As hopeful piano music shows hopeful staff thanking Jim for being so noble and Mackenzie stares into space like she’s my cat, Jim and Maggie flirt about how, despite not knowing how phones work, she did really good work but he’s Batman then Don comes up and kills the mood. Jim wants to buy Don a drink but Don wants a rain check. Then asks Maggie if she wants him to come down with her to the lobby to meet her parents, as a compromise. Before she can answer, Will bellows HEY in her general direction. Like all good, spoiled boys who managed to make a poop on the potty all by themselves, he tells her that her name is Margaret Jordan. Want a cookie, Will?
Oh, look how happy she is that he’s not calling her “Ellen” anymore.
Don congratulates Will and tells Mackenzie she was right. Not satisfied, Will wants to know what the other shows had. Flights resume in Europe and iPhone prototype left in some bar. But they did close with the explosion, but only on the search & rescue. With their day over, Don and Maggie leave while Will gets ready to and Mackenzie tries to give Jim a mimed pep talk about Maggie, even though she could have just taken a few steps and said whatever she wanted in private.
Whatever, the whole point was to keep her in the newsroom long enough to talk to Will on his way out. It’s after nine so he doesn’t owe her anything and she chases him down. Before he leaves he tries not to be a complete asshole and thanks the crew in a control room…except it’s not his crew. D’oh. Still a dick.
As he blows past her to the elevators, Mackenzie follows him, telling him he won’t remember this, but when he met her parents he took her father to an Orioles game and he was “perfect.” But he’s not a complete dick. He recounts the whole day to her. Awww….blech. They continue bonding and smurfing about how she’s exhausted but really just wanted to be in a newsroom again. Will’s elevator arrives and as he gets on to leave, he confesses that it wasn’t vertigo medication. He thought he saw her in the audience, urging him on. She tries to stop him from leaving, clearly having something to tell him, but the elevator doors close. She calls for another elevator then….
Her elevator comes but she lets it go and heads back to the office, happy with the knowledge that he may be a rude, vulgar, self-absorbed jerk but he still loves her.
Thanks for slogging through that with me. Here’s hoping next week is just an hour, especially since they easily could have cut the extra 12 minutes from this episode. Be like Diana Vreeland and before you shoot a script, take out a scene or five.
As far as first episodes go, though, it was a first episode. Had some good moments and bad and I could have done without that maudlin ending, but overall I liked it. It certainly wasn’t the travesty the reviews made it out to be. Maggie could be a little (a lot) smarter and Will’s “he’s too important for manners” will get old quick, but it had more highs than lows. But what did you think?
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