As the staff awaits the news on the condition of Bartlet and Josh after the shooting, they reflect on how Josh, Sam, and Toby became involved in the campaign years ago. Meanwhile, the media demands details on the shooting while the staff deals with a military crisis in Iraq after a fighter pilot's aircraft is downed.
Season 2 Episode 1 of The West Wing resulted in a 0.00 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
In a unique glimpse of the inner-workings of Presidential politics, The West Wing takes viewers inside the White House and follows the lives of the staff as they help President Jed Bartlet make the crucial decisions that shape the nation and the world around it. Working closely with the President are close friend and Chief of Staff Leo McGarry; Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman; Josh's assistant Donna Moss; Communications Director Toby Ziegler; and his Deputy, Sam Seaborn; Press Secretary C.J. Cregg; First Lady Abbey Bartlet; and Charlie Young, Bartlet's Personal Aide.
As season 6 unfolded, the show shifted its focus from the current administration to the Arnold Vinick vs. Matthew Santos race for the presidency, presidential election, and transition to the new administration from the Bartlet administration.