The West Wing – Welcome back Sam

I grinned my way through this week’s episode of The West Wing. For the first time in quite some while, it felt like The West Wing of old. It may have been the fact that Peter Noah, a writer for the show since the first season, put together the script. But I think it was almost certainly because Rob Lowe was back.

He fell back into the role of Sam with ease and after a brief catch-up with the character, it was almost like he’d never been away. That would have been a good thing since there was a certain hint of “I can’t believe what kinds of messes you guys have got yourself into” with the character. Certainly, by the end of the episode, you think to yourself that everything wrong in the show could have been fixed by bringing Sam back two seasons ago. So welcome back Sam (and Rob). We’re glad you made it, even if it is so close to the finish line.


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.