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Duck and Cover

Original Airdate 01-22-06

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As a potentially deadly crisis at a nuclear power plant throws the White House into a state of emergency, Vinick and Santos (Alan Alda, Jimmy Smits) struggle with the political fallout on their own campaigns.
From NBC:
Bartlet (Martin Sheen) must face the possibility of an exploding nuclear reactor in California. In the midst of this emergency exists the presidential campaign and the candidates find themselves struggling to find a good strategy to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Kate (Mary McCormack) keeps an eye on the impending battle between Russia and China over Kazakhstan.


Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick Republican Candidate for President
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
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    
Teri Polo as Helen Santos Matt Santos' Wife
Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Strategist
Guest Starring    
Stephen Root as Bob Mayer Vinick Speechwriter
J.K. Simmons as Harry Ravitch Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman
Michael Chieffo as Hayes FEMA Director
Matthew Del Negro as Bram (Howard) Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Adam Shulman as Youth Voter #1  
Vanessa Lee Chester as Youth Voter #2 Karen
Matt Corboy as Asst. HHS Sect. Blieden  
Peggy Dunne as D.O.E. Spokeswoman  
Emil Beheshti as Reporter #1 Time Reporter
Paul Rae as Reporter #2 Walter
Caroline Duncan as Reporter #3 Jane
Joyce Guy as Santos Reporter #1 Charlayne
Sumalee Montano as Vinick Reporter #1  
Timothy Davis-Reed as Vinick Reporter #2 Mark O'Donnell
Penny Griego as Anchor #1  
Ivan Allen as Anchor #2 Roger Salier
John Hemphill as E.P.A. Spokesman  

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MASSPIRG's no-nukes advocates say if they can't convince you that the aging Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant shouldn't have its license renewed for another 20 years, perhaps "West Wing" President Jeb [Jed] Bartlet can have a go at it.

Apparently, the TV prez has to make some tough decisions when a nuclear reactor in California (not Plymouth) is thisclose to exploding in tonight's episode called "Duck and Cover."

"The issues and the storyline are all pretty accurate in showing what would happen down the road," said MASSPIRG's Energy Associate Evan Feinman, who spent the week firing off Letters to the Editor about tonight's show.

Feinman, who admits he saw a few pages of the script, but can't divulge where he scored them, said that the episode boosts many of MASSPIRG's arguments against Pilgrim including "that evacuation plans are a joke."

"It's rare that a network show goes out of its way to make this issue more public," he said, adding that the "West Wing" writers did not contact him. Perhaps next time.

File Under: Reactor Reaction.

"Explosive 'West Wing' on MASSPIRG's side of no-nukes issue"
by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
January 22, 2006
Boston Herald

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