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Original Airdate 03-12-06

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Vinick and Santos (Alan Alda, Jimmy Smits) learn the surprising results of the latest polls, and also meet with Bartlet about disturbing new developments in the dispute between Russia and China. Meanwhile, Josh and Donna share an awkward moment.
From NBC:
After the near disaster at the San Andreo nuclear plant, the polls come back with surprising results for the candidates. Meanwhile, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is forced to consider putting US troops on the ground to keep peace in Central Asia.


Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick Republican Candidate for President
Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
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    
Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Strategist
Patricia Richardson as Sheila Brooks Vinick Campaign Manager
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Brett Cullen as Ray Sullivan Republican Candidate for Vice President
Stephen Root as Bob Mayer Vinick Speechwriter
Ron Canada as Theodore "Ted" Barrow Under Secretary of State
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
Dean Norris as Steve Hodder Repubican Party Chairman
Matthew Del Negro as Bram (Howard) Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
Karis Campbell as Ronna (Beckman) Santos' Aide
Diana-Maria Riva as Edie (Edith) Ortega Deputy Campaign Manager for Strategic Planning
Ramón De Ocampo as Otto Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
J. Patrick McCormack as General Jimmy Wendall  
Melinda McGraw as Jane Bruan Repubican Strategist
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Annie Morgan as Anne Vinick Staffer
John L. Curtis as Vinick Aide  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Drama Series Nomination

Media Quotes

Fellow executive producer Thomas Schlamme keeps reminding him that a Josh-and-Donna relationship should be saved - for the "fifth season," Sorkin joked.

"As the world turns"
July 17, 2000
Philadelphia Daily News

But no less impressive is Bradley Whitford, who plays Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. His chemistry and memorable banter with Janel Moloney, who plays assistant Donna Moss, helped elevate her to a series regular.

"I think what Aaron has written that you don't see often is two people who are, just in their reptilian brain stems, mad for each other, but they have no idea," Whitford says. "It's an interesting dynamic in a relationship that you don't see very often."

July 22, 2000
Orlando Sentinel

"Leo sometimes makes me sad," he said, "because his whole life is his work. So I hope that after Bartlet's second administration, Leo retires, settles down, finds a good woman and has a life." - John Spencer

"'West Wing' makes his heart soar"
by R.D. Heldenfels
August 14, 2002
Akron Beacon Journal

It's the opposite of her "West Wing" role as Donna Moss, Josh Lyman's former aide. "Josh and Donna would never rush into anything," she says.

"TV movie tells Amber Frey's story"
by Mike Hughes
May 18, 2005
Ganett News Service

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

Question: So, now that The West Wing is coming to an end, is there any hope for us Josh and Donna fans, or will John Wells exile them to the planet of Unresolved Sexual Tension? Katherine

Ausiello: How much do I love you guys? So much that this was the first question I asked John Wells when I tackled him Sunday following NBC's West Wing session at press tour. I think you'll like his answer: "One of the great things when you know the show is ending [is that] you can actually do stuff that you probably wouldn't do if you thought the show was continuing."

"Ask Ausiello"
by Michael Ausiello
January 25, 2006
TV Guide Online

At a press conference, Executive Producer John Wells said the mid-December death of series regular John Spencer briefly led to a discussion of whether it was appropriate to continue the series without him, and whether the three filmed episodes he was featured in prominently had to be re-shot.

"The conclusion we came to was John was so wonderful in the episodes that the best homage we could make to his contribution was to let people see the last days of his work," said Wells. "We did not change or edit a single thing."

"'West Wing' deals with its final days"
by Alan Pergament
January 25, 2006
Buffalo News

Executive producer John Wells said there was a brief debate among producers about editing out some of the scenes Spencer filmed before his death.

"We decided to leave his marvelous acting work untouched," Wells said.

"If you knew John, I think he would have been upset with me if we had actually changed scenes. Like, 'What! You're cutting my scenes, kid? What are you doing that for?' "

"Spencer will be missed; his final scenes won't be"
by Dusty Saunders
January 28, 2006
Rocky Mountain News

With West Wing winding down, the big question is whether Josh and his assistant, Donna Moss (Janel Moloney), will finally consummate their seven-year flirtation.

"I'm ready," he says. "All that foreplay - there's a word for that if you're a man. I imagine it would be horribly inconclusive if they didn't hook up."

Adds Moloney: "The fans won't be disappointed."

"Scott Palmer finally makes the Phillies, at age 56"
by Gail Shister
February 21, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer

Special memory [from Diana-Maria Riva]: John Spencer, who died during the middle of "The West Wing" filming, was an amazingly generous human being. The last time I saw him, he pulled me aside and said, "Have I told you how great you are?" When I think of that, my eyes well up with tears.

"Counting her lucky stars"
by John Kiesewetter
September 18, 2006
Cincinnati Enquirer

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