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Original Airdate 04-02-03


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From TVGuide.com:
As Air Force One, returning from Manila, prepares to land at Andrews, the front-wheel light indicator fails to go off. It could mean that the light doesn't work. Or something worse. C.J. then has to keep a planeful of reporters in the dark and off their phones. On the ground, Josh works with a politically vulnerable GOP congressman on a Chesapeake Bay-cleanup bill, and the House's black caucus threatens to hold the president's Kundu-peacekeeping measure hostage unless he supports a reinstitution of the draft. "I'm just trying to promote some patriotic unity," says its sponsor (Thom Barry).
From NBC:
At the end of an 18 hour return trip home from Manila, just as Air Force One is about to begin its descent into Andrews Air Force Base, a cockpit indicator light leads the crew to believe that the landing gear might not be locked down and so the plane stays in the air while the problem can be looked at. Tensions in the plane and on the ground grow as people become more and more concerned that the plane may have been tampered with.
From Warner Bros.:
At the end of an 18-hour return trip from Manila, as Air Force One is about to begin its descent into Andrews Air Force Base, a cockpit indicator light leads the crew to believe that the landing gear might not be locked down. The craft stays in the air while the problem can be examined. Tensions in Air Force One and on the ground grow as people become increasingly concerned that someone may have tampered with the airplane.
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Credits

Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Personal Aide to the President
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Press Secretary
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Deputy Communications Director
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
and
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
     
Guest Starring    
Thom Barry as Mark Richardson Congressman / Black Caucus
Matt McCoy as Tom Landis Congressman
James Morrison as Colonel Jessie Weiskopf AF1 Crew Member
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
George Wyner as Congressman Simmel  
Gregory Jbara as Congressman Segal  
     
Co-Starring    
Mindy Seeger as Chris Reporter
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Randolph Brooks as Arthur Leeds (last name) / Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
Aaron Kleven as Bill Richardson's Aide
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Information Links

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Media Quotes

Josh and Leo tossed around baytalk such as "non-point sources" (a.k.a. pollution resulting from rainfall running over land), and sounded like they knew what they were talking about.

In the end, though, the Chesapeake Bay funding was dropped, a victim of politics.

Yes, folks, even on television, the bay gets dissed.

One local environmentalist couldn't help but chuckle at that fictional "$18 million."

The Chesapeake Bay Commission has estimated that cleaning up the bay will cost $19 billion.

"'The West Wing' was off by a rather significant factor," said Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "We really need to think about billions, not millions, to save the Chesapeake Bay."

"Sources say: A look behind the scenes"
by Staff Reports
April 8, 2003
Capital

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