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The Last Hurrah

Original Airdate 04-30-06

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While Santos is busy trying to select a new vice president, his wife finds her new responsibilities staggering. Meanwhile, Vinick ponders his next move.
From NBC:
While Santos (Jimmy Smits) is wrapped up in choosing his new Vice President, Helen (Teri Polo) is overwhelmed by the issues facing the new First Family. Meanwhile, Vinick (Alan Alda) must find a new road now that the election is over.


Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick Former Republican Candidate for President
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Chief of Staff
Jimmy Smits as
Matthew Vincente Santos President-Elect
Special Guest Stars    
Mary-Louise Parker as Amy (Amelia) Gardner Santos' Transition
Teri Polo as Helen Santos Matt Santos' Wife
Patricia Richardson as Sheila Brooks Former Vinick Campaign Manager
Janeane Garofalo as
Louise "Lou" Thornton Santos Director of Communications
Guest Starring    
Stephen Root as Bob Mayer Vinick Speechwriter
Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield Head of POTUS' Secret Service detail
John Aylward as Barry Goodwin Former DNC Chairman
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper Assistant to Chief of Staff
David Clennon as Jim Vinick's Lawyer
Karis Campbell as Ronna (Beckman) Santos' Aide
Marlene Forte as Linda Secret Service Agent
Bonita Friedericy as Gail Addison Office of Administration
Adrian Sparks as Dr. Wexler Vinick's Doctor
Ashlyn Sanchez as Miranda Santos Santos' Daugther
Joshua Cabrera as Peter Santos Santos' Son
Annie Morgan as Annie Vinick Staffer
Paul Keeley as Agent Taylor Ellis (first name)
Ivan Allen as Anchor Roger Salier
Van Epperson as Curtis Schaefer Chief Usher
Alexandra Ryan as Receptionist Santos Transition
Parvesh Cheena as Barista  
Maria Broom as Cathy Holland Pulic School

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Win by
Alan Alda

Media Quotes

"We'll have episodes at the end where we'll follow (chief of staff) C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) and see what is happening in her life. There is an episode about what happens to (disgraced speechwriter) Toby (Richard Schiff). We have a full episode with what is happening with Vinick and Santos, what is happening in the rest of the their lives. We will have an episode about (Santos' campaign manager) Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and an episode about Bartlet (Martin Sheen). "It was going to be an episode about Bartlet and Leo. Now it will be an episode about Bartlet."

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

O'Donnell, who was charged with writing Vinick, called it "my greatest pleasure on 'The West Wing,' especially since I once said that it would never be a Republican political show."

He said his mind was changed after attending the 2004 GOP convention in New York and seeing the party's future in people like former New Jersey governor Christie Whitman, mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: politicians who are liberal on some issues, conservative on others.

"Sun sets on 'West Wing'"
by Aaron Barnhart
May 14, 2006
Kansas City Star

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