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Jefferson Lives

Original Airdate 10-08-03

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With Bartlet back in the Oval Office attention is turned to the choice for a new vice president. But the new house speaker has his own ideas. Gary Cole joins the cast as "Bingo Bob" Russell, a folksy Colorado representative who's on a short list (not the president's). Upstairs at the White House, meanwhile, the residence is not a happy home in the wake of Zoey's kidnapping. Says Abbey: "I blame Jed."
From NBC:
As a White House Fourth of July ceremony nears following a harrowing chapter in the nation's history, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) endures the painful process of nominating a proper candidate for vice president -- but his first choice is his secretary of state (William Devane) who faces a nasty uphill fight for approval. Elsewhere, Amy (Mary-Louise Parker) champions the reclusive First Lady's (Stockard Channing) violence prevention provisions for an upcoming bill while Abby withdraws from her husband after the Qumari assassination is exposed. In addition, a frustrated Josh (Bradley Whitford) reacts when is confronted by Amy and Donna (Janel Moloney) is appalled by the new intern Ryan (Jesse Bradford).
From Warner Bros.:
Following a harrowing chapter in the nation's history, the White House celebrates the Fourth of July. Bartlet endures the painful process of nominating a candidate for Vice President. But his first choice, Secretary of State Lewis Berryhill (William Devane), will have a difficult time getting approved. Meanwhile, while the reclusive first lady tends to personal matters, Amy (Mary-Louise Parker) champions Abbey's violence prevention provisions for an upcoming bill. Josh and Amy share a romantic moment. And Donna is appalled by a new intern, Ryan (Jesse Bradford).


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
Gary Cole as Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell Colorado Congressman/
Vice Presidential candidate
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield Head of POTUS' Secret Service detail
Steven Culp as Jeff Haffley Speaker of the House
H. Richard Greene as Robert Royce Sen. R-Penn
Geoff Pierson as Senator Triplehorn Senate Minority Leader
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
J. Patrick McCormack as General Jimmy Wendall  
Charlotte Colavin as Sheila Fields Member of Dem. Leadership
H.M. Wynant as Senator Starkey  
Robert Arce as August Adair Senator
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Margaret Bacon as Young Zoey  
Donald Sage Mackay as Ellis Fourth of July Oval Office meeting
Tom W. Chick as Gordon Reporter
Marc Antonio Pritchett as Reporter #2  
Rebecca Avery as Reporter #3 Anna
Hugh Dane as Judge  

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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

"What you will see is the new speaker, the majority leadership (Republican) and their views much more represented on the show," Wells told reporters in a conference call last week. "Our characters aren't changing, but the world in which they live forces them to hear the other points of view."

"Big changes in store for 'West Wing'; 'Frasier' to finish up quietly"
by Mike McDaniel
September 23, 2003
Houston Chronicle

Adding to the realism, the new vice president, played by Gary Cole, will be in place by episode four or five, and around more than predecessor Tim Matheson.

"He needs to be brought up to speed," Wells says of the character. "He's also very ambitious."

"'West Wing's' fifth season: Politics NOT as usual "
by Jill Vejnoska
September 24, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Margaret Bacon, 10, of Berryville got to be the "first daughter" of a future U.S. president for several days in September.


Margaret was filmed in September for a cameo role as the president's daughter in the NBC series "The West Wing" on Wednesday nights.


"At the end I say, 'It wasn't scary Daddy, it was fun.'" said Margaret, who really enjoyed working with Sheen.

"I spent some time with Martin Sheen, just talking with him, and we had to work some things out when we were actually acting," she said. "He's funny and really nice. And he was easy to get along with while acting."

Margaret got the role when a family friend and actor discovered the West Wing producers were looking for a young girl and one who could ride.

Margaret has a lot of experience riding horses.


A film crew came out to Clarke County for the auditions in September to film her riding a horse.

Although she was confident on a horse during the auditions, the part called for a 5-year-old, and Margaret felt intimidated knowing she was up against younger competitors.

"I had to audition against actual 5 year olds," she said.

After she got the part, however, Margaret and her family were impressed with how professionally the entire shooting process was run.

The actual filming of the scene took place in Marshall.

"I had my own dressing room, and they escorted me around everywhere," Margaret said.

Her mother, Rives Bacon, said the director and production team worked hard to film a believable segment.

"Having never seen a TV show being made," Bacon said, "I was surprised there is so much money being spent, so many people out there doing every episode.

"They were really professional and really nice to us."

The exact details put into every shot also impressed Bacon.

"They didn't just shoot it and say 'that's fine,'" Bacon said. "They spent hours getting every shot just perfect.

"To spend all that time shooting for such a little scene is impressive," Bacon said.

She also got to go over the fence into the paddock once to help them get it right.

"I only went across the fence to make a suggestion once, when it didn't look like she was falling off," Bacon said. "They were ready to say it was a good shot, but for us, it looked like she was just ducking as if to go under a low branch."

Her sister Mary, age 11, said she got to watch while Margaret practiced, but had to stay in school for the actual filming.

"I thought it was really neat," Mary said. "They let me try out for it too, but I didn't think I would really get it."

Their mother took them to Marshall so Margaret could practice the night before and to get comfortable with the horse. The next day, Margaret went back to film.

Much of the practice and filming involved Margaret lurching forward on the horse's neck like she was falling off, and Sheen catching her.

The horse, fittingly named Diablo, "wasn't that easy to ride," she said. "I pulled on the reins one time and he reared up.

"The handler told me not to pull the right rein, because he was a fall horse also. He was trained to fall down like he had been shot."

"A Turn as the President's Daughter"
by Karl B. Hille
November 18, 2003
Winchester Star

"Things were not easy in the White House at the beginning of this season. I mean, fictionally," he [John Spencer] said. "And a lot of it fell on Leo's head, an unhappy staff, a president that was miserable and had lost his daughter, and a first lady who could no longer communicate with me and said that she didn't want me in the house any longer. So Leo's been going through a lot of stuff."

"It's good to have irascible Leo back"
by Ellen Gray
February 11, 2004
Philadelphia Daily News

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