gaza arc

anonymous asked:

I feel like I should re-watch the earlier seasons. Josh's interactions with Donna are so different from the ones he has with his other love interests. With her he's more playful and less combative.He definitely loves bantering with her. Can we talk about his looks in " NSF Thurmont"( or really the whole Gaza arc?) I think Bradley Whitford did some of his best work there.

Oh, you should! I am doing a S1 rewatch right now because two of my ongoing fics are set then, and it’s pretty great. I always think of characters like Donna and CJ having the biggest arcs through the series, especially in the later seasons, but going back to the beginning and remembering what Josh was like before he got shot, seeing baby Charlie’s first day at the White House, seeing Toby actually laugh in Five Votes down, it’s all so good.

The Gaza arc is one of my very favorite parts of the entire series, even though the politics are iffy at best and the chronology doesn’t make sense at all. None of that matters because it gets my little shipper heart sighing from the very first moment with Josh on the plane. I was so upset when they didn’t get together after that, but even so, the “You’re still here” moment knocks my socks off every time. It’s my second favorite declaration of love on the show, right after Danny telling CJ he wants her to talk to him because he likes the sound of her voice. Brad and Janel were both phenomenal in the Gaza arc, even though he got a lot more of the heavy lifting throughout most of it. It’s just disappointing that the show stopped getting much in the way of awards or critical attention after Sorkin left, because it still totally deserved it.

Watching the Gaza Arc

for my latest fanfic chapter. It’s one of my favorite sets of episodes in the series so that’s not much of a chore, but it’s funny going through it for the tiny details. Like the fact that Josh does wear the same outfit from Gaza through to NSF Thurmont, that white shirt with the blue pinstripes and the brown suit. It makes sense under the circumstances, except that it obviously has been washed and ironed several times throughout the course of the arc. If he’d really worn the outfit for half a day at the White House, a nine hour plane flight, a night in the hospital, a day in the hospital, a clandestine meeting and a life or death wait for surgery, that collar would’ve been pancake-flat and he’d’ve had pit stains the size of dinner plates. My current going theory is that he actually had a second, identical shirt in his backpack. :D