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Mr. Frost

Original Airdate 10-16-05

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As Margaret testifies before the Senate committee on the NASA leak (and as many other staffers receive subpoenas), a Palestinian leader backed by the U.S. is assassinated, and Bartlet is determined to attend the furneral, despite security concerns. Meanwhile, Santos gives a flip answer to a reporter's question about intelligent design, and the resulting firestorm bothers Josh a lot more than it bothers either Lou (Janeane Garofalo) or Santos.
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CJ (Allison Janney) must hold down the fort by herself since most of her staff have been subpoenaed to testify in the military shuttle leak investigation. Major trouble breaks out in the Middle East jeopardizing Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) peace plan.


Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick Republican Candidate for President
Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
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
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Communications Director
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Democratic Candidate for Vice President
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Santos / McGarry Campaign Manager
Jimmy Smits as
Matthew Vincente Santos Democratic Candidate for President
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
Special Guest Stars    
Janeane Garofalo as Louise "Lou" Thornton Santos / McGarry Director of Communications
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Mitch Pileggi as Senator Dresden Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Member
John Aylward as Barry Goodwin Former DNC Chairman
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
Tom Everett as Charles Frost CIA / NSC
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper Assistant to Chief of Staff
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Karis Campbell as Ronna (Beckman) Santos' Aide
Evan Arnold as Ned Carlson Santos' Aide
Thomas Kopache as Bob "Bobby" Slatterly Assisant Secretary of State
Tom W. Chick as National Reporter Gordon
Trev Broudy as Local Reporter  
Melanie Chapman as Teacher Michelle Banks
David Q. Combs as Clifford Reynolds Teacher
James Schendel as Father Bob Peterson
Joyce Guy as Reporter #1 Charlayne
David Brownstein as Reporter #2  
Kerstin Lindquist as Anchor  

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Media Quotes

Schiff complained that his character is being "phased out" after a few episodes this season partly because studio owner Time Warner is a "corporate shadow (that's) constantly suppressing and regulating and watching over" the political drama and especially Schiff's role as communications director Toby, "who is somewhat conscience-driven and dynamic in his opinions. There is pressure to relieve him of his voice."

"Hot 'House' stars relish roles"
by Robert Bianco and Gary Levin
July 31, 2005
USA Today

After the session, I found myself in follow-up chats with "The West Wing's" Richard Schiff and then "American Dreams" writer-producer Jonathan Prince. Plenty of material for a future column or columns. As the conversations went on, the lights were being turned out in the meeting room and pieces of the set were being taken down around us. It was real don't-let-the-door-hit-you kind of moment.

"Back on the Block"
by Rich Heldenfels
July 31, 2005
Akron Beacon Journal

Richard Schiff, who plays liberal White House staffer Toby Ziegler on "The West Wing," said his character will be phased out this season by what he described as mutual consent. But then he tried to blame his departure on the corporate culture at Warner Bros., which produces the series.

"There is pressure to relieve him of his voice," Schiff said. Later he backtracked, saying it was not direct corporate control but that the studio had an influence on the show's budget. Yes, the studio does, and that's why it's called show business. "We're in a bottom line culture right now," Schiff said. "More money can be made if it's quicker, faster. In the days of Aaron Sorkin, it was quite expensive because his artistic process demanded more time. That has been eliminated."

After the press conference, Schiff continued to back away from his initial tone.

"I'm not accusing Warner Bros. of suppressing Toby in any way, shape or form," Schiff said. "It's not some suit at Warner Bros. that goes, 'That Toby, we've got to suppress him.' I know it sounded like that, but it's not what I mean, and that's stupid."

Basically, Schiff's frustration boils down to an artist who said his suggestions for his character were more often heeded under original show runner Sorkin than current show runner John Wells.

"Tuned In: Group reshaping indecency debate"
by Rob Owen
August 1, 2005
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Now, Graves said, he's moving into another facet of the show; for the first time, he said, he's writing an episode for "West Wing."

That episode, which will run during the upcoming new season, is scheduled to air in October, he said.

"El Dorado native Graves nominated for an Emmy"
by Steve Smith
August 9, 2005
El Dorado Times

Film crews were out at El Segundo High School again on Wednesday, giving the picturesque campus yet another cameo role.

This time it was for NBC's "The West Wing." Principal Jim Garza said the school served as a campaign stop for Democratic hopeful Matt Santos, who is played by actor Jimmy Smits.

According to Garza, crews shot the fictional candidate arriving in his motorcade and entering the school, surrounded by extras cast as supporters and members of the press corps. Then there were a few interior shots.

"It was pretty low key," he said. "They're nice people to work with."

"Jester's visit caps latest Camp Escapades"
by Melissa Milios and Ian Hanigan
August 22, 2005
Daily Breeze

Spencer appeared in seven of the 14 episodes that have been filmed, nine of which have been broadcast.

"How series deal with death"
by William Keck
December 18, 2005
USA Today

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