Welcome back for another episode of
The Reverend Mr. Sorkin Teaches the Unwashed Masses History The Newsroom. This week, we learn about the 2010 election, the Tea Party and campaign finance as Sorkin, with an assist from a guy best known for being a veejay, pretends that Rachel Maddow doesn’t exist at all, lifts entire stories from her broadcasts, dehumors them, runs them through the Olbernator 3000, et voila! Will McAvoy!
Trust me, this was better than the baby I morphed.
So the episode was a bridge episode, fast forwarding Newsnight to November 3, 2010 where Charlie’s meeting with Leona Lansing aka Jane Fonda aka the head of AWM aka Reese the snake’s mother. Because nepotism is bad. Charlie, Reese and Leona look like they’re sitting in the war room from Dr. Strangelove while some random douchebag gives a Power Point presentation like he’s explaining the Doomsday Machine and how Will’s ratings tanked when he started going after the Tea Party. Charlie’s busy scoffing and mocking because no one fears getting fired at ACN.
Man, that McAvoy makes me look humble.
This is just a device to show us how fantastically amazingly awesome Mackenzie and Will are so do not question their tactics or integrity, regardless of how much they plagiarize Maddow and act unprofessionally at every turn. Because no matter how awful they are, there are plenty of staffers (Maggie) who will always be more unprofessional (Jim) than they are (Maggie and Jim). Will even goes so far as to tell his audience not to question how they deliver the news, that he and Mackenzie will determine what’s important for their audience to know. Thanks, Dad.
Meanwhile, Will’s having a string of women meet him on the newsroom floor so that Mackenzie can both see that he’s moved on and polish up her sexist bona fides by sniffing and sneering at them all while dating someone else. She’s the likeable one.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be an episode of
DeGrassi Jr. High The Newsroom without more tedious bullshit about All Maggie’s Men, where Jim moons and swoons and gives Maggie relationship advice, even though he doesn’t know squat about being in a relationship, while she’s having anxiety attacks over how much she’s crushing on him but still boning and breaking up with Don because? I don’t know.
Then all the mens, and Sloan, meet up at the karaoke bar to drink and pat themselves on the back over how totally fucking awesome they are. Why Neal and Gary are there is never explained except they, too, have dicks and are worthy to drink cheap drinks in an empty bar with a man who could give back a million in salary but is too cheap to spring on good liquor.
Full recap in a few days. Until then, you can catch up on the last recap here.
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