The Benign Prerogative
The West Wing Season 5

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Episode Info

Toby finishes the State of the Union Address a few weeks early, and a pregnant Joey Lucas (recurring guest star MARLEE MATLIN - "Children of a Lesser God") polls responses to the speech from everyday people. Charlie is intrigued by Meeshell Anders (GABRIELLE UNION - "Friends"), an aspiring female journalist with a secret. Abbey pressures her husband to pardon a Native American tribal leader convicted of killing two FBI agents in North Dakota. Bartlet opposes minimums and guidelines for prison sentences and pardons over 30 inmates. And Toby hires a new assistant, Rena (recurring guest star MELISSA MARSALA).

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
Gabrielle Union
Meeshel Anders
Michael Hyatt
Angela Blake
Bill O'Brien
Kenny Thurman
Joshua Malina
Will Bailey
John Wells
Executive Producer
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