Then tired of waiting in the car, Will decides to make a break for it and waddles off. Lonny, rather than run him down since they are literally stopped due to construction and Will runs like a granny, just starts yelling and threatening Will, who’s long gone, so two cops can politely harass him for a stop & frisk after he tells them he’s armed. Yeah, that’s how it goes down in New York.
Just another Sunday night in New York City.
Over in the newsroom the rest of the staff…and Kaley and Lisa for some reason…are rushing in all abuzz. Jim “cutely” finishes Maggie’s sentence and Mackenzie walks into the control room to ask how long it would take to warm up. Scintillating! They all reconvene in the conference room where Chris Matthew’s kid suggests it could be Qaddafi while Lettie Mae thinks it could be a foreign attack and before I get too impressed with Sorkin putting down the glittery cutesy stick, Mackenzie assigns some extra to get the NORAD guy who tracks Santa at Christmas, Neal suggests interplanetary aliens and Maggie tosses out that the President is resigning because the long-form birth certificate that was released was a forgery. Geez.
Mackenzie makes a quick check on where Will and Elliot are (not there!) then sends them off on their assignments including for Jim to “do what he does.” Isn’t she his boss? Charlie comes in and asks Mackenzie why she needs to scoop the President and she farts out some dumb platitude about her life in journalism being worth it to inform the American public as soon as possible about bin Laden’s death. Because reporting the news is all about polishing up Mackenzie’s CV. What? Charlie’s face collapses into an expression that is either pride, melancholy or gas. It could go any way.
Back on the plane and while Don’s on the phone with Mackenzie Elliot’s managed to get more information off his phone and learns that the President is speaking from the East Room, which means it’s not bad news because the President would announce that from the Oval Office or the Briefing Room. Mackenzie has to be “quirky” and ask if it might be UFOs. Don says, derisively, “Keep it together, would you?” then hangs up because he and Sloan are trying to figure a way off the plane but it lurches forward before they can finalize which one’s getting nekkid. Elliot takes one for the team and starts yelling about Genghis Khan, but the flight attendant is all proud of herself for being right and orders Don back into his seat.
Before he can buckle up, though, the plane stops again. It’s a tow-in gate so it will be just another few minutes and Don finally loses his shit. While Elliot pats him on the shoulder Don offers to push the plane into the gate if he can just get off and the flight attendant makes a snotty comment. I can only imagine how long Sorkin’s bitch list is.
I have been this person on a plane.
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