|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|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|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 Guest Star
Adam Arkin as
|Dr. Stanley Keyworth||ATVA Psychiatrist|
|Paxton Whitehead as||Bernard Thatch|
|Gregalan Williams as||Robbie Mosley||Military Officer|
|Gary Cervantes as||Bobby||Civilian Advisor|
|Daniel von Bargen as||Ken||previously "Jack" / Military Officer|
|Special Appearance By
Yo-Yo Ma as
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Purva Bedi as||Kaytha Trask||ATVA trainee|
|Jana Lee Hamblin as||Reporter Bobbi|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Reporter Mark|
|Robert Noble as||Valet|
|Deborah Snipes as||Staffer|
|Eric A. Payne as||Secret Service Agent|
|Greg Wrangler as||Secret Service Agent|
|Michael Crider as||David Housman||Rebecca Housman's son|
|Etyl Leder as||Rebecca Housman||Woman on WH tour|
"I do get into it with Aaron when I think the young aides are getting too cheeky. Even with Bill Clinton, who is fairly casual and young, not your father's president, there still is a line. You just don't make flip remarks." - Dee Dee Myers
by Karin Lipson and
February 27, 2000
New York Newsday
"When horrible things have happened in the White House, the tendency is for the staff to move beyond them quickly, and I think that's especially true of Josh," said [Bradley] Whitford.
"Whatever emotional response he's feeling is less important to him than his job," he added. "Besides, by the time he realizes he's having an emotional response because of the shooting, he'll try to avoid it."
..."I don't think that Aaron wanted to do a conventional recovery scenario," said [Bradley] Whitford.
"He's in No Position For Josh-ing on 'Wing'"
by Donna Petrozzello
December 13, 2000
New York Daily News
A few hours later, the race would be settled; 36 hours later, NBC's coverage of Gore conceding to Bush would pre-empt the "West Wing" episode Whitford was here to promote.
On Election Day, it was [this] episode he had been shooting, he recalled, with cast and crew gravitating to TVs after each take to catch the latest returns.
Whitford laughed. "I had worked hard on the campaign and I was very anxious," he said. "Thank God it's an episode where I'm supposed to be emotionally discombobulated."
"Whitford loves just Joshin'"
by Frazier Moore
December 20, 2000
"King of the Hill" mastermind Mike Judge and the show's cast delighted TV reporters in Pasadena last week - by reading a scene from "The West Wing" in character aspropane poobah Hank Hill and pals.
Hank, of course, was President Josiah Bartlet, played on "West Wing" by Martin Sheen, with his best buds Dale, Bill and mumbling Boomhauer playing various roles.
The scene was taken from a popular "West Wing" episode from this season about a missing fighter pilot.
"The Starr Report"
by Michael Starr
January 15, 2001
New York Post
Our first two seasons we had Peter Parnell, who wrote The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Hyde in Hollywood, Romance Languages and Flaubert's Latest, all of which debuted at Playwrights Horizons in New York. He was also my first writing teacher. ... he traced the orgins of a painting that was hanging in the Blue Room of the White House, ... - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
Posted at mightybigtv.com Forum
by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
July 22, 2001
Q: A recent episode of "West Wing" mentioned a military pilot who disappeared with an armed plane several years ago. I remember the incident, but don't recall if the plane was found and the bombs recovered. What can you tell us?
- Jim Barken, Woodstock
A: The incident occurred on April 2, 1997, when a three-plane Air Force formation was flying on a training mission over Arizona. Capt. Craig Button was piloting the third aircraft, an A-10 Thunderbolt, and presumably was about to drop a 500-bomb on the bombing range when he suddenly left the pack and veered northeast toward Colorado.
Nearly 800 miles later, his plane disappeared from radar. Skiers near Vail reported hearing a crash and seeing smoke.
The wreckage was found in deep snow on Colorado's Gold Dust Peak after an 18-day search, but there was no trace of the four Mark 82 GP bombs that plane was carrying. Human remains that were found were identified as Button's.
Lacking any evidence of a mechanical problem or physical disorder, the Air Force eventually concluded that Button, 32, had committed suicide.
A footnote of interest: In August 1999, a hiker reported seeing a tail fin sticking out of some boulders on Colorado's Whitney Peak. Investigators found it to be a rusty, unexploded mortar round, possibly of World War II vintage. An explosives ordnance team from Fort Carson, Colo., blew it up.
by Colin Bessonette
January 9, 2002