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Slow News Day

Original Airdate 02-04-04


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Descriptions

From TVGuide.com:
A late-night brainstorm sets Toby on a hush-hush mission to "save" Social Security. But touching that "political third rail" is always risky, particularly on a slow news day, when reporters are scrounging for stories. Meanwhile, Ryan hits on a method to wrangle initiatives from the policy staff.
From NBC:
Toby (Richard Schiff) convinces the President (Martin Sheen) to secretly sanction his solo effort to make history by reforming Social Security but his efforts to recruit a Republican Senator and a Democratic cohort are leaked -- forcing the administration to back-pedal while Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Leo (John Spencer) are left clueless and stewing. Meanwhile, an equally ignorant C.J. (Alison Janney) parries with a reporter who is ready to print all the backstage details. In addition, the female staffers complain to Josh about the new hire -- a mysterious, seductively dressed woman assigned to Toby.
From Warner Bros.:
Toby convinces Bartlet to secretly sanction his solo attempt to make history by reforming Social Security, but Toby's efforts to recruit a Republican senator and a Democratic cohort are publicly divulged--forcing the administration to back down while Josh and Leo are left clueless and furious. Meanwhile, an equally unaware C.J. parries with a reporter who is ready to print all the backstage details. Also, the female staffers complain to Josh about a new employee--a mysterious, seductively dressed woman assigned to Toby.
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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 Vice President's Chief of Staff
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    
Melissa Marsala as Marina "Rena" Research Assistant
Josef Sommer as Steve Gaines Senator
Kate Burton as Sarah Brainerd Senator
Michael Nouri as Roy Turner Senator
Scott Allan Campbell as Grey Polk Wall Street Journal Reporter
and
Joaquim de Almeida as
Carlos Carrio Argentine Economic Attaché
     
Co-Starring    
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Mindy Seeger as Chris Reporter
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
Joyce Guy as Charlayne Reporter
Ivan Allen as Commentator Roger Salier
Tom W. Chick as Gordon Reporter
John J. Dalesandro as Secret Service Agent  
James Ingersoll as Cable News Pundit  
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Information Links

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Media Quotes

TVG: How did you meet?

Jane Kaczmarek: On a blind date in New York City.

TVG: Did you bond over your Wisconsin roots?

Jane Kaczmarek: When we finally went out we did.

TVG: You didn't want to go out?

Bradley Whitford: I was doing a play at Lincoln Center, a Shakespearean play ("Measure for Measure") with Kate Burton, Richard Burton's daughter.

Jane Kaczmarek: She's my best friend. We went to Yale together.

Bradley Whitford: So I'm doing a play with [Kate] and she has this friend, and...I didn't want to go out with an actress.

Jane Kaczmarek: I didn't want to go out with an actor. Conventional wisdom is that actors are very self-involved.

by Janet Weeks
February 2002
TV Guide (American edition)

Michael [Nouri]: Just before this, I was playing Senator Turner on "The West Wing."
Reporter: Is that a recurring role?
Michael [Nouri]: I hope so.

"'It's a Living,' a Play in One Act"
by Joyce Wadler
February 12, 2004
New York Times

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. John McHugh are picking a fight with the fictional "West Wing" White House over a scene aired Wednesday where an aide discussed closing a upstate military base.

...

... before adding a bit of levity in their postscript, thanking another fictional person on the show for "trying to save Social Security" in a PREVIOUS

"Clinton lobbies 'West Wing' aide"
by Devlin Barrett
February 26, 2004
Associated Press

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