The Newsroom recap: 'Oh Shenandoah'

December 8, 2014 4:10 AM

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The Newsroom recap: 'Oh Shenandoah'

In honor of the late, great newsman and onetime U.S. Marine Charles Skinner, let's all raise a glass, preferably containing a good, stiff drink—because we're going to need it heading into next week's Newsroom finale. First off, talk about some really bizarre timing with the story lines of "Oh Shenandoah": If this had been any other weekend, only the last few minutes of the series' penultimate episode would have been permanently seared into our brains, and it would have been enough. Sam Waterston's beloved news director suffers a heart attack on the Atlantis Cable Network's newsroom floor and dies a few hours later—placing the final nail in the coffin on Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama. (Because as good as these last episodes have been, no one wants a Newsroom without the perpetually inebriated Charlie Skinner.)

But instead of being the episode where everyone's going to be talking about how we all ugly-cried over Waterston's big death scene (oh, you know you did, don't deny it), "Oh Shenandoah" will now be remembered as the episode with the eerily timely college-campus-rape subplot that aired two days after...

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