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The Women of Qumar

Original Airdate 11-28-01 Rerun 05-29-02 8 p.m. and 10-23-02

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It's C.J. vs. the rest of the senior staff---and the President---over whether to make public the possibility of an outbreak of mad-cow disease. C.J. is also up in arms about arms sales to a Persian Gulf state known for its poor treatment of women. Meanwhile, Josh tangles with a women's-group lobbyist over wording in a treaty concerning prostitution; Toby meets with veterans upset about the content of a Smithsonian Pearl Harbor exhibition; and Sam's concerned about a lawsuit against the President involving automobile seatbelts.
From NBC:
At the First Lady's (Stockard Channing) urging, Josh (Bradley Whitford) meets with a powerful women's caucus over the proposed language of a U.N. treaty banning prostitution while the President (Martin Sheen) grapples with the possibility of a Mad Cow epidemic and ponders how much the public should know. Meanwhile, staffers are stunned at C.J.'s (Allison Janney) emotional outburst concerning the administration's renewal of its air base lease in a Mideast country that abuses its women. Some World War II veterans come to the White House to protest a pending Pearl Harbor exhibit at the Smithsonian and Bartlet is sued by an angry woman who intends to raise a public fuss over his remarks regarding the hot-potato issue of a national seat belt law.


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
Mary-Louise Parker as
Amy (Amelia) Gardner Lobbyist
Guest Starring    
Anna Deavere Smith as Dr. Nancy McNally National Security Advisor
Christian Clemenson as Evan Woodkirk from Smithsonian
Dinah Lenney as Mary Klein from Smithsonian
Ty Burrell as Tom Starks in Sam's meeting
Bradley White as Man with "joke" in Sam's meeting
Bruce Kirby as Barney Lang USF National Commander
Sid Conrad as Ed Ramsay USF Regional Director
Bill Erwin as Ronald Kruckshank USF Regional Director
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Fort Atkinson as Grant "Frank"
Michael Canavan as Flynn in Leo's meeting
James Hornbeck as Bedrosian Doctor in Leo's meeting
Stan Sellers as Califf Doctor in Leo's meeting
Randolph Brooks as Arthur Leeds (last name) / Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Elizabeth Liang as Staffer  
Larry Cox as Aide  
Dean White as Aide  
Kim Sykes as Secretary  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Win by
Allison Janney
Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nomination by
Mary-Louise Parker
Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Drama Series Win

Media Quotes

However, an upcoming West Wing story about an American mad cow outbreak -- which unintentionally parallels the nation's recent anthrax scares -- will not be excised, the drama's Emmy-winning director, Thomas Schlamme, said.

"Backstage Scoop at the Emmy Awards!"
by Michael Ausiello
November 5, 2001
TV Guide Online

"Yes, episodes have tended to end more somberly this year than perhaps everyone had come to expect. But I think we've done some of our best work," he [Aaron Sorkin] added, citing the two-part season premiere, "Manchester, Parts I and II," and "The Women of Qumar," in which C.J. adamantly opposes selling arms to a Persian Gulf country where women have no rights.

""West Wing" returns to nothin' but blue skies"
by Gail Pennington
January 29, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"I loved Women of Qumar, and Allison (Janney)'s work in particular in that one." - John Spencer

"'West Wing' makes his heart soar"
by R.D. Heldenfels
August 14, 2002
Akron Beacon Journal

"The only way to make it work is to audition a lot of actors who normally don't audition," said [Anthony] Sepulveda, who made an exception for Mary Louise Parker when offering her the role of Amy Gardner, women's rights advocate and the love interest of Bradley Whitford's deputy chief of staff. Sepulveda terms the casting of Parker his "crowning achievement of the year."

"Casting for Emmy"
by Dany Margolies
August 30, 2002

Series creator Aaron Sorkin wrote the part for Parker after she left him an admiring message about the show. The plan was for just one episode. Then he visited the set to watch her shoot her first scene and was nearly tackled by Whitford. "He came running up to me, saying, 'I love her! I love her! Can we keep her?' And I said, 'Well, OK, if you promise to walk her and feed her and everything'."

"Playing by Her Own Rules"
by Devin Gordon
October 7, 2002

"I had a story line once where I was trying to get people to wear seat belts," he [Rob Lowe] said. "It was hilarious and really funny, but I wanted Sam to have the President's ear. I wanted Sam to be involved in the big story lines, not to be shuffled in and out for relief."

"In 'Lyon's Den,' Lowe is now the main man"
by Stephen Battaglio
July 25, 2003
New York Daily News

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