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Bad Moon Rising

Original Airdate 04-25-01 Rerun 12-26-01

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The President (Martin Sheen) decides that he needs an opinion from Oliver Babish (Oliver Platt) on whether his MS cover-up constituted a criminal conspiracy. Babish doesn't sugarcoat his answer. Meanwhile, an oil spill off the Delaware coast hits home to Sam; Josh must deal with a Mexican economic crisis (while bickering with Donna about it); and Toby's on the rampage because of a press leak about a possible change in the President's position on school vouchers.
From NBC:
The President's (Martin Sheen) vaunted administration could be brought down by the tiniest oversight as Bartlet secretly summons chief counsel Babish (Oliver Platt) to discuss how his failure to divulge his multiple sclerosis condition could be a criminal violation of full disclosure -- which would give his enemies enough ammo to destroy him. Meanwhile: a fuming Toby (Richard Schiff) orders C.J. (Allison Janney) to smoke out the insider who leaked vital information on the President's reversal on school vouchers; Sam (Rob Lowe) feels queasy when he learns that an aging oil tanker is leaking onto the coast of Delaware causing an ecological disaster -- and he could be liable since he brokered the deal for the behemoth in his previous shipping firm job while aware of the needed repairs; Josh (Bradley Whitford) clashes with a questioning Donna (Janel Moloney) as the U.S. prepares a huge cash loan to prop up the collapsing Mexican economy again.


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 Stars    
Oliver Platt as Oliver Babish White House Counsel
Emily Procter as Ainsley Hayes Associate White House Counsel
Guest Starring    
Jacqueline Kim as First Lieutenant Emily Lowenbrau  
Robert Curtis Brown as Jamie Hotchkiss  
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Scott Lawrence as Congressional Staffer "talks fast for a living"
Michael Mantell as Congressional Staffer in Mexico meeting
Guest Starring    
Eric Stonestreet as Staffer #1  
Scott Atkinson as Staffer #2  
Jossie Harris Thacker as Staffer #3  
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
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
David Ackert as Babish Staffer  
Tracy Beaulieu as Cal  
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Randolph Brooks as Arthur Leeds (last name) / Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Shishir Kurup as Zach  

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Rehoboth Beach city officials cooperated with the production staff and provided the show with information and items native to Rehoboth according to Greg Ferrese, Rehoboth Beach city manager.

Michael Long, costume supervisor for The West Wing, said he could have recreated the beach resort without ever having spoken to anyone, thanks to the interment, but he enjoyed the research. "The web site is most impressive. I recreated Rehoboth Beach Police uniforms and doorskins for the scenes. I also contacted the city and everyone was wonderfully nice," said Long.

"Rehoboth Beach to be in the spotlight on NBC's The West Wing"
by Bridin Reynolds-Hughes
April 9, 2001
Cape Gazette

The West Wing did ask John Larroquette to come back and handle the revelation of the disease, but he wanted a bigger role, because he felt that having just an occasional appearance on the show would hurt his chances of getting regular work on a series. So they went to Oliver Platt, and they seem to be thrilled with him.

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June 21, 2001
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Kevin [Falls] coming up with ... the Mexico bailout ... - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin

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by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
July 22, 2001

It's late on on set of The West Wing, almost nine o'clock, and they've been shooting the same scene for more than three hours. It's a tense pivotal moment between Dulé Hill, 26, who plays Charles "Charlie" Young, the savvy presidential aide, and Martin Sheen, who plays embattled president Josiah Bartlet. The commander-in-chief will tell Charlie never, ever to lie, not even out of misguided friendship, because if he does the president is through with him.

As Hill waits for Sheen to take it from the top and walk the long, lonely pathway toward a make-believe Oval Office, his face turns solemn. "Can I talk to you later?" He asks a reporter. "I need to think."

"Dulé noted"
by Deborah Starr Seibel
October 6, 2001
TV Guide (American edition)

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