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Original Airdate 11-27-02

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Sam heads out to California to begin his campaign, leaving Toby in need of speechwriting help. Sam's suggestion: Will Bailey (Joshua Malina). Meanwhile, a celebrated female fighter pilot is about to be dishonorably discharged after having been caught having an affair, and women's groups (not to mention the women in the White House men's lives) want the president to do something about it. And Donna asks Josh to find out if Cdr. Jack Reese (Christian Slater) likes her.
From NBC:
Sam (Rob Lowe) packs up to begin his California campaign and refers talented campaign manager Will (Joshua Malina) to Toby (Richard Schiff) who reviews Will's speechwriting skills. Elsewhere, C.J. (Allison Janney) duels with a reporter who's upset over his new press room seat assignment.
From Warner Bros.:
Sam prepares his California congressional campaign and refers talented campaign manager Will Bailey (Joshua Malina) to Toby for a review of Will's speechwriting skills. Meanwhile, C.J. clashes with a reporter who is upset over his new pressroom seat assignment.


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 Political Operative
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Former Campaign Manger
John Amos as
Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Christian Slater as
Lieutenant Commander Jack Reese  
Guest Starring    
Vyto Ruginis as Mitch News Magazine Reporter
Audrey Wasilewski as Janice Trumbull Star Trek Fanatic
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary

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Media Quotes

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 November 6 for the big election-day episode. 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

Rob Lowe is leaving "The West Wing" tonight without knowing if his character will get elected to Congress.

"I'll probably find out the same time as viewers do," the Santa Barbara star said, laughing during a phone interview with The Star on Monday.

"Lowe leaves 'West Wing' for whatever's next"
by Dave Mason
November 27, 2002
Ventura County Star

"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

Sorkin was inspired by a Trekkie button [Paula] Yoo wore that she asked her to write about a conflict between Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and a Star Trek fanatic sporting a Trekkie button and flaunting White House dress code.

"'Sixteen' for Sammy and Yoo"
by Samson Wong
May 27, 2005
Asian Week

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