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The West Wing: Bad Moon Rising

President Bartlet goes to Oliver Babbish for advice on the potential ramifications of hiding his MS. Meanwhile, an oil spill near the Delaware coast spikes Sam's personal interest; Josh deals with a Mexican economic crisis, all while bickering with Donna; and Toby orders C.J. to get rid of a White House leak about a change in the President's position on school vouchers.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x19
Production Number: 226219
Airdate: Wednesday April 25th, 2001

Director: Bill Johnson
Story: Felicia Willson
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

FR (France 2) Nov 27, 2003

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Special Guest Stars
Emily ProcterEmily Procter
As Ainsley Hayes
Recurring
Oliver PlattOliver Platt
As Oliver Babish
Recurring

Guest Stars
Jossie ThackerJossie Thacker
As Staffer #3 (as Jossie Harris Thacker)
Recurring
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Delores Landingham
Recurring
Michael MantellMichael Mantell
As Congressional Staffer
Recurring
NiCole RobinsonNiCole Robinson
As Margaret
Recurring
Eric StonestreetEric Stonestreet
As Staffer # 1
Jacqueline KimJacqueline Kim
As First Lieutenant Emily Lowenbrau
Robert Curtis BrownRobert Curtis Brown
As Jamie Hotchkiss
Scott AtkinsonScott Atkinson
As Staffer # 2
Scott LawrenceScott Lawrence
As Congressional Staffer

Co-Guest Stars
Charles NolandCharles Noland
As Steve
Recurring
Devika ParikhDevika Parikh
As Bonnie
Recurring
Kim WebsterKim Webster
As Ginger
Recurring
Kris MurphyKris Murphy
As Katie Witt
Recurring
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Carol Fitzpatrick
Recurring
Peter James SmithPeter James Smith
As Ed
Recurring
Randy BrooksRandy Brooks
As Arthur Leeds (as Randolph Brooks)
Recurring
Shishir KurupShishir Kurup
As Zach
Recurring
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Mark
Recurring
William DuffyWilliam Duffy
As Larry
Recurring
David AckertDavid Ackert
As Babish Staffer
Main Cast
Martin SheenMartin Sheen
As President Jed Bartlet
John SpencerJohn Spencer
As Leo McGarry
Allison JanneyAllison Janney
As Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford
As Josh Lyman
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Donna Moss
Rob LoweRob Lowe
As Sam Seaborn
Richard SchiffRichard Schiff
As Toby Ziegler
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Charlie Young
Episode Notes
Trace Beaulieu, who guest stars as Cal, is the creator of the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000.



Episode Quotes
Josh: Close the door.
Donna: With me on the other side?
Josh: Yeah.

Sam: Ginger, what do you know about the oil tanker?
Ginger: It hit Delaware.
Sam: I'm amazed it found Delaware.

Bartlet: I'm going to tell you a story and then I need you to tell me whether or not I've engaged sixteen people in a massive criminal conspiracy to defraud the public in order to win a Presidential election.

Aide: Would you like us to pack your big hammer?
Babish: You know what? Don't make fun of the big hammer.

Josh: You just lurk there in the shadows, like ... whatever. What are you doing?
Donna: I'm doing things, things with paper.

Sam: I'm less visually observant than others but I make up for it.
Emily: How?
Sam: With cunning and guile.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Bad Moon Rising

The episode title comes from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song of the same title.

C.J.: It's me, okay? I am Spartacus.

C.J. is quoting a line from the movie Spartacus from the scene where the Romans decide to repremand Spartacus for freeing Roman slaves.



Other Episode Crew

MusicW.G. Snuffy Walden
 
Warning: The West Wing season 2 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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