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Tracking shots and pan-and-scans follow the various phone calls and Jim gets to play big man and curse about how he needs a correspondent on the ground while Sloan comes in, on a Saturday, just ‘cause. While Mackenzie goes into the control room and has her moment, everything slows down because that’s just how awful Coldplay is.
Will goes on the air and even stumbles over Giffords first name like Olbermann did, initially calling her Gaby, and then it becomes a question about whether or not to follow the other networks leads and pronounce her dead. Mackenzie doesn’t want to call it until she has official confirmation so Reese, who is also in the offices at that moment (Are all these rich people homeless?) demanding that Will call it because they’re losing their audience. Mackenzie stands her ground and Reese remembers she’s just a girl so he asks Don to back him up…but Don gets his noble moment, telling Reese that a doctor calls a person dead, not the news. Then he and Charlie pose importantly while everyone admires how very strong Don is.
With their nobility in place there’s more panning and scanning and tracking and Maggie gets word that Congresswoman Giffords is alive and being prepped for surgery, just in time for Will to announce it on air before throwing it to a reporter on the ground. Then he beckons Charlie and Mackenzie onto the soundstage so they can all go William Wallace about how Leona won’t take their freedom and everything was Mackenzie’s fault but Will forgives her then Don shows up to bring the room back down because Will’s back in 30.
The soundstage clears so Neal can come in all wide-eyed with some notes about Loughner and Will can do some damage control to make us all forget how utterly sexist-bordering-on-contemptible most of his behavior has been this episode when he asks to hear Neal’s theory on Bigfoot. Ugh. As Chris Martin finishes up making my ears bleed with his painful warbling, Will reads us more old new as Mackenzie gets one perfect tear in her eye. And fade.
The reviews weren’t kidding about this being the worst episode to date. Anyone disagree? But this is the end of the advance episodes, so no more spoiled dread. It might completely right its ship and become an awesome series? Right?
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