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Original Airdate 03-31-04

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A day-in-the-life episode finds a documentary crew following C.J. as she copes with an FBI-standoff crisis in Washington State. Making the situation dicier: The fact that a similar crisis early in Bartlet's first term ended tragically. C.J.'s office must also deal with an advance team from the Vatican planning a meeting between the president and the pope, and questions from a reporter alleging that it was unethical of the first lady [to] accept a gown.
From NBC:
C.J.'s (Allison Janney) every move is recorded by a TV documentarian as a crew follows her through a "typical" day for a program on White House press secretaries past and present, but the presence of outsiders adds stress when a crisis involving a terrorist shootout with the FBI has a smiling C.J. trying to keep a lid on the story. Meanwhile, C.J. supervises her team as they prepare for a formal papal visit with the President and dodges hardball questions about the imminent future of the current FBI director.
From Warner Bros.:
Producing a program on past and present White House press secretaries, a television documentary crew follows C.J. around to film a "typical" day. But the presence of outsiders adds stress when a crisis involving a terrorist shootout with the FBI has a smiling C.J. trying to keep the story a secret. Meanwhile, C.J. supervises her team in preparation for a formal papal visit with Bartlet and dodges difficult questions about the imminent future of the current FBI director.


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
Clark Gregg as Special Agent Michael Casper "Mike" / FBI
Sam Robards as Greg Brock Reporter
Albie Selznick as Todd Schumaker Documentarian
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Wilson Cruz as Jack Sosa Asst. Press Secretary for Domestic Policy
Michael Gallagher as Andrew Weltzman Asst. Press Secretary for Foreign Policy
Michael Kagan as George Arnold FBI Director
Joseph Vassallo as Renato Mannari Vatican Advance
Narration by Will Lyman    
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Mindy Seeger as Chris Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Joyce Guy as Charlayne Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Harper Roisman as Herb Morris Retired Washington Evening Star Reporter
Brian Poth as Eric Schaeffer (last name) / Staff Assistant
Paul Jenkins as Martin Sheffield Former Press Secretary
James Ingersoll as Cable News Pundit  
Ivan Allen as Anchor Roger Salier
Lee Oliver Boyd as Cable Anchor  
Alan Toy as Franklin Reporter
David Castellani as Reporter On-Site  
Kellynn Jones as 2nd On-Site Reporter  
Rebecca Avery as Anna Reporter
Hira Ambrosino as White House Correspondent  
Kenneth Schmidt as Craig Bloom  
Kevin Symons as FBI Press Rep  
Sharon Johnston as Terrance Neighbor  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Win by
Allison Janney

Media Quotes

... And it is a very difficult job because you are the servant of two masters. And Joe Lockhart, once, actually let me start a press briefing in Washington, and it was strange. I felt strangely comfortable, though, going in there. But [UPI White House correspondent] Helen Thomas came up to me afterwards, and she said, "I just want to give you some advice. As the press secretary, you represent the American people. That's who you represent. You can't--" I mean, she was basically telling me that I had to tell, give up the goods to the press and to the people because that was where my duty lay, where my obligation was and not to the president. And I was like, "Well, Helen, I'll take that under consideration." - Allison Janney

"Popular Politics"
by Terence Smith
September 27, 2000
Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Janney has followed the work of real White House press secretaries over the years. She considers the departing Ari Fleischer "very slick and unflappable and brilliant. It's really tough, and I think Ari did an amazing job."

But he's not her favorite press secretary. That was Mike McCurry of the Clinton administration.

"He had the best relationship with the press and was a master of serving two masters and walking that fine line between them."

"Janney leaps successfully from TV to big screen"
by Bruce Westbrook
July 29, 2003
Houston Chronicle

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