Question: I have this feeling that John Wells is going to have Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) step in and replace Leo as Santos' new V.P.
Answer: Interesting theory. At press tour, I grilled exec producer Alex Graves about Lowe's possible comeback, specifically with regard to the length. "That's part of the negotiation," he said. "Does he have time to do one episode? Does he have time to do two?" But more importantly, does West Wing have time for him? Says Graves: "Once we get past Episode 17, which is the election, we only have five episodes left to wrap up everybody's story line and then get to the inauguration." And he's not even factoring in the inevitable Josh/Donna sex scene, which will eat up at least two episodes.