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The Wake Up Call

Original Airdate 02-09-05


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From TVGuide.com:
Iran mistakes a British airliner for a U.S. spy plane and shoots it down, and the feisty British PM sees red. Bartlet's initial response would have been more cautious, but he was asleep when the crisis broke, and C.J. was under Abbey's orders not to awaken him. Meanwhile, Toby and a constitutional-law expert (Christopher Lloyd) must explain the U.S. constitution's peculiarities to a delegation from Belarus that asks for help in writing its own founding document.
From NBC:
On Valentine's Day, an Iranian fighter jet accidentally shoots down a British passenger plane -- killing 100 people -- but C.J. (Allison Janney) is reluctant to awaken the President (Martin Sheen) even as the hawkish British prime minister considers bombing Iran's nuclear reactors in retaliation. After learning that the passenger jet was mistaken for a U.S. spy plane, Bartlet calls in British ambassador Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees), as they debate whether a strike is the perfect excuse to wipe out the atomic sites or if it will set back reform movements in the rogue nation. Elsewhere: Abbey (Stockard Channing) and C.J. war over the President's schedule for rest; Toby (Richard Schiff)and a legal professor (Christopher Lloyd) try to pound out a new democratic constitution with representatives of Belarus -- and everyone keeps dodging the traditional White House appointment with Miss Universe.
From Warner Bros.:
On Valentine's Day, an Iranian fighter jet accidentally shoots down a British passenger plane--killing 100 people--but C.J. is reluctant to awaken the President even as the hawkish British prime minister considers bombing Iran's nuclear reactors in retaliation. After learning that the passenger jet was mistaken for a U.S. spy plane, Bartlet consults with British ambassador Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees), and they debate whether a strike is the perfect excuse to destroy the atomic sites or if it will set back reform movements in the rogue nation. Meanwhile, Abbey and C.J. feud over the President's schedule for total rest, Toby and a legal professor try to write a new democratic constitution with representatives of Belarus, and everyone keeps dodging the traditional White House appointment with Miss Universe.
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Credits

Alan Alda (uncredited) as Arnold Vinick Senator R-CA
Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Chief of Staff
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Communications Director
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Former Chief of Staff
and
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
     
Special Guest Stars    
Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott Deputy Press Secretary
Christopher Lloyd as Lawrence Lessig Constitutional Law Professor
with
Roger Rees as
Lord John Marbury British Ambassador to the United States
Guest Starring    
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
Elya Baskin as Mr. Zubatov Sovetskaya Belorussiya Editor in Chief
Anthony Azizi as Chet Asefi Hossein Kamal Bin Hamid
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
     
Co-Starring    
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
Ben Murray as Curtis Carruthers Personal Aide to the President
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
Tom W. Chick as Gordon Reporter
Penny Griego as Newscaster  
Derek Coleman as Secret Service  
Pamela Salem as P.M. Maureen Graty British Prime Minister
Oleg Vidov as Lipecki Igor (first name) /
Belarusian Judge
Edward Shkolnikov as Helakal Vlad (first name) /
Belarusian Legislator
Claudia Lynx as Miss World Lyonpo Palden Wangchuk
Ken Weiler as Officer  
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Awards

Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nomination by
Stockard Channing
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Media Quotes

The president's wife, Abb[e]y (Stockard Channing), will begin a storyline, shortly before Christmas, that will reintroduce the issue of the president's multiple sclerosis.

"New flight for 'West Wing'"
by Mike McDaniel
October 14, 2004
Houston Chronicle

"They're both ensemble shows [ER and The West Wing], they're both very fast-paced, and they're both these big animals -- every week, there's a lot going on," she says. "So they don't feel that different. ... I enjoy the kind of language- and intellect-based world of 'The West Wing,' where people are discussing ideas. - Laura Innes

"Innes Pulls Double Duty on 'West Wing,' 'ER'"
February 9, 2005
zap2it.com

Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University professor who is a leading American intellectual property scholar known as "the Elvis of cyber law," has now achieved a measure of fame among fans of "The West Wing." In Wednesday night's episode, "The Wake Up Call," Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") made a guest appearance as Prof. Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard University legal expert enlisted to explain particulars of the Constitution to members of a delegation from Belarus as they write a new, democratic constitution. The character is based on the screenwriter Josh Singer's real-life mentor, Professor Lessig, with whom he studied contract law at Harvard in 1997. "It was one of my first courses, and he was unbelievable," Mr. Singer said. "He was a rock star." In preparing for the episode, Mr. Singer also remembered that Professor Lessig had been asked, in his capacity as co-director of the Center for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe, to help work on the Georgian constitution. "I called him up and asked him to tell me more about what had happened," Mr. Singer said. "On the set, we replicated what they had done." No word yet on the real-life professor's feeling about the episode, though Mr. Singer said that after reading the script and giving formal approval, his mentor "seemed to be pretty thrilled."

"A Professor's Fame"
Compiled By Lawrence Van Gelder
February 9, 2005
New York Times

On "The West Wing," Sheen plays a president who finds ways to do his job despite multiple sclerosis. A University of California consultant has advised Sheen on how to play the struggle with the disease.

"What she told me was to be subtle. I can have many ups and downs," he said.

Subtle and optimistic. "(MS) patients see the light at the end of the tunnel," Sheen said.

Sheen isn't an official spokesman for MS because, unlike his character, he doesn't have the disease.

"Sheen shuns political aspirations"
by Dave Mason
February 18, 2005
Scripps Howard News Service

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