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The Drop-In

Original Airdate 01-24-01 Rerun 05-30-01 8 p.m.

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Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees), a friend of the President's (and a royal pain in Leo's neck), is appointed Britain's ambassador to the U.S.; Toby and Sam wrangle over an address the President is to give to an environmental group; Leo tries (with no success) to get the President interested in a missile-defense system; and C.J. is enlisted to ask a controversial comedian (Rocky Carroll), to decline an invitation to perform at a dinner the President is to attend.
From NBC:
Leo (John Spencer) tries to convince an unenthusiastic President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) about the merits of an expensive and errant missile defense system while the chief executive ponders the political benefits of chiding hard-core environmentalists over the actions of eco-terrorists when he addresses their convention. Meanwhile, Bartlet endures the formalities of accepting the appointments of a range of foreign ambassadors but he enjoys one in particular -- the presentation of the charming Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees) who returns as Great Britain's new U.S. ambassador. In addition, C.J. (Allison Janney) treads lightly when she is dispatched to New York to dissuade a comedian, Corey Sykes (Rocky Carroll), who once uttered a well-publicized but offensive joke in the President's presence from performing at the annual Will Rogers dinner.


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
Roger Rees as
Lord John Marbury  
Guest Starring    
David Graf as Colonel Mark Chase  
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
Renee Estevez as Nancy Mrs. Landingham's Assistant
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Robert Clotworthy as Tom Chief of Protocol
Rocky Carroll as
Corey Sykes Cornelius / Comedian
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications Director
Devika Parikh as Bonnie Communications' Aide
Tom Hall as Officer Mike
Alberto Isaac as Tada Sumatra of Thailand
Erik Holland as Peter Hans of Sweden
Jodie Hanson as Caprice Lord Marbury's Aide
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Randolph Brooks as Arthur Leeds (last name) / Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Reporter Mark
Eric A. Payne as Secret Service Agent  
Elkin Antoniou as Bartender Alice
Eliott Goretsky as Staffer  
Brian Watt as Staffer  

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Media Quotes

Sharp-eared viewers may have noticed that President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) was dealing with a group called the Global Defense Council - the exact same group Sorkin used in his 1995 movie, "The American President," starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.

"The Starr Report"
by Michael Starr
January 26, 2001
New York Post

The New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) has a new video clip to add to its PR package, just in time for the announcement of its 2001 honorees: NBC's hit White House drama The West Wing. In Wednesday night's episode, White House press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) mentions to communications director Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff) that she'll be flying up to New York to receive a Matrix Award, NYWICI's annual award for "women who changed the world" in advertising, broadcasting, PR and publishing.


The organizers of the event had no clue the West Wing plug was coming, but they would gladly hand C.J. a Matrix award. "She's smart, she's witty, she's sensitive, she shoots from the hip," says avid West Wing fan Maurie Perl, the head of corporate communications at luncheon sponsor Conde Nast. "They listen to her."

"Matrix Awards Get An Unexpected Plug On West Wing"
by Unknown
January 31, 2001

"Leo is very much for 'Star Wars,' remember that episode?" asks [John] Spencer, referring to Leo's advocacy for the construction of a space-based missile-defense system. "I am totally against that. All we need to do is f--- up the universe like we have the earth, ya know? That took some work from me, actually. I had to get behind that emotionally, because you have to believe what you are playing, like it or not."

"At Ease"
by Robert Schork
February 12, 2002
Soap Opera Weekly

"I [disagree with] hate crimes legislation. [Differentiating] between how you prosecute someone based on what they were thinking is wrong," he [Bradley Whitford] said. Spencer confronted the same issue when he had to support "Star Wars" programs.

"GU Goes Behind The Scenes With 'The West Wing' Cast"
by Adam Jones
February 26, 2002

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