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Separation of Powers 

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Paul Redford | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah Bartlet
Matthew Perry ... Joe Quincy
Gary Cole ... Vice President Bob Russell
Elisabeth Moss ... Zoey Bartlet
Michael Hyatt ... Angela Blake
Steven Culp ... Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley
Milo O'Shea ... Chief Justice Roy Ashland
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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Trivia

In both "Separation of Powers" and The West Wing: Shutdown (2003) 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 Steven Culp played Kennedy on the big screen in Thirteen Days (2000). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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References Crossfire (1982) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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