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Guns Not Butter

Original Airdate 01-08-03

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On the administration's agenda: a foreign-aid bill. However, Senate Republicans---and some Democrats---have other ideas. And it's up to Josh to get the vote to come out right. So he sends Donna in search of one freshman senator who doesn't seem to want to be found. Then there's the fence-sitter who'll vote the administration's way if it will agree to fund a medical study on the efficacy of prayer. Meanwhile, Danny Concannon (Timothy Busfield) is getting closer to the truth in the Sharif affair; and Charlie wants to help a female soldier whose family needs food stamps.
From NBC:
The staff comes together to fight a losing battle on a foreign aid vote in the Senate.


Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Personal Aide to the President
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Press Secretary
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Speechwriter
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 Star
Timothy Busfield as
Danny (Daniel) Concannon Washington Post Reporter
Guest Starring    
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Trent Ford as Jean Paul FULL NAME Zoey's Boyfriend
Danica McKellar as Elsie Snuffin Will Bailey's Stepsister
Megan Ward as Senator's Staffer with Jane Cleery
Kiersten Van Horne as Jane Cleery Senator's Staffer
Pat Skipper as James "Jimmy" Hoebuck Senator
Natsuko Ohama as Dr. Gwendolyn Chen Chief Cardiologist at
Duke Medical Center
Christina Grandy as Ellen Senator Grace Hardin Staffer
Derek Coleman as Agent  
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
John H. Wan as Intern  
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Nicole Lyn as Stacy Intern
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Jesse Burch as Jay  
Mau Barclay as Kelly  
Rachel Pearson as Tammy  
Bernadette Burgos as Hispanic Woman  
Ramon Luis Estevez as Businessman with envelop
John Del Regno as Chef Giuseppe
Richard Gross as Sous Chef Beano
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Paul McCarthy-Boyington as Goat Handler Mike
Gabriel Jarret as Jason at airport

Information Links


Media Quotes

"It's very 'Watergatey,' " [Timothy] Busfield told Distractions from New Jersey, where "Ed" is taped. "I've got this story that I think will become the big story as the season snowballs ... but I haven't told the guys on 'Ed' yet."

"Timothy Busfield will make a 'Watergatey' return to 'The West Wing'"
by David Barton
December 3, 2002
Sacramento Bee

He [Aaron Sorkin] mentioned that he was writing about US foreign aid. He said he thought America's "heart is in the right place" but that it's pretty pathetic that Cypress gives a greater percentage of aid than the US.

Posted at Forum
December 6, 2002
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Heifers hoofin' it in 'Wing' fling

I can't imagine there are many publicity opportunities when you're representing cows - but Heifer International is milking its one shot at glory for all its worth.

Under the announcement, "West Wing Features Heifer International," the group has issued a press release proudly citing the fact that, in tomorrow's episode of "The West Wing" (9 p.m./Ch. 4), entitled "Guns Not Butter," their group is given prominent mention by President Bartlet (Martin Sheen).

In the episode, the president's staff fights a losing battle on a foreign aid vote. "Little Rock's Heifer International gets a prominent mention on the popular series when President Bartlet is asked to pose for a photo with a cow or goat to help publicize the nonprofit world hunger organization," the group notes with pride.

"Starr Report"
by Michael Starr
January 7, 2003
New York Post

Last year, Heifer was incorporated into the script for an episode of "The West Wing," thanks to the support of a cast member, Bradley Whitford.

"How a Goat Led a Girl Up the Path to an Education"
by Stephanie Strom
January 25, 2004
New York Times

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