Maggie, Jim, Lisa and Kaylee arrive at ACN. Maggie gives them a brief tour of the newsroom as if they've never been there before and then gets lost in thought trying to remember what food is in the kitchen. So stupid. So stupid. So stupid.
MacKenzie enters the control room, where the crew is setting up and "warming up" the studio. It takes 15 minutes to do this, they say. Uh... good thing ACN doesn't cover things like breaking news that can happen at any moment and so can afford to have 15 minutes of warm-up time like this. The old guy in the control room says they're going with the feed from their D.C. anchor until Will gets in. MacKenzie warns them not to let the D.C. anchor give away any cool news because that's Will's job.
MacKenzie then heads into the meeting room and asks what they know they know so far. The answer is nothing. But wait! Tess knows that the networks are interrupting their programming for the President's address as well, which, as Kendra explains, means a big loss of ad money. "It's bin Laden," Gary Cooper says. Charlie reminds them that they shouldn't just keep assuming that it's bin Laden just because they want it to be. Did people really think it was bin Laden like this at the time? I remember being pretty shocked that after all this time they found him. It would definitely not have been on my list of possibilities. Then again, if I was thinking about it a year after the whole thing actually happened, I can see how I would be pretty sure it was about bin Laden.
Martin suggests Gaddafi is dead, because he's reading the script for next season. Kendra suggests a "foreign attack" as if Obama would wait an hour and a half after it happened to announce it and they wouldn't have heard anything else about it before. Come on. But MacKenzie thinks they should explore it by talking to their connection at NORAD who does the Santa Tracker story every Christmas. MacKenzie thinks that's better than "doing nothing." I'm not so sure. And then MacKenzie gets really stupid and asks for suggestions that are "way, way outside the box" and Neal can no longer keep silent. It takes him long enough to get there, but he finally sort of suggests that the President is going to announce that there are aliens. "Come back in the box," MacKenzie orders. I don't know; why not aliens? Maybe they found evidence of life on Mars, like a tiny little bacteria thing. Maggie's out of the box guess is even worse than Neal's: that Obama's U.S. birth certificate was proven to be false. At this point, MacKenzie finally realizes that Will isn't there yet. Nor are Elliot, Don, or Dr. Dr. Sloan.