Farewell Leo

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Funeral for a Friend

Not only did we have to work our way through the emotional rollercoaster of Rose’s departure from Doctor Who at the weekend, but there was also the more genuine sadness of saying farewell to John Spencer* and his West Wing character, Leo McGarry. All through the episodes following Leo’s death you could almost sense that many of the tears were real, and the opening scene at the funeral was genuinely heartbreaking. Although obviously unplanned, they couldn’t have scripted it better with Leo dying on election night and, in a typically West Wing stylee, throwing the whole process into political dissaray. Remarkably unspoilt, I had no idea of the election result as the UK debut on season seven has been squirrelled away on More4 and there is no sign yet of my DVD boxset. As I was probably the last person on the planet to find, I can safely say…. Santos wins. Josh’s final line after the win seemed to be truly personal… “Thanks Boss!”
(*Further irony that namesake and snooker legend, John Spencer also passed away at the weekend)

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