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Original Airdate 11-17-99 Rerun 07-19-00

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Word leaks out that Bartlet and the Vice President (Martin Sheen, Tim Matheson) clashed at a cabinet meeting; Mallory (Allison Smith) invites Sam (Rob Lowe) to the opera; Leo tries to prove a point to his daughter.
From NBC:
A crucial banking bill is at risk when political rivals of environmentally sensitive President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) attach a land-use rider to it that would allow strip-mining some of the Montana wilderness. C.J. (Allison Janney) tries to stamp out rumors that the Chief Executive chastised the Vice President (Tim Matheson) during a cabinet meeting. An overworked Leo (John Spencer) isn't too keen on his independent daughter Mallory (Allison Smith), dating the handsome Sam (Rob Lowe). C.J. continues to fend-off the romantic charms of a perceptive reporter (Timothy Busfield) with a knack for sniffing out juicy stories. Former lovers Mandy (Moira Kelly) and Josh (Bradley Whitford) clash over the administration's attempt to jettison the land-use rider that might also ruin passage of the more important banking bill.


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 Starring    
Timothy Busfield as Danny (Daniel) Concannon (Washington Post) Reporter
Renee Estevez as Nancy Mrs. Landingham's Assistant
Charley Lang as (Matt) Skinner Congressman
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff
Allison Smith as Mallory O'Brian Teacher / Leo McGarry's daughter
Special Guest Star
Tim Matheson as
Vice President John Hoynes  
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Devika Parikh as Bonnie Communications' Aide
Jana Lee Hamblin as Bobbi Reporter
Robyn Pedretti as Candy Aide to Vice President
Shirley Y. Scott as Court Stenographer Mildred
Colin Gray as Reporter Bruce
Seth Walker as Tony Waiter

Information Links

The National Parks mentioned: The complete list of National Parks

Machiavellian - 1: of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism 2 : suggesting the principles of conduct laid down by Machiavelli; specifically : marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith from M-W.COM



WGA Awards

Episodic Drama Nomination for
Rick Cleveland
Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.
Patrick Caddell
Ron Osborn
Jeff Reno

Media Quotes

... New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney has asked President Clinton to preserve Governor's Island by declaring two of its forts national monuments.

... Maloney says she's borrowing from [this] episode in her appeal to Clinton to use the Antiquities Act to protect Castle Williams and Fort Jay on Governor's Island, located in New York Harbor.

"Maloney 'Wings' it on hopeful legislation"
by Michael Starr
December 13, 2000
New York Post

Question: I know that Aaron sometimes gets backed up between the shows? What's the longest time you had to wait for a script?

The same day. We actually had one episode where we never got a complete script until after the taping was over. The actual show came out pretty good though. It was the episode where Rob's character had to write a birthday greeting from the President to the assistant agricultural secretary. For me, the episode was fun. It was different. - Dulé Hill

March 23, 2000
TV Guide Online Chat

"[Creator] Aaron Sorkin [modeled their relationship on] the dynamic that Jack Kennedy had with Lyndon Johnson," Matheson tells TV Guide Online. "Johnson had a bit of an outsized ego and Kennedy had his group of intellectuals, and they were just different. Johnson didn't feel he was being utilized enough; I think Hoynes feels the same way. He was the majority leader of the Senate and like all senators, he feels he could be president and should be!" - Tim Matheson

"West Wing VP Disses Cable Talkers"
by Daniel R. Coleridge
July 17, 2002
TV Guide Online

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