Season 5, Episode 8 Shutdown
First Aired: November 19, 2003
A budget impasse with Speaker Haffley (Steven Culp) leads to a government shutdown (taking Charlie and Donna, among 940,000 others, off the job). “If we don't end it now,” Toby warns Leo, “it'll become a referendum on the Bartlet presidency.” That's just what Bartlet seems to want, even though the Republicans are clearly winning it.
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- Premiered: September 22, 1999
- Rating: TV-14
- Premise: The celebrated ensemble drama following a U.S. president and his staff as they set public policy and face personal problems in a `parallel universe' (as one of the series' executive producers called it) that can be remarkably similar to the real one. An Em… (more)
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