I am this guy; I am not the other guy.'" Sorkin was impressed, and soon after Whitford was cast as Josh.In the very early episodes of the series, Josh is portrayed as overly tough and outspoken, but mellows by the end of the first season, becoming more eager and simplistic in his personal demeanor, even switching places with Toby as the "hot-headed" one.While his audition impressed the show's executive producers, with Sorkin describing it as "simply the best audition for anything I'd ever seen," Warner Brothers casting director John Levey was not convinced Whitford had enough sex appeal to play a lead character and executive producer Thomas Schlamme was concerned that he did not have enough depth to carry off the more dramatic scenes.After a second audition, Whitford was offered the role of Sam Seaborn. "I just said, 'Aaron, I just feel this very strongly. This is the only time in my life I will play this card.In "Girl Meets the Secret of Life", Lucas' old Texas classmate and close friend Zay Babineaux becomes a student at John Quincy Adams Middle School; Lucas reveals that he is a year older than his classmates, and his father was transferred to New York, giving Lucas a fresh start (Zay's father was also transferred to New York) after being kicked out of his former school in Austin for defending Zay. Riley is instantly smitten and, with a push from Maya she went over to Lucas to talk to him.Riley is excited when Lucas then shows up as a new student in her class, sitting in the row behind her.
And what are the odds that one day on the subway Riley falls into my lap? Years from now, whenever anybody asks me, "Who was your first girlfriend? The moment Lucas and Riley share a smile on the subway, Riley is immediately smitten and develops a crush on him. Riley: What do you talk about when you're with your friends? Heehaw Ranger Rick Ranger Roy Bucky Mc Boing Boing Hop-Along Sundance The Lamb That Mary Had Cowboy Moral Compass Young Lucas Lone Star Huckleberry Quickdraw (all of the above by Maya)Chachi, Lucas the Good (by Cory) Mr.Perfect (by Billy) Harmonica (by Brandon) Freak, Mr.Her feelings for him continue to remain the same throughout subsequent episodes (although some episodes focus less on their relationship than others). For Lucas, it has been evident that he does return the feelings, but he is not as expressive as Riley is. For the majority of the series, he is White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Political Advisor in the Josiah Bartlet administration. Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, originally wrote Josh Lyman with long-time friend Bradley Whitford in mind.