PG The senior members of the White House staff are summoned to the office early in the morning to handle a number of difficult situations.
PG Josh is surprised when Leo is criticised as Santos' running mate. Meanwhile, the White House Counsel discusses a leak investigation with C. PG A grand jury investigates a White House military leak. The campaign's focus changes to national security. Vinick handles the issue while Santos aligns himself with Bartlet. As Santos trails Vinick, he, Josh and Leo strategize. Leo struggles through debate practice and makes Josh and Lou extremely nervous.
Meanwhile, Santos gets a brief respite from the campaign trail to see his family. Josh pressures the White House to let Santos announce a research lab in Texas. Bartlet deals with a possible nuclear reactor meltdown. The candidates struggle to deal with the situation. Kate monitors the battle between Russia and China over Kazakhstan.
After Sorkin left the show the focus slowly moved away from the characters of the first four seasons and by the sixth season the race to become the next President was the main focus of The West Wing. The West Wing is often praised for its realism, aided by the fact the producers created a large set based on the real West Wing of The White House.
The seven seasons of the show ran on NBC in the U. As the Bartlet administration prepares to make their exit, the staff pauses to look back on their past 8 years working in the West Wing. Meanwhile, the incoming Santos administration nervously awaits the inauguration, and then Santos' staff take their new positions and offices in the White House.
With Santos' inauguration nearing and the Bartlet administration preparing to leave the White House, C. Meanwhile, Andy asks Bartlet to pardon Toby so he won't be faced with jail time, and C.
While Santos debates who to choose as his Vice President, Helen has to deal with her new duties as First Lady and new issues the First Family are facing. Meanwhile, Vinick has to figure out what to do now that the election is over. The White House is shocked when the President-Elect calls the President of China, taking a different position on foreign policy than that of President Bartlet. Meanwhile, Josh debates who to choose as deputy Chief of Staff.
In the wake of Leo's death, the current staff, as well as staff members from the past, join President Bartlet at Leo's funeral. Meanwhile, Santos must deal with the loss of his running mate. As the polls close and results begin to trickle in, tensions, as well as emotions, fly. Santos and Josh deal with the loss of the Vice Presidential Candidate, and Vinick argues with his campaign team. During the night before Election Day, C. Toby is pressured to reveal the source of the shuttle leak; as election day nears, Santos pushes himself to his limit while on the campaign trial.
As election day nears, the candidates begin to feel the strain of the campaign trail. Despite the lack of sleep and physical ailments, the candidates are forced to make difficult campaign choices. Things take an unexpected turn when Vinick finds an opportunity to hurt the Santos campaign. With the possibility of a nuclear reactor exploding in California, the presidential hopefuls struggle try to come up with a strategy to deal with the impending disaster while President Bartlet faces the problem as well.
Meanwhile, Kate keeps close watch on Russia and China fighting over Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, Josh goes to Will for help with the campaign, and C. As the staff prepares for Leo's Vice-Presidential debate, they must deal with Internet criticism that Leo is weak and unfocused.
Meanwhile, when Santos stops by his home while on the campaign trail, he and Helen must learn to cope with the new security surrounding their home as well as problems that Jorge Santos, Matt's brother, may cause them. On the day of Ellie's wedding, Bartlet must try to help an escalating situation between China and Russia regarding oil all while preparing for his daughter wedding at the White House.
Meanwhile, as Election day approaches, the Santos campaign begins to question Josh's leadership, threatening his job. After the boost from the debate, Santos runs into trouble when he visits a Los Angeles community where a young African-American boy was shot and killed by a Latino police officer. Meanwhile, Ellie continues to plan her wedding, and C. Santos and Vinick go head-to-head in a live, primetime debate. Two versions, one for the East coast and one for the West coast aired, moderated by Forrest Sawyer and hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
As the White House copes with the knowledge of the leak, Babish's questioning leads Toby to call his lawyer. This is real. This is life. The president is found unconscious shortly before his State of the Union address, and the first lady doesn't believe the official explanation. President Bartlet must deal with a new sex study and discord over a hate-crimes bill-signing ceremony. A campaign manager Marlee Matlin for a congressional candidate seeks a meeting with the president; Bartlet consults a priest Karl Malden about a murderer sentenced to death by a federal court.
Sam and Toby must secretly spring the president's primary Supreme Court choice, who has been jailed for drunken driving and resisting arrest. The president goes to Los Angeles for a star-studded fund-raiser; Leo pressures the vice president to break a Senate voting deadlock.
The president's and first lady's staffs feud over rival agendas; the president must name a replacement for the late chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Police make arrests at a fraternity party attended by the president's daughter; Sam and Mallory clash over the issue of private-school vouchers. A White House insider writes a scathing memo for a political rival that outlines the weaknesses of the president's administration.
The president names two Democrats to the Federal Election Commission despite threats from political opponents to introduce embarrassing legislation. Santos doesn't have such trouble with the athlete.
Both candidates are campaigning in California with the hopes of stealing the election from the other guy in the hopes of thereby winning the election. Santos' briefcase falls into the hands of the Vinick campaign.
Meanwhile Bartlet is still trying to keep the situation in Central Asia under control. Relationships in the Santos campaign, the Vinick campaign, and the West Wing all undergo changes and Vinick and Bartlet attempt to deal with different versions of the cold. Gail has an incident. Josh asks Will and C. During dinner, C.