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H.CON - 172

Original Airdate 01-09-02 Rerun 06-12-02 8 p.m.

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Majority counsel Cliff Calley (Mark Feuerstein) makes Leo an offer regarding the MS affair he wants very much to refuse (no matter what its personal implications might be); Josh is looking for an excuse---any excuse---to see Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) of the Women's Leadership Council; a fired White House photographer has written a tell-all book about the Administration and Sam wants to refute it, point by point; and Charlie gives the President a present that touches him---and troubles everyone else.
From NBC:
A defiant Leo (John Spencer) rejects the Congressional Oversight Committee's offer of a presidential public censure that would finally end its investigation of Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) concealment of his illness -- and spare Leo of any possible personal repercussions -- while the staff reacts to an insider's tell-all book published by a fired White House photographer. Meanwhile, a tongue-tied Josh (Bradley Whitford) hatches a shameless scheme to meet socially with an attractive women's rights leader (Mary-Louise Parker), and Bartlet wants to frame Charlie's (Dulé Hill) gift of a 1709 map of Palestine -- one that excluded Israel at the time -- but his staff warns him of its political implications.
From Warner Bros.:
Leo defiantly rejects the Congressional Oversight Committee's offer of a public censure of Bartlet that would finally bring an end to the investigation into Bartlet's concealment of his illness and spare Leo of any possible personal repercussions. Meanwhile, Bartlet's staff reacts to an exposé published by a terminated White House photographer. Josh awkwardly schemes to socialize with a women's rights leader, Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker), whom he finds attractive. Also, Bartlet wants to frame a controversial 1709 map of Palestine that Charlie gave him, but C.J. warns the president of the political implications, since the historical map excludes Israel.


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 Star
Mary-Louise Parker as
Amy (Amelia) Gardner Lobbyist
Guest Starring    
Joanna Gleason as Jordon Elaine Kendall Leo's lawyer /
misspelled Jordan Kendall
Mark Feuerstein as Cliff (Clifford) Calley Majority Counsel
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Kinga Philipps as Waitress  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nomination by
Bradley Whitford
Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nomination by
Mary-Louise Parker

Media Quotes

Just then, Buddy, the president's [Clinton] 3-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, wandered down to [Jake] Siewert's [former press secretary for President Clinton] office and scrounged outside his office door, much like reporters often do, in search of scraps.

"'West Wing' not unlike real thing?"
by Bob Deans
October 4, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The actor [Richard Schiff] created his own back story for Toby. He even had the character wearing a wedding ring -- which Sorkin and fellow executive producer Thomas Schlamme failed to notice until about the eighth episode. "They came up to me and said, 'Are you [Toby] married?' And I said, 'No.' And they said, 'Well, why are you wearing the wedding ring?' I explained that it was a private thing. They said, 'Good, because we want to give him an ex-wife.'

"I said, 'I think Toby has more than one ex-wife.' The ring -- I had always imagined that his first wife had died, which accounts for his sadness, and why someone would devote himself to public service and be so singular about it." Schiff laughs. "But then, Aaron and Tommy threw that right out the window."

"'West Wing' player keeps a cool head"
by Virginia Rohan
October 4, 2000
Bergen Record

And he [Aaron Sorkin] admitted in a recent interview with the Desert News that he didn't know how he was going to extricate his show from the [MS] scandal.

"I wish I could tell you, but I don't know yet," Sorkin said. "I imagine there'll be a resolution to it, and we'll move on to something else."

"On a 'Wing' and a prayer"
by Scott D. Pierce
September 5, 2001
Desert News

Though the resolution to the Bartlet scandal last week may have surprised some, Sorkin said he'd gotten everything he'd wanted from the story.

"Tuned In"
by Rob Owen
January 14, 2002
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nevertheless, Sorkin was eager to make sure visiting TV critics had received the tape he sent over earlier in the day. The NBC party (marking the network's forthcoming 75th anniversary) took place on a Wednesday night, overlapping a pivotal "West Wing" episode.

"This is a big one," he said. "I wanted to make sure you didn't miss it." (Sorkin admits that he can't program his VCR, and isn't sure anyone else can either.)

The episode was "H. Con. 172," which aired Jan. 9 and, as promised, marked the season's turning point. In 44 minutes (minus commercials), the president agreed, despite Leo's objections, to accept censure from Congress. The inquiry was over, and the Bartlet administration - and "The West Wing" - could move on.

"I wanted to wrap it up now and explore new elements inside the Bartlet administration," Sorkin said. "I don't think you'll find that the rest of the season will be lacking in idealism."

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

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