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The West Wing: Shutdown

Bartlet and the Speaker of the House continue to disagree about the budget, and the fiscal crisis results in the federal government being shut down. Opinion polls show that Americans blame the Democrats for the halt within the government, damaging the administration’s approval ratings. Josh, Leo, and Toby send the rest of the staff home while Bartlet unfolds a bold plan to challenge the Republicans and get the administration up and running once again. Meanwhile, Abbey emerges from her brief self-imposed hiding for a state dinner that she may have to cook for.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x8
Production Number: 176058
Airdate: Wednesday November 19th, 2003



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Guest Stars
Ben SieglerBen Siegler
As George
Recurring
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Recurring
Gary ColeGary Cole
As Bob Russell
Recurring
H. Richard GreeneH. Richard Greene
As Robert Royce
Recurring
Joyce GuyJoyce Guy
As Charlayne
Recurring
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie
Recurring
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Recurring
Melissa MarsalaMelissa Marsala
As Marina "Rena"
Recurring
Michael HyattMichael Hyatt
As Angela Blake
Recurring
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
Steven CulpSteven Culp
As Jeff Haffley
Recurring
Steven PierceSteven Pierce
As OMB Director
Recurring
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Mark
Recurring
Andrew A. RolfesAndrew A. Rolfes
As Republican Pundit
Billy MayoBilly Mayo
As Secret Service Agent
Jane BeardJane Beard
As Tourist
Linda BisestiLinda Bisesti
As Dem. Pundit
Michael MackMichael Mack
As Randy
Paul MendozaPaul Mendoza
As Rep. Ramirez
Sarah BenoitSarah Benoit
As Sen. Lindsay
Tony PasqualiniTony Pasqualini
As Rep. Jaffe
Main Cast
Martin Sheen
As President Jed Bartlet
John Spencer
As Leo McGarry
Allison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Bradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Janel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Richard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet
Dulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Joshua Malina
As Will Bailey
Warning: The West Wing season 5 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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