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Disaster Relief

Original Airdate 11-05-03

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Josh isn't exactly the toast of the town after his miscalculation causes a conservative Democratic senator to switch parties. And C.J. prevails on the president to visit tornado victims in Oklahoma, leaving Leo to confront various crises (involving the capital-gains tax, the chancellor of Germany and hostilities between Greece and Albania) that need Bartlet's attention.
From NBC:
Josh (Bradley Whitford) fears the worst after a political miscalculation costs the Democrats dearly as the President (Martin Sheen) is pre-occupied with a killer tornado in Oklahoma and flies there to lend his support but his compassion overrules good judgment and he stays longer than planned. Meanwhile, a worried Leo (John Spencer) has several crises back home that need the president's immediate attention. Donna (Janel Moloney) keeps an eye out for Josh's welfare after he becomes Washington's latest persona non grata.
From Warner Bros.:
Bartlet is preoccupied with a killer tornado in Oklahoma and flies there to lend his support. But his compassion overrules good judgment, and Bartlet stays longer than planned. Meanwhile, Leo worries about several crises in the capital that need the president's immediate attention. Josh fears the worst after a political miscalculation costs the Democrats dearly. And Donna becomes concerned about Josh's welfare after he becomes Washington's latest target of scorn.


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    
Gary Cole as Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell Vice President
Jesse Bradford as Ryan Pierce Intern
Guest Starring    
Michael Hyatt as Angela Blake from New York
Terry O'Quinn as General Nicholas Alexander Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
Nick Searcy as Nate Singer Congressman
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Steven Anderson as Daniel "Dan" Rubin FEMA Director
Maree Cheatham as Peggy Wade Governor of Oklahoma
Brooks Almy as Tessa Volunteer / Bus Driver
Bryan Callen as Louis Slater Reporter
Lauren Stamile as Layla Cham Press Secretary
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Mindy Seeger as Chris Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Bill Smillie as Elderly Man at shelter
Jim Moret as Newscaster  
Zena Leigh as Researcher  
Susan Ziegler as Local Reporter  
Rob Moran as Art Hughes at Morton's
Kurt Carley as Maitre d'  

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WGA Awards

Episodic Drama Nomination for
Alexa Junge
Lauren Schmidt

Media Quotes

"We have six episodes finished, and we're writing Episode 10 this week," Mr. [John] Wells said.

"'The West Wing' Comes to Terms With the G.O.P."
by Bill Carter
September 24, 2003
New York Times

Starstruck fans of "The West Wing" could walk away with one thing Monday after spotting Martin Sheen at the show's shoot in San Pedro: President Bartlet gets his job back.

Sheen -- and cohorts Allison Janney as press secretary C.J. Cregg and Dule Hill as aide Charlie Young -- could be spotted here and there working in front of the cameras as "The West Wing" crew filmed an episode in the community's downtown.


The old buildings and a parking lot on Seventh Street between Centre and Palos Verdes streets served as a double for an Oklahoma town devastated by a tornado. Buildings were ravaged, windows were shattered, brick walls lay in pieces, clothes hung from trees, and cars and trucks rested on their sides and roofs. And there was President Bartlet surveying the damage in his casual jacket and pants.


About a dozen people stood on Centre Street on Monday afternoon, straining their eyes to see the actors, kept away from the set by security guards who became upset if anyone took photographs.


Cries of "Rolling!" and "Action!" incited Janney and other actors in business suits to walk along Seventh Street in front of the presidential limo parked amid the debris. A wind machine blowing from across the street tousled their hair.

Hill occasionally walked back and forth talking on a cellular telephone -- not for the camera.

A number of police officers watched, but it wasn't clear which ones were real and which were actors. The ones wearing state trooper hats definitely were actors playing Oklahoma officers because no LAPD officer would ever don one of them.

The tornado show has not been given an official air date, the spokeswoman said. Although some onlookers said they heard shooting would continue for a couple more days, the publicist said she believed it was to finish up Monday night.

"'West Wing' heads farther west"
by Larry Altman
September 30, 2003
Daily Breeze

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m. EST, NBC's Emmy award-winning series, "The West Wing" will air an episode titled "Disaster Relief" that will depict American Red Cross assistance in the aftermath of an Oklahoma tornado.

When the producers and writers created a realistic tornado relief depiction for the shoot in late September, they consulted with the American Red Cross. In light of what has happened since the Red Cross and the show worked together, "The West Wing" offered to assist the organization with its disaster relief efforts. That has resulted in the taping of a television public service announcement featuring Martin Sheen (President Josiah Bartlet), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler) and Dule Hill (Charlie Young) appealing for all Americans to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund set to air following Wednesday night's broadcast.

"NBC and 'The West Wing' Partner with American Red Cross to Support Disaster Relief"
by Unknown
November 4, 2003

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