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Original Airdate 01-19-05

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It's the day after Bartlet's last State of the Union address, and a hostage crisis erupts in Bolivia that drives staffers away from a meeting with an ambigous agenda, called by Leo. Meanwhile, House Democrats have bad news about an earned-income tax-credit initiative; and Annabeth (Kristin Chenoweth) has to tutor Abbey on proper NASCAR etiquette.
From NBC:
It's the day after the State of the Union and there's no time to rest.The staff is busy dealing with emrgency situations while Leo (John Spencer) starts his first day in his new position by watching old State of the Union addresses to find inspiration. Kate (Mary McCormack) spends her day working on a situation in Bolivia; CJ (Allison Janney) on a situation in North Korea; Toby (Richard Schiff) on unemployment.
From Warner Bros.:
The day after the President's annual State of the Union address, the harried staff deals with one emergency situation after another. Kate works on a sensitive situation in Bolivia while C.J. handles one in North Korea, and Toby concentrates on unemployment. To find inspiration, Leo starts the first day in a new capacity by watching State of the Union speeches from previous years.


Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
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
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Communications Director
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Former 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
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Reed Diamond as Dr. Mike Gordon Army Major
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Ryan Cutrona as George Sliger previously Rollie / CIA Director
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Rafael J. Noble as Congressman Swarthout  
Gregory White as Congressman Auren  
Carol Avery as Congresswoman Gleeson  
Michael Edward Rose as Jonathan Creasy  
Kristin Carey as Interviewer  
Ursula Burton as Woman Mrs. Creasy
Thomas Spencer as Military Aide Jeff
Anthony Holiday as Guard Brian (first name)
Alexa Alemannias Leo's Intern  

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Spencer added that Leo will be around for the entire season - although it may be a while before he sees the inside of the Oval Office again. "We are shooting Episode 12 and Leo is still in the hospital."

Ask Ausiello
by Michael Ausiello
November 10, 2004
TV Guide Online

And finally, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge), is spending his down time island-hopping. First, McMurray taped a segment on NBC's "The West Wing," late last week, then flew to Hawaii for a three-day photo shoot for FOX Sports with Kasey Kahne.

"After Exciting, Successful Season, NASCAR Celebrates Holidays"
December 21, 2004

Martinsville Speedway's victory lane will make a brief prime time appearance Wednesday night in NBC's award-winning drama, "The West Wing."


First Lady Abigail Bartlet, played by Stockard Channing, makes a foray into the world of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing with a visit to Martinsville Speedway. She shows up in victory lane to present the winner's trophy to Jamie McMurray, played by Jamie McMurray, and he winds up planting a big kiss on the First Lady.

"Jamie's a pretty excitable guy. We saw that when he won the truck race here last fall," said Mike Smith, Martinsville Speedway's director of public relations. "I could see him putting a big old kiss on the First Lady."

Actually neither McMurray nor Channing were anywhere near Martinsville Speedway for the filming of the segment. It was all done on a sound stage in California. But the show's crew did an amazing job of recreating Martinsville's victory lane and duplicating the feel of a victory lane celebration.

Writers for "The West Wing" begin planning the details of the show back in the early fall.

"I got a call from a writer back in September, I think. He knew absolutely nothing about racing, but we spent about 30 minutes talking about racing. He was asking questions about the mood of victory lane, the color, the sound, how fans reacted. He was trying to get a feel for the sport," said Smith.

That followed with another phone call a few days later requesting victory lane photos. Later, segments of the script involving the victory lane celebration showed up on the speedway's fax machine for review. After that "we sort of forgot about it," said Smith, until the track received notice about 10 days ago the episode would air this week.

"Martinsville Speedway Makes Appearance On 'The West Wing'"
January 17, 2005
Insider Racing News

McMurray didn't understand why a drama show such as "The West Wing" would want him until he checked out NASCAR's ratings, agreed. "If I was a movie star and wanted to promote a movie or sitcom this would be a great venue," he said.

"Hollywood's latest hot spot? Any race"
by David Newton
May 29, 2005
The State

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