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Swiss Diplomacy

Original Airdate 11-20-02

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The election's barely over but Hoynes (Tim Matheson) is already maneuvering for the next one, and the Senate minority leader, a likely candidate himself, is crying foul and threatening to thwart the president's legislative agenda. Meanwhile, the 15-year-old son of an Iranian leader needs a heart-lung transplant, and can get it only in the U.S. But the politics of it are as complicated as the surgery. And Toby tries to repay a Congresswoman who "walked a plank" for the president by proposing a gasoline-tax hike, and paid for it at the polls.
From NBC:
The President (Martin Sheen) ponders the immense political ramifications of honoring a secret request from the hardline Iranian Ayatollah to allow his son to be flown to the United States for life-saving surgery.
From Warner Bros.:
Bartlet ponders the immense political ramifications of honoring a secret request from the uncompromising Iranian Ayatollah to allow his son to be flown to the United States for life-saving surgery.


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    
Lily Tomlin as Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Orange County Campaign Manger
Tim Matheson as
John Hoynes Vice President
Guest Starring    
Geoff Pierson as Senator Triplehorn Senate Minority Leader
Lucinda Jenney as Karen Kroft Defeated Michigan Democrat
Danica McKellar as Elsie Snuffin Orange County Campaign Staffer
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Bernard White as Dr. Ehsan Mohebi Surgeon
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Wolf Muser as Ambassador Von Rutte Swiss Ambassador
Paul Vincent O'Connor as Laney in transplant meetings
Faran Tahir as Manny in Sit Room meeting
Jennifer Parsons as Aide in transplant meetings
Joel Anderson as Aide in Sit Room meeting / Clark
Dennis Neal as Springer in Sit Room meeting
Emiko Parise as Aide Bobby / previously Carrie
Leigh Curran as NASA Aide Neptune meeting
Michael Raysses as Reporter Ted Willard /
Orange County Post-Gazette Reporter
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
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Anita Dashiell as Reporter Joe (first name) in Orange County

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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

On this day, he [Aaron Sorkin] does praise "West Wing" scribes Kevin Falls and Eli Attie, who are penning that "73rd episode" called "Swiss Diplomacy."

"'West Wing' wizard"
by Heather Salerno
October 6, 2002
Journal News

"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

"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

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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