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The Crackpots and These Women

Original Airdate 10-20-99 Rerun 07-12-00

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While the staff deals with problems ranging from UFOs to smallpox, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) prepares for a press conference and makes chili for his daughter (Elisabeth Moss).
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Josh (Bradley Whitford) is troubled when he receives a special card informing him of where to safely go in the event of a nuclear attack -- a privilege denied to most of his White House co-workers -- while Leo (John Spencer) instructs the senior staff to meet with various special interest groups, some of whom have wacky agendas. Prior to an important press conference, Toby (Richard Schiff) voices strong opposition to many of President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) plans for an upcoming California trip and later checks out the rumor that he was not the chief executive's first choice for the job. The President, meanwhile, virtually orders his staff to sample his prized chili when he arranges a reception for his Georgetown-bound daughter (Elisabeth Moss).


Rob Lowe as Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn Deputy Communications Director
Moira Kelly as Mandy (Madeline) Hampton Public Relations Consultant
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
Guest Star    
Guy Boyd as Dr. Stanley Josh's Psychiatrist /
Maxwell (last name)
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Suzy Nakamura as Cathy Assistant to Deputy Communications Director
Renee Estevez as Nancy Mrs. Landingham's Assistant
Sam Lloyd as Bob (Robert Engler) UFO Crackpot
Nick Offerman as Jerry Pluie Crackpot
Nicholas Cascone as Loomis Pluie Crackpot
Rachel Singer as Pluie Crackpot Marge
Guest Star
David Fabrizio as
Jonathan Lacey National Security Council
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Michele Marsh as Economist  
Juwan Howard as Mr. "Rodney Grant" Collins Former Duke basketball player

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Drama Series Win

Media Quotes

"When we were kids, he [Martin Sheen] whipped us on the basketball court every day. He was proud of that. We have a court here on the lot, and we had a rematch for the first time in 12 years, and it took me back to when I was 15. I won't say who won this time." - Rob Lowe

"The Rob Report"
by Michael Hammer
September 1999
Smoke Magazine

They say God is in the details. In this case, it's the doughnuts. At a mission-style conference table on the Warner Brothers lot, director Tony Drazan confers with former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers about an episode of "The West Wing," NBC's upcoming White House drama. "In the Roosevelt Room I want to have some, like, doughnuts, bagels and coffee, because it's a morning meeting," says the director. "Ummm, sure," says Myers. "But it doesn't really happen." Drazan is amazed: "They don't provide plates of food?" Sam's a stingy Uncle, Myers explains. "On Air Force One, you pay for your own lunch," she says.

"Coast to Coast"
by Kendall Hamilton
September 6, 1999

Delivering a speech in one complex scene, Sheen was like a kid playing with a refrigerator carton, recalled "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin

"The voices of television: how sweet they sound"
by Lynn Elber
December 27, 1999
Associated Press

Sorkin had a drink with Stephanopoulos at the Four Seasons Hotel near Georgetown while researching The American President. The aide pulled what looked like a bus pass from his wallet. The card contained instructions as to where George would be evacuated to help the president run the nation in the event of nuclear war. On The West Wing, Josh Lyman, the deputy chief of staff, becomes unnerved by his card, and guilt-stricken when he learns his colleagues aren't slated to be saved. The real fun came off camera. "Dee Dee actually came to me and said, 'You know, they don't have these cards,'" Sorkin recalls. Turns out they did, but that Myers didn't.

"The Real White House"
by Matthew Miller
March 2000
Brill's Content

"West Wing" co-star Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler) snagged an Emmy Sunday night in Pasadena, but that doesn't mean he's turning his back on his hometown school - City College of New York.

Not only has Schiff (Class of '83) worn a CCNY sweatshirt on NBC's record-setting (nine Emmy Awards) White House drama, but he's being honored next month with CCNY's "Townsend Harris Medal," which honors post-graduate achievement.

"He came back here last May to be the guest speaker at our honors convocation and we're terrifically proud of him," says CCNY spokesman Charles DeCicco.

"We sent him the sweatshirt and he wore it in an episode during a pickup [basketball] game with the president [played by Martin Sheen]," DeCicco says.

"CCNY Schiffs into gear with 'Wing' Star"
by Michael Starr
September 13, 2000
New York Post

"I remember he [Martin Sheen] used smoke while he played [basketball]. He had, what I called then, this Old Man Hook Shot. ...He'd make it and just laugh in your face. I could never beat him." - Rob Lowe

"West Wing takes us back from cliff"
by Tyler McLeod
October 1, 2000
Calgary Sun

"I spent my summers swimming in his pool and playing ball in his backyard. I remember all those times I'd feel frustrated because he could beat me on the basketball court with his 1950s' hook shot.

"When I see Martin on the set, I have flashbacks to the times he'd go jogging by when we were playing baseball and he'd come over, hit a home run, jog around the bases backwards and then go off laughing that big warm laugh of his." - Rob Lowe

"Lowe's on a high"
by Louis B. Hobson
March 4, 2001
Calgary Sun

"But as for getting to know my West Wing character, I really do wait for Aaron to tell me about Josh. We were a year and a half into the series when I did an episode in which I talk about my sister dying in a fire when she was babysitting me, but I had run outside. I realized, Oh, I'm a guy whose sister died when she was 16. There's a lot we don't know about our characters, that we establish as we go along." - Bradley Whitford

"Playing Politics"
by Cynitha Rockwell
Summer 2002
Wesleyan University Magazine

Georgetown was originally chosen during the first season of the show to be the school of the president's daughter. "We wanted to tell a story about how her starting college would affect the president and first lady," Wells said. "We picked Georgetown because Bartlet is Catholic and Georgetown is a great university and a great place to send her to school in our fictional world."

"'West Wing' Graduates at Georgetown"
by Justin Dickerson
April 29, 2003

For "The West Wing," where she's created the role of Zoey, [Elisabeth] Moss had to audition three times, she says. Series creator Aaron Sorkin auditioned many "great actresses" for the part, he says, but, "she was special. She's a very honest actress. She doesn't pose. She doesn't do a voice."

"From Zoey to Franny"
by Barbara Isenberg
June 15, 2003
Los Angeles Times

"I was open to anything, but comedy was what I really loved," he says. "I try to think of myself as both comedic and dramatic." He [Sam Lloyd] cites his two appearances on The West Wing, in which he played a man obsessed with UFOs, as an example of a role that allowed him to combine both genres, noting, "I think what helped me get Desperate Housewives is the fact that [creator] Marc Cherry had seen me on The West Wing. I think he probably thought, 'He can do comedy and straight stuff, so he'd probably be a good fit for this show.'"

"Sam Lloyd: A Talent for Pain"
by Jenelle Riley
June 2, 2005
Back Stage West

President Bartlet and staff playing basketball at a hoop set up on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. Wells: "With some coaxing, [officials] said yes."

"The Reliable Source"
by Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
March 5, 2006
Washington Post

Coolest show-related perk: The day he [Richard Schiff] received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, City College of New York, and former president Bill Clinton (also an honoree) joined him for the stroll to the graduation site, with tens of thousands of screaming fans lining the streets in Harlem.

Coolest show-related perk II: The day he got to play basketball on the street in front of the White House with then-Wizard Juwan Howard.

May 14, 2006
Washington Post

It took almost 60 years, but the father of "West Wing" star Richard Schiff is finally getting his bachelor's degree from City College.

Edward Schiff dropped out of the college, where he'd been studying business, to get a bachelor's and law degree in an accelerated program at Brooklyn Law School in the late 1940s.

He was inspired to hit the books again after watching his son -- who played the character Toby Ziegler on the long-running NBC drama -- receive an honorary doctorate from CCNY, his alma mater, two years ago.

Edward Schiff, who's 78, will get the degree Thursday.

"Father of "West Wing" Star Getting CCNY Degree"
June 1, 2006
CBS Radio

Almost 60 years after dropping out of City College to switch majors and study law, real estate attorney Edward Schiff decided it was time to finish what he had started.

Schiff is now 78, a senior partner at the law firm Harman & Craven and the father of "West Wing" star Richard Schiff, but today he will finally receive his bachelor of arts degree from City College - which he began in 1946.

"It is very gratifying to complete but very hard work," he said. "But I was furious my study habits hadn't changed in 60 years. I remember being a student of 21, up at 4 a.m. trying to complete an assignment, and I was just the same."

Schiff completed two years at City College studying business, then switched to an accelerated program at Brooklyn Law School that gave him both a bachelor's and a law degree in six years.

After that, it was off to the Navy for a four-year hitch.

"Gets B.A. on 60-yr. plan"
by Christina Boyle
June 1, 2006
New York Daily News

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