The West Wing: Season 6, Episode 19

Ninety Miles Away (16 Mar. 2005)

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Rumors circulate in Washington yet again about the state of Fidel Castro's health. As C.J. begins to look into the issue she uncovers some dark secrets regarding the United States' ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abbey Bartlet (credit only)
Will Bailey (credit only)
Matthew Santos (credit only)
Sen. Rafe Framingham


Rumors circulate in Washington yet again about the state of Fidel Castro's health. As C.J. begins to look into the issue she uncovers some dark secrets regarding the United States' relationship with Cuba which appear to involve Leo, the President, and Kate Harper. Despite how closely guarded and potentially explosive this information is, a startlingly large number of government agencies and officials appear to know bits and pieces of the story. This results in undercover political maneuvering to avoid what is expected to be an enormous political disaster. Meanwhile, Charlie calls in different professionals to deal with a suspected termite problem in the White House. Written by Murray Chapman

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John Spencer and Brian Dennehy previously appeared together in the 1990 Harrison Ford drama Presumed Innocent, which also featured Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Jesse Bradford (Ryan Pierce, Season 5 Recurring). See more »


Charlie Young engages with entomologists to solve a problem with termites in the White House; the entomologists claim that their work can help uncover secrets of the past in the internal walls and woodwork of the White House.

The White House was completely gutted inside during the administration of Harry S Truman in order to deal with sagging floors and unstable ceilings. Nothing inside the White House of any importance, including any interior walls, floors, and ceilings, is original - it was all replaced and rebuilt to match closely with the White House people remembered. See more »


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Leo meets Castro
21 December 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

An enjoyable and admirable effort that doesn't quite gel. Amid reports of Castro's failing health, Leo makes a covert trip to Cuba, to try to end forty years of a failed embargo. Knowledge of the trip leaks out, which could be a landmine for all involved, plus the dem presidential candidates. Flashbacks take you to '95, when battered operative Kate Harper helped a Leo who was too drunk to know it. Guest star Brian Dennehy (FIRST BLOOD, SILVERADO) adds some sheen as a garrulous, ornery, sauced FL senator...but this is one of the few moments when the presence of a big guest star could almost be seen as what it is, a famous actor wanting to appear on one of TV's greatest shows. One of the few moments when the show didn't create some alternate reality leader of a foreign nation, but used the real one.

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