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The West Wing: Season 6 [2004] (6 discs)

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Synopsis: A heart attack, a new chief of staff, a burning flag and a presidential primary. The series continues to evolve and grow.

Reaction: The format is slowly changing, but it's still got tons of quality performances and good character moments.

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Aaron Ashmore => Trevor (365 Days)
Peter James Smith => Ed (365 Days)
William Duffy => Larry (365 Days)
Alex Fernandez => Andy Lazon (Ninety Miles Away)
Brian Dennehy => Sen. Rafe Framingham (Ninety Miles Away)
P.J. Byrne => David Orbitz (Ninety Miles Away)
Scott MacDonald => Cyrus Yolander (Ninety Miles Away)
Allison Smith => Mallory O'Brien (Third-Day Story)
Dey Young => Congresswoman (Third-Day Story)
Sam Robards => Greg Brock (Third-Day Story)
Anna Deavere Smith => Nancy McNally (Liftoff)
Evan Arnold => Ned (Liftoff)
Ron Ostrow => Reporter John (Liftoff)
Steve Ryan => Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson (Liftoff)
Timothy Davis-Reed => Mark O'Donnell (Liftoff)
Annabeth Gish => Elizabeth Bartlet Westin (Opposition Research)
Marlee Matlin => Joey Lucas (Opposition Research)
Armin Mueller-Stahl => Israeli Prime Minister Efraim 'Eli' Zahavy (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Jason Isaacs => Colin Ayres (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Makram Khoury => Palestinian Chairman Nizar Farad (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Marcelo Tubert => Palestinian Prime Minister Saeb Mukarat (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Mindy Seeger => Chris (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Natalija Nogulich => Israeli Ambassador Shira Galit (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Steven Culp => Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Terry O'Quinn => General Nicholas Alexander (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Tom Chick => Reporter Gordon (as Tom W. Chick) (N.S.F. Thurmont)
Ben Murray => Curtis (The Wake Up Call)
Christopher Lloyd => Professor Lawrence Lessig (The Wake Up Call)
Claudia Lynx => Miss World (The Wake Up Call)
Elya Baskin => Mr. Zubatov (The Wake Up Call)
Roger Rees => Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury (The Wake Up Call)
Brett Cullen => Governor Ray Sullivan R-WV (In God We Trust)
Don S. Davis => Reverend Don Butler (In God We Trust)
Bruce Gray => Otis (The Dover Test)
Robert R. Shafer => Cable Pundit (as Bobby Ray Shafer) (The Dover Test)
Charles Noland => Steve (The Hubbert Peak)
Elisabeth Moss => Zoey Bartlet (The Hubbert Peak)
Ed O'Neill => Governor Eric Baker D-PA (A Change Is Gonna Come)
James Taylor => James Taylor (A Change Is Gonna Come)
Paxton Whitehead => Bernard Thatch (A Change Is Gonna Come)
Tim Matheson => John Hoynes (A Change Is Gonna Come)
Wolf Blitzer => Himself (A Change Is Gonna Come)
James Lashly => Canadian Ambassdor (A Good Day)
Jonathan Goldstein => Knocking Congressman (A Good Day)
Mako => Dr. Yosh Takahashi (A Good Day)
Mary-Pat Green => Vermont Congresswoman (A Good Day)
William O'Leary => Fish and Wildlife Deputy (A Good Day)
Joe Howard => Connors (King Corn)
Patricia Richardson => Sheila Brooks (King Corn)
Stephen Root => Bob Mayer (King Corn)
Kim Webster => Ginger (Impact Winter)
Patrick Fischler => Walter Sprout (Impact Winter)
William Hootkins => U.S. Translator (Impact Winter)
Kris Murphy => Katie Witt (The Birnam Wood)
Lawrence Cameron Steele => Garner (as Cameron Steele) (The Birnam Wood)
Mark Feuerstein => Clifford Calley (Drought Conditions)
Mary Kay Place => Surgeon General Millicent Griffith (In the Room)
Penn Jillette => Penn Jilette (as Penn & Teller) (In the Room)
Renée Estevez => Nancy (In the Room)
Ron Canada => Under Secretary of State Theodore Barrow (In the Room)
Stanley Kamel => Stanley (In the Room)
Teller => Teller (as Penn & Teller) (In the Room)
Mary-Louise Parker => Amy Gardner (Freedonia)
Matthew Del Negro => Bram Howard (La Palabra)
Michael Reilly Burke => Bill Brewer (La Palabra)
Ray Wise => Governor Tillman D-CA (La Palabra)
Teri Polo => Helen Santos (Faith-Based Initiative)
Tim Kelleher => Dylan Clark (Things Fall Apart)
Alex Graves => Director
Andrew Bernstein => Director
Christopher Misiano => Director
Jason Ensler => Director
Julie Hébert => Director
Laura Innes => Director
Lesli Linka Glatter => Director
Nelson McCormick => Director
Richard Schiff => Director / Toby Ziegler
Rod Holcomb => Director
Vincent Misiano => Director
Bradley Whitford => Writer / Josh Lyman
Carol Flint => Writer
Debora Cahn => Writer
Eli Attie => Writer
John Sacret Young => Writer
John Wells => Writer
Josh Singer => Writer
Lawrence O'Donnell => Writer
Mark Goffman => Writer
Peter Noah => Writer
Aaron Sorkin => Creator
Alan Alda => Senator Arnold Vinick
Allison Janney => C.J. Cregg
Dulé Hill => Charlie Young
Gary Cole => Vice President Bob Russell
Janel Moloney => Donna Moss
Jimmy Smits => Matthew Santos
John Spencer => Leo McGarry
Joshua Malina => Will Bailey
Karis Campbell => Ronna
Kristin Chenoweth => Annabeth Schott
Lily Tomlin => Deborah Fiderer
Martin Sheen => President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Mary McCormack => Kate Harper
Melissa Fitzgerald => Carol Fitzpatrick
NiCole Robinson => Margaret
Stockard Channing => Abbey Bartlet

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The Birnam Wood - Mary McCormack is obviously late in her pregnancy. She's always filmed from the chest up or hiding her lower body, as in the kitchen where she's pouring tea.
  • Traditionally, during a Republican administration, a portrait of [?] Theodore Roosevelt is hung in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House and, during a Democratic administration, a portrait of [?] Franklin D. Roosevelt is hung there (the former Roosevelt being a Republican and the latter a Democrat). In the Roosevelt Room of the Bartlet White House, portraits of both Roosevelts are hung.
  • In the Room - This episode is about a flag burning at Zoe Bartlett's birthday party but according to everything Wikipedia, The West Wing fandom her birthday is February 20th. this episode was aired on December 8th
  • Faith-Based Initiative - In the first scene where CJ and Annabeth are having a "walk and talk", they exaggerated their height differences by having Kristin Chenoweth walk barefoot, while Allison Janney wore boots.
  • King Corn - According to DVD commentary by director Alex Graves, the way each of the characters sleeps (Josh with a pillow over his head, etc.) is modeled after how their actors actually sleep.
  • Opposition Research - Allison Janney, John Spencer, Dulé Hill, Stockard Channing and Mary McCormack do not appear in this episode. Martin Sheen and Richard Schiff appear only briefly, in telephone conversations.
  • The Wake Up Call - When Korean Air flight 007 was mistakenly shot down in 1983 by the Soviet Union, aides of elderly President Reagan chose to not wake him up.
  • The Birnam Wood - A running gag amongst The West Wing is that senior staffers fly backwards when firing a gun. This happens to Toby when trying to shoot a shotgun, and CJ with a pistol in an earlier season.
  • A Good Day - The US military's most recent contigency plan for invading Canada is actually from 1924, not 1815. "War Plan Red" was developed as an academic exercise by the Army War College. Its premise was the US going to war with the United Kingdom, and invading Canada since it was part of the British Empire.
  • Freedonia - The scene where Santos staffers dress up as chickens to heckle Russell and Hoynes for not including him in the debates is based off an actual incident. When then-sitting President [?] George H.W. Bush refused to debate Bill Clinton in 1992, Clinton called him 'Chicken George.' Subsequently, similar men appeared at Bush's rallies in such a costume.
  • The set was supposedly so realistic, that Warner Brothers studio tour groups are not permitted inside the sound stages where the show was filmed, due to White House security concerns. (Some exterior sets, including the South Portico, may be viewed on the tour.)
  • In God We Trust - Alan Alda's character Arnie Vinick remarks of Don S. Davis's character: "Don Butler, one heartbeat away from the President?" Ironically, Davis died first, in 2008, while Alda remains (as of 2017) alive and (presumably) well.
  • A Good Day - Mako played four different characters in four different years in the TV series [M*A*S*H], in which Alan Alda (playing Vinnick running for president in this series) was one of the lead actors.
  • Dulé Hill only did six episodes on the last season of the show, because he was already shooting season one of [Psych].
  • During the sixth and seventh seasons, Toby's storyline concerns a leak to the press about the existence of a previously secret U.S. military space shuttle. In 2012, seven years after those episodes first aired, the U.S. Air Force admitted to having completed a classified 469-day military mission of a previously secret, unmanned, Boeing-built, reusable X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. In other words, a secret U.S. military space shuttle.