Will tries to defend himself but Charlie doesn’t understand why Will feels the need to lecture everyone and call it fighting the good fight. Realizing Charlie’s right Will laughably says he’s on a mission to civilize. All great journeys begin at home, Will. Charlie perfunctorily asks if Will wants PR to draft a statement rebutting the piece, but he doesn’t. He wants to know why Charlie wanted to see him. To laugh at him.
Oh, and to lecture him about the women he’s dating. Charlie thinks they are “beneath” Will but, again, wasn’t one a literal brain surgeon and the chief of surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital last week? On the accomplishment scale fame doesn’t trump actually saving lives so unless his dick is pure platinum he’s beneath her. Sorry ‘bout it. Will leaves, saying he wants to know who “at his party” tipped off Page Six, but…is it just me or is he too stupid to live if he can’t figure out that you don’t aggressively berate a gossip columnist if you don’t want it to show up in a gossip column.
Will goes into the meeting room where the entire staff throws water on Will. Do these people understand how offices work? While Will dries himself off, Mackenzie laughingly sells the staff out and points to exactly who staged it, then it’s another dumb Don Quixote reference where “brilliant” Mackenzie didn’t realize a man name “Miguel de Cervantes” wrote in Spanish, a quick moment of inappropriate and unprofessional behavior from Maggie (must be a weekday) and time to review the stories they missed. Will finally realizes that covering stories months after everyone else isn’t exactly “cutting edge” so he just wants to follow up on “lies.” He knows Media Matters, right? Jim mentions the whopper that Obama’s trip to India was costing $200 million a day and Maggie mentions the vaguer non-story story that Conservatives were getting their panties in a bunch that Obama was coming for our guns. Whatever, Will likes these ideas and wants Maggie to produce negative-evidence. Sheesh.
Whatever, News Nightdecided to run with the gun story, most likely stolen from another broadcast journalist, pointing to all the ways the Right ginned up hysteria around the President’s alleged plan to take away our guns even though President Obama’s record on gun control, according to the Brady Campaign, is miserable. Oh, and that footage of CPACFL is from September 2011…so he’s broadcasting from…the…future…. Meanwhile, Maggie and Jim wander into the control room to stare at Will adoringly so Mackenzie won’t feel so very alone.
Oh great White Man, why are you so great?
Cut to a dark and stormy night. I wonder if someone will find a bloody hook. Oh, no. We’re in Maggie and Lisa’s way too nice for Manhattan apartment. Maggie’s lying around in her pajamas and drinking while Lisa’s getting ready for her date with Jim. She’s feeling sheepish, and continuing the Sookie trend, Maggie assumes it’s about her. Lisa says “Get over yourself, moon face.” Oh, no. She tells Maggie she’s afraid Jim will think she’s dumb. Having successfully planted that idea in Lisa’s head after she barked about Lisa working IN FASHION on New Year’s Eve, Maggie gets to pretend she wasn’t the one who did that and say “No, it’s the guys you date who make you feel dumb,” but Jim’s not like that. He’ll just make you feel helpless and unable to take care of yourself because he has a hero complex. And then, to prove that she’s not dumb, Maggie has to tell Lisa her skirt’s on backwards.