The Newsroom, Episode 7: What Was that Dave Matthews Crap?
Dear Newsroom, can we talk about what happened seven minutes into this week's episode please? You know, that bit where, in the middle of Will's house party, Will and Jim have a little sing-song on some acoustic guitars? It was cruel and unnecessary to make us watch that, Newsroom. Don't ever blindside us with that Dave Matthews crap ever again. Thanks.
On to the rest of the episode. Maggie and Jim are chatting in a bedroom when her roommate Lisa -- currently sleeping with Jim -- calls. Maggie forces Jim to pick up and Lisa says "Love you" at the end of the conversation. Jim says "I do too," but then admits to Maggie that he doesn't. Maggie tells Jim to break up with her (how convenient!).
Mac and Jim both receive messages from a National Security analyst named Mike Tapley, saying "I'm available. Call me." Jim has Maggie e-mail him back to find out what's going on, but Charlie, who's already been clued in, explains that Mike is making himself available to News Night because the President is making a national security-related announcement tonight. "I think it's bin Laden," Charlie says, like a massive psychic.
Meanwhile, Don, Sloan, and Elliott are on a plane landing in New York, after a trip to DC. As they turn their phones on, they realize something big is happening, but get stuck on the tarmac. Their flight attendant is mean too, which is kind of funny.
When Will makes a run for it, his bodyguard gives chase only to be stopped and questioned by a couple of (clearly racist) cops. "Aint nothin' I can do about being big and black at the same time," the bodyguard says. We like him.
The party has emptied and heads straight to the news room to figure out what the big story is, with Neal's girlfriend and the yet-to-be-dumped Lisa in tow. Mac rallies the troops, but Will -- who, by the way ate two pot cookies and a Vicodin at his party earlier -- takes much longer to show up. When he finally does, he's clearly stoned, repeating himself and struggling to tie his tie. Finally he admits to Mac that he's "wasted" and she shouts "Oh my God" a lot before telling him "You can't go on the air." Will promises to not let her down and insists on doing the broadcast.
Don and Sloan are busy trying to figure out how to get off the plane they're still trapped on -- and failing. Sloan gets the first confirmation of an "Enemy Killed In Action." A second confirmation comes through Jim, via the New York Times, so Mac wants to get it on the air immediately. Charlie shoots down the idea, preferring instead to wait for the White House announcement. "We're going to get this one right," he says, before gloriously announcing to the news team that bin Laden has been killed. There's clapping involved.
Lisa breaks up with Jim because she knows he's not really that into her and he's too nice to say it. Lisa accuses Maggie of having feelings for Jim. Both Jim and Maggie deny it unconvincingly. We have to say, for a girl who was supposed to be in love with this dude yesterday, Lisa is taking all of this terribly well.
Still trapped on the plane and frustrated that he's missing a huge news moment, Don instead opts to tell the pilots that: "Our armed forces killed Osama bin Laden for you tonight." Sloan Sabbith has a little cry.
Impressed with Lisa's ability to break up with him, Don asks Lisa out on a date, "a do-over" before Will's bodyguard charges into the newsroom with the two cops, angry as all hell until Will tells him the bin Laden news. He happily passes it on to the cops.
Will gets a text from Joe Biden telling him to report the bin Laden news, so he does so while sitting behind two sheets of paper reading: "OBAMA GOOD" and "OSAMA BAD." Despite his intoxication, Will is incredibly articulate and somber (to a degree that is not terribly realistic). Obama's announcement plays over the credits and we're done.
So it was a pretty solid Newsroom episode tonight ... except for an absurd amount of Blackberry product placement and, yes, that stupid guitar thing that happened. May such corny nonsense never happen again. Onwards and upwards!