The West Wing/Shutdown

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Season 5, Episode 8
Airdate November 19, 2003
Production Number 176058
Written by Mark Goffman
Directed by Christopher Misiano
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Shutdown is the eighth episode of the fifth season of The West Wing, and the ninety-sixth episode overall.

Starring: Stockard Channing (Abbey Bartlet), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Joshua Malina (Will Bailey), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), John Spencer (Leo McGarry), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman)

And Martin Sheen (President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet)

Special Guest Star: Gary Cole (Vice President Bob Russell)

Guest Starring: Michael Hyatt (Angela Blake), Steven Culp (Jeff Haffley), Melissa Marsala (Rina), H. Richard Greene (Robert Royce, Sen. R-PA), NiCole Robinson (Margaret Hooper)

Co-Starring: Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol), Devika Parikh (Bonnie), Kris Murphy (Katie), Timothy Davis-Reed (Mark), Steven Pierce (OMB Director), Paul Mendoza (Congressman Ramirez), Sarah Benoit (Senator Lindsay), Tony Pasqualini (Congressman Jaffe), Ben Siegler (George), Brandon Barash (Bret), Joyce Guy (Charlayne), Linda Biseti (Dem. Pundit), Andrew A. Rolfes (Rep. Pundit), Billy Mayo (Secret Service Agent), Michael Mack (Secret Service Agent Randy), Jane Beard (Tourist), Michael P. Byrne (Husband), Joanne McGee (Wife), Katya Abelsky (Girl)


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