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Deputy counsel Joe Quincy is quietly enlisted by Toby to approach the ailing Chief Justice about possible retirement. With Josh still incapable of lobbying effectively, Leo brings in help to hammer out the budget, but success looks a long way off with a hostile Speaker making negotiations tricky. Written by h_berry

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In both "Separation of Powers" and "Shutdown," Martin Sheen, as the President, faces off against Steven Culp, as the Speaker of the House. Both actors have portrayed Attorney General Robert F. "Bobby" Kennedy in the past. Martin Sheen played Kennedy in the TV drama "The Missiles of October (1974)" and Robert Culp played Kennedy on the big screen in "Thirteen Days (2000)." See more »

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Chief Justice Ashland says that he would want an experienced judge to replace him. He suggests a New York State supreme court judge. But a "New York supreme court" is a trial court, the lowest level of court. The New York court of last resort is called the New York Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Ashland probably does not want a state trial court judge to replace him on the Supreme Court. See more »

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Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Okay, but I've got to be careful about saying "man."
Toby Ziegler: Why, 'cause - ? Oh, c'mon!
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: You'd be surprised. I get letters.
Toby Ziegler: Fine, "human being," then, or do the other mammals complain?
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6 December 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Ancient, ailing Chief Justice Ashland (Milo O'Shea - BARBARELLA, THE VERDICT) ends up in intensive care, prompting Toby to send Joe, Ashland's former clerk, to ascertain whether he needs to step down. Joe balks, then covers for his former boss. The third of six episodes for Angela Blake (Michael Hyatt), a political operative who takes over Josh's legislative responsibilities. It can be easy to think that no WEST WING character ever derailed as unceremoniously as Mandie, but i guess every new executive producer gets one character that hits the ground splatting. Again through no fault of the acting or writing, but that's just the way these things go. Speaker Jeff Haffley (Steven Culp

  • THIRTEEN DAYS, ENTERPRISE) takes advantage of the President's weak


approval ratings to push an ultra- conservative budget agenda. Steven would do nine episodes, and never missed a beat. Threatened with a government shutdown, Jed calls his bluff.


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