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Original Airdate 02-23-00 Rerun 08-02-00 and 12-06-00

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During a quick trip to L.A., Bartlet meets his daughter's new Secret Service agent (Jorja Fox) and attends a fund-raiser at the home of a movie executive (Bob Balaban).
From NBC:
President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and several of his staff head to Los Angeles for a whirlwind visit that is topped off by a star-studded fundraiser hosted by a wealthy film honcho (Bob Balaban) who threatens to cancel the bash unless Bartlet announces his opposition to a congressional bill banning gays in the military. Back in Washington, Leo (John Spencer) tries to convince a stubborn Vice President Hoynes (Tim Matheson) to break the Senate voting deadlock over an ethanol tax credit favored by the White House. Elsewhere, Josh (Bradley Whitford) learns that feisty campaign manager Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin) is staying in his Los Angeles hotel and he eagerly anticipates seeing her again. The President takes a meeting where he is warned about not supporting an amendment banning flag-burning and checks up on Secret Service security for his daughter Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) -- and is unafraid to close down a restaurant where she's lunching.


Rob Lowe as Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn Deputy Communications Director
Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Personal Aide to the President
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Press Secretary
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Communications Director
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Chief of Staff
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Deputy Chief of Staff
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
Special Appearances By    
David Hasselhoff as Himself  
Jay Leno as Himself  
Veronica Webb as Herself  
Special Guest Stars    
Marlee Matlin as Joey (Josephine) Lucas Bill O'Dwyer's Campaign Manager / Pollster
Bob Balaban as Ted (Theodore) Marcus Film Producer
Tim Matheson as
John Hoynes Vice President
Guest Starring    
Jorja Fox as Gina Toscano Special Agent
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
John de Lancie as Al Kiefer Pollster
Bill O'Brien as Kenny Thurman Sign Language Interpreter
Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield Head of POTUS' Secret Service detail
Chris Hogan as Mark Miller Development Deal offer
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Bill Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
Robert Pine as Greer  
Juan A. Riojas as Secret Service Agent  
Bart Braverman as Shapiro  
Giovanni Sirchia as Carmine Caterer
Bill Bolender as Man #1  
Christopher Shea as Man #2  
Franklin Dennis Jones as Man #3  
Mary Kathleen Gordon as Woman  

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Media Quotes

"We'll be on Air Force One [[in this episode]] and to a certain extent I like showing the behind-the-scenes, cool stuff," - Aaron Sorkin

"'West Wing' wins votes of viewers"
by Rob Owen
February 23, 2000
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sorkin says he still "feels uncomfortable" about an episode last season in which Bartlett [Bartlet] and his staff fly to Hollywood for a fund-raiser. Tonight host Jay Leno, among other celebs, appeared in a party scene around a swimming pool.

"Where there is a Jay Leno, Bill Clinton is President of the United States, and we immediately know that," Sorkin says. "Moreover, for Leno to do a scene with [press secretary] C. J. Cregg [Allison Janney] a week after Allison was on Tonight is a strange line that's a little difficult to pinpoint, but you want to be able to."

"It started to feel like a Larry Sanders Show, trying to get mileage out of tossing around a contemporary name."

"Bush in a cameo role? No thanks, 'West Wing' producers say"
by Gail Shister
January 12, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer

The character that had most training [was probably] Gina Toscano – she was one of 200 people on the planet that knew how to do what she did. So that was really cool to play her.


It was amazing. The year was 2000 -- there was a presidential election. We had the Democratic National Convention in LA that year, and there was a warm, sort of friendly relationship between the Clinton administration and The West Wing. So we were invited to go every night, we were invited to the White House Correspondents dinner in Clinton's last year. I got to go places and meet people that I would have never been able to meet and I felt so honored to be part of all that.

I've always had a naďve sense of romance about politics. I think it's interesting and what politicians do is really cool – the idea of it, going to Washington to serve your area or state, your country. That's a very noble pursuit. It was really wonderful for me to be a part of all that, to hear Gore speak on the floor that year. At the time of the Democratic National Convention – he was ahead by so much that everybody thought that we were seeing the future. It was a big shock to a lot of people when his numbers started to fall and there was that big debacle.

When I left The West Wing, I really thought I'd be back there because I thought that CSI would fall flat on its face. A show about death on a Friday night would never fly -- people wouldn’t be interested in it. Aaron Sorkin never wrote off any of his characters. With the amount of characters on the show, and the amount of people coming and going – he felt that's all he'd ever do was try to explain somebody's arrival and somebody's departure so for the most part characters would disappear into thin air. - Jorja Fox

"PopGurls Interview: CSI's Jorja Fox"
by Amy
April 4, 2007

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