Shutdown
The West Wing Season 5

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A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President and the powerful Republican Speaker of the House disagree over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs. Opinion polls reveal that the public blames the Democrats for the impasse. As Leo, Josh and Toby send the staff home, the trio remains uneasy as the President refuses to compromise--until he hatches a bold plan to personally and publicly challenge the Republicans in the halls of the Capitol. Meanwhile, Abbey suddenly reappears from her self-imposed exile for a State dinner that she might have to cook herself.

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
Michael Hyatt
Angela Blake
Gary Cole
Vice President Bob Russell
Kris Murphy
Katie Witt
Joshua Malina
Will Bailey
H. Richard Greene
Senator Robert Royce
John Wells
Executive Producer
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