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The TV Obsessive Podcast Episode 21: News, Notes & The West Wing, “Two Cathedrals”

President Bartlet lights a cigarette in church in The West Wing "Two Cathedrals"

On Episode 21 of The TV Obsessive Podcast, Caemeron and Ryan discuss The West Wing S2E22, “Two Cathedrals,” which completes Ryan’s Mount Rushmore of all-time great episodes of television. But first, in the news:

  • SAG-AFTRA remains on strike, with AI as a big sticking point in negotiations
  • The Bear has officially been renewed for Season 3
  • House of the Dragon will return for Season 2 in the summer of 2024
  • There are talks of a Prison Break reboot

Ryan’s intrigued by the trailer for Echo, and is looking forward to seeing how Loki Season 2 ends this week. Caemeron offers some thoughts about The Curse and A Murder at the End of the World, which premiere on November 10 and November 14, respectively.

On The West Wing S2E22, “Two Cathedrals”

A tropical storm is bearing down on Washington DC on the day the President is to disclose to the American people that he has MS. The President attends Mrs. Landingham’s funeral, who was killed by a drunk driver, beset with memories of how they met. Staffers must also fashion two responses to the question that is certain to be asked first at Bartlet’s prime-time press conference: Will the President seek re-election?

  • On Aaron Sorkin’s writing style in general
  • On The West Wing as a political fantasy
  • Resonances between the flashbacks and the present situation
  • Smoking in church and yelling at God

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