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Season 3 was the third season of The West Wing. It consisted of twenty-one regular episodes and two special episodes. The first of these, Isaac and Ishmael, was created in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11 and served as the series opener after being written and filmed in two weeks.
Despite his concealing a serious illness from the American people, President Bartlet will run again, and he intends to win.
It may not be that simple. First, his decision causes serious friction with his wife, Abbey, who had made the President promise to only serve one term. Next, a team of election consultants led by Bruno Gianelli clashes with the idealistic and resentful staffers. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives begin their probe into the cover-up of Bartlet's illness, with both Donna and Leo finding themselves in sticky situations. To end it all, Bartlet is forced to make a difficult decision.
The staffers' personal lives are not any less complicated, either. Josh finds himself drawn to woman's activist Amy Gardener while Toby confronts the President about his sacrificing of political ideals in order to be liked, which causes a rift between them. Sam is confronted by several challenges, including having to deal with his ex-fiance and a betrayal by a friend that hurts him deeply and embarasses him publicly.
Finally, C.J. recieves a death threat after making pointed comments about Saudi Arabia, threats so serious that they require the protection of the Secret Service.
The President is forced to make a deadly decision when it is uncovered that a foreign diplomoat is also a terrorist that has plans to attack the U.S.
- Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn
- Stockard Channing as Abbey Bartlet
- Dulé Hill as Charlie Young
- Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
- Janel Moloney as Donna Moss
- Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler
- John Spencer as Leo McGarry
- Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman
- and Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet
- Oliver Platt as Oliver Babish
- John Amos as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace
- Marlee Matlin as Joey Lucas
- Tim Matheson as Vice President John Hoynes
- Ron Silver as Bruno Gianelli
- Adam Arkin as Dr. Stanley Keyworth
- Mary-Louise Parker as Amy Gardner
- Lily Tomlin as Debbie Fiderer
- James Brolin as Robert Ritchie
- Emily Procter as Ainsley Hayes
- Roger Rees as Lord John Marbury
- Laura Dern as Tabatha Fortis
- Mark Harmon as Simon Donovan
- Ian McShane as Nickolai Ivanovich
- Hector Elizondo as Dr. Dalton Millgate
- Hal Holbrook as Assistant Secretary of State Albie Duncan
- Michael O'Keefe as Will Sawyer
- Gerald McRaney as General Alan Adamley
- Anna Deavere Smith as Dr. Nancy McNally
- Kurt Fuller as SitRoom Civilian Advisor
- Joanna Gleason as Jordon Kendall
- Kathleen York as Rep. Andy Wyatt
- Mark Feuerstein as Cliff Calley
- Clark Gregg as Special Agent Michael Casper
- James Handy as Rep. Joseph Bruno
- David Huddleston as Senator Max Lobell
- Evan Handler as Doug Wegland
- Connie Britton as Connie Tate
- Michael O'Neill as Secret Service Agent Ron Butterfield
- H. Richard Greene as Congressman Robert Royce
- Sam Lloyd as Robert Engler
- James Hong as David
- NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper
- Renée Estevez as Nancy
- Bill O'Brien as Kenny Thurman
- Glenn Morshower as Mike Chysler
- Gregalan Williams as Robbie Mosley
- Thomas Kopache as Assisant Secretary of State Bob Slatterly