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Original Airdate 11-17-04

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Josh's car-lot adventure leads to an energy crisis of sorts at the White House, and new press secretary Annabeth Schott (Kristin Chenoweth) must fight off a general impression that she's too young for the job. Meanwhile, Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) throws Charlie a graduation party that he has mixed feelings about; and Leo tells C.J. in no uncertain terms that Bartlet must play chess once a week.
From NBC:
Josh (Bradley Whitford) test drives an oversized SUV and crashes into a hybrid car resulting in bad publicity for The White House. Annabeth (Kristin Chenoweth), the new Press Secretary, has been on the job for only a week and is preparing to face the press corps for the first time. Toby (Richard Schiff) is concerned that she looks too young and may not be prepared for their probing questions.
From Warner Bros.:
Josh test-drives an oversized SUV (sport-utility vehicle) and crashes into a hybrid car resulting in bad publicity for the White House. Annabeth Schott (Kristin Chenoweth), the new press secretary, has been on the job for only a week and is preparing to encounter the press corps for the first time. Toby worries that she looks too young and may not be ready for the corps' probing questions.


Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Personal Aide to the President
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Chief of Staff
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Vice President's Chief of Staff
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
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 Former 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    
Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott Deputy Press Secretary
Gary Cole as Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell Vice President
Guest Starring    
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Patricia Bartlet Bartlets' youngest daughter
Wallace Langham as Terry Anders Solar Cell Project
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Suleka Mathew as Ms. Chakrabarty Leo's Nurse
Rachel Harris as Corinne McKenna Wind Now
Eric Lange as Paul Tyminski Hydrogen Caucus
Richard V. Licata as Congressman Lackey "not a Poli-Sci seminar"
Bonita Friedericy as Gail Addison Office of Administration
Matt Price as Auto Salesman  
John Short as Riley Sheets Ethanol Works
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Joyce Guy as Charlayne Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Bill Applebaum as Customer  
John Brantley Cole as Roger Quast HUD / Standford Chess
Carol Avery as Congresswoman Gleeson "not a Poli-Sci seminar"
Gregory White as Congressman Auren "not a Poli-Sci seminar"

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Media Quotes

But no less impressive is Bradley Whitford, who plays Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. His chemistry and memorable banter with Janel Moloney, who plays assistant Donna Moss, helped elevate her to a series regular.

"I think what Aaron has written that you don't see often is two people who are, just in their reptilian brain stems, mad for each other, but they have no idea," Whitford says. "It's an interesting dynamic in a relationship that you don't see very often." - Bradley Whitford

July 22, 2000
Orlando Sentinel

On Nov. 17 [Nov.10] the actress-singer will make her "West Wing" debut in the role of media consultant Annabeth Schott. "Fresh off the political talk show circuit," reads production notes, "Annabeth Schott brings savvy image advice and plucky attitude to her new job as a White House media consultant. Having once discovered Republican foe Taylor Reid, she's tasked with unearthing the next rising star for the Bartlet administration: a new Press Secretary to fill the shoes of C.J. Cregg. In the meantime, she schools Toby on the subtle art of seducing the press, be it with beard trims, non-hostile posturing, or straightforward answers to their questions. In her media consultant role, Annabeth will prep staff for Sunday morning news shows, offer advice on crafting final-year messages, and occasionally step up to the podium to take on the press herself."

"Wicked's Chenoweth to Begin "West Wing" Role in November"
by Andrew Gans
November 3, 2004
Playbill Online

Janney said the writers, in coming episodes, downplay the groundbreaking nature of the first woman chief of staff, but she thinks it still will resonate for viewers.

"I've come to realize C.J. is a great role model for women. The fact that she's gotten this great promotion is a wonderful thing to put those positive images out there. Especially in such a traditionally male world as Washington politics."


Janney said she prepared for the role by having several conversations with Clinton press secretaries Joe Lockart and Dee Dee Meyers, consultants on the series, who taught her "you have to deliver the truth in doses."

"The most important thing they told me was to have that sense of humor and to charm (reporters) a bit. They are dogs looking for a bone and try to get you to mess up and slip up. It's great to play someone who is so good at what they do."

"C.J. reluctantly moves up"
by Rick Bird
November 8, 2004
Cincinnati Post

I don't know whether the company paid for it or how much. All I know is it should have, and even if it did, it didn't pay enough. I refer, of course, to last week's episode of NBC's The West Wing. ...

The world is running out of oil because GM makes a gas guzzler called the "Hummer" that kills little fuel-efficient cars. We should nonetheless all buy shares in ChevronTexaco because Americans love gas guzzlers. Plus, if we try to develop hydrogen fuel cell cars manufactured with Ballard's technology, they will explode like the Hindenburg. The only alternative to the above scenario is for every man, woman, and child in America to immediately sign onto a waiting list to buy a Prius at their nearest Toyota dealer.

That last bit is key. West Wingers mentioned the Prius by name 10 times in the course of one hour of network television. Now, I don't know whether Toyota anted up a product placement fee for this. NBC parent GE probably wanted one, just like Fox wanted, and got, a fee for giving Ford vehicles a prominent role in the past couple seasons of its 24 drama.

But it's quite possible that Toyota paid not a dime for its honorable, and numerous, mentions during the show. Word has it that due to incredible demand -- so great that, yes, people now have to wait in line for the "privilege" of paying a premium to the sticker price to buy the car -- Toyota no longer actively advertises the Prius. Rather, the company allows customer word of mouth, and the innumerable mentions of the car whenever any journalist reports on the hybrid vehicle phenomenon, to advertise the car for free. I strongly suspect that this is what happened on The West Wing. The car mentioned by default when referring to hybrids is not Honda's Insight (too cosmic in appearance) or Civic (too easily confused with the non-hybrid Civic) or Ford's new Escape SUV hybrid (same reason). The Prius, as a normal-looking car available only in hybrid form, gets tapped to play poster child for the whole hybrid movement.

That's not just free advertising, folks. It's advertising that money can't buy.

"Toyota for President"
by Rich Smith
November 22, 2004
The Motley Fool

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