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Original Airdate 02-18-04


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From TVGuide.com:
A Navy fighter collides with a North Korean jet, and the U.S. crew is missing. And a defense contractor (Jeffrey DeMunn) who saved Leo's life when they were in Vietnam runs into trouble with his latest helicopter project. Meanwhile, a conservative congressman proposes a tax break for stay-at-home moms, which makes Josh apoplectic; Abbey wants to volunteer at an inner-city medical clinic; Barlet reluctantly sits for an official portrait; and C.J. decides to confront the cable-news talker (Jay Mohr) who branded her "chicken of the week" on the air. "I'm going to carve him into McNuggets," she vows.
From NBC:
When five crew members of an airborne Thunderchief are shot down by North Korean jets near the hostile country, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) dispatches an elite Navy SEAL team to retrieve them -- prompting Leo (John Spencer) to remember his own harrowing experience when he was downed as a pilot over North Vietnam. Leo's good friend and fellow flyer (Jeffrey DeMunn) saved his life and now is under fire for allegedly paying bribes to defense contractors to obtain military contracts. Meanwhile, C.J. (Allison Janney) accepts the challenge of dueling on live television with an opinionated and conservative talk show host (Jay Mohr); Josh (Bradley Whitford) fumes when he briefs the President about a contested tax cut for stay-at-home mothers and is undercut by the brash young Ryan (Jesse Bradford), and the Commander in Chief balks at posing for his official portrait.
From Warner Bros.:
When five crew members of an airborne Thunderchief are shot down by North Korean jets near the hostile country, President Bartlet dispatches a Navy SEAL team to retrieve them--prompting Leo to recall his own harrowing experience when he was downed as a pilot over North Vietnam. Leo's good friend and fellow flyer saved Leo's life and now is in trouble for allegedly paying bribes to defense contractors to obtain military contracts. Meanwhile, C.J. accepts the challenge of dueling on live television with an opinionated, conservative talk show host, Taylor Reid (Jay Mohr). Josh fumes when he briefs the President about a contested tax cut for stay-at-home mothers and is undercut by brash, young intern Ryan (Jesse Bradford). And the commander in chief balks at posing for his official portrait.
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Credits

Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
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
and
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
     
Special Guest Stars    
Jesse Bradford as Ryan Pierce Intern
Jay Mohr as Taylor Reid Conservative Talk Show Host
and
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Jeffrey DeMunn as Ken O'Neal Leo's Co-Pilot /
Kenneth Sean O'Neal
Terry O'Quinn as General Nicholas Alexander Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Ron Canada as Theodore "Ted" Barrow Under Secretary of State
Brian Kerwin as Ben Dryer C.J.'s College Boyfriend
Carlos Gomez as Admiral McGill  
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Allan Kolman as Mr. Steven Thomas  
and
Philip Baker Hall as
Senator Matt Hunt Chairman of Armed Services
     
Co-Starring    
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Brian Catalano as USS Cowpens Officer  
Mara Casey as Lauren  
Roger Hampton as Floor Manager  
Anna Holbrook as Sally O'Neal Ken's Wife
Dev Johnson as Raven One Leo in Vietnam
Matt Huhn as Raven One Co-Pilot Ken in Vietnam
Dat Phan as NVA Officer  
Tang Nguyen as NVA Soldier  
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Awards

Emmy Awards

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series Nomination for
Walter Newman, Supervising Sound Editor
Thomas A. Harris, Supervising Sound Editor
Catherine Flynn, Sound Editor
Rick M. Hromadka, Sound Editor
Darren Wright, Sound Editor
Gabrielle Reeves, Sound Editor
Rick Hammel, Sound Editor
David Werntz, Sound Editor
Troy Hardy, Music Editor
Mike Crabtree, Foley Artist
Casey Crabtree, Foley Artist
Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nomination by
John Spencer
Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Drama Series Nomination
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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

So whatever happened to Phan? "He actually just completed production on a film ['Cellular'], an episode of 'The West Wing,' his special for Comedy Central and is a headliner for all his performances through July," says an NBC spokeswoman.

"Starr Report"
by Michael Starr
January 7, 2004
New York Post

In three upcoming episodes, Jay Mohr will appear as a conservative talk-show host who engages in a debate with press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) on his cable program.

"Policy shift on 'West Wing'"
by Hal Boedeker
January 16, 2004
Orlando Sentinel

Brian Kerwin has been cast to do a guest-starring arc on NBC's "The West Wing," playing C.J.'s (Allison Janney) college boyfriend.

"Michaela Conlin joins cast of 'The D.A.'"
by Unknown
January 16, 2004
Hollywood Reporter

In February, he [Dat Phan] will play a North Vietnamese soldier on NBC's "The West Wing" ("My mom is gonna freak," he said. "We fled the communists, and now I'm going to play one. She won't like that at all.").

"'Last Comic Standing' champion looks to bigger things"
by Jim Carnes
January 24, 2004
Knoxville News Sentinel

At the end of last night's episode of "The West Wing" (Wednesday, February 18), Crosby Stills & Nash were to be awarded a National Medal for the Arts from President Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The dramatic ending was scored with the new recording of Crosby and Nash's version of the Michael Hedges arrangement of "My Country 'Tis of Thee." The moment came at the conclusion of the episode that centered on five crew members of an airborne Thunderchief who were shot down by North Korean jets. Bartlet (Martin Sheen) dispatches an elite Navy SEAL team to retrieve them -- prompting Leo (John Spencer) to remember his own harrowing experience when he was downed as a pilot over North Vietnam. The song begins as Leo admits to President Bartlet that his good friend and fellow flyer who saved his life had been paying bribes to defense contractors to obtain military contracts. Earlier in the plot, Lily Tomlin made mention of a weekend with Crazy Horse and The Hollies. Crosby and Nash are putting on the finishing touches to their first duo CD in 26 years that will be released this summer.

"David Crosby and Graham Nash's 'My Country 'Tis of Thee' And CSN is Highlighted in NBC's 'The West Wing'"
by Unknown
February 20, 2004
PRNewswire

No AOA, so scandal lands on 'West Wing'

Art imitated life this week as Boeing Co.'s tanker controversy made it into the script of "West Wing."

In the NBC drama, an Arizona senator threatens to hold hearings into "bid rigging" by a defense contractor that has hired a former Pentagon procurement officer.

In reality, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spearheaded the fight against the Air Force's plan to lease tanker aircraft from Boeing, which hired Darleen Druyun, the Air Force official who had negotiated the tanker lease.

On "West Wing," the head of the defense firm finally admits bribing the procurement official and says, "Yes, I pushed a little harder than I should have, and yes, I'm going to hang for it."

In real life, Boeing's chief financial officer was fired for allegedly discussing a job with Druyun while she was still working on the tanker deal. A week later, Boeing Chief Executive Philip Condit resigned, citing the impact of ethics scandals on the Chicago-based aerospace company.

A spokesman for Boeing declined to comment on the episode.

McCain, who didn't see the show when it aired, was amused after he heard about it from his staff.

"I was interested that they used some of the acronyms, like AOA, that I'm sure most viewers had no idea what they were talking about," McCain said.

"That makes it more authentic, because most of the time most members of Congress don't know what they mean."

In the show, the fictional senator was angry because no AOA, or analysis of alternatives, had been done for new transport helicopters. McCain has complained for months about the lack of an AOA for tankers.

Keith Ashdown, a defense expert with Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group that criticized the tanker deal, was home Wednesday watching "West Wing" and couldn't believe what he was seeing.

"I'm like, 'Honey, this is about Boeing,'" he said. "This is our favorite show. I'm going to send a little note to the producer saying 'Thanks.'"

"Boeing tanker fallout idles 150"
by Susan Chandler
February 21, 2004
Chicago Tribune

Has the scandal about the Boeing Co. tanker-plane deal gone Hollywood?

Last week's episode of "The West Wing," the NBC drama about life in the White House, had a subplot about a defense contractor, Mueller-Wright Aeronautics, trying to sell billions of dollars' worth of helicopters. The similarities to real life, including an irate Arizona senator, generated buzz at defense contractors around the Beltway.

On the show, the helicopter sale is bottled up in the Senate Armed Services Committee by Arizona Sen. Matt Hunt, who wonders whether Mueller-Wright circumvented the rules.

In real life, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the biggest opponent of the Boeing tanker deal, in which the Air Force was to lease 20 Boeing 767 refueling tankers and buy 80 more.

"There's no better evidence that the Boeing tanker-lease story had legs than watching it on 'West Wing,' " said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group.

The similarities didn't stop there. At one point, the head of Mueller-Wright reveals the company hired a Pentagon procurement official to seemingly help the company get the contract.

The real-life flap over the deal includes Boeing's hiring -- and firing -- of an executive who helped negotiate the tanker deal before she left the Air Force for Boeing. The deal is now tied up in a Pentagon inspector general's investigation. For real.

" 'West Wing' Takes On Tanker-Plane Scandal"
by Unkwown
February 23, 2004
Washington Post

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