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Original Airdate 04-23-03 Rerun 08-27-03

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Matthew Perry shows a serious side as he begins a two-episode stint as a White House job seeker. The Friends costar plays Joe Quincy, a lawyer applying for Ainsley Hayes' old job in the counsel's office. Joe couldn't have picked a more eventful day for his interview: A shooting in the press briefing room has led to a "lockdown," but he's already in the building, so his interview with Josh (Bradley Whitford) proceeds as scheduled. And it goes well enough, but Josh can't help thinking that something's not quite right about this guy. Meanwhile, poker night goes on despite the lockdown, but the president (Martin Sheen) keeps getting interrupted: A spy plane has been shot down over Russia.
From NBC:
After a gunman fires three shots at the White House, the staff remains under lockdown as the President (Martin Sheen) negotiates the return of a downed spy plane while Josh (Bradley Whitford) interviews a candidate (Matthew Perry) for associate counsel -- and a spirited card game allows everyone to let off steam.
From Warner Bros.:
After a gunman fires three shots at the White House, the staff remains on lockdown. Meanwhile, Bartlet negotiates the return of a downed spy plane. Josh interviews a candidate, Joe Quincy (Matthew Perry), for associate counsel. And a spirited card game allows everyone to relieve their tension.


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 Star
Matthew Perry as
Joe (Joseph) Quincy Associate White House
Counsel Candidate
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield Head of POTUS' Secret Service detail
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Robert Alan Beuth as Translator  
J.P. Hubbell as Agent #1  
Bradley James as Agent #2 Donnie
Willie Gault as Agent #3  
Jim Moret as Reporter  
Penny Griego as Anchor  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nomination by
Bradley Whitford
Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Drama Series Win

Media Quotes

Under an end table is a mysterious red phone. "In the actual Oval Office... there are several red phones that say 'Crash' on the handle," says [Ellen] Totleben. [Set Decorator] " We asked the Secret Service what that meant, and they said, ' Oh, we can't tell you that.' We know they exist, and even though we don't know what they're for, they still looked pretty cool." But [Bradley] Whitford claims to know: "It's for when there's a major problem at the gate."

"Office Politics"
by William Keck
October 12, 2001
Entertainment Weekly

"We are thrilled that Matthew will bring his tremendous skills to yet another stage on the Warner Bros. lot," says Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Entertainment. "Matthew has seen every episode of 'The West Wing,' and he will now bring that great knowledge to a great storyline in the spring."

"Perry Takes Dramatic Turn on 'West Wing'"
by Unknown
March 14, 2003

San Diego, CA: Why do you think Friends' Matthew Perry is doing a guest spot on The West Wing? Would Aaron Sorkin have come up with that, or is it likely an NBC idea to boost the show?

Robert Bianco: According to his spokesperson, it was Perry's idea - he's a big fan of the show. I think it could be good for all concerned.

"Chat Transcript"
by Robert Bianco
March 17, 2003
USA Today

Matthew Perry will never forget where he was when war in Iraq broke out. "I was sitting in a replica of the Oval Office," marvels the Friends cut-up, who was taping his two-episode West Wing stint (airing April 23 and 30) at the time. "It was very surreal. Things got very quiet and tense, and it [became] difficult to work."


After viewing WW tapes earlier this year in his trailer on the set of The Whole 10 Yards, the recently-wrapped sequel to his 2001 hit, he knew he'd found the perfect showcase. "It was the kind of dramatic writing I've been looking for," he says.

"West Wing Rocked by Chandlergate!"
by Michael Ausiello
April 14, 2003
TV Guide Online

I know this West Wing experience has been great. The degree of difficulty was high. It was a really great challenge, and [I had] a very good, tired feeling driving home, which we all kind of like. - Matthew Perry

"Perry Mulls West Wing Return"
by Michael Ausiello
April 23, 2003
TV Guide Online

He's one of the stars of TV's most-watched comedy, but this year he's nominated for a guest shot on "The West Wing." "Interesting for funny sitcom boy to be nominated for a drama, isn't it," joked Matthew Perry from London, where he is starring opposite Hank Azaria in a stage production of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago."..."Especially with 'Friends' coming to an end, I'm interested in pursuing some dramatic stuff in films," Perry said. "This (the 'West Wing' role) was a great way to put my foot in that world."

"Emmys: Nominees react"
by Cynthia Littleton, Nellie Andreeva and Andrew Wallenstein
July 18, 2003
Hollywood Reporter

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