Separation of Powers
The West Wing Season 5

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Episode Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Martin Sheen
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
Bradley Whitford
Dep. Chief of Staff Josh Lyman
John Spencer
Chief of Staff Leo McGarry
Richard Schiff
Communications Dir. Toby Ziegler
Allison Janney
Press Secretary Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Dulé Hill
Charlie Young
Stockard Channing
Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet
Steven Culp
Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley
Milo O'Shea
Chief Justice Roy Ashland
Michael Hyatt
Angela Blake
Kathrin Lautner
Diane Mathers
Josh Malina
Will Bailey
Elisabeth Moss
Zoey Bartlet
Gary Cole
Vice President Bob Russell
H. Richard Greene
Senator Robert Royce
John Wells
Executive Producer
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