While Don chews on his pen making WTF faces for my amusement, some random staffer mentions that there was a “crazy militia guy on Jon Stewart” (Which, no. It was probably Aasif Mandvi.) and figures they can book him, too, setting Mackenzie up to be both righteous and ditzy. Because it’s just adorable when girls try to be boss.
Don challenges Mackenzie on what she means by “best possible version” of an argument so she can parrot about sources and relevant facts and basic stuff you learn in high school debating. Don challenges her on what is the best possible version of the Birther argument. She says there isn’t one and basically negates her whole theory about News Night being a courtroom by acknowledging that not all stories have two valid arguments. Don proceeds to make this face while she’s talking.
Okay, maybe he is the asshole.
This leads to a sermon about how all the rest of the media is biased toward fairness, that they’ll never call out disinformation as lies but present it as a “difference of opinion,” then, randomly, Will tells Neal what his name means. Still a dick. Whatever, it’s an opportunity for Don to snipe at Will so Will can snot back then question why he’s still there. Mack publicly reprimands Will and demands he apologize to Don. It’s that level of professionalism that makes them such an inspiration.
Mercy, this meeting won’t end. Neal, the designated bleeding heart, suggests interviewing a man who lost his license when he was featured in an article about illegal immigration and now he’s been targeted by the state. Neal thinks it would help to put a human face to the immigration question, but Mackenzie only wants facts, Will argues about “the guy whose job he took,” and Neal thinks they’re both assholes.
Thank goodness it’s finally over. As Olivia Munn prettily tells us about the Dow, Don tells Mackenzie he’s not really in it to take shit from Will. Then he wants to know why she’s cutting the two fluff segments from the show. It’s because they’re just too important for fluff, Don, and you’re the asshole. Or something like that. Then she condescends to him that he can take them over to Elliott’s show. He points out that since Will’s the evening’s lead-in, there won’t be an audience left if News Night is just Will being a pompous ass. Or something like that. Mackenzie zones out on Don because she sees Olivia Munn giving a financial report and has an idea so Don can patronizingly pat her on the hand before he leaves.
A burgundy blouse with an eggplant skirt? Your argument is invalid.
Pam Maggie come into the newsroom. Mackenzie (I refuse to use that nickname) wants him to go over her pre-interview with the governor’s office including a practice run. Maggie, who up until three days earlier was Will’s de facto assistant who was just an intern a few weeks earlier, actually tells HER BOSS that she doesn’t think she needs to be supervised even though she’s never had this much, or any, real responsibility. This isn’t a disaster waiting to happen, though, because they’re “cute” so it’s “charming” instead of “stupid.”
Showing that she doesn’t quite understand how seniority, job duties, or basic human communications work, Maggie tries to pull rank, thinking she’s perfectly qualified because she’s been there a year. As an intern and unofficial assistant. Jim mutters a dumbfounded “Okay” which Maggie, who is now at Sookie Stackhouse levels of entitlement, takes to mean he’ll let her conduct the pre-interview with no rehearsal or supervision. When he more or less laughs at her she says she’s doing it under protest. She does realize she can be quickly and easily replaced by someone less contentious, right?
She even looks like Sookie.
Jim changes the subject to wondering if she’s really considering going to ten o’clock. Maggie says that Don made the compelling point that building a show from scratch is valuable experience and Jim chuckles a semi-mocking “Okay” because he’s the shaggy-haired, good guy. These two are like chicken pox and poison ivy. They just won’t go away and make me itchy with irritation.