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The West Wing: Bartlet's Third State of the Union

As Bartlet delivers his third State of the Union address to the United States, which Toby helped carefully craft, Bartlet ends up upsetting Abbey with what he doesn't say. Josh's tracking of public opinion polls is delayed by both a power outage and the news that five DEA officials have been taken hostage by a group of Colombian terrorists. Meanwhile, C.J. prepares for a live recording of "Capitol Beat" all while doing damage control when it is uncovered that a police officer Bartlet cited for heroism was once accused of brutally attacking a black suspect.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: 226213
Airdate: Wednesday February 07th, 2001

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Nov 06, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Emily Procter
As Ainsley Hayes
Marlee Matlin
As Joey Lucas
Stockard Channing
As Abbey Bartlet

Guest Stars
Bill O'Brien (1)
As Kenny Thurman
Corbin Bernsen
As Congressman Henry Shallick
Glenn Morshower
As Mike Chrysler
Gregory Alan Williams
As Robbie Mosley (as Gregalan Williams)
Kathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
NiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Richard Riehle
As Jack Sloan
Ted McGinley
As Mark Gottfried
Tony Plana
As Mickey Troop
Barbara Eve Harris
As Gretchen Tyler

Co-Guest Stars
Bradley James
As Donnie, Secret Service Agent
Devika Parikh
As Bonnie
Doris McMillon
As Newscaster
J.P. Stevenson
As Jonathan Reporter #2
Kim Webster
As Ginger
Larry Carroll (1)
As Newscaster #2
Marvin Krueger
As Officer #2
Melissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Mindy Seeger
As Chris
Molly Schaffer
As Staffer
Peter James Smith
As Staffer Ed
Ralph Meyering, Jr.
As Tom
Sean Patrick Murphy (1)
As Floor Manager
Thomas Spencer
As Military Aide
William Duffy
As Staffer Larry
Jon Hershfield
As Pollster #2
Keith Mills
As Mr. Edgar Finney
Kelly McNair
As Pollster #1
Michael Francis Clarke
As Congressman David Satch
Susan Krebs
As Gail Schumer
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
Rob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Dulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Episode Notes
The song Ainsley sings is "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" by Annette Funicello.

For her role in this episode and in "The War At Home", Stockard Channing (Abbey Bartlet) was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

This is Marlee Martin's (Joey Lucas) first appearance since season 1's "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics".

Episode Quotes
Josh: Where the hell have you been?
Joey: My plane had mechanical difficulties.
Josh: This is the State of the Union. There was nothing you could do about it?
Joey: No, because as a child I never paid attention during airplane mechanics class.

Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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