Sloan, Mackenzie and Don (for some reason) are in Will’s office while Sloan explains the Japanese tendency to downplay bad news while we generally run around screaming with our hair on fire. Don asks if that means they’re low-balling Fukushima and Sloan admits to knowing nothing about the story, but that she wouldn’t just take them at their word that it’s only a level 5. Will’s about to pontificate when Jim runs in breathlessly to let him know he needs to read a comment. Before Will can fully engage his dick chip, Jim shuts him down to tell him it’s serious.
They all reconvene around Neal’s computer, because I guess Will doesn’t have one, and Don reads the death threat, including Will’s address. Imagine that, their new comment system was already breached. Neal swears they implemented only the highest, most complex password protocol FOR A COMMENTS SECTION ON A CABLE NEWS WEBSITE but…did they also create the most complex protocol to stop someone from spamming emails and creating a dummy account?
Everyone starts flapping about Will needing a body guard while Will tries to be stoic because he’s a man and men don’t get scared but Charlie shuts them all down that it’s up to AWM’s insurance company, so Will’s getting a babysitter, oh, and there’s a new story in TMI. Did Maggie file a hostile work environment complaint against Will? Mackenzie HILARIOUSLY says Maggie wouldn’t complain if her hair was on fire…and has she met Maggie? You can tell time by when she whines, yells, complains and loses her shit. The only person who complains more than Maggie is Will. Neal sets them straight that it was a while ago and someone else filed it for her.
Charlie’s pretty much had it with the amateur hour News Night’s become so he boots Neal out of his office and tells Mackenzie to assign a team to do opposition research on Will. Will’s dick chip has finally fully warmed up and he tries to sass Charlie but Charlie’s over putting out all the fires around Will and shuts him down.
I thought Don was the babyass when he asked to be Elliott’s EP. Now I see I was terribly wrong.
The News Night staff is convened in the meeting room while Sloan speaks with a TEPCO spokesman. In Japanese. (Impressive, Olivia Munn.) Oh, he’s a personal friend of Sloan’s, continuing their streak of never researching a story when someone can conveniently have a
deus ex machina personal relationship who’ll lay the entire story out for them. Research is for suckers. It’s…April 11, so I guess they all climbed into the TARDIS to go back a day to ask about the state of the Fukushima nuclear reactor after the 7.1 earthquake.
While Sloan keeps getting information about the reactor, Mackenzie calls Jim and Maggie out of the meeting so they can do the opposition research on Will. Really, is that the best use of your senior producer? Well, maybe since she’s also in the habit of having him get gum out of her hair (Really, Sorkin?) but tells them that because the complaint filed on Maggie’s behalf is now public knowledge, they need to find what else might be out there.
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