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The Stormy Present

Original Airdate 01-07-04

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John Goodman returns as Glenallen Walken, only now he's no political foe---he's "former president" Walken and, if anything, he's a presidential advisor. He joins Bartlet (Martin Sheen) aboard Air Force One to attend the funeral of another former president. Also with them is a third former chief executive, Democrat D. Wire Newman (James Cromwell). Bartlet is facing a crisis and can use the advice: Pro-democracy demonstrations are wracking Saudi Arabia, and the royal family might fall. Meanwhile, C.J. tries to track down rumors of mind-control experiments in the Defense Department.
From NBC:
Bartlet (Martin Sheen) clears his schedule to attend the funeral of a former President whose conservative views often clashed with his own while he monitors a potential firestorm in Saudi Arabia as freedom protesters threaten civil war and surround a worker's compound that includes dozens of Americans. Elsewhere, Josh (Bradley Whitford) mediates a post-Civil War fracas between a representative from North Carolina who demands that her Connecticut counterpart return her state's copy of the Bill of Rights -- stolen long ago by a Union soldier -- and C.J. (Allison Janney) is flustered after meeting a Pentagon scientist whose security innovations could threaten privacy. En route to the funeral, Bartlet shares sobering thoughts with two other men who appreciate the weight of the Oval Office -- Speaker Walker (John Goodman) and ex-President Newman (James Cromwell).
From Warner Bros.:
When a former President of the United States dies, the two remaining ex-Presidents fly on Air Force One with Bartlet to attend the funeral. Onboard, Bartlet's two historic guests partake in a lively debate about their administrations. Their past mistakes haunt the current administration including a recent event--protestors have surrounded a Saudi Oil headquarters, taking 200 hostages, including 50 Americans. Meanwhile, C.J. investigates government experiments on mind control. Leo discovers his ex-wife is engaged to be married. And Josh referees a debate concerning an original copy of the Bill of Rights.


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 Vice President's Chief of Staff
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    
John Goodman as Glenallen "Glen" Walken Former President
James Cromwell as President D. Wire "D.W." Newman Former President
Guest Starring    
Michael Hyatt as Angela Blake from New York
Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Max Milkman from DARPA
Terry O'Quinn as General Nicholas Alexander Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Allison Smith as Mallory O'Brian Teacher / Leo McGarry's daughter
Ron Canada as Theodore "Ted" Barrow Under Secretary of State
Diana Douglas as Libby Lassiter Former First Lady
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
Maz Jorbrani as Prince Bitar of Saudi Arabia
Bellamy Young as MaryLou Meriwether North Carolina Lawyer
Ryan Cutrona as George Sliger previously Rollie / CIA Director
David Andriole as Ralph Fairfax Connecticut Lawyer
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Devon Michaels as Randal Fierstin Backslash Magazine
Don Fischer as Major Castrop "Lieutenant Colonel"
Austin Priester as Secret Service Agent  
Mitch Gibney as Talking Head  

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Media Quotes

"I love the personal-relationship side of C.J.," she [Allison Janney] says with a chuckle. "I think I've got the press briefings down pretty much, and I'd love to get into some complicated relationship scenarios."

"Allison Janney is the softer side of C.J. Cregg"
by Jay Boyar
July 29, 2003
Orlando Sentinel

"The West Wing's" John Spencer finds that the show has made a "seamless transition" with super-producer John Wells in charge this season, taking the place of creator Aaron Sorkin.

"One difference between the writers we have now and when Aaron was writing is that we do get our (script) pages sooner, but the rewrites are more plentiful. But I haven't seen a bad script this year," he adds. "My feeling with Aaron was that while we had to sometimes wait for pages, he was always worth waiting for -- and I still feel that way."

Spencer is glad that the old guard all showed up at the recent party celebrating the 100th episode of the highly-hailed drama series -- including Rob Lowe, who departed the show under a negative cloud, plus director Thomas Schlamme and Sorkin, both of whom left the series last spring.

"It really was great seeing everyone again especially since it was for something this special," declares Spencer.

"Harry Connick Trades 'W & G' for 'Holidays'"
by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
November 11, 2003

James Cromwell will bring his considerable presence to the 100th episode of "The West Wing."

The Oscar and three-time Emmy nominee has signed on to appear in the 100th episode of NBC's White House drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He'll play a former president, the last Democrat to hold the office before Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen).

"Cromwell Acts Presidential on 'The West Wing'"
by Unknown
November 12, 2003

Finally, it's rare that the NHL gets mentioned in a prime-time drama, but did anyone notice that there were three references to the Hartford Whalers in a recent episode of The West Wing? Not bad for a club that moved to Carolina, eh?

"Hall of Fame requests Boucher's equipment"
by Tim Panaccio
January 18, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer

"Tommy and I wanted to take the show to its 100th episode," Sorkin writes in the new "The West Wing Seasons 3 & 4, The Shooting Scripts" (Newmarket). "But for various reasons of no interest, it was not to be."

"'West Wing' Remains Stellar"
by Roger Catlin
February 4, 2004
Hartford Courant

When Philly-born Josh Singer studied constitutional law at Harvard, he never figured he'd be writing about it for NBC's The West Wing.

"It blows my mind all the time," says Singer, 33, in his second season as a West Wing staff writer. "I'm incredibly lucky. To be able to write for this show is just crazy."


To put it mildly, Singer (Upper Dublin High Class of '90) took a circuitous route to his dream job.

After graduation from Yale and a brief stint at Children's Television Workshop, he earned law and business degrees at Harvard. ("I didn't want to practice law. I just wanted to be able to play with legal concepts.")

Internships at Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel followed. Deciding his destiny was as a writer, Singer penned mock scripts for HBO's Six Feet Under and West Wing.

Normally, the odds of such scripts reaching the top are minuscule. For Singer, however, fortune intervened.

He sublet an apartment in L.A. from a woman whose boyfriend happened to be Lew Wells, a West Wing producer and brother of series honcho John Wells. Lew got the script to John, who offered Singer his first writing job.

"People spend years trying to get their stuff into the right hands," Singer says. Wells "is the best in the business, an unbelievable storyteller."

"Native son forges 'West Wing'-Constitution Center ties"
by Gail Shister
April 26, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer

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