Zoey Bartlet

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Zoey Bartlet
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Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Bartlet
First appearance"The Crackpots and These Women"
Last appearance"Requiem"
Created byAaron Sorkin
Portrayed byElisabeth Moss
OccupationStudent at Georgetown University (Seasons 1-4)
Post-Graduate (Seasons 5-7)
FamilyJosiah Bartlet (father)
Abbey Bartlet (mother)
Elizabeth Bartlet Westin (sister)
Eleanor Faison (sister)
RelativesDoug Westin (brother-in-law)
Vic Faison (brother-in-law)
Thomas Broom Weathergill (ancestor)

Zoey Patricia Bartlet is a fictional character played by Elisabeth Moss on the television serial drama The West Wing. Zoey is the youngest of President Josiah Bartlet and Abbey Bartlet's three daughters, and is featured more prominently in the series than either of her sisters.

Zoey and presidential aide Charlie Young become romantically involved in the first season of The West Wing. Their interracial relationship prompts a white supremacist organization to target Young unsuccessfully for assassination, although President Bartlet is shot and Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman is badly wounded in the shooting.[1][2]

Zoey and Charlie's relationship ends in the second season, largely due to Charlie's demanding work schedule. By the fourth season, Zoey is seen dating a young French man named Jean-Paul Pierre Claude Charpentier.

Zoey graduates summa cum laude from Georgetown University. On her graduation day, she is kidnapped and held for several days, which leads President Bartlet to invoke the 25th Amendment, transferring presidential authority to Speaker of the House Glen Allen Walken as Acting President of the United States. Jean-Paul's unintentional complicity in the kidnapping (he spikes her drink with what he thinks is ecstasy, but is actually GHB) ends their relationship. Zoey is found and recovered by the FBI after approximately 50 hours of being missing. Later, in the sixth season, Charlie and Zoey are shown to have resumed their relationship, with Charlie even considering asking Zoey to marry him. No mention is made of the relationship, or her occupation, in the seventh and final season, and she is seen only once attending Leo McGarry's funeral.

According to President Bartlet, Zoey speaks fluent Italian. Her Secret Service codename is "Bookbag". Her birthday is in December, which is established in the episode "In the Room".

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  1. ^ Dicker, Rory Cooke and Piepmeier, Alison (2003) Catching a wave: reclaiming feminism for the 21st century Northeastern University Press, Boston, Massachusetts, page 75, ISBN 1-55553-570-4
  2. ^ Parry-Giles, Trevor and Parry-Giles, Shawn J. (2006) The prime-time presidency: The West Wing and U.S. nationalism University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, page 74, ISBN 0-252-03065-6