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California 47th

Original Airdate 02-19-03

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While U.S. troops intervene in an African country's genocide, the President flies to California to campaign for Sam. Unfortunately for the White House (and Sam), Congressional Republicans have just announced a tax-cut proposal. The Administration's response: a plan that would raise taxes for the rich, which no one on the White House staff wants the President to talk about in Sam's affluent Orange County district. And that's just problem No. 1. As Bartlet puts it: "Every time we come to California we're absolutely the Clampetts."
From NBC:
En route to California to campaign for Sam's (Rob Lowe) congressional election challenge, the President (Martin Sheen) and his staff debate whether to announce his controversial tax plan that might in turn damage Sam's bid in conservative Orange County, California. In the meantime, Bartlet must keep tabs on a dangerous U.S.military incursion in a tumultuous African country.
From Warner Bros.:
En route to California to support Sam's troubled campaign for Congress, Bartlet and his staff debate whether or not to announce a controversial tax plan that might damage Sam's chances in conservative Orange County. Meanwhile, Bartlet must keep abreast of a dangerous U.S. military incursion in a tumultuous African country.


Rob Lowe as Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn Democratic Candidate in
California 47th
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 Deputy Communications Director
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
John Amos as
Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Guest Starring    
Kathleen York as Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt Congresswoman
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Matthew Glave as Scott Holcomb Sam's Campaign Manger
Danica McKellar as Elsie Snuffin Will Bailey's Stepsister
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Trent Ford as Jean Paul FULL NAME Zoey's Boyfriend
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Claire Coffee as Cassie Tatum Intern #24
J. Patrick McCormack as General Jimmy Wendall  
Henry G. Sanders as Ambassador Tiki  
Alex Hyde-White as Man who accosted Andy  
Rick Najera as Ivan "Izzy" Perez California Agricultural
Laborers Association
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
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
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Penny Griego as CNN Anchor  
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
Stephanie Venditto as Jenn Reporter /
previously June Wheeler
John Lathan as Aide to Tiki  
Lara Phillips as Lauren Romano Intern #60
Kimberlee Peterson as Lauren Shelby Intern #21
Michael T. Kachingwe as Robbie in Leo's meeting
Lee Hampton as Thomas in Leo's meeting
Laura Henry as Betty accosted Andy, Toby and Charlie
Catherine Kwong as Lauren Chin Intern #48
John Leslie Wolfe as GOP Leader  
J. Todd Adams as Seaborn Aide  
John Michael Prendergast as Aide #2 Seaborn Aide
Stephen Mendel as Speaker  
Ben Lang as Lieutenant  
Rocky McMurray as Officer  

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Media Quotes

... but his [Rob Lowe's] Sam Seaborn character has been so scarce that he's turned up on a milk carton -- a joke gift Lowe sent castmates and execs at NBC and Warner Bros. His mug's on the back of a real half-gallon container, under "Missing Persons." Along with listing Seaborn's vital stats, the carton informs he's been "Missing since Christmas episode 2002" and was "Last seen, Edison Field, upper deck," where Lowe was seen during the World Series. "Please call Bernie Brillstein if you've seen this man," the carton implores.

"The "Great" race is shifting into high gear"
by Michael Fleming
January 17, 2003

Many "West Wing" viewers will be happy to know that they'll still have Rob Lowe's character, Sam Seaborn, to kick around for at least one more episode. Aaron Sorkin, the writer-creator of the series, said he is preparing a script that will include Seaborn and will air during the February sweeps. Asked if the February script will be the end of Lowe, Sorkin said: "I hope not."

"Much ado about 'Kingpin'"
by Alan Pergament
January 22, 2003
Buffalo News

Mr. Lowe said he expected a bigger sendoff in his fourth and final West Wing season. Instead, his character all but vanished before returning for two concluding episodes last month.

"It got a little confusing -- and quite simply a little confusing to me -- when the producers decided not to use me for the 16 episodes they did have me. But it was one of the greatest paid vacations I've ever had. I traveled the world and had a great time."

"Lowe's moving beyond politics with no regrets"
by Ed Bark
March 14, 2003
Dallas Morning News

President Roh Moo-hyun on Thursday compared domestic political environment with the U.S. one by illustrating his favorite television program during his important news conference.

Roh introduced an episode of the "West Wing", in which a U.S. president gives a campaign speech for his party candidate for a U.S. House of Representative election in California.

"We should throw away with double standard," Roh said. "The President is a politician."

His remarks come as the election watchdog requested that Roh should be politically neutral as a public servant. The National Election Commission (NEC) ruled early this month that President Roh's open support for pro-government Uri Party violates election laws.

"President Refers to "West Wing""
by Yoon Won-sup
March 11, 2004
Korean Times

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