Separation of Powers
The West Wing Season 5

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The President's staff wrangles with new Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley (STEVEN CULP) over the pending federal budget. Meanwhile, Toby dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and personal friend Joe Quincy (recurring guest star MATTHEW PERRY - "Friends") to check on the condition of stricken Chief Justice Roy Ashland (MILO O'SHEA), an elderly Supreme Court icon who has Washington wondering if he will finally resign. With the budget deadline quickly approaching, aggressive advisor Angela Blake (recurring guest star MICHAEL HYATT) faces a mighty challenge as she tries to work out an agreement that could compromise Bartlet's campaign promises. But the President is also focused on a crucial national television interview that Zoey (recurring guest star ELISABETH MOSS) has agreed to tape with a well-known newswoman, Diane Mathers (KATHRIN LAUTNER), who has a knack for exposing raw emotions.


Martin Sheen
as President Josiah `Jed' Bartlet
John Spencer
as Leo McGarry
Allison Janney
as C.J. Cregg
Richard Schiff
as Toby Ziegler
Bradley Whitford
as Josh Lyman
Dulé Hill
as Charlie Young
Stockard Channing
as First Lady Abigail Bartlet
Joshua Malina
as Will Bailey
Janel Moloney
as Donna Moss
Matthew Perry
as Joe Quincy
Milo O'Shea
as Cheif Justice Roy Ashland
Gary Cole
as Vice President Russell
Steven Culp
as Speaker Jeff Hartley
H. Richard Greene
as Senator Royce
Michael Hyatt
as Angela Blake
Elisabeth Moss
as Zoey Bartlet
Steven Pierce
as OMB Director
Kathrin Lautner
as Diane Mathers
Obi Ndefo
as Donald
Christine Lusita
as HR Assistant
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