“Well, I guess it’s just us now.”

So I just got caught up on the latest episode The Newsroom. I like the show, its naysayers notwithstanding, but then I’m an Aaron Sorkin fan and The West Wing is a favorite. I appreciate the smart, knowing dialogue in both shows. For example, in this last episode of The Newsroom two characters were talking about how long it takes to get from shame to rage, and one of them remarked something to the effect of, “Well it took Germany 15 to 20 years.” But I digress. The episode dealt with a number of things, but one of the subplots had to do with the death of Will McAvoy’s elderly father many miles away. McAvoy is a (the?) main character in the show, and is a news anchor on cable television. He receives word of this father’s passing while he’s on air. In fact, during the course of being on the air that night he went from first having heard that his father was ill and being taken to a hospital to ultimately hearing that he had passed away. We learn too that Will has a difficult relationship with his father, such that there was great turmoil about what lengths to go to in order to make peace with his dad before he died. Unfortunately, after a previous aborted attempt (all of this taking place during commercial breaks while still on air), when he finally resolves to try to reach his dad in the hospital again, he gets his sister instead and learns that it’s too late. Seconds later he’s back on camera on live television, and in that moment he struggles to speak or even look at the camera. After many seconds he does, with obvious tears in his eyes, and before moving on with his broadcast he remarks, “Well, I guess it’s just us now.”

 

Well I guess it’s just us now. I’ve been feeling like that for over two years, since my own father died, but in my case there is no “us.” It’s just me.

I know I’m not alone, but my feelings don’t seem to care much. Now for more news…


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