To Dr. Habib, though, he’s backtracking and thinking maybe it was because he was in a bad mood, but really, he was just trying to “motivate” her. Dr. Habib thinks he scared her instead. Then Will gets butthurt that people are scared of him. Having known Will for 20 whole minutes, Dr. Habib knows what a load that is and tells him some people like being feared, most don’t care. But Will’s ego is so big and self-serving that he says he doesn’t like it and he’s sure he scared Sloan in a way that suggests he’s not at all bothered by scaring people.
People wouldn’t be so scared if they’d just accept that I’m always right.
Sloan’s on air with Daisuke and his translator. Don’s lounging around the control room and absently purring into Sloan’s ear to wrap it up. She asks another question about the core damage in reactor three but cuts the translator off to correct her to ask about the damage to reactor three.
Don finally starts paying attention as Sloan gets aggressive with the translator for misrepresenting what Daisuke is saying and Don quietly begs her not to go rogue. On his next vacation he’s going to use that same technique when he goes running with the bulls. Sloan has her notes from earlier and is trying to get him to say it’s going to level 7 but with the translator refusing to say anything but what’s in the press release Sloan just starts speaking directly to Daisuke, in Japanese, and Don’s calling it like a baseball game.
He also realizes that this train wreck is veering into an international incident and urgently asks Sloan to throw to commercial. She just pulls out her in-ear monitor. Don does not take it well. Tired of the stonewalling, Sloan repeats what Daisuke told her in confidence that the radiation is expected to reach level 7. As Don fumes, Sloan briefly surveys the wreckage and throws it to commercial after teasing that “Sarah Bernhardt” will be her guest in the next segment.
Not in control of the situation.
Show’s over and Sloan’s gingerly trying to leave the broadcast booth because Don’s sitting at a desk with his feet kicked up and smiling. She takes this as a bad sign and starts explaining but Don tries to keep her calm for the next few seconds by telling her they’ve all been there at one point. This does not calm her down.
Before Sloan can get too frantic, though, Charlie busts into the newsroom, hopping mad. Sloan immediately covers for Don, who looks genuinely concerned for her (squee) but Charlie’s built up too big a head of steam and he’s barking and wailing about her making up statements about the reactor.
The whole things devolves into Charlie shrieking like a harpy within earshot of the entire newsroom and Sloan trying to explain how, although her interview was completely unprofessional and unethical, it was also factually correct but Charlie doesn’t care. He never gets to chew out Will for being an unprofessional liability and he’s going to get it all off his chest, including telling her she’s “of no use” to him as a reporter. Sloan’s on suspension with pay until an internal investigation goes over all her reports for the last few years to see what else she’s made up.
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