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The Indians in the Lobby

Original Airdate 11-21-01 Rerun 04-17-02

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It's the day before Thanksgiving and the President is talking turkey to whoever will listen (and everyone must). Meanwhile, two Native Americans are encamped in the lobby. They've been stood up by the official who was supposed to meet with them and they aren't about to leave. And C.J. is told to make the problem go away.
From NBC:
While President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) frets about where to spend Thanksgiving -- and how to best cook a gourmet turkey -- C.J. (Allison Janney) powwows with two Native Americans (Gary Farmer and Georgina Lightning) who are camped in the lobby and promise to cause a media dustup if they can't meet with a bigwig about receiving better public health projects on their reservation. Elsewhere, Josh (Bradley Whitford) pulls some political levers as he tries to gain the extradition of a teenaged boy who murdered his teacher and fled to Italy; Toby (Richard Schiff) informs Bartlet of an inexpensive way to improve his polling numbers; and Sam (Rob Lowe) questions a new poverty income index that could spell trouble for the President by classifying millions more people as poor virtually overnight.


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 Star
Ron Silver as
Bruno Gianelli Campaign Strategist
Guest Starring    
Gary Farmer as Jack Lone Feather Tribal Counsel
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Georgina Lightning as Maggie Morningstar-Charles
Armando Pucci as Alberto Fedrigotti Charge d' Affaires
Jenny Gago as Bernice Collette from OMB
Shashawnee Hall as Russell Angler "Russ" / from State Department
Dave Hager as Mark Faragut DeKalb County D.A.
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Timothy Davis-Reed as Officer Reporter Mark
Patrick O'Connell as Officer Bartender

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Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Nomination for
Paris Barclay

DGA Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night Nomination for
Paris Barclay

Media Quotes

"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

"High-Stakes TV"
by Karin Lipson and
Frank Lovece
February 27, 2000
New York Newsday

I asked Aaron about this, [the title change from THE BUTTERBALL HOTLINE] but he seems to be declining to answer. He just commented on how fast we get our information.

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by List Owner
November 15, 2001
Message 11581

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