Not here, because Mackenzie retreats to high school and mewls that “he’s not an ass, he’s not an ass, does everyone think he’s an ass? I thought they thought he was gruff but loveable.” Was she not in the rundown meeting where he randomly disrupted the meeting to spew facts about the staff he couldn’t even pick out of a lineup the day before and sprinkled his conversation with mild racism? That’s not just an ass that’s a massive dick. Then icing that humiliation cake, Mackenzie drags Sloan back into her office demanding that she go to each and every member of the staff and inform them that Will’s not an ass. Sloan looks at Mackenzie like she just blew the biggest snot bubble out of her nose and says “No.” The “I work with the ass and he is…an ass” goes unsaid and she leaves.
Pull yourself together, Mary.
Will and Reese are not having a meeting as they walk down the street discussing the spikes in Will’s ratings and how they’re across all demos. He’s become the go-to source for the BP spill but Reese wants to know why they’re not leading with it. Will gives Charlie’s explanation about trying something new and Mackenzie’s song & dance about giving voters the information they need (not all news is about voting, but go with it) and Reese interprets it as “Our hit show got bigger so we’re fixing it,” and assumes Will’s not on board with this.
Will says it’s what he wants in a way that sounds like “Wah” so Reese wonders where’s the guy who nitpicks each and every demo and trend because “the audience is his only friend.” Will dismisses that as the ramblings of a drunk in the midst of a dark period and Reese counters it was just two weeks earlier.
Jibber jabber, squawk squawk, after a bunch of debate and fast-talking Reese thinks Mackenzie’s on a fool’s errand and that Will should bolster his conservative audience by not taking a cheap shot at Palin’s inane comment about the spill. Will’s all, duh, I wasn’t going to but Reese tells him to explicitly not take the cheap shot on air. Also, tell Charlie the meetings are his idea and Reese will pimp out some chippy so Will can get his mind off Mackenzie. When Will balks that Mackenzie won’t approve the Palin segment. Reese questions Will’s manhood and says a mild “I’m not wild about your ex,” so Will can get all righteous about “her name is Mackenzie, Ms. McHale if you’re nasty,” but as Reese goes into the office, he clearly hit a nerve.
Sorry about your little man complex, little man.
Hey, let’s check in with Jim and
Pam Maggie. Jim’s angry. I wonder why? Oh, because the wildly immature, inappropriate and unprofessional assistant cum brand new AP managed to fuck up the pre-interview five ways to Sunday because she hid the fact that she dated Glenn Fisher in college and made an inappropriate and unprofessional comment to him. Now he’s pulled the interview and put the governor on CNN, instead, and barred anyone from the governor’s office from speaking with them. Imagine that. Meanwhile, Don and Lettie Mae are making these faces:
Seriously, the reactions are better than the action. So it’s 90 minutes to broadcast and they’re screwed. Despite being about 15 kinds of wrong in this situation, Maggie still manages to find ways to blame everyone and everything for her childish behavior, continuing to disrupt the newsroom with her yelling. Is this what passes for charming in the Sorkinverse? I thought Donna was as obnoxiously up her own ass as it could get. Then after her tirade she mewls “Tell me what to do?” I can’t. Jim just tells her to gather as many bookers as possible so they can patch together those nine minutes.
You and me both, Don.
Mackenzie comes into the conference room to find out what happened. For some completely inexplicable reason Jim doesn’t sell out Maggie’s wholly inappropriate and unprofessional behavior and takes the blame himself. To her credit, Maggie does try to take the blame. Unfortunately, without anyone from the governor’s office, they’re stuck with three wackjobs. Mackenzie starts shrieking and Jim smartly suggests they scrap it, but Mackenzie, who earlier said not all stories have two sides, says they have to go forward because “they” will say News Night didn’t have anyone defending it.