The West Wing (1999–2006)
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The Cold 

The Vinick campaign struggles with the impact of the nuclear accident in California; Josh and Donna have a "moment".

Director:

Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Debora Cahn (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Senator Arnold Vinick
Kristin Chenoweth ... Annabeth Schott
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Ron Silver ... Bruno Gianelli
Patricia Richardson ... Sheila Brooks
Lily Tomlin ... Deborah Fiderer
Brett Cullen ... Governor Ray Sullivan R-WV
Stephen Root ... Bob Mayer
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Storyline

The nuclear accident in California spells bad news for the Vinick campaign, following the revelation of Vinick's prior lobbying for the plant involved in the accident and his support of nuclear power in general. With Vinick having lost his lead in many states, the Republican party recommends a change in staff and message. Meanwhile, amidst a celebratory mood in the Santos campaign Donna and Josh have a "moment" alone. Written by Murray Chapman

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title has a double meaning, referring to both the risk to Senator Vinnick's health image as he develops a cold, and President Bartlet's worries over the possibility of sending U.S. troops into a conflict in an extremely cold region. See more »

Goofs

When Josh is talking to the White House Advanced Scheduling regarding Leo's inability to attend a night meeting, he takes the cell phone from Annabeth and placed the back of the cell phone on his ear. The front face of the cell phone is clearly visible when the camera pans to Josh's left. This is corrected in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Josh Lyman: About this morning. It was... inappropriate. Totally inappropriate. I feel terrible.
Donna Moss: Don't worry about it.
Josh Lyman: Seriously?
Donna Moss: Seriously. It was bound to happen sometime.
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Body & Soul
Performed by Billie Holiday
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