending themselves into a trap that will inevitably give evildoers the upper hand? Imagine this trope within a reasonable alternate reality of U.S. politics. Not to say that this season is full of gloom. Implicit gloom, yes, even after the election is over. It's a season that specializes in building hope it plans to destroy by the end of the episode, a different approach from its previous seasons. Each season feels closer to the post-golden age we live in now, and I imagine matters are not going to look much brighter by next season. (Although *SPOILERS* with a missing daughter to the President and John Goodman as Republican Speaker of the House in temporary charge of the White House, it would HAVE to look brighter soon.)
  • Aug 01, 2014
    It's between this and Season 3 for the best West Wing series. Good drama, and less preachy and idealistic than the first two series. On the down side, Toby is still there and Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) has been replaced by the almost-as-irritating-as-Toby Will Bailey (Joshua Malina).
  • Feb 19, 2014
    This is where it all goes downhill . . . for obvious, too obvious a reason . . .

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