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Original Airdate 05-07-06

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C.J. and Will both face uncertain futures as Bartlet and his staffers prepare to leave the White House to make way for the Santos administration.
From NBC:
As Bartlet's administration prepares to transition in the Santos administration, CJ (Allison Janney) is faced with what to do with her future. Will (Josh Malina) is also in a position of uncertainty about what is to come.


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
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Communications Director
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Former Communications Director
Jimmy Smits as
Matthew Vincente Santos President-Elect
Special Guest Star
Timothy Busfield as
Danny (Daniel) Concannon Washington Post Reporter
Guest Starring    
Kathleen York as Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt Congresswoman
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper Assistant to Chief of Staff
Karis Campbell as Ronna Beckman Santos' Aide
Vince Grant as Gil Silverly Department of Education
Scott Klace as DCCC meeting with Will
Matt Malloy as Herb  
David Hornsby as Fred  
Xander Berkeley as
Franklin "Frank" Hollis  
Alexandra Ryan as Receptionist Santos Transition

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nomination by
Allison Janney

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.


"We have to work around (Busfield's) schedule because he's very involved (as a producer-director) with "Without a Trace.' We're trying to follow through on it. We talked about it long and hard over the summer." - John Wells

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

Sorkin and Busfield are so close that when a "West Wing" shake-up occurred in the show's fourth season, and Sorkin left the fold, "That was pretty much the end of the show for me," says Busfield. "There wasn't a whole lot of Danny again until the last season, when they figured they sort of needed me to finish Danny's story with Allison Janney. They needed to give Allison something to do," he says, as he refers to his character's love story with the character played by Janney, which finally reached a culmination in the series' swan-song episode.

"Busfield quick to get on board with "Studio 60""
by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
July 31, 2006
Los Angeles Daily News

Richard Schiff confesses he wasn't sad when The West Wing came to an end after seven years.

All that time playing White House communications director Toby Ziegler was more than enough.

"I don't want to feel like a puppet ever again, and at times on West Wing I felt like a puppet. We all did," he says from his Los Angeles home.

"It's unavoidable on a network TV show when you're pushing out 22 little movies a year.

"You feel kind of used and abused, but you're being paid this ridiculous amount of money and getting all this fame and free golf clubs and stuff.

"It's very seductive, but there comes a time when you want to move on."

"Schiff's back in control"
by Robert Fidgeon
August 23, 2006

Were you sad to say goodbye to The West Wing?

Not at all - I'd had my fill. I was actually ready to move on some time before it finished, but they kept giving me more money so it became hard to walk away! I loved it and I loved the people involved in it, but I think it was right that it ended when it did. - Richard Schiff

"Talking Shop: Richard Schiff"
February 7, 2007

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