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Original Airdate 01-26-00 Rerun 06-28-00

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The staff has to deal with a possible hearing involving Leo, a sex-education bill, funding for PBS-TV and the source of some news leaks.
From NBC:
While President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff debate the appropriate response to a controversial new sex education study, there are fears that the parents of a murdered gay teenager should be excused from attending the signing of a hate crimes bill because of the father's embarrassment about his son's homosexuality. Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Sam (Rob Lowe) meet with an appropriations subcommittee which is investigating Josh's lack of cooperation in the White House staff drug probe -- all of which is designed to expose Leo's (John Spencer) former substance-abuse problem. Toby (Richard Schiff) relishes his verbal duel with some congressmen who have held up the newest appointments for the Public Broadcasting Corporation. C.J. (Allison Janney) is advised to save a few embarrassing stories for release on Friday to blunt the effect on the media over the weekend, but she also finds time to continue her frisky flirtation with a White House reporter (Timothy Busfield).


Rob Lowe as Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn Deputy Communications Director
Moira Kelly as Mandy (Madeline) Hampton Public Relations Consultant
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Press Secretary
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Communications Director
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Chief of Staff
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Deputy Chief of Staff
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
Guest Starring    
Timothy Busfield as Danny (Daniel) Concannon (Washington Post) Reporter
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff
Suzy Nakamura as Cathy Assistant to Deputy Communications Director
Dakin Matthews as Simon Blye Congressman
James Handy as Congressman (Joseph "Phil") Bruno  
Ray Baker as Mr. Jonathan Lydell Father of Lowell Lydell
Liza Weil as Karen Larsen works in Governmental Affairs
Linda Gehringer as Mrs. Jennifer Lydell Mother of Lowell Lydell
Renee Estevez as Nancy Mrs. Landingham's Assistant
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications Director
Larry Sullivan Jr. as Hamlin PBS meeting
Bradley James as Donnie Secret Service Agent
Sheryl Arenson as Lock PBS meeting
Jana Lee Hamblin as Reporter #1 Bobbi
Jacqueline Torres as Reporter #2 Sondra
Charles Noland as Reporter #3 Steve
Kris Murphy as Reporter #4 Katie Witt

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Media Quotes

[Patrick] Caddell suggests an issue: public broadcasting. He says gruffly, "Why the hell are we funding public TV for rich people?"

"Great," Sorkin says. "Write it with that look on your face."

"On a Wing and a Prayer"
by Patrick Goldstein
October 10, 1999
Los Angeles Times

Did you notice Martin Sheen's coffee cup in the Oval Office on [this] episode of The West Wing? It was a white "Think TV" mug from Dayton's WPTD-TV (Channel 16).

Mr. Sheen, the Dayton native who plays President Josiah Bartlet, was sent the cup from his brother, John Estevez, Channel 16's corporate development manager.

"NBC delays private-eye comedy "
by John Kiesewetter
January 28, 2000
Cincinnati Enquirer

It's an international trade dispute that lawyers and diplomats have spent nearly a decade trying to fully understand, yet alone resolve. But two actors on NBC's hit series West Wing summed up the dispute nicely in a January episode.

The squabble over European banana quotas has cost Cincinnati's Chiquita Brands International $1.4 billion over the last decade. Two weeks ago, Time magazine devoted nine pages to Chairman Carl Lindner's political contributions and their impact on the U.S. decision to impose trade sanctions.

On the show, actor John Spencer, playing Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, explained the situation to President Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, on a walk into the Oval Office. The problem, Mr. Spencer said accurately, is that the quotas take business away from bananas produced in poor Latin American countries.


The president immediately seized the bottom line: "So I'm in trouble with Chiquita and Dole?"


"Bananas according to TV"
by Cliff Peale
February 13, 2000
Cincinnati Enquirer

"I got three e-mails from the White House saying 'That girl's ass stays fired!'" says the 38-year-old [Aaron] Sorkin. E-mails from whom exactly? "Oh, various staffers--I can't divulge their names."

"Meet The Prez"
by Ken Tucker
February 25, 2000
Entertainment Weekly

Obscure news clips stir the pot. A small town in Alabama wants to scrap all laws except the Ten Commandments -- how are they going to enforce the "covet thy neighbor's wife" part?

"The Real White House"
by Matthew Miller
March 2000
Brill's Content

"This woman came up to me and said, 'You know what? You must not hire that woman back. If she did this, she will be doing it again,'" ...

"I was so taken with this woman worrying about me. She thought I was being a little too optimistic about the second chance he gave her. But Leo is a man who's been given a second chance himself." - John Spencer

"Passion for politics"
by Virginia Rohan
March 8, 2000
Bergen Record

Again, I just think that as many gay stories as we've done, like gays in the military and the Matthew Shepard story that we did early last year - [the crime on the show was] followed by his parents coming to town for the hate-crimes bill signing. And [press secretary] C.J. [Cregg, played by Allison Janney] has assumed that the father is very quiet and uncomfortable about this because he's embarrassed that his son is gay - when in fact he is so fumingly pissed at the president for his chickenshit attitude on gay rights in this country that he simply can't bring himself to be at this bill signing. - Aaron Sorkin

"A Few Good Stories"
by Paris Barclay
February 13, 2001
The Advocate

But John Spencer of The West Wing does -- and he's glad the first season of that show is on DVD.

"We were out there, we didn't know how we would be received, but we thought we were doing something very special," he said. "We called that 'the season in the trenches.' To have that sort of immortalized and to revisit it" is a good thing, he said.

Sets he has bought include British productions like Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel in the Crown, "which is in my eyes some of the most perfect television there ever was."

No American shows? "Not yet," he said. "I would be interested in buying L.A. Law because I was part of that journey. Certainly Hill Street (Blues), which was the first kind of great ensemble drama. We exist in a way because of Hill Street."

"DVD spins large in TV's future"
by R.D. Heldenfels
January 18, 2004
Akron Beacon Journal

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