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Original Airdate 04-28-04

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Resentments fester when the White House is locked down after a suspicious substance is found in the air near the Oval Office. Staffers must remain where they are -- and with whomever they're with. This is particularly bad news for Toby and Will, whose already-unraveling relationship is spiraling downward ever faster in the wake of a Russell speech (written by Will) that Toby feels undercut Bartlet. Meanwhile, C.J. has some career advice for Donna; Leo and Abbey spar over health issues, personal and political; and Josh gets to know new NSC staffer Kate Harper.And it's off to the showers for the President, Charlie and Debbie Fiderer (Lily Tomlin), on the orders of no-nonsense guys in hazmat suits.
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After a black-tie dinner, the President (Martin Sheen) and his staff are locked down in the White House when a foreign substance is detected inside, forcing an odd coupling of peole who are forced to occupy small rooms where they share personal reflections -- and some turn confrontational when Toby (Richard Schiff) accuses Will (Joshua Malina) of backstabbing Bartlet. As the inspection continues, the President, Fiderer (Lily Tomlin) and Charlie (Dulé Hill) submit to intense inspection while in other corners, C.J. (Allison Janney) has strong career advice for Donna (Janel Moloney) and Josh (Bradley Whitford) queries security adviser Kate (Mary McCormack) on why his joke was deleted from the Chief's speech.


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    
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield Head of POTUS' Secret Service detail
Reed Diamond as Dr. Mike Gordon Army Major
Wilson Cruz as Jack Sosa Asst. Press Secretary for Domestic Policy
Brent Huff as Agent Broder Secret Service
Beau Billingslea as Agent Velasquez Secret Service
Tracey Costello as Agent Moody Secret Service
Jamison Yang as Agent Lee Secret Service
Melette LeBlanc-Cabot as Nurse  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nomination by
Janel Moloney
Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nomination by
Stockard Channing

Media Quotes

One student asked when Josh and Donna will get together (to some applause); Goffman told us to watch the last three episodes of the season, as the show will be "playing this out" -- he may have mentioned the first two S6 eps too, but don't quote me. That being said, Goffman continued, the convention in the business is that once the characters kiss, it's tough to continue the storyline -- and he didn't leave the impression that such a resolution was imminent. But *that* being said, he noted that he knew that a story can't be drawn out indefinitely. "But, yeah, I think they have great chemistry," he concluded.

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

If you caught Wednesday's "West Wing" episode on NBC, you heard characters mention the "Post-Intelligencer" three times. While they never said Seattle in front of that, we're guessing it's us.

Otherwise, there's the Paris (Tenn.) Post-Intelligencer, or a newsletter for cat owners, the Scratching Post-Intelligencer. Nor is it the first time the P-I has been mentioned on the show.

This week, the story line had press secretary C.J. Cregg asking executive assistant Donna Moss whether she was going out for a drink with a Post-Intelligencer reporter. While we do have a Washington correspondent -- Charles Pope -- we can report that he's married.

P-I reporter Wyatt Buchanan is on temporary assignment in D.C., and though he's single, he says he hasn't done anything that might inspire such dialogue.

"P-I mentioned on 'West Wing'"
by Unknown
April 30, 2004
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"To be nominated with Stockard (Channing) is just really thrilling," said Janel Moloney, who, along with Channing received a supporting actress nomination for her work on "The West Wing."


Moloney credited the nom to the show's writers. "I had such wonderful storylines this year, and I think I had a chance to do as much as I could with my roles," she said. "So maybe that is what it has to do with more than anything is the writing and the storylines."

"Famous faces with their eyes on the Emmy prize"
by Addie Morfoot
July 15, 2004

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