|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 Star
Mary-Louise Parker as
|Amy (Amelia) Gardner||Lobbyist|
|Joanna Gleason as||Jordon Elaine Kendall||Leo's lawyer /
misspelled Jordan Kendall
|Mark Feuerstein as||Cliff (Clifford) Calley||Majority Counsel|
|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|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Kinga Philipps as||Waitress|
Just then, Buddy, the president's [Clinton] 3-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, wandered down to [Jake] Siewert's [former press secretary for President Clinton] office and scrounged outside his office door, much like reporters often do, in search of scraps.
"'West Wing' not unlike real thing?"
by Bob Deans
October 4, 2000
The actor [Richard Schiff] created his own back story for Toby. He even had the character wearing a wedding ring -- which Sorkin and fellow executive producer Thomas Schlamme failed to notice until about the eighth episode. "They came up to me and said, 'Are you [Toby] married?' And I said, 'No.' And they said, 'Well, why are you wearing the wedding ring?' I explained that it was a private thing. They said, 'Good, because we want to give him an ex-wife.'
"I said, 'I think Toby has more than one ex-wife.' The ring -- I had always imagined that his first wife had died, which accounts for his sadness, and why someone would devote himself to public service and be so singular about it." Schiff laughs. "But then, Aaron and Tommy threw that right out the window."
"'West Wing' player keeps a cool head"
by Virginia Rohan
October 4, 2000
And he [Aaron Sorkin] admitted in a recent interview with the Desert News that he didn't know how he was going to extricate his show from the [MS] scandal.
"I wish I could tell you, but I don't know yet," Sorkin said. "I imagine there'll be a resolution to it, and we'll move on to something else."
"On a 'Wing' and a prayer"
by Scott D. Pierce
September 5, 2001
Though the resolution to the Bartlet scandal last week may have surprised some, Sorkin said he'd gotten everything he'd wanted from the story.
by Rob Owen
January 14, 2002
Nevertheless, Sorkin was eager to make sure visiting TV critics had received the tape he sent over earlier in the day. The NBC party (marking the network's forthcoming 75th anniversary) took place on a Wednesday night, overlapping a pivotal "West Wing" episode.
"This is a big one," he said. "I wanted to make sure you didn't miss it." (Sorkin admits that he can't program his VCR, and isn't sure anyone else can either.)
The episode was "H. Con. 172," which aired Jan. 9 and, as promised, marked the season's turning point. In 44 minutes (minus commercials), the president agreed, despite Leo's objections, to accept censure from Congress. The inquiry was over, and the Bartlet administration - and "The West Wing" - could move on.
"I wanted to wrap it up now and explore new elements inside the Bartlet administration," Sorkin said. "I don't think you'll find that the rest of the season will be lacking in idealism."
""West Wing" returns to nothin' but blue skies"
by Gail Pennington
January 29, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch