She was making 0,000 a year for her work at Triton Day, a prominent California public relations firm, before coming to work for Bartlet's 1998 presidential campaign for 0 a week (,200 a year). Shortly after going off-duty, Donovan is shot and killed after becoming caught up in the armed robbery of a New York City grocery store in the episode "Posse Comitatus". This history is foreshadowed a few times in the series, years before the revelation. She is recommended by Leo himself, giving the President a list of "just one name".Coincidentally, she is fired from that job on the same day that Toby Ziegler comes to California to ask her to join the Bartlet campaign; He tells her Josiah Bartlet was impressed by the work C. had done at EMILY's List, then admits Bartlet has never heard of her: she is his and Leo Mc Garry's choice. There has never been a female White House Chief of Staff in the real U. Government—it is unknown if the same is true in The West Wing fictional universe.Absent: Denise Burse as Claretha, Demetria Mc Kinney as Janine and Keshia Knight Pulliam as Miranda Calvin prepares to throw a party for a buddy who has returned home from Iraq.Elsewhere, Malik is assigned a school paper on a role model. tries to lose his female stalker; and the barbers find out that Delante has been living in the barbershop.After that, she is White House Chief of Staff until the last episode, when Bartlet's successor is inaugurated.The character is supposedly loosely based on Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, who served as a consultant to the show. While everybody had "fallen in love" with Allison Janney, she, like every other actor who had been cast at the time, was white. Pounder) was also reading very well for the role of C. "Still," says Sorkin, "When we closed our eyes at night we wanted Allison.Guest stars: Valarie Pettiford as Sandra Lucas, Wendell Pierce as Jeffrey Lucas and Marvin Winans as Pastor Richards Absent: Denise Burse as Claretha Numerous predicaments continue to plague Calvin and Miranda's big wedding day. Note: This episode marks the last appearance of Jazmine (China Anne Mc Clain) until her return in the Season 6 episode "Recurring Paynes". J." Cregg is a character played by Allison Janney on the television serial drama The West Wing.
She graduated from West Dayton High School, and in the season 4 episode "The Long Goodbye" (set in late 2002 or early 2003, between the Christmas and Inauguration episodes) she attends what is presumably her 20th high school reunion, making her approximately 38 years old in 2002 (34 when she joined the Bartlet campaign). She later earned a master's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and it is revealed in Season 1 Episode 21 that she is considered an expert in polling models; her undergraduate major is never disclosed. receives a series of death threats, which leads to her being placed under the protection of Secret Service agent Simon Donovan (played by Mark Harmon), with whom she becomes romantically involved. also has a long on-again, off-again relationship with the Washington Post's White House correspondent Danny Concannon, although C. feels that they should not date because it would be a conflict of interest with her job. At series' end, she and Danny are learning how to have a romantic relationship with each other. She tells Toby that she considers that night to be one of the greatest mistakes of her life. succeeds Leo Mc Garry as White House Chief of Staff in the sixth season (halfway through Bartlet's second term) after Mc Garry suffers a heart attack at Camp David.
According to series creator Aaron Sorkin, casting for C. The cast's lack of racial diversity was making the network nervous, and another "wonderfully talented" Afro-Guyanese actress (C. So we cast Allison." The character is loosely based on Dee Dee Myers, a show consultant and former press secretary to the Clinton administration.
One particular storyline in the episode "Lord John Marbury", in which C. is left in the dark about troop movement on the Indo-Pakistani border, is taken directly from one of Myers' experiences in the White House.
Meanwhile, Calvin's pal Peanut tries to impress the ladies by telling them he's a Payne family member and owns a barbershop.
Absent: Denise Burse as Claretha, Demetria Mc Kinney as Janine Ella gets an idea for a new business after she sells a bunch of cakes and cookies; Malik takes up the saxophone to impress a girl.