Neal’s explaining to Kaley and Lisa, in as condescending a way as possible, all the reasons why it’s not something for them to worry about then Will shows up with a half eaten falafel. Because he’s “high.” Neal catches him up on their other theories and “high” Will informs him that it’s not Qaddafi because he called
his deus ex machina Wes Clark who told him Qaddafi would be a NATO operation and they don’t know anything. Then he asks Kaley for her discretion because this is a big story and it’s very important that high as a kite Will report it. Why? Why can’t he do the honorable thing and throw it to a sober anchor?
Like Jane in the DC studio. She’s stuck on air with nothing to report and suddenly Mackenzie found her spine, refusing to let the anchor report a tweet from Rumsfeld’s Chief of Staff. Since Jane’s just a girl, she thinks it’s reportable but Mackenzie pompously tells her that this is “double confirmation territory” so keep “vamping” until they have that confirmation, but she will throw them a package about other addresses delivered from that location. At least it makes more sense than wanting to scoop the President. Then Will shows up and Mackenzie runs out of the control room even though they’re live and Jane snidely informs the audience that she’ll recap what they know because it won’t take long. Even the extras are unprofessional.
Mackenzie finds Will in his office being confounded by his tie and telling her that it’s not Qaddafi. She agrees it’s not Qaddafi then Will repeats himself and tells her he can tie all kinds of knots but not a Windsor knot then finally tells her he’s baked. Gaw…if he’s like this when he’s baked why doesn’t he get nut-punched every day?
The best “Just Say No” ad, ever.
He tries to convince Mackenzie that he’s fine but since even broken clocks are right twice a day, Mackenize tells him he can’t go on the air like that. Then Mr. Integrity and Honor and Yadda Yadda White Guys in the 50s decides his ego supersedes his professional ethics and tells her there’s no way he’s not reporting this story but he won’t let her down. Dude, this isn’t Restrepo and you’re not Sebastian Junger. This is a planned Presidential address. Then, since broken clocks are only right two seconds a day, Mackenzie folds like a napkin and agrees to let a clearly incapacitated person cover a major story when Jane is sober and able enough to throw it to the White House when necessary.
Thank heavens, we’re back with Elliot, Don and Sloan. Somehow they managed to keep Don’s head from exploding so he and Elliot are mapping out who would know and how it would occur. Don rules out a drone strike because they’d need a positive ID and Sloan gets their attention to find out what “EKIA” means. Enemy killed in action. They got their first confirmation. And I get my first confirmation that Sorkin actually is capable of structuring a compelling, adult scene for premium cable instead of “wacky high jinks.” Was that so hard?
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