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College Kids

Original Airdate 10-02-02 Rerun 01-22-03

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Bartlet, concerned about potential liability in the Qumari matter, tells Leo to get him a lawyer. Leo tabs Jordan Kendall (Joanna Gleason), who is understandably wary. And the campaign suffers a setback when a Federal judge rules that Presidential debates must be open to minor-party candidates. It's a ruling that might put Josh in a ticklish position personally, but he and Toby are on top of things professionally: they're back from their Indiana odyssey and with a new plan to help parents pay tuition bills. Meanwhile, Debbie Fiderer (Lily Tomlin) is having problems with her security check.
From NBC:
The President's (Martin Sheen) team reacts to the ongoing inquiry into its pre-meditated Qumari assassination by lawyering up as they gingerly approach Leo's (John Spencer) lawyer (Joanna Gleason) while a key judicial ruling on presidential third-party candidates throws a monkey wrench into the campaign. Elsewhere, in the fallout, Josh (Bradley Whitford) is upset with his girlfriend Amy's (Mary-Louise Parker) decision to accept a particular job interview; Sam (Rob Lowe), Toby (Richard Schiff) and Josh hatch a radical new idea to pay for college education; and the approval process of executive secretary-to-be Deborah Fiderer (Lily Tomlin) hits a snag when new evidence is uncovered.
From Warner Bros.:
Bartlet's staff prepares a legal team to deal with the inquiry into Bartlet's involvement in the Qumari assassination. The country of Qumar is manufacturing evidence to implicate Israel, which could lead to war. The staffers cautiously approach Leo's ex-wife, attorney Jordon Kendall (Joanna Gleason), to represent Bartlet. Meanwhile, a key judicial ruling on presidential third-party candidates causes trouble for Bartlet's campaign. Josh is upset with his girlfriend, Amy (Mary-Louise Parker), for accepting a certain job interview. Sam, Toby and Josh concoct a radical new idea to help people pay for college education. And the approval of prospective executive secretary Debbie Fiderer (Lily Tomlin) is threatened when new evidence is discovered.


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 Stackhouse Staffer
Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli Campaign Strategist
John Amos as
Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer Secretary prospect
Guest Starring    
Joanna Gleason as Jordon Elaine Kendall Special Counsel /
misspelled Jordan Kendall
Clark Gregg as Special Agent Michael Casper "Mike" / FBI
Glenn Morshower as Mike Chysler  
Thomas Kopache as Assisant Secretary of State Bob "Bobby" Slatterly
John P. Connolly as Matt Kelley Father of college-age daughter
S.E. Perry as Marine General Tommy
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Alex Paez as David  
Pam Shaddock as Jan  
Mary Kathleen Gordon as Woman  
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Larry Cox as Aid  
NiCole Robinson (uncredited) as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff

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Media Quotes

He [Aaron Sorkin] also hopes to put Bartlet on a train for the first six episodes of that fourth season, taking the show on the road for a series of whistle-stops "all over the country."

"Sorkin's drug subplot ending"
by Ed Bark
July 22, 2001
Dallas Morning News

NBC's The West Wing could be without a national security adviser next season now that Anna Deavere Smith has elected to join the new CBS drama Presidio Med. While Smith would love to keep her gig in President Bartlet's administration -- "That's what I'm campaigning for," she says -- CBS insiders say her contract allows only one guest spot a season (and no, it doesn't matter that Uberproducer John Wells is responsible for both Presidio and The West Wing).

"On the Air"
by Lynette Rice
August 2, 2002
Entertainment Weekly

Connolly and "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin also go way back - having appeared together in a Syracuse University production of "A Christmas Carol" (Connolly played Bob Crachit, Sorkin played Young Scrooge).

"The Starr Report"
by Michael Starr
September 24, 2002
New York Post

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and Canadian rock act Barenaked Ladies will perform on the NEXT of the NBC drama "The West Wing." Part of Wednesday night's (Oct. 2) installment of the series will center around a Rock the Vote event where the two acts are performing on behalf of the organization.

Dubbed "College Kids," the episode will recreate Rock the Vote's annual Patrick Lippert Awards, which are dedicated to entertainers and activists who work to inspire and educate youth. The show's fictional White House press secretary C.J. Craig, played by actress Allison Janney, will speak at the fundraising event.

"Rock the Vote was a great partner and we hope this is just the beginning of any number of things we can do together," said the show's creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin in a statement.

"Our mission to connect with youth and engage them in the political process will surely be helped by such prominent placement in America's hottest and smartest political drama," executive director of Rock the Vote Jehmu Greene added. "We are honored to have the opportunity to work with a group of professionals who are as passionate about politics as they are about putting out quality programming that educates while it entertains."

Cast members of show will be on hand at the home of producer Lawrence Bender, who will host a Rock the Vote fundraising screening of the episode. The celebrity-stacked gathering will raise an estimated $100,000 for the organization's voter registration efforts.

"Mann, Barenaked Ladies To Rock 'West Wing'"
by Barry A. Jeckell
October 7, 2002

Inside producer Lawrence Bender's spacious living room, beyond the candles surrounding the guest list and the stash of gift bags, a crowd of young, energetic liberals mingled with Hollywood types. The Wednesday night gathering was part fund-raiser, part viewing party for the second episode of the Emmy-winning "The West Wing," which aired on NBC at 9 p.m. Bender invited people to pay a minimum of $250 to watch it at his house. The casual affair in Bel-Air raised an estimated $100,000 for the nonprofit Rock the Vote, which works to build political awareness among young people and registers them to vote.

On this night, the crowd was peppered with actors, including "The West Wing's" Janel Moloney and Anna Deavere Smith, "Rock the Vote" staff, as well as the group's founders and supporters.

But for "West Wing" creator and executive producer Aaron Sorkin, watching about 150 people react to the show was near torture. During the hourlong episode, he stood in the back of the room with his head down, hand to his brow. At every commercial break, he rushed outside to smoke a cigarette.

When asked about watching people watch the show, he didn't hesitate. "It's like being naked," he said, lighting another cigarette. "It's like that dream you have when you find yourself in front of a bunch of people--totally naked. It's like that every time."

"Fund-Raiser Takes Flight With 'West Wing's' Help"
by Gina Piccalo and Louise Roug
October 4, 2002
Los Angeles Times

"We hit the big time, from what I understand," said Air National Guard spokesman Major Robert DeCoster, who didn't see the show but heard about it. "It was kind of cool."

Sgt. Randy Mergener, a technician at the base, was watching "The West Wing" on Wednesday and was surprised to hear the reference.

"I said, 'Ooh, we made prime time,'" Mergener said. "I heard my daughter yell from upstairs, too. That was pretty neat."

Mergener also was surprised that the television show's scriptwriters got the base's name right, without using the word "Michigan" in it.

"The show seems to be fairly accurate on a lot of stuff," he said. "I think they do their homework pretty well."

So, how did Battle Creek end up getting mentioned on "The West Wing?"

It may be from a Cereal City political connection.

Bradley Whitford, who plays Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the show, is a cousin of Rep. Nick Smith, the U.S. congressman who represents Michigan's 7th district, including Battle Creek.

"From B.C. to 'West Wing'"
by Jenny Rode
October 4, 2002
Battle Creek Enquirer

Early this season, the two characters [Josh and Amy] cross paths at a fund-raiser at the House of Blues. "I didn't know what to wear," she recalls, "and the producers said, 'Maybe a tank top, but we don't want you to look too sexy.' And I was like, 'Look, I am happy to wear the tank top. Somebody needs to wear the tank top.' I mean, do they have sex, ever? Does no one on that show f--k?"

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

It was great. I love "West Wing"; I would do anything for "West Wing" and Aaron Sorkin. I got the call really at the last minute. They had wanted Joan Armatrading, but I think she couldn't make it because of some visa problem. They called me up and said, "We want you to do this James Taylor song ('Shed a Little Light')." I had like a day. We did it as fast as we could and just tried to replicate the original version. - Aimee Mann

"Aimee Mann's world"
by Scott D. Lewis
November 15, 2002

"I think some of that was the election [story line], some of these were not our best episodes, some of it was that we got hit with 'The Bachelor' and people started to leave, given an excuse," [Thomas] Schlamme said.

"Shedding light on murky look of 'West Wing'"
by Phil Rosenthal
January 15, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times

"There were some decisions made about the election that didn't have much dramatic punch," says [John] Wells. "You knew Bartlet was coming back. And that story line coincided with a wave of successful reality-TV programming."

"The West Wing"
by Allison Hope Weiner
September 12, 2003
Entertainment Weekly

When USCJCF went up she talked with Sorkin about how she was an extra for the "Rock the Vote" segment of "College Kids" and how much fun she had doing it. Sorkin said that the cast and crew had also had a great time doing that episode since it was filmed the day after their Emmy win and most of them were operating on about an hour's sleep.

Posted at Forum
by mjforty
January 29, 2004
Notes from a second L.A. book signing with Aaron Sorkin

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