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The West Wing had an excellent episode last night, although it was slightly marred by NBC’s ludicrous advertising leading up to it — “The First Lady drops a bombshell! Don’t miss the last five minutes!!!” Well, it wasn’t really a bombshell — just a fine character moment as the First Lady resolves a personal issue arising from her secret medication of the President, something contrary to medical ethics. The way NBC was promoting the show, I half-expected Mrs. Bartlett to reveal her secret lover or something. (Well, not really; Aaron Sorkin is a far, far better writer than that.) Anyway, it was great to see a return to what made me love the show in the first place: a character-driven show laden with intricate dialogue, self-referential jokes, and multiple storylines that demonstrated that politics can be as personal as public.

Now, if they’d just show the Emily Procter character more….say, every episode….

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