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The Supremes

Original Airdate 03-24-04

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The last time Glenn Close did a TV guest spot, in 2002, she played a manic photographer on Will & Grace. Here, she's more dignified---she's a federal judge whom Josh is pushing for the Supreme Court. Trouble is, she's too liberal to be confirmed (and she has a skeleton in her closet that can be described as poetically just). Meanwhile, Andy Wyatt (Kathleen York) is joining a congressional fact-finding mission to the Middle East that troubles the White House. Other guests include Milo O'Shea (as the chief justice) and Robert Picardo (another prospective nominee).
From NBC:
When a Republican Supreme Court justice suddenly dies, the Bartlet administration scrambles to find a worthy replacement and the halls are flooded with candidates -- but the President (Martin Sheen) senses that the process is a political minefield until Josh (Bradley Whitford) hits upon a wild plan that could open the door for an unthinkable liberal (Glenn Close). The game continues as potential judicial nominees are marched in and out, some serving only as press decoys, but everyone gets curious when the President meets with a bright but conservative judge (William Fichtner).
From Warner Bros.:
When a Republican Supreme Court justice suddenly dies, the Bartlet administration scrambles to find a worthy replacement, and the halls are filled with candidates. But the President senses that the process is a political minefield until Josh devises a wild plan that could also create an opening for Evelyn Baker Lang (Glenn Close), a liberal who would be an unthinkable choice. Potential judicial nominees visit the West Wing offices and are interviewed--some serving only as decoys to confuse the press. But everyone gets curious when the President meets with Christopher Mulready (William Fichtner), a bright but conservative judge.


Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Personal Aide to the President
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Press Secretary
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    
Glenn Close as Evelyn Baker Lang "Evie" / Justice
Jesse Bradford as Ryan Pierce Intern
William Fichtner as Christopher Mulready Judge
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Mitchell Ryan as Senator Roland Pierce Ryan's Uncle
Milo O'Shea as Roy Ashland Chief Justice
Melissa Marsala as Marina "Rena" Research Assistant
Kathleen York as Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt Congresswoman
Deirdre Lovejoy as Lisa Wolfe Judiciary Chief of Staff
Robert Picardo as E. Bradford Shelton Judge Elijah Bradford "Brad" Shelton
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Saida Rodriguez-Pagan as Anchor  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Drama Series Nomination

WGA Awards

Episodic Drama Win for
Debora Cahn

Media Quotes

Five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will guest-star on NBC's The West Wing later this month playing a potential Supreme Court justice. "A conservative judge just died, so it's the business of trying to get her nominated and the confirmation drama around it," costar John Spencer explains to TV Guide Online. "The Senate we're dealing with is a Republican majority, as it is in the real world."

"Raymond, Glenn Close and More!"
by Michael Ausiello
March 2, 2004
TV Guide Online

Politics can make for big guest stars on NBC's The West Wing. Glenn Close will make a rare TV appearance March 24 (9 p.m. ET/PT), playing a socially conscious judge being considered by President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Her liberal politics create controversy, however, because she would be filling the seat held by one of the most conservative justices in the nation's history.

"'West Wing' courts Glenn Close"
by Unknown
March 3, 2004
USA Today

In the storyline, she portrays Judge Evelyn Baker Lang, one of the most controversial and socially conscious judges serving in the federal court. After a current U.S. Supreme Court justice dies suddenly, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) must fill the position and is directed to consider the savvy Lang. However, her liberal politics appear to make her a long shot to fill the seat now left vacant by the death of one of the most conservative justices in American history.

March 3, 2004

He showed a great deal of candor and passion for the show during his talk, and had a good feel for (and devotion to) the show's history; the writing staff is always on guard against repeating themselves (e.g. they wouldn't have done another Supreme Court arc this season without bringing new angles to the table)

Posted at Forum
by EustBev
April 24, 2004
Notes from seminar at Harvard with Mark Goffman

On the television side, first-time WGA nominee Debora Cahn made an emotional trip to the podium at the Hollywood Palladium as the episodic drama winner for "The Supremes" episode of NBC's "The West Wing."

"My mom died when I was writing this episode," Cahn said. "This is for her."

"Writers Guild Finds Kaufman 'Spotless'"
by Cynthia Littleton
February 21, 2005
Hollywood Reporter

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