|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|
|Sam Lloyd as||Robert "Bob" Engler||Ufologist|
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Renée Estevez as||Nancy||Aide|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications' Director|
|Ted Garcia as||Newscaster|
|Tom Knickerbocker as||Civilian|
|Tom Porter as||Officer|
|Elizabeth Liang as||Staffer|
"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." - Dee Dee Myers
by Karin Lipson and
February 27, 2000
New York Newsday
Things will get plenty stirred up in an upcoming emotionally charged episode when Toby slams the POTUS (President of the United States) for the way he's running his re-election campaign. "It's a very difficult confrontation that doesn't go very well because I get personal," previews the actor [Richard Schiff]. "That's all I really should say about it."
"West Wing Star's Career Schiff"
by Jeanne Wolf with Michael Ausiello
January 30, 2002
TV Guide Online
The properties of discussion and education are entirely from the properties of drama. Which is why all I deal with when I sit down is intention and obstacle. Andi wants changes in a speech, it's very important to her. Toby doesn't want to make them, it's equally as important to him. The more personal the arguments become, the better. The less rational the discussion is, the better.
What I read was "Why do they keep make Toby say such asinine things? 'They'll like us when we win'? I'm not sure how much more of this I can take." I HATE making someone feel that way. People get different things from the show and like different epsiodes for different reasons I guess. - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
Posted at televisionwithoutpity.com Forum
by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
February 11, 2002
... for instance, Press Secretary C.J. was talking to Presidential Conscience Tobey [Toby] about affirmative action. When Tobey [Toby] pressed C.J. for her views, she said she was the wrong Democrat to ask. She explained that her father had once been denied a job when someone else got it in an affirmative action decision. Tobey [Toby] nodded and asked, "How's he doing?" C.J. said, lightly, "Fine."
In my version, C.J.'s father had suffered. He was an idealist who believed everyone has an equal shot at success in America, a public school teacher who wanted to help kids and was gifted in his work with them; now he saw a less qualified and implicitly less loving person elevated at his expense, and only because he was the wrong color. It left him shattered. The flag on which he'd stood had been pulled from under him, and he never fully regained his balance.
When Aaron wrote it, C.J.'s father was not a victim of government but a fellow doing fine. In part because that's how Aaron thinks about affirmative action, and it's his show. And in part perhaps because C.J.'s terse "he's fine" is dramatically interesting--a man is treated badly and he's fine. Life is strange."
"Break Out the Bubbly"
by Peggy Noonan
March 1, 2002
Wall Street Journal
"Bartlet is going to be running against Governor Robert Ritchie, of Florida, who's not the sharpest tool in the box but who's raised a lot of money and is very popular with the Republican Party," - Aaron Sorkin
"WEST WING WATCH: SNOOKERED BY BUSH"
by Tad Friend
March 4, 2002
The New Yorker
"I won't pretend that I don't know who Bush is," says [Aaron] Sorkin, "but I was interested in writing about a demonization of intellect. Which didn't start with Bush-Gore -- it didn't even start with Eisenhower-Stevenson. It's peculiarly American: Being tagged as the smartest kid in your class turns into both a sense of arrogance and a sense of weakness -- that an 'egghead' [can't] see us through a world war."
"How the 'West' Was Undone"
by Ken Tucker
November 8, 2002
"I was open to anything, but comedy was what I really loved," he says. "I try to think of myself as both comedic and dramatic." He [Sam Lloyd] cites his two appearances on The West Wing, in which he played a man obsessed with UFOs, as an example of a role that allowed him to combine both genres, noting, "I think what helped me get Desperate Housewives is the fact that [creator] Marc Cherry had seen me on The West Wing. I think he probably thought, 'He can do comedy and straight stuff, so he'd probably be a good fit for this show.'"
"Sam Lloyd: A Talent for Pain"
by Jenelle Riley
June 2, 2005
Back Stage West
In The Two Bartlets when CJ and Toby are talking about whether Bartlet will be The Professor or Uncle Fluffy, Richard Schiff apparently finds "Uncle Fluffy" to be two of the funniest words ever when used in connection with Martin Sheen, because he laughed and giggled through, like, 3 takes.
Posted by cyren_2132 @ http://community.livejournal.com/west_wing_fans/
November 11, 2005
Notes from Alex Graves talk at the University of Kansas