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.


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
Gary Cole
as Vice President Russell
Steven Culp
as Speaker of the House Haffley
Michael Hyatt
as Angela Blake
H. Richard Greene
as Senator Royce
Paul Mendoza
as Representative Ramirez
Steven Pierce
as OMB Director
Sarah Benoit
as Senator Lindsay
Tony Pasqualini
as Representative Jaffe
Joyce Guy
as Charlayne
Billy Mayo
as Secret Service Agent
Michael Mack
as Secret Service Agent Randy
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