The Quality of Mercy at 29K
"The Quality of Mercy at 29K"
Season 1
Episode 9
Written By Bill Wrubel &
Aaron Sorkin
Director Thomas Schlamme
Original Airdate December 1, 1998
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"The Quality of Mercy at 29K" is the ninth episode of the first season and the ninth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on December 1, 1998. It was written by Bill Wrubel & Aaron Sorkin and directed by Thomas Schlamme.


The team is covering a mountaineering expedition that's close to the top of Mount Everest. Dana develops a surprising interest in Broadway musicals after taking her niece to see The Lion King. Dan struggles to find a charity to support.





  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. Kayla Blake as Kim
  2. Greg Baker as Elliott
  3. Felton Perry as a Man


  1. Jeff Mooring as Dave
  2. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris
  3. Ron Ostrow as Will
  4. James Edson as Mike
  5. Tawny Moyer as Libby


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. Lynn Siefert - Consulting Producer
  9. Tracey Stern - Producer
  10. Rachel Sweet - Producer
  11. John Amodeo - Produced by
  12. Bill Wrubel - Writer
  13. and Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  14. Thomas Schlamme - Director

Closing credits

  1. Bonnie Zane - Casting
  2. Paula Rosenberg - Casting
  3. Matt Tarses - Co-producer
  4. Stephen Putnam - Associate Producer
  5. David Walpert - Executive Story Editor
  6. Bill Wrubel - Story Editor
  7. Peter Smokler - 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. Nicole Burke - Second Assistant Director
  13. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music


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