The West Wing/The Dogs of War

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The Dogs of War
Season 5, Episode 2
Airdate October 1, 2003
Production Number 176052
Written by John Wells
Directed by Christopher Misiano
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The Dogs of War is the second episode of the fifth season of The West Wing, and the ninetieth episode overall.

Starring: Stockard Channing (Abbey Bartlet), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Joshua Malina (Will Bailey), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), John Spencer (Leo McGarry), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman)

And Martin Sheen (President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet)

Special Guest Stars: Mary-Louise Parker (Amy Gardner), Jesse Bradford (Ryan Pierce), William Devane (Secretary of State Lewis "Lew" Berryhill)

With John Amos (Admiral Percy Fitzwallace)

And Lily Tomlin (Debbie Fiderer)

Guest Starring: Elisabeth Moss (Zoey Bartlet), Nina Siemaszko (Ellie Bartlet), Annabeth Gish (Elizabeth Bartlet Westin), Kathleen York (Andrea Wyatt), Clark Gregg (FBI Special Agent Mike Casper), Michael Hyatt (Angela Blake), Željko Ivanek (Steve Atwood), Steven Eckholdt (Doug Westin), NiCole Robinson (Margaret Hooper), Renée Estevez (Nancy), Saïd Taghmaoui (Ambassador Umar Usef)

Co-Starring: Dan Manning (Agent Elliott), Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol), Devika Parikh (Bonnie), Rick Cramer (Colonel), Shireen Kadivar (Anne Shahrair), Esther K. Chae (McKenzie), Timothy Davis-Reed (Mark)

Uncredited: John Goodman (President Glenallen Walken)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement


Leo meets Angela Black. Asks for polling in NY Times.

Meets with Secretary. Meets with ambassador of Qumaris. Informs they are bombing Qumar.

CJ in press room; Tells Qumar is attacked.

Josh gets new intern.

President calls victims' family for condolences.

Al-Jazeera has a tape of Zoey.

Bartlet is in Toby's office.

FBI find Zoey Bartlet.

Next day; Bartlet signs second letter. Back in Oval Office.

President addresses the Nation.




The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments