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It's election night, and Bartlet isn't the only winner. Horton Wilde won his House race in Orange County, Cal., which puts Sam in a delicate position, especially since someone leaked his promise to Wilde's widow. And Andy Wyatt (Kathleen York) won her House race in Maryland (with 85 percent of the vote), but Toby's still worried about how her pregnancy will play politically. Meanwhile, a coup is developing in Venezuela, and it's the first night in the situation room for Cdr. Jack Reese (Christian Slater), the gallant Ritchie supporter who swapped votes with Donna.
From NBC:
Election Night.
From Warner Bros.:
As the White House staffers rejoice after Bartlet's win, the outcome of a bizarre congressional race in a conservative California district provides them with a surprising idea. Toby and his ex-wife, Congresswoman Andrea "Andy" Wyatt (Kathleen York), confront a difficult decision on their future. Donna flirts with Navy Lieutenant Commander Jack Ross (Christian Slater), who moves into his White House office. And Bartlet attempts to celebrate his victory by spending a romantic night with Abbey. Meanwhile, a coup takes place in Venezuela.


Rob Lowe as Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn Deputy Communications Director
Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
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 Political Operative
Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli Campaign Strategist
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Orange County Campaign Manger
Christian Slater as
Lieutenant Commander Jack Reese  
Guest Starring    
Kathleen York as Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt Congresswoman
Joanna Gleason as Jordon Elaine Kendall Special Counsel /
misspelled Jordan Kendall
Tobin Bell as Colonel Whitcomb Military Advisor
Danica McKellar as Elsie Snuffin Orange County Campaign Staffer
Gina Hecht as Julie Panel Moderator on TV
Victor Raider-Wexler as Bernie Panel Member on TV
Thomas Kopache as Assisant Secretary of State Bob "Bobby" Slatterly
Wendy Braun as Gail Mackee (last name) /
Nick Jameson as Martin previously Chet /
Panel Member on TV
Tim Silva as George Panel Member on TV
Devika Parikh as Bonnie Communications' Aide
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
Marc Lynn as Whitaker Chris (first name)
Christopher May as Tom Wyatt Staffer
Diane Hsu as Campaign Aide  
Rae Ritke as Ashley  
Symba Smith as Annette  

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Media Quotes

"I think the normal re-election cycle is, we win the election and then the scandals start happening one by one," he said. "I don't know if we'll repeat that, but in real life, you win the election and that's when all the dirt gets uncovered, right?" - Richard Schiff

"Aaron Sorkin wants to put fun back into 'West Wing' "
by Rob Owen
September 25, 2002
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wondering what it would take for Christian Slater to accept a spot on series television? Two words: Aaron Sorkin. "Aaron called and offered me the role, and it was something I just could not say no to. I just love that show. Love it."

Slater's talking, of course, about The West Wing, in which he'll appear ... . When prodded about his character, Slater was a bit tight-lipped but did offer this: "I know Aaron said I'm a good guy, but the way he writes, you just never know. Still, he did allude to the fact that I was a good guy...and I think I'd prefer to be on the right side."

"Halloween Spoiler Surprises, a Firefly Plea--and a Quickie with Kiefer"
by Wanda
October 25, 2002
E! Online

"It was supposed to be a one-episode deal, but they said I'm coming back for several more," the actress [Danica McKellar] says by phone from Los Angeles.

"She's past 'Wonder Years'"
by John Kiesewetter
October 29, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

For example, in the recent election-night episode, viewers are told over and over (I guess they ran out of polling banter after my departure) that President Bartlet won South Dakota. No way. In 15 of the last 16 presidential contests, South Dakota has voted Republican. Even when favorite son George McGovern ran, the state went G.O.P. If I were still on staff, I would have changed "Dakota" to "Carolina" or to another state that went for a Democrat presidential candidate at least once in my lifetime. I also would have told the writers that Fort Myer is here in Virginia, not in Maryland. Surely, script corrections like that would make me a worthwhile investment. For better or worse, Americans by the millions get their information about politics from "The West Wing."

"President Bartlet, Please Take Me Back"
by Frank Luntz
December 28, 2002
New York Times

"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

"I started out with a five episode contract," the 37-year-old [Joshua Malina] tells TV Guide Online. "It was 'five and we'll see' - and finally, we saw. ..."

"Sports Night Star Replaces Rob Lowe"
by Daniel R. Coleridge
February 5, 2003
TV Guide Online

"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

Malina was initially signed for a half-dozen episodes. "The way Aaron put it originally, probably to spare my feelings, was, 'We'll see whether you're happy. Whether we're happy.' As if there was much chance that after six episodes I was going to go, 'You know it's not working out from my point of view. I don't want to continue!"'

"Josh Malina has been clever add to West Wing"
by Bridget Bynre
April 19, 2004
Canadian Press

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