We Killed Yamamoto
|"We Killed Yamamoto"|
|The West Wing episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Thomas Schlamme|
|Written by||Aaron Sorkin|
|Original air date||May 15, 2002|
|Season 3 episodes|
"We Killed Yamamoto" is the 64th episode of the American television program The West Wing. The title refers to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who commanded the Japanese Combined Fleet during World War II. He died in 1943 when the airplane carrying him was shot down over Bougainville Island by American P-38 fighter planes acting on cryptographic intelligence containing the Admiral's travel itinerary.
President Josiah Bartlet visits the grave of his longtime secretary, Mrs. Landingham, who was killed by a drunk driver at the end of season two, and instructs aide Charlie Young to begin the search for a replacement. Bartlet agonizes over whether or not to ignore the principle of diplomatic immunity for Abdul ibn Shareef, Qumar's Defense Secretary, who is known to be plotting a terrorist act. Furious that Shareef cannot be brought to justice because the incriminating information was obtained through torture, Bartlet must decide whether to cancel Shareef's impending trip to the White House or to keep him close. However, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Percy Fitzwallace proposes another "option" to deal with the official.
Josh Lyman debates with his lover, feminist activist Amy Gardner, over a key welfare reform bill. This ends with her mobilizing her forces within 24 hours to oppose a bill that would provide incentives for marriage because she believes that such incentives would coerce a woman on welfare into marrying the father of her child. This opposition would compromise another bill the President wants to pass. Meanwhile, Bartlet is advised not to attend a Catholic Charities fundraiser, a performance of Shakespeare's Henry plays, because the Republican candidate Ritchie is also attending. He decides to go anyway and yells at Josh for errors he has made.
Sam Seaborn rejects ecologically friendly legislation for the Everglades because he thinks it will look like a campaign ploy, but then, thinking of the Ritchie campaign's underhanded trick in the previous episode, rethinks his initial decision.
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