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Original Airdate 05-08-02 Rerun 08-28-02

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While C.J. (code name: "Flamingo") gets used to being tailed by Special Agent Donovan (Mark Harmon), the President must deal with a terrorist threat on a military installation. Meanwhile, the networks are threatening to cut coverage of the upcoming conventions; Sam receives a copy of a TV commercial attacking the President; and Josh, back from the Helsinki summit, gives Donna a box of cured moose meat. It turns out to be even more unappetizing that it appears.
From NBC:
The President (Martin Sheen) and his staff scramble to head off a predicted terrorist attack over a broad area while C.J. (Allison Janney) chafes under the protective collar provided by a handsome but capable Secret Service agent (Mark Harmon). Also, Toby (Richard Schiff) plays hardball with network executives over future political convention TV coverage.
From Warner Bros.:
Bartlet and his staff rush to deal with an anticipated terrorist attack over a broad area. Meanwhile, C.J. has trouble adjusting to being protected by a handsome and capable Secret Service agent, Simon Donovan (Mark Harmon). And Toby clashes with network television executives regarding future political convention coverage.


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 Stars    
Mark Harmon as Simon Donovan C.J.'s Secret Service Agent
Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli Campaign Strategist
John Amos as
Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Guest Starring    
Evan Rachel Wood as Hogan Cregg C.J.'s niece
Patrick Breen as Kevin Kahn  
Gerry Becker as Network News Director  
Leon Russom as Network News Director  
Michael Holden as Network News Director  
Thomas Kopache as Assisant Secretary of State Bob "Bobby" Slatterly
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Ned Schmidtke as Admiral  
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
Kate Palmer as Assistant  
Maggie Baird as Carney Network News Director
Steve Tom as General  
Ivy Jones as Martha  
Ralph Meyering Jr. as Civilian Tom
David Katz as Assistant  
William J. Jones as Secret Service Agent Jamie
David Burtka as Bruce Intern
Penny Griego as TV Reporter  
Richard Saxton as TV Reporter Alan

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Media Quotes

As for the remaining episodes: Schlamme says he's "excited about where we're headed." The four shows "are all tied together, not as cliffhangers, but all of a piece, leading to a fairly dramatic conclusion."

"Fiction visits fact in "West Wing" salute to the West Wing"
by Gail Pennington
April 24, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For starters, it's almost never still. Recalling his memorable guest-arc on "The West Wing" the year before he got "NCIS," Harmon said "the air was different on that set. It was like a train rippin' by a hundred miles an hour, and you were supposed to grab a strap and hang on." - Mark Harmon

"NCIS becomes a hit by stealth"
by Noel Houston
November 25, 2005

CJ shops at a nonexistent Barney's on Connecticut Avenue.

"The Reliable Source"
by Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
March 5, 2006
Washington Post

Mark Harmon's looks nearly lost him the lead role on "NCIS," the forensic drama with a military flair now in its third season. Series creator Donald P. Bellisario had written the main character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, as a tough-minded former Marine gunnery sergeant but had no specific actor in mind for the part.

"Someone mentioned Mark Harmon and I said, 'He's a pretty boy; I just don't see him as this character,'" Bellisario said. But the producer reversed his thinking after watching Harmon in a four-episode 2002 story arc on "The West Wing."

"I had envisioned the boyish Harmon, who was too good-looking, but I saw he now has a maturity to him,"

"The Letters of the Law"
by Kathy Blumenstock
April 2, 2006
Washington Post

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