I was prepared for tears. I had the kleenex ready. I knew what I was in for. A funeral, never fun to watch – even a televised one. But let me say this, I didn’t exect to be watching this evening’s WEST WING with a huge smile on my face. I almost felt guilty. All of my favourites were back. Danny Concannon, Amy Gardner (the unbelievably sexy Mary Louise Parker), Ainsley Hayes (Emily Proctor taking a break from CSI), Zoe, Joey Lucas, Leo’s daughter (I’m blanking on the name) and all of the great White House secretaries. It was so nice to see everyone back together, it was almost a reunion special, except for the fact that every once in a while I had to remember that I was supposed to be sad. Not to beat a dead horse, but the episode really was a celebration of Leo’s life – Leo would have had it no other way.
From a critical perspective, it has been really interesting to see how the show’s writers have dealt with John Spencer’s death. I think they’ve handled John Spencer’s tragic passing with dignity and class. I do often wonder though, how would the show have ended if Leo hadn’t died?
One other WEST WING tidbit, I’m loving what I’m coining ‘Pennsylvania Avenue 20500’ CJ and Danny, Josh and Donna, Will and NSA chick. It’s so nice to see everyone ending off on a happy note!