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Ninety Miles Away

Original Airdate 03-16-05

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Leo travels secretly to Cuba to explore the possibility of a thaw with Castro, a visit that opens a political can of worms---and a personal one involving Kate Harper (Mary McCormack). Meanwhile, termites invade the White House, and the exterminators really bug Charlie.
From NBC:
When speculations fly surrounding the nexus between communist Cuba and the democratic United States, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is propelled into a dubious conundrum -- whether to continue secret talks with Cuba's ailing dictator and lift an antiquated embargo or to yield to bipartisan political fallout and reaffirm 40-year-old sanctions. Meanwhile, Leo (John Spencer) and Kate (Mary McCormack) learn that they have more in common than politics when a distant memory of corrupted elections and barroom antics reveal a more intimate connection.
From Warner Bros.:
Speculations surround the nexus between communist Cuba and the democratic United States. Bartlet is propelled into a dubious conundrum--continue secret talks with Cuba's ailing dictator and lift an antiquated embargo or yield to bipartisan political fallout and reaffirm 40-year-old sanctions. Meanwhile, Leo and Kate discover they have more in common than politics.


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
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Russell Campaign Staffer
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 Santos Campaign Manager
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
Special Guest Stars    
Brian Dennehy as Senator Rafe Framhagen R-Flordia
Mark Feuerstein as Cliff (Clifford) Calley Deputy Chief of Staff
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Ryan Cutrona as George Sliger previously Rollie / CIA Director
Alex Fernandez as Andy Lazon Former CIA
Scott MacDonald as Cyrus Yolander Exterminator
P.J. Byrne as David Orbitz Entomologist
Kevin West as Randy Wysniewsky Entomologist
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Manuel Urrego as Civil Man introduced Castro
Michelle Courtney as Lisa Stanhower Sentor Framhagen's Secretary

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Media Quotes

On March 16, the popular NBC show "The West Wing" featured the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, taking its story line from a real life situation, which stems back to 1998 when swarming termites were discovered in the West Wing just 30 feet from the Oval Office.


In February 1998, termites were found to have entered the White House through a small crack in the foundation and an area with damaged wood. Washington, D.C.-based American Pest Management, in conjunction with General Services Administration, the National Park Service and Dow AgroSciences, installed the Sentricon System in April 1998 at the White House to eliminate swarming termites and protect the structure.

"We knew that protecting the White House has made a positive impact, but we never considered it "Hollywood material"," said Jay Nixon, president of American Pest Management. Nixon is also a board certified entomologist and past president of the National Pest Management Association. "We're pleased with how well the episode seemed to convey the real life scenario."


The Sentricon System was mentioned by name several times throughout the episode, including dialogue on its effectiveness and use of RecruitTM termite bait to eliminate termite colonies. "We're honored that NBC viewed the protection of one of our nation's most famous structures to be worthy of a plot line in a hit television show," said John Kalthoff, marketing manager for the Sentricon System. "It is both with pride and pleasure that the Sentricon System was selected for use at the White House, and we're pleased that some of the process to protect it was carried through in this episode."

The Sentricon System protects other national treasures, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Vernon and The Alamo. American Pest Management is upgrading the White House property to ESPTM technology to monitor for termite activity electronically.

" Sentricon System Featured on NBC’s ‘The West Wing’"
March 21, 2005
PCT Online

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