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The Dogs of War

Original Airdate 10-01-03 Rerun 01-28-04

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As the Zoey Bartlet kidnapping crisis enters its second day, President Walken (John Goodman) bombs terrorist training camps in Qumar. Meanwhile, Josh is certain that Walken's aides are plotting to ram their conservative agenda through Congress. Josh must also contend with an unwanted new intern, a freshly minted Harvard grad from an established political family named Ryan Pierce (Jesse Bradford). And Will and Toby struggle to write two speeches for Bartlet to deliver once the crisis is resolved.
From NBC:
The international crisis concerning the terrorist abduction of Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) daughter Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) reaches critical mass as Walken (John Goodman) presides over the bombardment of Qumari terrorist camps while the kidnappers issue a 24-hour deadline for the unlikely removal of American troops from Qumar. Elsewhere, Josh (Bradley Whitford) fumes over his perceived notion that the Republicans will exploit and push forward their own legislative agenda while Toby (Richard Schiff) visits his newborn twins -- even as he oversees the drafting of two presidential speeches that hinge on Zoey's fate.
From Warner Bros.:
The international crisis concerning the terrorist abduction of Bartlet's daughter Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) reaches a critical point as Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken (John Goodman), the acting President, orders the bombardment of Qumari terrorist camps. The kidnappers issue a 24-hour deadline for the removal of American troops from Qumar. Meanwhile, Josh fumes over his perceived notion that the Republicans will exploit and push forward their own legislative agenda. And Toby visits his newborn twins--even as he oversees the drafting of two presidential speeches that hinge on Zoey's fate.


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 Deputy Communications Director
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-Louise Parker as Amy (Amelia) Gardner FLOTUS' Chief of Staff
Jesse Bradford as Ryan Pierce Intern
William Devane as Lewis "Lew" Berryhill Secretary of State
John Amos as
Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Nina Siemaszko as Ellie (Eleanor Emily) Bartlet Bartlets' middle daughter
Annabeth Gish as Elizabeth "Liz" Bartlet Westin Bartlets' eldest daughter
Kathleen York as Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt Congresswoman
Clark Gregg as Special Agent Michael Casper "Mike" / FBI
Michael Hyatt as Angela Blake from New York
Zeljko Îvanek as Steve Atwood Walken Staffer
Steven Eckholdt as Doug Westin Elizabeth Bartlet Westin's husband
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Saïd Taghmaoui as Umar Usef Qumari Ambassador to the U.S.
John Goodman (uncredited) as Glenallen "Glen" Walken President of the United States
Dan Manning as Agent Elliott previously Banks
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Devika Parikh as Bonnie Communications' Aide
Rick Cramer as Colonel  
Shireen Kadivar as Anne Shahrair  
Esther K. Chae as McKenzie FBI Operator
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter

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Media Quotes

"So you have to cast William Devane as Speaker of the House," I begged him. Sorkin lit up at the idea. "With the connection he already has with Martin (they played the Kennedy brothers in the old miniseries 'Missiles of October'), they'd have fabulous chemistry," said Sorkin, who promised to give all the credit to moi if Devane ends up on the show.

"Press tour ends with NBC stars under the stars"
by Elaine Liner
August 5, 1999
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Later, [Madeleine] Albright scolded [Aaron] Sorkin -- she wants a woman secretary of state added to the cast. "I'm a writer; I'm used to arguing with network brass, so there was a half-second impulse to argue," says Sorkin, "but then I just went 'Yes, ma'am. I'll take care of that, ma'am.'

"House Call"
by Mary Murphy
July 22, 2000
TV Guide (American edition)

At a dinner in Washington earlier this year, [Walter] Isaacson said, the secretary of state of the United States of America, Madeline Albright, leaned across the table toward him. "Do you know Pat Caddell?" she asked. [Walter] Isaacson said he did. "Do you think you could talk to him about adding a secretary of state character on 'The West Wing,' and can you tell him it should be a woman?" Albright asked. Isaacson said he began to laugh until he realized Albright was serious.

"It's a Washington-Hollywood Lovefest"
by Joan Ryan
August 15, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle

Sheen also sensed the show's power when they were shooting late at night in Georgetown and making a bit too much of a commotion for the neighbors. A middle-aged lady came down to inquire about the noise. And by the way, she said, why the heck doesn't the show have a secretary of state? And it should be a woman, she added.

The woman with the complaint was Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

"Inside The West Wing's New World"
by Sharon Waxman
November 2000
George Magazine

In the wake of his daughter's kidnapping, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) relinquished his commander-in-chief post to the speaker (John Goodman) -- leading some to wonder whether Sheen's political activism finally did him in at NBC. "Martin's under contract," says a show rep. "He'll be back." As a result, Roseanne's former TV hubby shouldn't make himself too cozy in the Oval Office. Says Goodman's spokesperson: "He's only contracted to do one episode in the fall -- the season premiere."

"Spoiler Alert! Cliffhanger Mysteries Resolved!"
by Michael Ausiello
May 23, 2003
TV Guide Online

A new cast member may be added to The West Wing, which has won three consecutive Emmys for best drama, sometime next season, Zucker says. The network had talked last season to Sorkin about adding a new character, he says.

"Despite their finales, shows will go on"
by John Kiesewetter
May 28, 2003
Cincinnati Enquirer

Yet if there is a struggle as to whether Bartlet should regain the Oval Office, Section 4 of the amendment spells out the rules for what should be at most a 21-day political brawl.

"Television's newest star: the 25th Amendment"
by Jonathan E. Kaplan
May 28, 2003
The Hill

Strangers keep stopping Elisabeth Moss on the street.

Perhaps that has something to do with the 20-year-old actress obviously knowing what happens next to her character, Zoey Bartlet, on NBC's "The West Wing."

The kidnapping of the president's daughter at the end of the season inspired a cliff-hanger. But Moss isn't talking. "If I told them," she says, "it would ruin the surprise for them."

"From Zoey to Franny"
by Barbara Isenberg
June 15, 2003
Los Angeles Times

"Obviously, I don't think there's a huge change in the show," he says. "Nobody was better at the small banter and the small talk than Aaron Sorkin. But what John has brought to these first two scripts is some incredible, emotional moments and some incredible character development. Where you may miss a little of the small talk in the hallway, you're going to be quite taken with how gut-wrenching and emotional (the episodes) are."

"NBC banks on 'Joey' spinoff"
by Kevin D. Thompson
July 26, 2003
Palm Beach Post

[Jesse] Bradford, who got his start as a child performer in films like "Prancer" and "Presumed Innocent," will play a spoiled White House intern from a powerful political family. He joins Annabeth Gish and Steven Eckholdt as actors added to the cast in recurring roles for the show's fifth season.

"I've been a fan of Jesse's work since I first saw him in [Steven Soderbergh's 1993 feature] 'King of the Hill,' and I'm thrilled that he has decided to join us on 'The West Wing,"' [John] Wells tells the Hollywood Reporter.

"Bradford to Bring it on 'West Wing'"
by Unknown
August 8, 2003

"There are rumors of Adm. Fitzwallace meeting his demise. Who knows? Anything is possible." - John Amos

"Stars and strife"
by Dave Walker
August 9, 2003
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Congrats to Mary-Louise Parker and Billy Crudup. We hear that the 39-year-old actress is about eighteen weeks pregnant. This is the first child for the couple, who met while starring on Broadway in the 1996 production of Bus Stop. But the expectant mom isn’t slowing down just yet. She’s currently in Los Angeles filming her second season of The West Wing, in which she plays Amy Gardner, the First Lady’s chief of staff. No word on whether the pregnancy will be written into the show

"Arnold's High Times..."
by Marc S. Malkin with Deborah Schoeneman
August 25, 2003
New York Magazine

... and Ryan Pierce ("Swimfan"'s Jesse Bradford), an intern in Josh Lyman's office. "When you have a younger character coming in," explains Wells, "he can make the inside politics easier to follow by asking questions."


Despite the overhaul, "Wing"'s Commander-in-Chief continues to project confidence. "This show is never going to be what it was with Aaron and Tommy, and we've got to let it go. We can't live in the past," says Sheen. "I'm extremely gratified by John's first two scripts. John started with the show, and he knows why it works."

"The West Wing"
by Allison Hope Weiner
September 12, 2003
Entertainment Weekly

John Wells tried to get Aaron Sorkin to write the first couple of episodes for this season on "The West Wing" but he declined, Wells says.

"I begged him for over a month to come in to do the first couple," Wells told TV critics during a phone Q&A session to discuss the return of the series.

"He felt it was time for us to do it on our own," Wells said diplomatically during that phoner late Thursday.


Writing the first two episodes of this season on "The West Wing," Wells said, was "like being Ethel Merman's understudy on 'Gypsy' and at intermission she comes down with the flu and . . . the stage manager announces to the crowd, 'In the second act, Miss Merman's part will be played by John Wells' and you hear this groan.

"It was a terrifying experience because you are staring up at the talent of Aaron Sorkin and that's daunting," he added.


He also promised that "The West Wing" would not turn into a melodrama dealing with the bleak personal lives of the characters -- as has "ER," a series Wells helped create and also executive produces. He acknowledged that they'd heard from "a lot" of people who expressed such fears, but said reassuringly, "I don't think that's where the show is."

"We are going to spend a little more time learning about the first family, but not to the extent where it's more than an episode here and there," Wells said. "The truth is that the rest of [the characters] don't have a home life, because of the job requirements."

"NBC's Early Emmy Preemption"
by Lisa de Moraes
September 20, 2003
Washington Post

In the conference call, Wells let slip whether Zoe[y] is alive and then asked critics to keep it a secret. Danny might not keep it, but I will.


"How does he get back to leading the country the way he originally envisioned?" said Wells. "It is what the whole fall is all about."

"'West Wing' looks for another successful term "
by Alan Pergament
September 24, 2003
Buffalo News

"I don't write the way that Aaron does," he [John Wells] says. "I've tried hard to write some of what he did because I don't want it to seem so jarringly different to people who like the show. At the same time, Aaron's talent is huge and very specific, and what he does better than anyone else is this extraordinary repartee, the dialogue, the wit, the pace. I couldn't replicate that if I wanted to, and believe me, I've tried."

"Policy shift on 'West Wing'"
by Hal Boedeker
January 16, 2004
Orlando Sentinel

But he [John Goodman] hopes a strict diet doesn't make him as crazy as quitting smoking did.

He adds, "I quit a year and a half ago and I turned into a werewolf. I went nuts. I've been smoking since I was in junior high school.

"I did a couple of episodes of THE WEST WING two years ago and I was in the middle of one of these psycho things and turned around and smacked the stage door as hard as I could and my fist immediately swelled up.

"Thank God I didn't break anything but that was the last episode I had - nicotine withdrawal."

"Goodman's Urgent Diet to Avoid Serious Health Problems"
January 12, 2005

"It's a pinnacle for an actor because the writing is so fantastic," says Annabeth Gish, who played Elizabeth, Bartlet's oldest daughter. "In my career, I was the most nervous guest-starring on that show because you have to speak politically, you have to speak eloquently and you have to speak rapidly."

"'West Wing' finale a perfect coda"
by Charlie McCollum
May 14, 2006
San Jose Mercury News

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