And now it's time for Sorkin to exploit yet another tragedy for his own narrative purposes. It turns out that Neal was on one of the trains that was bombed in the 7/7 bombings in London. "What'd you see?" Will asks, because that's appropriate. Neal says he just saw smoke and people screaming, crying, and praying, and then a worker lead them to the station. He pulled out his cell phone to call his dad but there was no service, so he used it to take video, which he then sent to news stations. "He's Rudy!" Will says. "Not everything is Rudy!" MacKenzie says. Damn, Neal is trying to share this personal experience with everyone, only for Will to shit on it by comparing it to a movie about college football. Also, am I to understand that Neal got where he is (wherever he is ... I'm still not sure what "Will's official blogger" means) because he just happened to be on a train that got bombed and he took cell phone footage of it and gave it to news outlets? And that even though he was planning on being a mechanic like his father and didn't go to college, he somehow parlayed that into a job in America for the second-most popular cable news anchor? Also, why does he wear cardigans all the time? Anyway, he says Amen has the equipment and an Internet connection, unlike most of the rest of Egypt.
Don interrupts to ask Will to fill in on the 10 o'clock show. Elliot can't, because I guess he was going to broadcast from his grainy feed in his hotel room but then he decided to go out on the street to report and got beaten up. Now he has broken ribs, a broken arm, and cuts and bruises on his face. "Get him home!" Charlie orders, like no one thought of that before. Don wants to call Elliot's wife. Charlie says he will. Don insists. Charlie gets mad. Will tells Charlie to let Don call the wife. "Right away, you say he's fine and he's on his way home," Charlie orders. He also suggests that Don not tell the wife that Elliot got hit with a rock. Don leaves. "What the hell was Elliot thinking?" Charlie wonders. "Get the story," Will says. Meanwhile, I don't see Will in Egypt. Clearly, Elliot is the superior reporter here.
MacKenzie doesn't seem at all upset about Elliot when she meets up with the patient Dr. Dr. Sloan. "What are you still doing here?" MacKenzie asks. Dr. Dr. Sloan only has herself to blame for this. MacKenzie remembers that she was the one who asked to meet with Dr. Dr. Sloan as they head into her office. MacKenzie says she's supposed to appear on a panel at the Paley Center about whether or not TV news can cover the economy. It turns out that NewsNight probably can't, since MacKenzie doesn't know anything about economics at all. She never studied it in school or bothered to read about it or report on it. Dr. Dr. Sloan is confused; MacKenzie has been producing five minutes of economic news every night on Will's show. "I just set aside a five-minute block and let you and Will go at it!" MacKenzie says with a wave of her hand. "I pretend to read what you give me and then I nod," she says; "I do not understand a word you're saying." Best EP in the business, guys.