Two Cathedrals Written By Aaron Sorkin Directed by Thomas Schlamme Original Airdate May 16, Guest Stars Stockard Channing Anna Deavere Smith. And with good reason – Season Two of The West Wing is an outstanding With “ Two Cathedrals”, we've reached the end of our journey through . increase the close-knit relationship between the two time periods – or even. A page for describing Recap: West Wing S 02 E 22 Two Cathedrals. reminds Bartlet the motorcade for the National Cathedral will be leaving in an hour, .. Foreshadowing: We hear a lot more about the trouble relationship Bartlet had with.
Josh gives her a brief for a press briefing about an ongoing tobacco lawsuit, but she tells him that with the story the President is about to reveal, even news about the situation in Haiti will be ignored by the press. Throughout the day, the President keeps visiting his early memories of Mrs. Landingham Kirsten Nelson when she was a secretary at the school where Bartlet's father was headmaster. She pushes Bartlet Jason Widener to talk to his father about why the women were paid less money than the men.
Landingham clearly sees something in Jed, "a boy king" who was "blessed with inspiration. He then puts his hands in his pockets, looks away and smiles, which Mrs.
Landingham knows to mean that he's decided to do it and will talk to his father. Bartlet and his staff attend Mrs.
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Landingham's funeral at the National Cathedral. Afterward, Bartlet remains alone in the cathedral, cursing God in Latin. He then lights a cigarette, drops it on the cathedral floor, and grinds it under his foot before angrily declaring that he will not run again "You get Hoynes!
Landingham, who tells him that if he isn't going to run because he thinks he won't win or because it will be too hard, she doesn't even want to know him. Bartlet and his entourage then travel to the State Department to give a press conference. In fairness, Sheen had won a Golden Globe for his work on the series prior to this episode.
But do people pay attention to Golden Globes? Put in a nutshell, the scene works brilliantly. We were first introduced to the President as he delivered a monologue to put a group of religious activists he disagreed with in their place. Now he takes on God, the root of all religion, in a speech that completely dwarfs his original in a hail of anger and passion. And to add to the barbs in his voice, Bartlet begins speaking directly in the language of the Church — a language he has so lovingly, so playfully spoken to his staffers in the past, introducing them to phrases that may someday be on their unreadable tombstones.
To hell with your punishments. I was your servant here on Earth. And I spread your word and I did your work. To hell with you! He lights a cigarette, simply for the purpose of extinguishing it on the church floor, before delivering his first line vividly relevant to the present state of his once-beloved world of politics since Mrs. At this point in the episode, Bartlet is at his most broken and emotionally drained.
Rightfully, then, the episode spends some time focusing on the other characters. Despite a tumultuous year in which results rarely matched up to efforts, the staffers have not forgotten who and what put them on their path in the first place. The theme of Season Two — how power can be harnessed idealistically — has by this point been thoroughly explored and scrutinized. For all the bumps he and his administration have experienced in the past year, Bartlet firmly believes that he has done well as President.
His belief that Mrs.
But now, in the most spiritual moment of the whole episode, he finally gains a new perspective. The appearance of Mrs. I lobby for the former, particularly because the lesson Bartlet is about to learn is something he needed to come to grips with himself, without the hidden help of God.
And by this point in the episode, Bartlet is just desperate enough to conjure up the image of the woman who inspired him all those years ago, in the hopes that she can inspire him once again. She and Bartlet had their final conversation in the previous episode, and anything she says to him here is just his own mind conjuring up her thoughts. But still, he learns something.
Landingham can no longer show him numbers, but he has plenty of them on hand. Poverty, crime rates, drug use — these are all issues with high numbers, waiting for him to lower them. And he now has the power to do so. No matter how hard the President tries to fix his country, there will always be more troubles, more conflicts, more numbers.
And that should only make him try harder. At the start of the season, Bartlet was shot. In his head, Mrs. Only this time, no slap from his father is going to stop him. I have mixed feelings about song endings in general — if not overused, they can provide a strong emotional close, but they always run the risk of coming off as heavy-handed. The scene itself is similarly solemn and liberating, in particular the moment when the cigarette Bartlet put out on the cathedral floor is cleaned off.
Bartlet is returning to his ideals, stronger and more confident than ever. Although his staffers arranged an interrogatory safety net, Bartlet calls on one of the regular reporters. In pure Bartletian tradition, he refuses to follow the example of another Presidential figure. That was a Freaks and Geeks reference, for all you less cultured folks. And just to make sure that everyone in the auditorium is clear on the question being asked — just to make sure that everyone will be completely focused on his answer — Bartlet asks the reporter to repeat it.Two Cathedrals Rant With Translation
Not even a bit of noise is going to ruin his moment of truth. Even rarer is to find it at the end of such a marvelous season of television, and an even more marvelous final stretch of episodes. I myself have watched the episode numerous times, and I never turn down the opportunity to see it again.
Sam calls for him and Toby leaves the room. As they walk towards Toby's officeSam wonders if President Bartlet should even do the interview in the first place. Toby points out C.
He tells Sam they'll have time to prepare President Bartlet for the interview and press conference after the funeral service. Toby isn't happy, but accepts it. Josh comes in as Carol leaves, and C.
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Josh brings up the Justice Department's suit against the tobacco industryand the fact several senators on the subcommittee controlling the budget for Justice and Commerce oppose giving any more money to the Justice Department for the suit, including two Democrat senators who have ideological problems with it. Sam is meeting with several Democrat Party strategists in the Roosevelt Room. Most of them agree Vice-President Hoynes would be the most viable Democratic candidate for President, given how successful he's been at raising money.
One of them says they aren't ruling out Bartlet as a candidate, and another says it would be easier if Hoynes was running as an incumbent. Sam has heard enough, and says, " We don't talk like that here President Bartlet's not a candidate.
President Bartlet and Leo are in the Situation Room, where Nancy McNally and several joint chiefs are briefing them on the latest news from Haiti; the embassy still has running water but the backup generator is due to run out in 24 hours, the Deputy Chief, a diabetic, is running out of insulin, and about Haitian troops have their guns trained on the embassy.
Bartlet Lawrence O'Donnellcalls to him, and tells him to tell his friends not to smoke in the chapel. President Bartlet agrees to send Admiral Fitzwallace to Haiti, and asks if there's anything else.
Upon hearing there isn't, he leaves. Outside the Situation Room, he tells Charlie the new Haitian president has spent his two days in office at gunpoint.
Bartlet then asks Charlie about the tropical storm that's heading up from Florida, which he thinks is strange for May.
Charlie says he'll have someone look into it, reminds Bartlet the motorcade for the National Cathedral will be leaving in an hour, and asks if he needs anything. Bartlet says, " I need pallbearers. A reporter asks if they've exhausted diplomatic options, and C. Meanwhile, Sam joins C. The three reporters join C. While they're briefing President Bartlet and Leo, the door to the Portico blows open. Bartlet asks Charlie what's going on; Charlie tells them they're repairing a latch, and there's a wind tunnel in the Oval Office when the right doors are open.
Margaret comes in and tells them the motorcade's ready. President Bartlet jokes that Leo can drive up the stock market by buying some tech stocks. The advisers thank President Bartlet and leave. Leo asks if Abbey is meeting them in the car, and Margaret replies, "Yes, it's a non-denominational service. Jed is debating with Mrs.
Landingham whether it was a non-denominational service - Jed says "Our Father" isn't non-denominational - while both of them walk out of her office. Landingham wants to know why Jed is working at the school, and Jed points out since he gets free tuition, he feels he should give something back.
Landingham also wants to know why he calls his father "sir"; he says he doesn't want to make his classmates feel uncomfortable just because his father's the headmaster. Back in the present, Bartlet and Abbey are in the presidential limo as it rides to the cathedral. Abbey tells Bartlet they released the driver from the hospital, and she's going to be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Abbey gently tells him she's heard about the meetings that morning that suggest if Bartlet comes out behind Vice-President Hoynes, they can keep the White House. Bartlet stares out the window, but says to her, " The world'll rest easier.
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Bartlet points out they've arrived. Everyone gets out of their cars. Inside the cathedral, after Bartlet and Abbey sit down, Father Monohan gives the traditional funeral blessing as Bartlet, Abbey, the senior staff, Carol, Donna and Margaret all look on. As Monohan continues the service, we hear the younger Mrs. Landingham call for Jed Landingham he's trying to get through an honest day's work.
She tells him he's missed a spot; he says he just hasn't gotten to it yet, and good-naturedly complains Mrs. Landingham often corrects him for something he's about to do but hasn't gotten to yet. Landingham says she has a project for him, which she thinks will show off his leadership skills. She tells him the women who work at the school get paid less than the men. Jed says he didn't know that, and Mrs. Landingham asks if his father does.
As Charlie steps up to the pulpit Landingham is waiting for Jed to get out of school. When he does, reading while walking, Mrs. Landingham brings up the pay issue again. He asks if she has a husband. She tells him to mind his own business; he points out she's minding everyone else's, and that in his family, they don't talk about money.
Landingham to bring him numbers if she wants to convince him.