The West Wing Season 3

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Its scheduled telecast delayed because of news coverage of the 9/11 tragedy, this "official" opening episode of The West Wing's third season (the first of two parts) finds the Bartlet White House in turmoil after President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) has made public the fact that he has multiple sclerosis. Inasmuch as there is talk of impeachment because the president kept his medical condition a secret for too long, Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) is bombarded with nagging and downright hostile questions from a group of reporters -- an experience that causes C.J. to lose her famous cool entirely. In other developments, Bartlet's decision to run for a second term has caused friction between Jed and First Lady Abbey Bartlet (Stockard Channing); the growing crisis in Haiti is sorely affecting the work performance of National Security Advisor Nancy McNally (Anna Deavere Smith); and Chief Counsel Oliver Babish (Oliver Platt) advises presidential aide Charlie Young (Dulé Hill) to hire a lawyer in case he is accused of complicity in the MS "cover-up."


Martin Sheen
as President Josiah Bartlet
Rob Lowe
as Sam Seaborn
John Spencer
as Leo McGarry
Richard Schiff
as Toby Ziegler
Allison Janney
as C.J. Cregg
Dulé Hill
as Charlie Young
Janel Moloney
as Donna Moss
Stockard Channing
as First Lady Abigail Bartlet
Marlee Matlin
as Joey Lucas
Anna Deavere Smith
as Nancy McNally
Oliver Platt
as Oliver Babish
Ron Silver
as Bruno Gianelli
Evan Handler
as Doug Wegland
Connie Britton
as Connie Tate
Dennis Cockrum
as Officer No. 2
Ivan Allen
as Newscaster
Jill Remez
as Reporter No. 4
Randolph Brooks
as Reporter No. 5
Lois Foraker
as Bartender
Earl Boen
as Paulson
Kirk Kinder
as One-Star General
Dayna Devon
as Air Force One Reporter
J.P. Stevenson
as Air Force One Reporter
Jacqueline Torres
as Air Force One Reporter
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