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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #14 Dave Kovic

Name: Dave Kovic
Residence: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Occupation: Temp agency owner, Presidential impersonator
Memorable Quote: “If you’ve ever seen the look on somebody’s face the day they finally get a job- I’ve had some experience with this- they look like they could fly. And its not about the paycheck, it’s about respect, it’s about looking in the mirror and knowing that you’ve done something valuable with your day.”

As someone who works at a temp agency, making her living by finding work for other people, Dave Kovic is particularly near and dear to my heart. At my office, he’s our patron saint, the guy who put into words what we love about our jobs. He is also, as someone aptly pointed out on the MBDC discussion list, the president we all wish we had but could never elect for ourselves.

Owner of a temp agency in DC, he spends his days finding people jobs until the Secret Service comes knocking. Pressed into service due to his remarkable resemblance to President Bill Mitchell, Dave finds himself impersonating the President to avoid national scandal after Mitchell has a debilitating stroke while in bed with one of his aides. Before long, Dave has taken to the role like a natural and in some way, acts as our proxy- asking why we keep paying those government contractors if they aren’t delivering their projects on time, and how IS it possible that the government can’t balance its budget, anyway? He makes it the responsibility of his administration to find a job “for every American who wants one.”

It can’t last forever, of course, and eventually the political machinations of the evil ex-Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, force Dave to turn over the Oval Office to the Vice President. With a newfound taste for public service, Dave goes home to run for city council, using his temp agency as a campaign headquarters.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #15 Nick Stephanos

Name: Nick Stephanos
Occupation: Former Salesman, Bartender
Acocation: Detective
Born: 1958

If Nick Stephanos has any interaction with the straight & narrow it’s exclusively in how it describes a highball glass. After moving on from drinking and drugging on the job at Nutty Nathan’s – with a little crime solving on the side – Nick ended up bartending, a job that kept him much more conveniently close to the sauce during the working day. The proximity of a drink is a definite plus, as is the shift flexibility when a friend needs some help tracking down his missing wife. He’s been known to tie one on hard enough to wake up on the bank of the Anacostia. If that’s not unpleasant enough for you, try doing it with a murder happening within earshot!

I can hear the wise-acres already. “Hey, try doing it WITHOUT one in earshot!”

First appearance: A Firing Offense by George P. Pelecanos
Also appears in Nick’s Trip, Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #16 James Dale

Name: James Dale
Occupation: (former) President, United States of America
Resides: (former) 1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Status: Deceased

President Dale may not be the most distinguished man to occupy the Oval Office – “Shut up, shut up, SHUT UP” is no way to address your military advisors – but he may well have been the most ambitious. That ambition was tempered somewhat with optimism, however, as he really expected to be able to establish pleasant diplomatic relations with the somewhat monosyllabic visitors from Mars. Sure, he wanted it primarily as a feather in the cap of his Presidency but let’s face it – nobody goes after that job because they’re shy and modest. And, okay, maybe he’s not the most articulate or thoughtful President ever, what with reacting to the incineration of Congress with the statement “I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain’t bad” but again, that’s some bright-side thinking right there. And how do you argue with “Rest assured that we will soon come out at a very real outcome” as a prognosis?

Although his wife, Marsha, was also a victim of the War of Martian Aggression, he is survived by his daughter Taffy.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #17 Josh Lyman

Name: Josh Lyman
Occupation: White House Chief of Staff

Josh Lyman is the quintessential DC-transplant, politico success story. After Harvard and Yale law school, Josh moved to Washington D.C. where he served several years in various positions with both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

In 1998 Josh left Capitol Hill to work on John Hoynes’ presidential campaign. However after hearing Jed Bartlet, Hoynes’ competitor, speak at an engagement Josh was so inspired that he immediately resigned from Hoynes’ campaign to work for Bartlett. After Bartlett’s presidential victory Josh was hired as Deputy White House Chief of Staff.

After seven years with the Bartlett Administration, Josh resigned to run dark-horse Matt Santos’ presidential campaign. Josh’s masterful campaign strategies secured the presidency for Santos. The new President rewarded Josh’s dedication and drive with the position of White House Chief of Staff.

Josh is considered by many to be a cocky know-it-all, but no one has ever accused him of laying down on the job. In fact Josh’s passion for achieving great things for his country is so consuming that his only real friends are those who work around him, most notably Donna Moss, Toby Ziegler, and C.J. Craig.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #18 Chief Jack Mannion

Name: Jack Mannion
Occupation: Chief of Police
Address: Washington Channel Marina, Slip 38
Ride: A nice Harley

Jack Mannion is the rebel Chief of Police we all wish DC had. An a-political force of nature, Chief Mannion has no respect for the powers of DC’s City Government, nor, generally for the traditions of police work which upsets his position within the city and eventually gets him fired.

Not to be deterred, Chief Mannion takes a sabbatical, then returns to DC on his Harley (no helmet, natch) and petitions to retake his job. For a while, he runs a vigilante group of off-duty police officers, all the while squatting in an abandoned building that his landlord is pretending to own.

The District was one of the first shows to be shot entirely in HD, and you can often find the reruns on Universal HD on the Comcast and DirecTV providers in DC.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #19 Joe Hardy

Name: Joe Hardy
Team: Washington Senators

Have you ever wanted anything SO BAD you’d even make a deal with the devil?

We know Faust and Daniel Webster did…but there’s one more who hit Broadway first, and then the silver screen. Joe Hardy is a transplanted Midwesterner from Hannibal, Missouri – or at least, that’s how his offical biography for the Senators reads.

“Damn Yankees”, based on the book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, revolves around Mr. Hardy and his fervent wish for the Washington Senators (who, oddly enough, went to Minnesota to be the Minnesota Twins) to win the World Series. Joe is a middle aged, fervent Senators fan and makes the statement that he’d sell his soul if the Senators could win the pennant.

Fate obliges.

The Devil (called Mr. Applegate here) makes a deal with Hardy – in exchange for Hardy’s soul, Mr. Applegate will make him a big-league player. However, Hardy asks for an escape clause if it turns out to be a bad deal. Therefore, that’s how the middle-aged fan turns into the youthful baseball star.

Applegate throws his own wrench into it in the form of Lola. Basically, Lola’s job is to distract Hardy from thoughts of his wife back home in Missouri.

Lots of twists and turns in the plot…he actually rents a room in his old house (his wife, Meg, doesn’t know where her husband has gone or about his pact with the Devil.) He’s accused of being a no-good player named Shifty McCoy. He misses his wife and is trying to avoid the temptation of Lola.

And all because of baseball.

I picked Joe Hardy because I can understand how hard you can want something, and you would be willing to sell your soul for it. I think all of us have been there.

However, I am a Midwesterner through-and-through. I’m not sure how to feel about that, but there you go.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #20 Robert Clayton Dean

Name: Robert Clayton Dean
Residence: Washington, DC (the house used in filming was in Adams Morgan)
Occupation: Labor Lawyer
Memorable Quote: “This is my life, I worked hard for it and I want it back. I grew up without a father, I know what that is. And I will not allow my family to go through that. “

Robert Clayton Dean, high-powered DC labor lawyer, has it all- career, hot wife, cute kid, nice house, hostile Mafia contacts, yada yada. And then through a series of completely implausible events, he ends up in the center of a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream and nearly loses all of it. He ends up with a tape of the murder of a congressman and then:

  • loses his job (in a great scene where he asks the senior partner if he ever masturbates in the shower)
  • nearly loses his wife due to some photos with strong implications
  • loses his former mistress- murdered by the people who want the tape
  • nearly loses his freedom- framed for the murder

And finally has to contact a crusty old former spy to get his life back – hijinx ensue, including Dean running, in his underwear, through a Baltimore tunnel we’re supposed to believe is in DC. They eventually succeed, however, by instigating a frantic shootout in a tiny Italian restauraunt, pitting the NSA against the Mafia. Right. But all’s well that ends well, because Robert goes back to his cozy house in Adams Morgan to make blatant sexual innuendo with his wife in front of his kid.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #21 Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr.

21-harmon-rabb.gif Name: Harmon ‘Harm’ Rabb, Jr.
Date of Birth: October 25, 1963
Residence: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Area Code: 202
Occupation: Naval Aviator turned JAG Lawyer

Born into a family of aviators, Harmon Rabb, Jr. was plagued by his father’s disappearance when his plane was shot down over Vietnam on Christmas Eve 1969, and subsequently spent a lifetime searching for him whilst also following in his footsteps.

After graduating from the United States Navel Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland, Harm went on to fly F-14’s, just like his MIA father, subsequently earning his gold wings. It was due to a fatal accident aboard an aircraft carrier during a night landing that Harm went onto law school at Georgetown University.

Harm went on to quite the womanizer at JAG, bedding such beauties as Caitlin Pike before Major / Lieutenant Colonel Sarah ‘Mac’ MacKenzie entered the scene [cue the will they/won’t they dance]. After many years of working closely together and denying each other the happiness they deserve, Captain Harmon ‘Harm’ Rabb, Jr. married Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie, and allowed a toss of a coin to decide their ultimate fate.

For more information: IMDB, CBS, and Wikipedia

Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #22 C.J. Cregg

Name: CJ Cregg
Occupation: White House Press Secretary, later, Chief of Staff
Favorite Drink: The Grasshopper
Codename: Flamingo

Claudia Jean (CJ) Cregg was recruited to be Jed Bartlet’s press secretary, a job which she accepted after being fired from her job at a tony California PR firm. Six feet tall, she’s a standout among her fairly short-statured coworkers at the White House. Her height becomes an on-going gag in the show, especially when she learns that her Secret Service codename is “Flamingo”.

C.J. might be one of the more romantically entangled characters on the West Wing, having had a one night stand with Vice President John Hoynes (though before he was in office, or they were coworkers), as well as a fling with her Secret Service protector, Simon Donovan, before he was shot and killed in a botched robbery. Eventually, she settles down with White House correspondent Danny Concannon. No word on whether or not she’s been hit with any sexual harassment suits from other coworkers.

C.J.’s promotion in the sixth season of West Wing came as a surprise to many, as she ascended to the Chief of Staff’s position left vacant by Leo McGarry after a heart attack. During her tenure, there were a few scandals, the worst of which involved leaking of classified information to the press by Toby Ziegler. Upon election of Matt Santos, she left the public sector for charity work in Africa, with a Gates-ian budget.

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Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #23 Terry Quinn

Name: Terry Quinn
Occupation: Private Investigator
Age: 37 (born in 1969)
Resides: off 10th St NE
Appearance: Caucasian, 5’9, brown hair, green eyes

Terry Quinn was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. He graduated from Blair High School and joined the DC police force in the late 80s. After eight somewhat colorful years on the force his career as a policeman came to an end when he shot an out-of-uniform fellow officer in a confusing altercation. Being cleared of wrong-doing doesn’t necessarily mean you get to keep your job when you’ve skipped your mandatory 6-month range qualifier four times and racked up some questionable notes in your employment file, however, so Terry followed up law enforcement by spending the subsequent two years working in a used book & record store.

That career came to an end once detective and soon-to-be collaborator Derek Strange came into his life, investigating the shooting of Officer Chris Wilson at the behest of Wilson’s mother, who isn’t convinced things were as race-neutral and accidental as the board in inquiry decided. Although Terry might have a stereotypical Irish hot temper and not be as color-blind as he’d like to convince others, he didn’t murder Chris Wilson. Working with Strange to find the deeper truth behind the incident that ended his law enforcement career brings Terry back into the crime solving business as a private investigator, and since then he’s continued to be a partner to the man who originally turned a skeptical eye his way, Derek Strange.

First Appearance: Right as Rain by George P. Pelecanos
Also appears in Hell to Pay and Soul Circus.

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