Parker was signed on to play the recurring role of Gardner during the third season, and was possibly intended to be a cast member, but shooting schedules did not allow for her to appear on the show full-time. Parker was nominated for an Emmy for the role in 2002. Following The West Wing, Parker starred in Showtime drama series Weeds from 2005 to 2012, for which Parker was nominated for an Emmy Award thrice. Parker currently stars in the Broadway play The Sound Inside.
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