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The West Wing/The California 47th

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The California 47th
Season 4, Episode 16
Airdate February 19, 2003
Production Number 175316
Teleplay by Aaron Sorkin
Story by Lauren Schmidt
& Paula Yoo
Directed by Vincent Misiano
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The California 47th is the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of The West Wing, and the eighty-first episode overall.

Starring: Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn), 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 Stars: Lily Tomlin (Debbie Fiderer)

With John Amos (Admiral Percy Fitzwallace)

Guest Starring: Kathleen York (Andrea Wyatt), Elisabeth Moss (Zoey Bartlet), Matthew Glave (Scott Holcomb), Danica McKellar (Elsie Snuffin), Renée Estevez (Nancy), Trent Ford (Jean Paul Pierre Claude Charpentier Vicomte de Condé de Bourbon), NiCole Robinson (Margaret Hooper), Claire Coffee (Cassie Tatum), J. Patrick McCormack (General Jimmy Wendall), Henry G. Sanders (Ambassador Tiki), Alex Hyde-White (Andre's Accoster), Rick Najera (Ivan "Izzy" Perez)

Co-Starring: Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol), Timothy Davis-Reed (Mark), Charles Noland (Steve), Peter James Smith (Ed), William Duffy (Larry), Kim Webster (Ginger), Kris Murphy (Katie), Penny Griego (CNN Anchor), Ron Ostrow (John), Stephanie Venditto (Jenn), John Lathan (Aide to Tiki), Lara Phillips (Lauren Romano), Kimberlee Peterson (Lauren Shelby), Michael T. Kachingwe (Robbie), Lee Hampton (Thomas), Laura Henry (Betty), Catherine Kwong (Lauren Chin), John Leslie Wolfe (GOP Leader), J. Todd Adams (Seaborn Aide), John Michael Prendergast (Aide #2), Stephen Mendel (Speaker), Ben Lang (Lieutenant), Rocky McMurray (Officer)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement


SIT room.

Ptanga airport is taken in Kundu.

Ambassador Tiki is in oval office. president informs him they have taken Airport, and unofficially their country. Gives 36 hours. Or else President Ptanga will be taken.

CJ at prees brief -- mission name -- Safe Haven.

47th, California.

Republicans rolling out their tax (cut) plan. Dems should do it before that. But need to be at 47th for Sam. Dont want to do at 47th coz that would kill Sam.

Bill calls for a meeting with junior staff.

Leo and Btanga leaders meet. Makes sure they are not going back on 36 hours deadline.

President and crew are in 47th. Andy is also with them.

Will and interns are on tax plan.

Leo in SIT room. Watches photographs. Fitzwallace informs Btanga is trying to finish his 'job' before deadline.

Charlie and Toby get into fight with a drunk guy. Gets arrested.

Immunity and half a million dollars -- demand from Btanga.

Sam finds out President is waiting to announce tax plan just for him. Sam takes a bold step to ask President to announce tax plan.

Kundu situation is in Jeopardy. President heads back home.




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