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The Wedding

Original Airdate 12-11-05

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As the White prepares for Vic and Ellie's wedding, Bartlet has to contend with a potentially catastrophic foreign situation. Meanwhille, the Santos campaign has a major staff shake-up as Election Day approaches.
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Bartlet (Martin Sheen) must try to rectify a disintegrating situation between China and Russia over oil while his daughter gets married in the White House. Josh (Brad Whitford) struggles with dwindling campaign funds and the necessary ad buys.


Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Chief of Staff
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Communications Director
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Democratic Candidate for Vice President
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Santos 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    
Nina Siemaszko as Ellie (Eleanor Emily) Bartlet Bartlets' middle daughter
Ben Weber as Vic Faison Ellie's Fiancée
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
John Aylward as Barry Goodwin Former DNC Chairman
Robert Foxworth as Senator George Montgomery  
Matthew Del Negro as Bram (Howard) Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
Diana-Maria Riva as Edie (Edith) Ortega Deputy Campaign Manager for Strategic Planning
Richard Jenik as Congressman Cooper D-WI
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Jan Devereaux as Shirley Social Secretary
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
Joyce Guy as Charlayne Reporter
Dougald Park as Stan Mitchell Chicago DNC Field Op
Yvans Jourdain as Bermudian Ambassador  
Linden Goh as Translator  

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Media Quotes

Janney and her fiance, actor Richard Jenik, 37, a native of Delanco, Burlington County, are aiming to wed this spring. It's the first marriage for both.

"Allison Janney's at center of a shakeup on 'West Wing'"
by Gail Shister
November 2, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Tribune urges the election of Democrat Matthew V. Santos as president of the United States.

OK, so maybe there really isn't an imminent election and maybe there really isn't a Matthew V. Santos. But we have endorsed him, anyway. Sort of. An explanation is in order.


Santos has been the underdog. But in last Sunday's episode, new polls showed he was pulling within striking distance of Vinick. The Santos camp was especially heartened by results from Illinois, where the candidate had cut a 9-point deficit down to 4. Santos credited the surge to his Chicago Tribune endorsement.

"It's gotta be the Trib," declared Santos' running mate, Leo McGarry.


But thanks for the credit, "West Wing" script writers. We didn't actually do anything. But if we had, here's a rare peek into the super-secret endorsement deliberations at the Tribune editorial board:

The Vinick character may be a moderate Republican. But he reminds us an awful lot of Alan Alda, the ex-"M*A*S*H" star linked to just about every touchy-feely cause imaginable.

Meanwhile, Santos looks a lot like actor Jimmy Smits, who for years played police detective Bobby Simone on "NYPD Blue." Simone was strength and compassion incarnate.

So at gut check time, Democrat Santos became our easy pick for the endorsement.

"Matthew V. Santos for president"
December 16, 2005
Chicago Tribune

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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