|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Stockard Channing as||Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D.||First Lady|
|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 Star
Mary-Louise Parker as
|Amy (Amelia) Gardner||Lobbyist|
|Anna Deavere Smith as||Dr. Nancy McNally||National Security Advisor|
|Christian Clemenson as||Evan Woodkirk||from Smithsonian|
|Dinah Lenney as||Mary Klein||from Smithsonian|
|Ty Burrell as||Tom Starks||in Sam's meeting|
|Bradley White as||Man with "joke"||in Sam's meeting|
|Bruce Kirby as||Barney Lang||USF National Commander|
|Sid Conrad as||Ed Ramsay||USF Regional Director|
|Bill Erwin as||Ronald Kruckshank||USF Regional Director|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications' Director|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Fort Atkinson as||Grant||"Frank"|
|Michael Canavan as||Flynn||in Leo's meeting|
|James Hornbeck as||Bedrosian||Doctor in Leo's meeting|
|Stan Sellers as||Califf||Doctor in Leo's meeting|
|Randolph Brooks as||Arthur||Leeds (last name) / Reporter|
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Mark||O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter|
|Elizabeth Liang as||Staffer|
|Larry Cox as||Aide|
|Dean White as||Aide|
|Kim Sykes as||Secretary|
However, an upcoming West Wing story about an American mad cow outbreak -- which unintentionally parallels the nation's recent anthrax scares -- will not be excised, the drama's Emmy-winning director, Thomas Schlamme, said.
"Backstage Scoop at the Emmy Awards!"
by Michael Ausiello
November 5, 2001
TV Guide Online
"Yes, episodes have tended to end more somberly this year than perhaps everyone had come to expect. But I think we've done some of our best work," he [Aaron Sorkin] added, citing the two-part season premiere, "Manchester, Parts I and II," and "The Women of Qumar," in which C.J. adamantly opposes selling arms to a Persian Gulf country where women have no rights.
""West Wing" returns to nothin' but blue skies"
by Gail Pennington
January 29, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"I loved Women of Qumar, and Allison (Janney)'s work in particular in that one." - John Spencer
"'West Wing' makes his heart soar"
by R.D. Heldenfels
August 14, 2002
Akron Beacon Journal
"The only way to make it work is to audition a lot of actors who normally don't audition," said [Anthony] Sepulveda, who made an exception for Mary Louise Parker when offering her the role of Amy Gardner, women's rights advocate and the love interest of Bradley Whitford's deputy chief of staff. Sepulveda terms the casting of Parker his "crowning achievement of the year."
"Casting for Emmy"
by Dany Margolies
August 30, 2002
Series creator Aaron Sorkin wrote the part for Parker after she left him an admiring message about the show. The plan was for just one episode. Then he visited the set to watch her shoot her first scene and was nearly tackled by Whitford. "He came running up to me, saying, 'I love her! I love her! Can we keep her?' And I said, 'Well, OK, if you promise to walk her and feed her and everything'."
"Playing by Her Own Rules"
by Devin Gordon
October 7, 2002
"I had a story line once where I was trying to get people to wear seat belts," he [Rob Lowe] said. "It was hilarious and really funny, but I wanted Sam to have the President's ear. I wanted Sam to be involved in the big story lines, not to be shuffled in and out for relief."
"In 'Lyon's Den,' Lowe is now the main man"
by Stephen Battaglio
July 25, 2003
New York Daily News