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Separation of Powers

Original Airdate 11-12-03


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Descriptions

From TVGuide.com:
Matthew Perry returns as deputy counsel Joe Quincy, a former clerk to the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who's tabbed by Toby to try to persuade the aging jurist (Milo O'Shea) to retire following a collapse. Meanwhile, Josh is on the sidelines as budget negotiations with Congressional Republican leaders reach a critical stage; and C.J.'s worried about Zoey's impending TV interview.
From NBC:
As the President's (Martin Sheen) staff wrangle with Speaker Haffley (Steven Culp) over the pending federal budget, Toby (Richard Schiff) dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and personal friend Joe Quincy (Matthew Perry) to check on the condition of the stricken Chief Justice (Milo O'Shea) -- an ancient Supreme Court icon who has Washington wondering if he will finally step down. As the clock ticks on a new budget, hard-charging Angela (Michael Hyatt) faces a mighty challenge as she tries to hammer out an agreement that could compromise Bartlet's campaign promises. But the President is also focused on a crucial national TV interview that Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) has agreed to tape with a well-known newswoman (Kathrin Lautner) with a knack for exposing raw emotions.
From Warner Bros.:
The President's staff wrangles with new Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley (Steven Culp) over the pending federal budget. Meanwhile, Toby dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and personal friend Joe Quincy (Matthew Perry) to check on the condition of stricken Chief Justice Roy Ashland (Milo O'Shea), an elderly Supreme Court icon who has Washington wondering if he will finally resign. With the budget deadline quickly approaching, aggressive advisor Angela Blake (Michael Hyatt) faces a mighty challenge as she tries to work out an agreement that could compromise Bartlet's campaign promises. But the President is also focused on a crucial national television interview that Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) has agreed to tape with a well-known newswoman, Diane Mathers (Kathrin Lautner), who has a knack for exposing raw emotions.
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Credits

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
and
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
     
Special Guest Stars    
Matthew Perry as Joe (Joseph) Quincy Associate Counsel
Gary Cole as Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell Vice President
Guest Starring    
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Michael Hyatt as Angela Blake from New York
Steven Culp as Jeff Haffley Speaker of the House
Milo O'Shea as Roy Ashland Chief Justice
H. Richard Greene as Robert Royce Sen. R-Penn
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Obi Ndefo as Donald Chief Justice's Clerk
Amy Stewart as Lisa Zimmer Chief Justice's Clerk
Kristoffer Winters as Steve Chief Justice's Clerk
     
Co-Starring    
Kathrin Lautner as Diane Mathers Newswoman
Bobbie Norman as Helen  
Steven Pierce as OMB Director  
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Information Links

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Media Quotes

"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

When the United States' chief justice falls ill and is hospitalized, Quincy is asked by Toby (Richard Schiff) to trade on his previous relationship as the justice's clerk - and ask him to resign.

Filming on Perry's "The West Wing" episode will be integrated with his production schedule on "Friends" during October.

"MATTHEW PERRY RETURNS TO GUEST-STAR ON NBC'S 'THE WEST WING'"
by Unknown
October 7, 2003
nbcmv.com

"The powers that be at the White House see an opportunity to put their own chief justice on the bench, but they have to be very delicate about it," said Perry. It's an episode not just about power but about the longtime relationship between the chief justice and Perry's character.

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"I think 'West Wing' is as good as it was ... which is an amazing accomplishment given the genius of Aaron Sorkin," Perry said. "I would say it's slightly more of a team effort over there."

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He worked most closely this time with Richard Schiff, who plays communications director Toby Ziegler.

"He's a talented and nice man, and he made it fun. Maybe Richard Schiff and I will go on the road together and do a little vaudeville or something," he said, jokingly.

"Matthew Perry Returns to 'West Wing'"
by Lynn Elber
November 11, 2003
Associated Press

He showed a great deal of candor and passion for the show during his talk, and had a good feel for (and devotion to) the show's history; the writing staff is always on guard against repeating themselves (e.g. they wouldn't have done another Supreme Court arc this season without bringing new angles to the table)

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

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