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Ways and Means

Original Airdate 10-24-01 Rerun 01-23-02

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The Special Prosecutor (Nicholas Pryor) sets his probe in motion, but the White House is unhappy with him: he's not nasty enough. "We need a different enemy," C.J. tells Oliver Babish (Oliver Platt). Meanwhile, Sam and Bruno (Ron Silver) are concerned about the loyalty of a powerful California labor leader (Miguel Sandoval); Toby and Josh are preoccupied with a congressional battle over the estate tax; the governor of Wyoming is mad because the Interior Department won't put out a forest fire; and Ainsley fixes up Donna with a "hot guy" (Mark Feuerstein), who happens to be a Republican.
From NBC:
When a fearless special prosecutor (Nicholas Pryor) begins investigating the President's (Martin Sheen) non-disclosure of his illness and issues subpoenas to the White House staff, C.J. (Allison Janney) cannily tries to light a backfire by dropping clues to the press that might ultimately force the replacement of the prosecutor with someone more favorable to the Administration. Elsewhere: a real forest fire rages in Wyoming but the governor is incensed when Bartlet backs the forestry experts who believe the fire should just burn itself out; the President is in a political bind as he decides whether or not to push for the repeal of the estate tax -- or "the death tax," as labeled by his savvy rivals, and a wary Donna (Janel Moloney) goes out on a blind date with a charming Republican (Mark Feuerstein) who might represent a conflict of interest.


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
Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli Campaign Strategist
Emily Procter as Ainsley Hayes Associate White House Counsel
Guest Starring    
Connie Britton as Connie Tate Campaign Strategist
Evan Handler as Doug Wegland Campaign Strategist
Mark Feuerstein as Cliff (Clifford) Calley Donna's date
Miguel Sandoval as Victor Campos California Labor Leader
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Nicholas Pryor as Clement Rollins "Clem" / Special Prosecutor
Thom Barry as Mark Richardson Congressman / Black Caucus
Edmund L. Shaff as Bill Horton Secretary of Interior
Jana Lee Hamblin as Bobbi Reporter
Devika Parikh as Bonnie Communications' Aide
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Max Chalawsky as Kinnis  
Felix Solis as Hammaker  
Andrea C. Robinson as Barbara  
Tom McCarthy as Thomas Randall (first name)
Lewis Grenville as Reporter  
Stephanie Cantu as Reporter  
Nadia Axakowsky as Reporter  

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... We're shooting the season opener right now (a two-parter) and I'm writing epsiode 3. I'm sending Donna on a blind date with a guy it turns out she likes. I want her to be tired. No sleep. I call everybody in and say "What are reasons why Donna would be tired?" Then we play Top This. My reason "The dog in the apartment above her was barking all night." Pretty easy to top. And Eli [Attie, Al Gore's chief speechwriter] does it on the first try. "She's the one sorting the documents and putting them into cartons for the Special Prosecutor." Yes. Now we're in our story. Everybody goes back to what they were doing and I start to write the scene but I don't get very far before I have to shout down to Eli's office and say, "Um...what's in the cartons, what documents are we talking about, what got subpoeanad?" 20 minutes later Eli hands me the memo I'm looking at right now titled "What in Donna's Pile of Documents" and off that I write the scene. But that's not a good example. A better example comes from one of our new consultants, Gene Sperling, Bill Clinton's chief economic adviser. He wants me to write about the estate tax. Sexy. In Gene's hands it is. First, because I don't know anything about the estate tax, he writes me a page and half memo called "You're an Idiot". I read it and say, "Okay, now I understand the estate tax (or at least I can throw some big words around) where's the story?" Gene says, "The republicans want to and Bartlet's gonna do what a weak president who needs to run for re-election never does, he's gonna veto the repeal." I like what I'm hearing, I understand almost half of it, we take it from there. - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin

Posted at Forum
by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
July 22, 2001

No name available on this episode yet, but we find out in episode three that when Josh was four, he wanted to be a ballerina. I don't know how that comes up, but my guess is that it's something CJ has been waiting to use against him. I don't know for sure though. Also, Donna goes on a blind date, and I think this is where charming Republican Cliff comes in.

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by List Owner
July 29, 2001
Message 6195

And in one scene involving a Latino lobbyist, Seaborn shows off his conversational Spanish, something Lowe had to learn -- pronto. "As you might guess, Sam doesn't just speak regular Spanish," Lowe says. "It's speed-bag, 100-mile-an-hour, rat-tat-tat-tat-tat." Adds Sorkin, "I tend to torture Rob a little."

"High and Lowe"
by David Hochman
September 5, 2001
Entertainment Weekly

"When we started, Washington was a gridlocked, partisan place. The public enjoyed a show like ours with idealized people, who want to get things done. Now everyone in Washington has come together for a war of good vs. evil and we're talking about a repeal of the estate tax [on the show]. That doesn't work." - Aaron Sorkin

"Reality intrudes on West Wing"
by Tom Jicha
January 21 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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