|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|
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|
Lily Tomlin as
|Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer||President's Secretary|
|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|
Philip Baker Hall as
|Senator Matt Hunt||Chairman of Armed Services|
|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|
"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
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.
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
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.'"
January 16, 2004
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'"
February 20, 2004
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
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"
February 23, 2004