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Original Airdate 05-15-02 Rerun 09-04-02

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While Bartlet, Leo and Fitzwallace (John Amos) grapple with terrorism and "moral absolutes," Josh and Amy (Mary-Louise Parker) grapple with each other over a welfare-reform bill. Meanwhile, Donna represents the White House at a North Dakota state-party caucus; Toby doesn't want the President to go to a New York fund-raiser because Gov. Ritchie will be there; Charlie is tasked with finding candidates to replace Mrs. Landingham; and C.J. discovers that Simon Donovan (Mark Harmon) is a very straight shooter.
From NBC:
The President (Martin Sheen) is torn over forfeiting the principle of diplomatic immunity for an important Middle Eastern official known to be plotting terrorism while Josh (Bradley Whitford) duels with his feminist activist/lover (Mary-Louise Parker) over a key welfare reform bill. Elsewhere: Bartlet is advised not to attend a politically sensitive fundraiser; a chastened Sam (Rob Lowe) nixes ecology-friendly legislation for the Everglades; C.J. (Allison Janney) gains new respect for her Secret Service bodyguard (Mark Harmon); Donna (Janel Moloney) is dispatched to North Dakota to represent the administration at a meeting to change the state's name.
From Warner Bros.:
Bartlet agonizes over whether or not to forfeit the principle of diplomatic immunity for an important Middle Eastern official who is known to be plotting terrorism. Josh debates with his lover, feminist activist Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker), over a key welfare reform bill. Meanwhile, Bartlet is advised not to attend a fundraiser for a politically sensitive cause. Sam must reject ecologically friendly legislation for the Everglades. C.J. gains new respect for her Secret Service bodyguard, Simon Donovan (Mark Harmon). And Donna travels to North Dakota to represent the Bartlet administration at a meeting to change the state's name.


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    
Mary-Louise Parker as Amy (Amelia) Gardner Lobbyist
Mark Harmon as Simon Donovan C.J.'s Secret Service Agent
John Amos as
Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Guest Starring    
Kurt Fuller as Advisor  
Juan Garcia as Rick Pintero Congressman
Christopher Curry as Colonel Lee  
Glenn Morshower as Mike Chysler  
Thomas Kopache as Assisant Secretary of State Bob "Bobby" Slatterly
William Thomas Jr. as David  
Annika Peterson as Jane  
Nicki Micheaux as Muriel  
Bob Morrisey as Harry Conroy Chairman in North Dakota
S.E. Perry as Marine Officer Tommy
Harry S. Murphy as Witness  
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Kevin Brief as Democrat  
Roz Witt as Democrat  
Horward Lockie as Democrat  
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Kim Brockington as Agent Thayer Pam (first name)

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Win by
John Spencer

Media Quotes

... the prez still is going to need a warm body to field his calls. The question is: Who?

"I don't know yet, but somebody will," series creator Aaron Sorkin promises TV Guide Online. "I just haven't thought of who the character is, so obviously I haven't thought of who the actor or actress is."

For her part, the politically correct Joosten has some very specific ideas about what type of person should sit behind the desk of the dearly departed. "I told the powers that be that I thought that it should be a middle-aged, ethnic woman," she relates. "There are too few roles for middle-aged and ethnic women to begin with."

"It couldn't be a 22-year-old in an executive-secretary position, anyway," she adds. "That just wouldn't happen."

"West Wing Quandary: Help Wanted"
by Charlie Mason with Michael Ausiello
July 25, 2001
TV Guide Online

Waylon Smithers, Mr. Burns' trusty assistant on The Simpsons, has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed the late Mrs. Landingham as The West Wing's new presidential secretary -- at least according to TV Guide Online readers. In a poll conducted Wednesday, the master multi-tasker blew away the competition with more than 40 percent of the votes. Sadly, West Wing executive producer John Wells isn't optimistic a deal will be struck. "I suspect probably not, but it's a funny idea," Wells chuckles. "I'll tell [series creator] Aaron Sorkin and see what he says."

"In The News: ER, The West Wing and More!"
by Unknown
July 26, 2001
TV Guide Online

Some episodes are not so good. The dreary lecture-show that followed Sept. 11 was an intellectual's attempt to evade the truth of Sept. 11 by avoiding the emotions Sept. 11 elicited. It yielded lifeless drama, because the emotions of Sept. 11 contained within them the great truth of Sept. 11: Bad men did bad things, leaving us wounded and furious. A prim little history of terrorism that was wholly somber and yet lacked seriousness was just what no one needed. I thought it was an example of how stupid intellectuals can be, missing the obvious point that the neighborhood dunce apprehends in a second.

"Break Out the Bubbly"
by Peggy Noonan
March 1, 2002
Wall Street Journal

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

"Where the show is right now, we have pages coming down daily," he [Mark Harmon] says. "We just started the season finale, and yet there are still scenes from [the next-to-last episode] that I have left to shoot."

"Harmon Didn't Hesitate to Join 'West Wing'"
by Rick Porter
May 3, 2002

That scene found press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney), who the last few weeks has received threats from a stalker, being escorted home by her cutie-pie bodyguard (guest star Mark Harmon).

Filmed on a townhouse-lined block of Greenwich Village that doubled for a Georgetown street in the nation's capital, the scene was part of the episode that aired last Wednesday - just three days after it was shot!

"'The West Wing' Travels East"
by Frazier Moore
May 21, 2002
Associated Press

And now I'm thinking that the "new" Leo makes a lot more sense than the old one, who'd had his edges softened over the years in ways that sometimes strained credulity.

"You're not the only person who's said this," Spencer said recently when I asked about the pricklier Leo during a "West Wing" press session in Hollywood. A visitor to the set had told Spencer, " 'Leo's gotten so mean,' " he said.

"And you know, mean and nice and all of that is in the eye of the beholder. But I think you have to look to Qumar" and the plot line last season in which Leo helped talk President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) into assassinating a leader of that fictional Middle Eastern country.

"It's good to have irascible Leo back"
by Ellen Gray
February 11, 2004
Philadelphia Daily News

"I don't want to minimize winning the Emmy--it's sort of a celebration of you by your peers--but for me, I had been nominated two times before, so it was like getting the monkey off my back. I didn't find any sort of unique things happened after. I don't say this as a complaint. It's an observation. Even with my family. They've had esteem for me since the first time they saw me walk out on stage in a school play in elementary school. They've been wonderful about that. So winning the Emmy for me was, 'OK. Wonderful. Now on with the show."' - John Spencer

"Waxing About the Award's Impact"
by Lee Alan Hill
May 2, 2005
Television Week

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

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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