Okay, now here’s the thing. Off the top of my head, I can name two people who at least look like they have some authority on the subject: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and State Senator Russell Pearce were both big proponents of the bill with Pearce being credited as the bill’s author. And Pearce’s ties to white supremacists weren’t common knowledge, yet. Not to mention there were numerous state legislators who voted for the bill that could have sat in as well. Lord knows a news camera is like manna from heaven to all politicians and Olbermann was regularly able to book state reps. Hell, Kyrsten Sinema regularly got glammed up and down to a studio at a moment’s notice while Sen. Kyl probably travels with his own crew. If they’re going to do the news better in hindsight they need to at least understand it better two years later. Jim pulled two critical sources out of his ass last week to break the BP spill but this week they can’t get a state senator?
Anyway, while Mackenzie moves to tell Will, Maggie “nobly” suggests she go because someone’s getting fired for this. Even though she’s right, Mackenzie says no one will get fired. When everyone in the room is like “Have you MET Will?” she insists that no, he won’t fire anyone and they’re all wrong for thinking he’s a dick. He’d throw himself in front of a train for anyone on the staff…that he couldn’t even recognize the day before. Yes, he’d die for them, or throw them in front of the train to save his own ass. Potato, potahto.
Regardless, she’s decided to quash this by first sending Will an email then explaining as much as possible to get them to like him except, oops, she’s still a girl who can’t send an email with these newfangled group lists and sends the private email to the entire staff. She bolts from the conference room, smashing Gary’s Blackberry and dousing it in coffee before telling the entire staff to delete it without reading the email, honor system. And then someone has to go and delete it from Will’s computer, smashing it to bits if necessary. I’ll leave it to Neal to explain servers to her.
Where’s Don when you need him? Probably in some corner on the phone with his college roommate or best friend reading the email and laughing over how his old show has devolved into a Benny Hill skit in record time.
In the newsroom, however, Will comes out of his office to berate and demean Mackenzie and pitching a profane fit in front of the whole staff. Yes, that’s the angel of mercy who’d die for them. To make him look better by comparison, Mackenzie turns into a gum-cracking high schooler explaining that Sloan said it but she was totally wrong and thinks Will is a liar and a jerk so Mackenzie told her “Nuh, uh…he’s the best.” Will’s had it with her and demands they take this to his office, and she slinks off behind him. Man, that was gross.
It doesn’t get much better in his office, no matter what the schmaltzy piano music tells me so in brief: she tells him they lost Governor Brewer but got a bunch of wackjobs and that she realized she loved him when she cheated on him but he wishes she never told him and shoot me now. Couldn’t it have been something less pedestrian than cheating? Whatever, Jim’s moving the plot along by calling them in to the 6:00pm rundown.
Quite possibly the only time I haven’t wanted to punch him this episode.
It’s SHOWTIME! Will’s reading his notes and…oh noes…Reese got to him. He’s asking Tess to line up the Palin clip and not to run it past Mackenzie. While Jim needles Mackenzie about the email Maggie tells Will she was cheated on and that she’s responsible for the fuck up and will resign, but only because Don wants her on Elliott’s show. Otherwise Jim would be shit out of luck. Continuing the “she must never face the consequences of her inexcusable actions,” Will tells Maggie he hopes she doesn’t leave. Really? Because if there’s a staff member who has written her firing about five times in three days, it’s Maggie. Let her leave.