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Oh my god, ya'll. Best West Wing... well, not ever, but definitely since Aaron left. I cried my way through the whole funeral montage in the teaser, and then I rewound it and watched again, pausing to enjoy every wonderful familiar face the camera revealed in the pews. The whole episode was so wonderful. No plot to speak of that I cared about, just all my favorite characters from the old days, getting together and talking about Leo and talking about each other, and just... being those characters that I've missed so much. It's just so lovely that so many of the actors came back, even the ones who didn't have dialogue or scenes outside the cathedral. And so many little touches that hearkened back to moments from episodes past. Honestly, I can't think of a single thing I'd change about this episode. I guess maybe I'd lift out all the boring stuff about the Santos transition, but in a way I was grateful for it because it gave me a chance to pull myself together and ease up on the crying for a few minutes.

This was the first episode since sometime in season three that I wanted to watch again as soon as it was over. I'm actually thinking of buying the DVDs for this season when they come out, just so I can have this one episode to keep.

I'd try to list all the things I loved most, but there are just too many. Every second of every scene that Allison Janney was in. Jed and Abbey. Charlie and Toby! Charlie and Donna! Danny! Ainsley! The Amy/Josh/Donna farce. The looks on Danny's and Josh's faces. The president going to talk to Margaret. Donna sitting down with the assistants outside C.J.'s/Leo's office. Josh and C.J. Leo's chair. Josh with the president and his quietly devestated, "I was supposed to do all this with Leo." And then the end, when Josh walks through the gate (the Noel gate!) and stops to look back at the White House all lit up at night. *sob* I miss my show, ya'll.

Really, I wish this had been the last episode. It would have made a perfect ending to the show. And I can't imagine that anything that's going to happen in the next three (four?) episodes is going to top this.

I'm very annoyed, however, at NBC for deciding to call next week's episode the "Reunion Event." WTFever. I'm pleased as punch to see Rob Lowe back and all, but I wouldn't exactly call it an event. Especially not coming on the heels of tonight's episode which was actually, you know, a reunion event. Literally. Figures that the asshat couldn't be bothered to show up for a tribute to Leo where he was likely to be overshadowed by all the other guest stars, and had to have an episode all to himself. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin? Happy to show up for a one-shot cameo in a montage. Rob Lowe? Not so much. Because, you know, it's all about Rob Lowe.

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alanao
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
I just watched it on the west coast feed.

Man. Danny! Toby & Charlie! Joey! I LOVED the scene with Amy and Santos, it was the thing that struck me most up until that point in the episode... Amy stayed SO true to her character the whole way, like, you know she's not there to pay her respects as much as she's just there to get a woman for VP. And Santos is on the ball and knows what she's up to and that was awesome, it's about time she's let into the Establishment.

Ainsley was great, and the moment with Josh & Jed. And the gate! The Noel gate. Oh man. I've stood at the spot where they did his over the shoulder shot looking at the White House, what a beautiful sight.

I can't say enough good things about those actors. I wish Wells hadn't wasted them for TWO YEARS. I like the preview for next week, Josh going to Sam in another law office with another set of glass doors that he can make his bad poker face through. And the kissing in the apartment. Sigh.
hannasus
Apr. 17th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
It was shocking to see Charlie again after all this time and be reminded of what amazing energy Dule brings to all his scenes. The boy's fantastic. Why haven't they been using him?

And having everyone together again, interacting the way they used to, only serves to highlight the horrible mistake it was to systematically split up the ensemble over the last two years so even the core cast members who were still around hardly ever interacted. Stupid John Wells.
alanao
Apr. 17th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
I agree. Two years of phone conversations between the main characters just kills the beautiful chemistry that they all have together. My favorite scenes were always those Senior Staff in Leo's office meetings with all the banter. Stupid John Wells.
alanao
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. And: fuck you Rob Lowe and your star quality issues. You're a bitch, you should have been in this episode.
kiss_me_cassie
Apr. 17th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm very annoyed, however, at NBC for deciding to call next week's episode the "Reunion Event."

HA! Hubby had the best reaction of all... "Wait! Didn't we just *see* the reunion event?"

Because honest to god, one man does not a reunion make, expecially when we had all the old school characters back last night. OMG, so good to see all their faces at the church. ::wibble::
kinderny
Apr. 17th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
I loved it too, despite the lack of plot. Especially liked:

Bartlet going to cheer up Margaret and telling her how much Leo loved her.

The appreciation Abbey had for Jed bringing the whole room "up" and working the room despite his deep sadness over Leo.

The final shot with Josh walking away with his backpack over hsi arm. Don't think we've seen much of the backpack these past couple of seasons and I remember how much we loved it early on.
mikijean
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
I guess I kind of did lift out all the boring Santos stuff, since I watched my TiVo recording and fast-forwarded through all of that, but Bartlet going over to comfort Margaret--*on CJ's recommendation*--very nearly killed me. In a good way. I miss our show (showing Sports Night in class today probably didn't help my nostalgia any). One of my favorite things about this show is how it gave us all each other--I thought of all of you when I saw the Noel gate and the backpack.

And I, too, found it incredibly touching that people like Marlee Matlin and Tim Matheson showed up just to sit in a pew. Sadly, I'm less excited than I was to see Sam next week because of it.
austin360
Apr. 17th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite things about this show is how it gave us all each other

*sob*
bgirlla
Apr. 18th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Figures that the asshat couldn't be bothered to show up for a tribute to Leo where he was likely to be overshadowed by all the other guest stars, and had to have an episode all to himself. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin? Happy to show up for a one-shot cameo in a montage. Rob Lowe? Not so much. Because, you know, it's all about Rob Lowe.

I avoided everyone's livejournals until I saw the episode last night, and I said the same thing to D. Because I really can't believe that they didn't want Rob for this episode. But since it couldn't be all about him, I'm sure he wasn't willing to do it. Asshat.
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