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"The West Wing" Shutdown (2003)

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Original Air Date:
19 November 2003 (Season 5, Episode 8)
President Bartlet refuses to let Speaker of the House Haffley hold him hostage on the budget and allows the government to be shut down. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A walking lawsuit... See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Christopher Misiano 
Writing credits
Aaron Sorkin (created by)

Mark Goffman (written by)

Josh Singer (staff writer)

Produced by
Eli Attie .... co-producer
Carol Flint .... consulting producer
Alex Graves .... co-executive producer
Kristin Harms .... producer
Alexa Junge .... consulting producer
Mindy Kanaskie .... co-producer
Christopher Misiano .... co-executive producer
Peter Noah .... consulting producer
Lawrence O'Donnell .... consulting producer (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)
Paul Redford .... supervising producer
Andrew Stearn .... producer
Patrick Ward .... co-producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Llewellyn Wells .... producer
John Sacret Young .... consulting producer
Original Music by
W.G. Snuffy Walden 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Janet Ashikaga 
Casting by
Laura Schiff 
Production Design by
Kenneth Hardy 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Totleben 
Costume Design by
Lyn Paolo  (as Lyn Elizabeth Paolo)
Makeup Department
Jill Crosby .... key hair stylist
John Damiani .... key makeup
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C. (uncredited)
Kim Donohue .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Greg LaCava .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Lisa Nash-Jones .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dylan K. Massin .... unit production manager
Nicole Lucas .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Bond .... second assistant director
Douglas S. Ornstein .... first assistant director
Cary Jones .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Blanche Sindelar .... property master
Scott De Shields .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Fielding .... leadman (uncredited)
Michael Parent .... painter (uncredited)
Leslie Wah .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Catherine Flynn .... dialogue editor
Patrick Hanson .... sound mixer
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor
Dan Hiland .... re-recording mixer
Walter Newman .... supervising sound editor
Gary D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer
Nicholas R. Allen .... boom operator (uncredited)
Kevin B. Barron .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Casey J. Crabtree .... foley artist (uncredited)
Michael Crabtree .... foley artist (uncredited)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer & editor (uncredited)
Yervant Hagopian .... utility sound (uncredited)
Tom Ruff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Kenneth Young .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Amy D'Alessandro .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Aaron Michael Lacey .... stunt driver: precision driving (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Dobson .... video playback (as Daniel A. Dobson)
Charles May II .... video playback (as Charles A. May)
Chad Persons .... camera operator
Tom Barone .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tasso Bravos .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Marlin Hall .... key grip (uncredited)
Shaun Langham .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Jacqueline J. Nivens .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Stephen Pazanti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
John Frank Levey .... original casting
Kevin Scott .... original casting
Josh Einsohn .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Tiffany Moon .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debra Beebe .... costume supervisor
Philip Hayman .... costume supervisor
Robert Cron .... key costumer (uncredited)
Betty Edwards .... set costumer (uncredited)
Alyssa Kim .... key costumer (uncredited)
Location Management
Lee Wall .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Troy Hardy .... music editor
Ann Kline .... music supervisor
Stacey Lee .... music production supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Bart Johnson .... transportation (uncredited)
Hobart Lundt .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Mike Storc .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Debora Cahn .... story editor
Ken Duberstein .... consultant
Mark Goffman .... story editor
Dee Dee Myers .... consultant
John Podhoretz .... consultant
Thomas Schlamme .... executive consultant
Gene Sperling .... consultant
Nick Bohr .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dennis DeFrehn .... staff (uncredited)
Chris Hanson .... medical technical advisor (uncredited)
Michelle Lankwarden .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Sean Riddle .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Bill Rinier .... script coordinator (uncredited)
Lauren Schmidt .... researcher (uncredited)
Matt G. Sheets .... staff assistant (uncredited)
Ingrid Urich-Sass .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Heather Zuhlke .... assistant: John Wells (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Germany:42 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

During the early part of the shutdown Will is looking for coffee and C.J. tells him to "try Swings at 17th & G." M.E. Swing Company ( is located at that address and is across the street from the OEOB (Old Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex).See more »
Factual errors: The Speaker of the House says, "Historically, the Commander in Chief's purview is foreign policy." In the Constitution, the term "Commander in Chief" refers to the president's command of the armed forces. The title does not apply to the president in any other context.See more »
Vice President Bob Russell:You know what they call a leader with no followers? Just a guy taking a walk.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Days of Our Lives" (1965)See more »
West Wing Main TitleSee more »


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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A walking lawsuit..., 7 December 2012
Author: robrosenberger from Estero Island

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The fatal flaw in this one (and it's such a fun ride that you probably won't even care) is that the scene where Jed wins his one-on-one showdown with Haffley, cuts away before completion. It's easy to imagine that choice was made because the writers had no idea how they would realistically get to where they needed to go. But we'll allow that conceit, as it gets our heroes back on their feet. Much of this, including an unprecedented visit to the Hill by the presidential party, is orchestrated by comeback kid Josh. Russell has some surprisingly good moments. And the star of the show? Debut character Rina (Melissa Marsala), the mysterious sexpot who cleans the place up while all support staff are required by law to be away. She would do six episodes, but the producers would completely {CENSORED, rhymes with "bliss"} away her potential, including (and especially) her tantalizing chemistry with Toby.

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