Cliff Gardner
"Cliff Gardner"
Season 2
Episode 3
Written By Aaron Sorkin
Director Robert Berlinger
Original Airdate October 19, 1999
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"Cliff Gardner" is the third episode of the second season and the twenty sixth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on October 19, 1999. It was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Robert Berlinger.


Sam Donovan's presence has everyone on edge. Dana considers leaving the show, because she feels like she's being held responsible for the show's problems. A meeting with network executives escalates into a crisis which has the team on the verge of quitting, but Sam deftly defuses the situation.





  1. Josh Charles as Dan Rydell
  2. Peter Krause as Casey McCall
  3. Felicity Huffman as Dana Whitaker
  4. Joshua Malina as Jeremy Goodwin
  5. Sabrina Lloyd as Natalie Hurley
  6. and Robert Guillaume as Isaac Jaffe

Guest starring

  1. William H. Macy as Sam
  2. Kayla Blake as Kim
  3. Greg Baker as Elliott
  4. Robert Mailhouse as J.J.
  5. Ron Ostrow as Will
  6. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris
  7. Jeff Mooring as Dave
  8. Tim DeKay as Mitchel
  9. Bari Hochwald as Tasker


Opening Credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  2. Brian Grazer - Executive Producer
  3. Ron Howard - Executive Producer
  4. Tony Krantz - Executive Producer
  5. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  6. Rob Scheidlinger - Executive Producer
  7. Thomas Schlamme - Executive Producer
  8. Kevin Falls - Co-executive Producer
  9. Matt Tarses - Producer
  10. David Walpert - Co-producer
  11. John Amodeo - Supervising Producer
  12. Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  13. Robert Berlinger - Director

Closing credits

  1. Bonnie Zane - Casting
  2. Paula Rosenberg - Casting
  3. Bruce Chevillat - Co-producer
  4. Stephen Putnam - Associate Producer
  5. Bill Wrubel - Executive Story Editor
  6. Peter Smokler - Director of Photography
  7. John Huneck - Director of Photography
  8. Theo E. Azzari - Production Designer
  9. Janet Ashikaga - Editor
  10. Bruce Chevillat - Unit Production Manager
  11. Keri McIntyre - First Assistant Director
  12. Shawn Hanley - Second Assistant Director
  13. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music