|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|
|Mark Harmon as||Simon Donovan||C.J.'s Secret Service Agent|
|Ian McShane as||Nickolai Ivanovich|
John Amos as
|Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs|
|Peter Scolari as||Jake Kimball||computer-chip manufacturer /
major campaign contributor
|Michael O'Neill as||Ron Butterfield||Head of POTUS' Secret Service detail|
|Gregory Itzin as||from State Department||against issuing press credentials|
|Bill Cobbs as||Alan Tatum||wrote a letter to FDR|
|Svetlana Efremova as||Ludmilla Koss||Russian Journalist|
|George Tasudis as||George Kowzlowski|
|Renée Estevez as||Nancy||Aide|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Valarie Pettiford as||Janice||Security Guard|
|Damien Leake as||Dr. Tatum||Ted (first name) /
son of Alan Tatum
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Mark||O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter|
|Mindy Seeger as||Chris||Reporter|
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Jeff Mooring as||Phil||Reporter|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications' Director|
|Lee Faranda as||Aide|
|Elizabeth Liang as||Staffer|
As for the remaining episodes: Schlamme says he's "excited about where we're headed." The four shows "are all tied together, not as cliffhangers, but all of a piece, leading to a fairly dramatic conclusion."
"Fiction visits fact in "West Wing" salute to the West Wing"
by Gail Pennington
April 24, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It didn't take Mark Harmon long to accept the season-ending, four-episode guest role he has on "The West Wing."
"I got a scene faxed to me by my agent late on a Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday morning I was working," Harmon says.
"I appreciate that I'm in very rare air here," says Harmon, who counts himself among the fans of "The West Wing's" creator, Aaron Sorkin. "So often the formula [of a series] gets changed by outside pressures, but they've been able [to create an atmosphere] where it's all about the work. This train called 'The West Wing' is moving fast, and you're expected to keep up."
That was a daunting task in Harmon's first few days on the set, but he says he's now used to the rhythm of the show.
There was immediate tension between Harmon's character, Donovan, and C.J., but the actor is reluctant to say whether it will turn into the romantic variety.
"[The characters] are two very smart people who are used to doing things their own way," he says. As for the chemistry between the two, "Part of that is from the writing, and part of it is just the pleasure of playing opposite Allison. She's a gifted actress, and it's just fun to bat it back and forth."
"Harmon Didn't Hesitate to Join 'West Wing'"
by Rick Porter
May 3, 2002
C.J.'s comments were based on Saudi newspaper and witness reports out about mutaween religious enforcers that reportedly interfered with firefighters and refused to let 14 to 17 girls leave a burning building because the girls weren't wearing the required head scarves and black robes. Some reports said the girls were trampled to death because 800 girls were crammed in a building designed for 250, the main gate was locked and there were no emergency exits.
More viewers may have learned about that ugly incident by watching "West Wing" than from the scant coverage it received in the American media.
"'West Wing,' '7th Heaven' Bring News Headlines"
by Walt Belcher
May 6, 2002
"The basic gist of the storyline is C.J. is under a very real and credible death threat," [Mark] Harmon explains. "Overnight her life changes in that Simon, a presidential-level Secret Service agent -- a team leader off the president's detail -- is in her life 24 hours a day. And she doesn't like it. So I'm in her life... and these are two very smart people, both used to doing things their own way."
"Mark Harmon's West Wing Love!"
by Daniel R. Coleridge
May 8, 2002
TV Guide Online
"We had been discussing this at the office because we have several fans of that particular show," said Richard Pearl, vice president of technology services at Meridian Technology Group.
Pearl is one of a growing group of experts in computer forensics, a field that uses data analysis to gather legal evidence. While detectives and "regular" forensics professionals dust for prints and analyze exit wounds, computer forensics specialists dig through hard drives and network servers.
Although "The West Wing" bit was played-up Hollywood style, Pearl says it provides a fair view of what a computer investigator might do.
"(It) does give a fairly accurate representation of the initial discovering and acquisition phases of computer forensics, wherein a threat is determined and evidence is started to be gathered," he said.
"Computer forensics field is finding its niche"
by Tim O'Shei
June 17, 2002
Buffalo Business First
He also mentioned that the episode of the show where Charlie and CJ Exchange pranks was very much based on real-life prank wars that happen on the set. Malina is apparently notorious for coating telephone receivers on set with Vaseline. One time this met with reprisal in the form of Alisson Janney and one of the directors teaming up and gluing down everything on Malina's desk.
"Josh Malina Talks Post-Sorkin WEST WING!!"
October 26, 2004
Ain't It Cool News
For starters, it's almost never still. Recalling his memorable guest-arc on "The West Wing" the year before he got "NCIS," Harmon said "the air was different on that set. It was like a train rippin' by a hundred miles an hour, and you were supposed to grab a strap and hang on." - Mark Harmon
"NCIS becomes a hit by stealth"
by Noel Houston
November 25, 2005
Mark Harmon's looks nearly lost him the lead role on "NCIS," the forensic drama with a military flair now in its third season. Series creator Donald P. Bellisario had written the main character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, as a tough-minded former Marine gunnery sergeant but had no specific actor in mind for the part.
"Someone mentioned Mark Harmon and I said, 'He's a pretty boy; I just don't see him as this character,'" Bellisario said. But the producer reversed his thinking after watching Harmon in a four-episode 2002 story arc on "The West Wing."
"I had envisioned the boyish Harmon, who was too good-looking, but I saw he now has a maturity to him,"
"The Letters of the Law"
by Kathy Blumenstock
April 2, 2006