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Original Airdate 05-19-04 Rerun 10-20-04 8 p.m.

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The fifth season concludes with Donna in a military hospital in Germany and Bartlet facing a decision about the U.S. response to the terror attack in Gaza. The country (and Leo and Congressional Republicans in particular) wants a firm military response, but new NSC aide Kate Harper (Mary McCormack) offers different counsel. Later the president warms up unenthusiastically for first-ball duty at Camden Yards, while flashbacks recall his uneasy first meeting with Fitz (John Amos).
From NBC:
In the season finale, Gaza slayings of key U.S. officials might drag fuming President into unending cycle of violence -- In the season finale, events in the tinderbox Gaza Strip spin out of control after the murders of high-ranking U.S. officials as the angry President (Martin Sheen) weighs approrpiate military action -- even as Israel launches its own strikes and surrounds the Palestinian chairman, prompting more retaliatory terrorism. The dangers are compounded when Bartlet suddenly cannot communicate with the chairman and a strange undertow of intrigue finds a wary Josh (Bradley Whitford) meeting with a mysterious foreign operative while tending to Donna in Germany. Meanwhile, Bartlet dons a bulletproof vest and practices his sluggish fastball when he's called to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a game in Baltimore.


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
Gary Cole as Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell Vice President
Jason Isaacs as Colin Ayres Photojournalist
Gerald McRaney as Alan Adamley Air Force General
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Steven Culp as Jeff Haffley Speaker of the House
Ron Canada as Theodore "Ted" Barrow Under Secretary of State
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
Natalija Nogulich as Shira Galit Israeli Ambassador
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Navid Negahban as Maz Josh's Contact
Tim Lounibos as Colonel Leahy Surgeon
Marcelo Tubert as Saeb Mukarat Palestinian Prime Minister
Makram J. Khoury (uncredited) as Chairman Nizar Farad on phone
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Mindy Seeger as Chris Reporter
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
Ben Siegler as George Reporter
Sonya Leslie as Nurse Parnes  
Di Koob as Nurse Rinier  
Hira Ambrosino as Commentator  
John Colella as Commentator #2  
Doug Hale as Anchor  
Endre Hules as Maitre d'  
Jake Mailey as Commentator #3  
John Hartmann as Floor Manger  
Dave McGowan as Stadium Announcer  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nomination by
Martin Sheen
Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nomination by
John Spencer

WGA Awards

Episodic Drama Nomination for
John Sacret Young
Josh Singer

Media Quotes

White House officials are looking for a new leader for the Palestinian Authority. This time, its not about a new plan by President Bush to bring peace to the Middle East, but a new initiative of recruiting an Israeli actor to play the role of the Palestinian leader in the drama series "The West Wing". According to the script, the 'new' chairman will be engaged for several episodes in a heated dialogue with the US president, played by Martin Sheen.

Production representatives have already turned to cast assembler, Yael Aviv. "They wanted me to find them an actor, Arab or Israeli, who would play a charismatic role," she said.

Aviv already has several candidates for the position. Shooting is scheduled to take place next month.

""West Wing" looking for Israeli actor to play Palestinian leader"
by Ruti Zuaretz
March 6, 2004
Maariv International

Jason Isaacs has landed a three-episode arc on NBC's "The West Wing." He will play a photojournalist and a love interest for Donna Moss (Janel Moloney).

"'NYPD Blue' Adds New Detective"
April 7, 2004

Fans attending Friday night's game against Toronto are encouraged to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m. if they want to be part of the filming of the season finale of TV's "The West Wing."

The filming will take place during the afternoon and pregame ceremonies at Camden Yards. The plot of the finale will have President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Fans will have a chance to be in the background of the scene.

"Notes: Hairston on schedule"
by Gary Washburn
April 21, 2004

Martin Sheen will become the third fictional president of the United States to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards when the NBC series "The West Wing" films part of its season finale Friday night, prior to the Orioles' game against the Blue Jays. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats 20 minutes before the 7:35 p.m. start to participate in the shoot.

The other fictional presidents to grace the Camden Yards mound were Kevin Kline ("Dave") and Chris Rock ("Head of State").

"Riley, Orioles Roughed Up by Devil Rays"
by Dave Sheinin
April 22, 2004
Washington Post

Actor Martin Sheen, who portrays President Josiah Bartlet in the popular television series The West Wing, threw out the first pitch for the drama's final episode of the season. His windups - there were four of them - came about 45 minutes late because of the weather.

Sheen rehearsed the scene earlier in the day, walking from the dugout to the mound and waving to a fictitious crowd. He bounced a few throws to home plate before retreating inside.

Once the real shooting began, Sheen was given four chances to record a strike, or something close to it. His first attempt veered outside, the second was high, the third skipped in front of catcher Javy Lopez, and the fourth sailed to the backstop.

Asked a few hours earlier what Lopez should look for, Sheen quipped: "A lot of dirt on the ball."

Cameramen and other employees of the show crowded the area in front of the home dugout before the game. Sheen and actor John Spencer, who portrays chief of staff Leo McGarry, were filmed as they toured the clubhouse.

Rafael Palmeiro and Miguel Tejada rose from one of the sofas to shake Sheen's hand, and Jerry Hairston wandered over for an introduction.

"Don't get up," Spencer said to Palmeiro. "You have a game to play tonight."

The actors also stopped by manager Lee Mazzilli's office. "I asked them if they could hit," he said.

Sheen said the mound looked "three miles away" from the plate, another sign that he's not a natural at the sport.

"I'm acting. That's what I do for a living. I'm into fakery," he said. "I'm not a baseball player. I don't have a sense of it at all."

Asked if he would be nervous once the crowd filed in, Sheen said, "Sure, wouldn't you?"

Sheen is the second member of his family to visit the ballpark. His son, actor Charlie Sheen, was filmed at Camden Yards for the movie Major League II.

"Sheen's wing is lacking on first pitch"
by Roch Kubatko
April 23, 2004
Baltimore Sun

Hours before the game, the cast got a tour of the Orioles' clubhouse, and Sheen met Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli. Mazzilli said he had a little advice to offer about the first pitch. "I just told him to throw it low and outside, as I do all my pitchers," he joked. "But it was good to meet him. But I try to stay away from those Hollywood guys."

"Notes: Matos given night off"
by Gary Washburn
April 23, 2004

This one was delayed 61 minutes at the start by rain, and the teams waited a few extra moments for NBC's crew to finish four takes of Martin Sheen throwing out a presidential first pitch for The West Wing.

Later, [Eric] DuBose joked, "I had a tough act to follow. [Sheen] may have been throwing harder than I was."

"DuBose, hot Orioles keep Jays blue, 11-3"
by Joe Christensen
April 24, 2004
Baltimore Sun

On the second take, Sheen drew Orioles catcher Javy Lopez out of his crouch with a high pitch. On his third try, Sheen bounced one in front of the plate, drawing a smattering of jeers. Then, on his final heave, he floated one well over Lopez's head.

Four hours earlier, Sheen walked to the mound in an effort to avoid embarrassing himself in front of the cameras and Orioles fans who served as extras.

"It seems like the plate is three miles away, and the mound is two miles high," he said with a grin.

Sheen uncorked about a dozen throws, several of which came up short as he tried to find the range from 60 feet, 6 inches away.

"The President needs to work on his pitching," Orioles coach Tom Trebelhorn quipped from the dugout.

Asked what kind of pitch Lopez could expect to see, Sheen quipped, "Look for a lot of dirt on the ball."

Lopez is no stranger to being on the receiving end of ceremonial first pitches. While in Atlanta, he caught one from Hank Aaron and another from a real president, Jimmy Carter.

Told that Sheen has an erratic arm, Lopez quipped, "If it bounces and I can't catch it, they'd better do it again. I want to look good."

"Names in the Game"
April 24, 2004
Associated Press

Before the game, Sheen and co-star John Spencer toured the Baltimore clubhouse. They met several players, Mazzilli and Orioles Hall-of-Fame pitcher and now broadcaster Jim Palmer. "You guys are the best," Palmer told the actors. "If you had seen me out there throwing," Sheen quipped, "you wouldn't be saying that."

"Rain can't stop these Orioles"
by Dan Connolly
April 24, 2004
York Daily Record

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

I've just filmed some episodes of The West Wing, where I'm a little bit of totty for Donna - so I've been snogging Janel Moloney.

The show is sensational, it's the best programme on American telly. In the show Donna and Josh are the great unconsummated love story, but I suddenly stick my oar in.

It could be my most unpopular role yet! Even when I was kissing her I could imagine myself watching it screaming "noooo!" - Jason Isaacs

"We're Hooked on Potter baddie"
by Simon Rothstein
April 30, 2004
The Sun

According to Donna's portrayer, Janel Moloney, Josh and Donna will grow closer as she recovers from her injuries in that German hospital. "You get to see the relationship become very intimate," she tells TV Guide Online. "There's an intimacy and an emotionality that you haven't seen between them."

"West Wing's Love Dilemma"
by Daniel R. Coleridge
May 19, 2004
TV Guide Online

"I think three-quarters of the fun is just, you definitely wanting them to get together," she [Janel Moloney] says. "One of the incredibly artful things about this accident and him coming to Germany is you get to see the relationship become very intimate. There's an intimacy and an emotionality that you haven't seen between them that's pretty fun, I think.

"'West Wing' Romance?"
by Rick Porter
May 19, 2004

Schlamme, who calls his "West Wing" time "the four best years professionally of my life," said he knew that "it was going to be a completely different show" without Sorkin and him. "For me to judge whether it's better or worse or whether I like it or I don't like it is disingenuous," he said.

"It's hail to the chief (and farewell, too?) on 'The West Wing'"
by Phil Rosenthal
August 12, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times

"We had the experience of changing drivers in a race car in the middle of the track doing 200 miles per hour," he says. "It was as difficult a thing as I have ever been involved in creatively -- but a lot of the shows we were very proud of."

"Shake-up in 'The West Wing'"
by Charlie McCollum
October 19, 2004
San Jose Mercury News

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