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Gone Quiet

Original Airdate 11-14-01 Rerun 04-10-02

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A U.S. submarine has "gone quiet" off North Korea, putting the President into crisis mode. And he's not pleased to have to deal with a cantankerous State Department veteran (Hal Holbrook). Meanwhile, Sam and Bruno clash over soft money; Babish (Oliver Platt) questions Abbey about past malpractice suits against her; and C.J. is delighted with a majority leader's response to a TV reporter's question about his Presidential ambitions.
From NBC:
When an American spy submarine suddenly goes silent in hostile North Korean waters, an angry President (Martin Sheen) receives advice from the Assistant Secretary of State (Hal Holbrook) and must decide whether he should notify the enemy or attempt a risky, secret rescue -- while his wife, Abigail (Stockard Channing), learns that her past malpractice suits might be Bartlet's Achilles heel in his criminal investigation. In other White House action, C.J. (Allison Janney) is ecstatic over a potential presidential candidate's indecisive public remarks; Toby (Richard Schiff) meets with a representative from an appropriations committee who wants to funnel money away from Congress' controversial funding of avant-garde artists.


Rob Lowe as Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn Deputy Communications Director
Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
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
Hal Holbrook as Albie Duncan Assistant Secretary of State
Guest Starring    
Anna Deavere Smith as Dr. Nancy McNally National Security Advisor
Connie Britton as Connie Tate Campaign Strategist
Valerie Mahaffey as Tawny Cryer  
Gregalan Williams as Robbie Mosley Military Officer
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Devika Parikh as Bonnie Communications' Aide
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Dennis Cockrum as Officer  
Rick Cramer as Officer  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Win by
Stockard Channing

Media Quotes

At the time of the attack [September 11, 2001], Aaron was in the middle of writing the 6th episode of the season. A Halloween ep. He immediately stopped writing and tossed the script. He said that it didn't feel right to write. That all of a sudden what artists and writers did seemed "despicably silly."


fortunately, he informed the audience that they're having no trouble bringing the funny on set now. apparently the episode they're working on currently is going to be quite humourous. speaking of that...he's not even a full script ahead..he's scenes ahead...he's literally writing this ep as they go. no pressure.

Posted at
by Kel
October 6, 2001
Message 9150
Notes from Sublime Primetime : An Evening with Emmy-Nominated Writers

Stockard told ET she injured her foot while exercising [hiking]. She's now wheelchair-bound, with four pins and a metal plate in her ankle. But not to worry -- she won't miss a single taping of "West Wing." Writers are working her injury into the story line! "The first lady fell and broke her ankle, it's really quite simple!" Stockard [Channing] revealed.

"What Girls Learn"
October 11, 2001
ET Online

CHEERS to remembering TV history. The November 14 episode of NBC's The West Wing made an inside joke when guest Hal Holbrook, as an assistant secretary of state, was called in when a U.S. submarine disappeared. Recalling the 1968 capture by North Koreans of the USS Pueblo, Holbrook growled, "I was there." And so, in a way, he was. Holbrook won two Emmy awards in 1974 for his performance as a captain in Pueblo, a TV-movie about the disaster. Yes, two Emmy Awards -- Actor of the Year: Special and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Special. Who said things were simpler then?

"Cheers and Jeers"
by Unknown
December 3, 2001
TV Guide Online

I was in the middle of writing our sixth episode on September 11. I was about halfway through. These scripts are written very close to production. There isn't a bank of scripts. In other words, we were in the middle of shooting the fifth episode while I was in the middle of writing the sixth episode. And I threw it out immediately. It wasn't that there was anything objectionable. There weren't any bombs. It was just wrong. It was a Halloween episode and everybody was yukking it up a little bit. And I was kind of paralyzed. I was like everybody. I didn't know what to write. It didn't feel right to write.

"Sorkin On 9/11"
by Aaron Sorkin
November 2001
Written by

If you asked most people around here they'd tell you that "Gone Quiet" was the weakest show we've done. It was the only episode that USA Today has liked this season. - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin

Posted at Forum
by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
February 11, 2002

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