|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|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|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Stockard Channing as||Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D.||First Lady|
|John Larroquette as||Lionel Tribbey||White House Counsel|
|Emily Procter as||Ainsley Hayes||Associate White House Counsel|
|Daniel Roebuck as||Lieutenant Buckley||Aide to General Barrie|
|Tom Bower as||General Ed Barrie||Army Chief of Staff|
|Paul Perri as||Steve Joyce||Governmental Affairs|
|Steven Flynn as||Mark Brookline||Governmental Affairs|
|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|
|Karen Lockhart as||OEOB Staffer|
|Jack Shearer as||Engineer|
|Bradley James as||Donnie||Secret Service Agent|
Sorkin says he's relishing the upcoming tension between his Republican addition to the White House staff and the Democratic regulars. In fact, he's asked returning consultant Dee Dee Myers for a memo on how the White House staff might torture the new recruit.
They could stick her in a horrible office. David Gergen, a Reagan and Nixon consultant who joined the Clinton staff, was put in the old White House barbershop.
The White House cafeteria might refuse service to the newcomer. You can't eat there if the proper paperwork hasn't been filled out.
And it's easy to get lost in the White House if no one guides you.
The central conflict of the episode he is working on involves the president and his wife, played by Stockard Channing (who had a memorable showdown with Bartlet during the first season: "You don't handle me, Jed!"). They are trying to find time in their schedules to... have sex.
"The writers came to me and said, 'Here's an idea you're gonna hate. But sleep on it,'" says Sorkin, pulling off his geek-chic horn-rimmed glasses and rocking back in the leather chair behind his desk. The locks that fall across his forehead are brown, but his sideburns have gone grey. He is lean, wearing a green, button-down polo shirt and jeans, and chain-smoking. "They were right. It seemed silly to me." Pause. "And now I'm having the best time writing the story."
Does he think it wise to mix the presidency with sex given, y'know, the Clinton thing? "Well, you think about it," he acknowledges, "but I have faith in the show... I believe that people will see episode five with Martin Sheen trying to have sex with Stockard Channing and not say, 'Well, why doesn't he just grab an intern in the hallway?'"
Dee Dee Myers has given Sorkin a memo detailing appointments that might keep a first lady busy (and thus unavailable for sex). Myers has suggested a dedication of a statue, among other things, which Sorkin has seized upon. He plans to have the first lady lecture the president for his offhand put-down of the statue subject, nineteenth-century journalist-adventurer Nellie Bly.
There are other strands in the works: one about military readiness in which press secretary C.J. faces down a general. There's also a story line related to the civil rights activist organization Southern Poverty Law Center, which Sorkin declines to discuss. Could it relate to our skinhead shooters?
"Inside The West Wing's New World"
by Sharon Waxman
I brought it up to Aaron that everyone loved John Larroquette's performance and the character of Lionel Tribbey in general, and asked if he'd be back, and this was his answer:
I thought John was great and I like the character, so sure, why not? - Aaron Sorkin
Posted at AaronSorkin@yahoogroups.com
by List Owner
February 1, 2001
Allison Abner joined the staff last year and often has the unenviable task of calling the Pentagon for their input just a week after C.J.'s dressed down the Army Chief of Staff. I've never seen her blink. - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
Posted at mightybigtv.com Forum
by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
July 22, 2001
He [Aaron Sorkin] also mentioned that he stays away from contemporary pop references, as in, we'll never hear them discussing Britney Spears, and/or "Survivor" (personally..that could be one hell of an interesting episode... ) and that's why he uses things like Gilbert and Sullivan.
Posted at AaronSorkin@yahoogroups.com
October 6, 2001
Notes from Sublime Primetime : An Evening with Emmy-Nominated Writers
"I never have a lot of medical terminology. They learned that about the first or second year of 'West Wing.' I'm hopeless at it. They just let me go with other stuff. On take 10, they said, 'This is the end of this. This is clearly not her forte.' I don't see how they do it on 'ER.'" - Stockard Channing
"Channing Returns for More 'Practice'"
by Kate O'Hare
March 22, 2006