Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) and First Lady Abbey Bartlet (Stockard Channing) with Elmo and Zoe on the set of The West Wing

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C.J. Cregg and Big Bird share a bench.


Rosita compliments Donna Moss's hair.


Filming the medical public service.


Channing, Janney, and Lily Tomlin (Deborah Fiderer), dancing in character and on the West Wing set in the celebrity version of "Dance Myself to Sleep."

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John Spencer poses with Rosita.

The West Wing is an hour-long American serial drama set in the White House which premiered on NBC on September 22, 1999 and ran until 2006.


In episode 5.16 "Eppur Si Muove", which aired on March 3, 2004, First Lady Abby Bartlet (Stockard Channing), who is a medical doctor, attempts to change her public image by starring in a medical public service announcement with Sesame Street characters. She gives Elmo an examination, appearing with a Muppet Doctor, while Big Bird, Rosita, and Zoe also make appearances.

In a separate scene in the same episode, Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) has an awkward encounter with Big Bird. C.J., whose Secret Service codename is "Flamingo," is often teased because of her height.

The episode also had at least two deleted scenes related to the Sesame Street appearance: one in which C.J. Cregg approaches Elmo and the First Lady with a script (pictured), and another in which Debbie Fiderer mocks Leo McGarry for his fear of puppets (which was included on the DVD).

An insert featuring Channing, Janney, and Lily Tomlin (Deborah Fiderer), dancing in character and on the West Wing set, was filmed at the same time for inclusion in the celebrity version of "Dance Myself to Sleep."



In episode 1.13 "Take Out the Trash Day", White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler defends the National Endowment for the Arts and by extension, Children's Television Workshop, the Muppets and Julia Child. One character references licensing revenues for Big Bird and Fozzie Bear (referred to at first as "Fuzzy Bear").


In addition to the previously mentioned names, several actors on The West Wing also appeared in Muppet/Creature Shop productions.

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