I have new West Wing AND new Star Trek to watch tonight, and I did not put a single second of Trump into my eye- or earballs, this is a good day
Ainsley Hayes reading stage directions, I’m already crying

also I’m so emotional to see the journalists again????
Sterling K. Brown is perfect for this
ACOUSTIC GUITAR THEME SONG 😭
ANNA DEVEARE SMITH IS HERE 😭
Honestly the fact that they brought back all the supporting actors whose faces I know but names I can’t remember - like all the generals and journalists - is making me even more emotional than seeing President Bartlet again

they really did get everyone except John 😭😭😭
LOOK AT THEMMMMM
oh my god it’s a “power struggle between CJ and Charlie” episode, I love this shit

these two trolling each other is always A+ comedy
JOSH AND DONNA oh god I’m right back in college with this

all my shippy feels are still here
I don’t like Rob Lowe but I deeply and profoundly loved Sam Seaborn

I feel like I’m a an Amy Gardner with a Sam Seaborn rising and my moon in Bartlet
if the previous tweet is what finally gets me canceled, I will understand
SAMUEL L. JACKSON IS HERE
ED AND LARRY!!!! ED AND LARRY!!!!!!!!!!!
MARLEE MATLIN IS HERE TO ROAST BRAD I LOVE HER
Is it Kenny???? This sounds like Kenny??? I’m gonna CRY
I could watch Janel Moloney mock Lin-Manuel Miranda to his face all day long
One of my favorite things about this show was when I learned that Sorkin worked a reference to Oregon somewhere into every episode because apparently to him it was like the Everyman of states

I have no idea how I feel about that but it’s a great drinking game
Toby Ziegler is still the sexiest man on this show don’t @ me
goddammit why is Bill Clinton here, he’s the worst Clinton
I need a minute
they’re just

*wipes tear*

SO PRETTY
the biggest logistical challenge with this 20-year time jump is that Dulé Hill is now old enough that I’m fully willing to ship CJ and Charlie

he is not a BOY he is a MAN who can GET IT
Also like just

the suit porn

everyone is wearing suits and every suit is perfect
This show did Toby so dirty I swear to god

I will never forgive the s7 writers for the total betrayal of both his character and this incredibly complex and prickly and delicate and DEEPLY reverent relationship he has with Bartlet
also CJ/Toby endgame sorry Danny
THE GOLDFISH

I’M SCREAMING
I am. screaming
And they’re closing with THE AVETT BROTHERS god I am just. exactly the target demographic for this
what if I just immediately go watch the original “Hartsfield’s Landing”
oh how convenient that it’s located right before two of my all-time faves, “The One Where All the Women Get Drunk In Ballgowns” and “The One With Laura Dern as the Hippie Poet Toby Has a Crush On”
I know she literally says nothing in the episode but “Leo”, but I’m crushed to realize we didn’t get Margaret back
For everyone playing along at home, the Oregon reference in “Dead Irish Writers” is Bartlet mispronuncing “Willamette Valley”, even though the fact that the White House regularly serves Oregon pinot noirs is correct
It rhymes with “dammit”, for future reference
LORD JOHN MARBURY!!!!
two characters who have never met but would be best friends
I relate to Toby Ziegler in that I, too, would be too distracted to do my job correctly by the prospect of an encounter with hippie poet Laura Dern
oh no I forgot this is the LemonLyman episode

aka that time Aaron Sorkin took out his grumpy manfeels about being criticized on Television Without Pity by writing a whole episode about how internet people are terrifying
@samcaseys you have to make @brittania_ watch this one if she hasn’t seen it
“You’re cute, and I love the way you write” this is all I could ever want to hear from laura Dern
Honestly, even though it aired 20 years ago, the rage of the LemonLyman stans when Josh crashes the private space they use to talk about Josh is deeply relatable, in a world where so many creators have not figured out not to be assholes to their fandoms on twitter
this is better than I thought, I was expecting zero

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17 Oct
A very grim thing I am realizing from this new Biden emails story is how many men are responding to the concept of fathers saying “I love you” to their sons as though it’s alien to their experience

not just shitty right-wingers mocking it, but men expressing such longing for it
toxic masculinity hurts men and boys so much
I just, like. My dad and brothers say it all the time

Everyone deserves to be able to say it and hear it all the time

I know that there are some parents that are just pure shit but this isn’t even about that, this is about even men who WANT TO SAY IT feeling like they can’t
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17 Oct
the venomous “Discovery” haters desperate for the show to be canceled are just so mad all the time that a Black woman is both the lead of a show and the defining relationship of Spock’s life that made him who he is, and I revel in seeing them thwarted

it’s such a good show
after s1: “lol no one is gonna watch this SJW Star Trek, it’s not getting picked up for a 2nd season”

after s2 announced: “okay that was a formality but it’s dead now”

after s3 announced: “it’s public knowledge that there is ZERO chance of a 4th season”

after s4 announced:
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16 Oct
the white supremacy baked into the entire aesthetic of classical ballet - an art form which fanatically reveres symmetry, homogenity and the purity of whiteness - does not get interrogated in mainstream arts journalism anywhere near as much as it should.
If you define perfect beauty as 12 pairs of identical white legs moving in precise unison to resemble swans, it’s not hard to understand how Black and brown women end up relegated to random soloist interludes (many of which are just. so racist. and have aged. so badly)
If I never have to watch the questionable ethnic caricatures in Act II of the Balanchine Nutcracker it will be too soon

I worked for a ballet company for 5 years, I had to watch so many women of color put those cringey costumes on
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15 Oct
I cannot stop thinking about the same people who mocked women like Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for being overprepared nerdy Hermione Granger wonks now lauding Amy Coney Barrett for neither bringing nor taking notes. Like damn you really don't like women to know things
really saying the quiet part loud about how what they define as a "brilliant woman" is one who will never threaten male superiority

it's like men who say they like women with a sense of humor but they really just mean "laugh at MY jokes, don't make your own"
p.s. I'm a white Catholic woman who used to be a youth minister, my mom was board chair of Catholic Charities and Mount Angel Abbey, my parents are members of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, and my sister worked for the Archbishop

NO ONE is more qualified to roast this woman
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15 Oct
re-enfranchising felons is only controversial because we incarcerate way higher numbers of people of color than white people AND major correctional facilities are often located in deep red districts

there are probably places where you could flip a whole House seat that way
it's also one of the forms of deeply racist voter restrictions that is easiest to sell to Nice White People with very little pushback, because "if you committed a crime then you lose your rights, that's just the deal, you knew that before you sold drugs" plays well in the 'burbs
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13 Oct
I have GBBO on in the background while I work on grant budgets and honestly the only thing more upsetting than what Paul Hollywood thinks a bagel looks like is this hetero appropriation of rainbow symbols
he is always an unequivocal reality show villain during Bread Week, just strutting around the tent demanding that everyone tremble before him in awe of his bread prowess, but somehow he's even worse in this one
Jewish queers I'm so sorry you do not deserve this toxicity
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