Véget ért. Hosszú, több mint 3 hónapig tartó maratoni menet volt hullámvölgyekkel, kihagyásokkal és csúcspontokkal. De vége: minden idők egyik legfontosabb, leghitelesebb és legtanulságosabb sorozata mindent elmondott az amerikai politikai életről, amit csak akart. A mindennapok része volt és minden percben hiányozni fog. A West Wing örök, ahogy Bartlet elnök szellemisége is az.
Bartlet: God damn it…Mrs. Landingham!
[Mrs. Landingham suddenly walks through the main door of the Oval Office]
Mrs. Landingham: I really wish you wouldn’t shout, Mr. President.
[Bartlet stares at her for a few seconds]
Bartlet: The door keeps blowing open.
Mrs. Landingham: You could have used the intercom to call me, you know.
Bartlet: I know, but I didn’t want to-
Mrs. Landingham: You didn’t want to, or you didn’t know how?
Bartlet: It’s not that I don’t know how. It’s just that I haven’t learned yet.
[Pause. Mrs. Landingham smiles at him]
Bartlett: I have MS, and I didn’t tell anybody.
Mrs. Landingham: Yeah. So, you’re having a little bit of a day.
Bartlett: You’re going to make jokes?
Mrs. Landingham: God doesn’t make cars crash and you know it. Stop using me as an excuse.
Bartlett: The Party’s not going to want me to run.
Mrs. Landingham: The Party’ll come back. You’ll get them back.
Bartlett: I’ve got a secret for you, Mrs. Landingham, I’ve never been the most popular man in the Democratic Party.
Mrs. Landingham: I’ve got a secret for you, Mr. President. Your father was a prick who could never get over the fact that he wasn’t as smart as his brothers. Are you in a tough spot? Yes. Do I feel sorry for you? I do not. Because there are people way worse off than you.
Bartlett: Give me numbers.
Mrs. Landingham: I don’t know numbers. You give them to me.
Bartlett: How about a child born this minute has one in five chances of being born into poverty?
Mrs. Landingham: How many Americans don’t have health insurance?
Bartlett: 44 million.
Mrs. Landingham: What’s the number one cause of death for black men under 35?
Mrs. Landingham: How many Americans are behind bars?
Bartlett: Three million.
Mrs. Landingham: How many Americans are drug addicts?
Bartlett: Five million.
Mrs. Landingham: And one in five kids in poverty?
Bartlett: That’s thirteen million American children. 3.5 million kids go to schools that are literally falling apart. We need 127 billion in school construction, and we need it today!
Mrs. Landingham: To say nothing of 53 people trapped in an embassy.
Mrs. Landingham: You know, if you don’t want to run again, I respect that. [stands up] But if you don’t run ‘cause you think it’s gonna be too hard or you think you’re gonna lose - well, God, Jed, I don’t even want to know you.