The team decide to drop the hot Petraeus story in favor of the Brody rape comments from 1990 thing because it might help some late voters in their decisions and that is the Right Thing to do. Plus, they're all trying to resign anyway, so who cares?
Except that they aren't resigning! Jane Fonda, who is still high, leaves the decision to her son, who takes an episode-long walk to think it over. In the meantime, Charlie decides that Dantana was the only thing that went wrong with that whole accusing-the-government-of-a-war-crime thing and ACN is still noble enough to toss aside juicy gossip stories about the DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RESIGNING IN DISGRACE for important stories about something truly stupid a candidate said over 20 years ago and for that reason, they should stay forever. The rest of the staff who were so keen on quitting agree with him, as does Reese, but only after Charlie decides not to resign so poor Reese doesn't get to look like he cares about Doing the Right Thing after all.
Also, MacKenzie (whose Wikipedia problem is finally solved but it's so stupid that I'm just going to pretend it never happened) is not fired anymore because she is engaged to News Night's managing editor and anchor. Yes, that's right. Will decides that he should get over himself and forgive MacKenzie because he's happier with her than without her. Sane people would go out on a few dates. Will grabs that huge engagement ring from Season 1 and proposes to her. She says yes. The relationship we're all supposed to be waiting for is on!
And it's not the only one! Dr. Dr. Sloan finds out that Don bought her book, so she signs it and then makes out with him in the control room. He's pretty pleased with that, but doesn't propose to her, so whatever. I look forward to Marcia Gay Harden's return next season to deal with all the lawsuits these office romances are sure to create.
Maggie and Jim get together (as friends!) when Hallie's nagging at Jim to check up on Maggie's crappy haircut (Hallie thinks that someone who cuts her own hair is someone in need of help) and Roommate Lisa makes her triumphant return as a caterer at Reese's big election night party. Jim goes up to make amends, which is easily done when he simply tells her that he doesn't think he's smarter than her. Also he thinks she should ask her roommate why her hair is so bad. Lisa and Maggie finally have a nice long talk and I'm guessing Maggie told her about Africa but it was during a music montage (to a very bad version of "Let My Love Open the Door," which, why? Did they run out of money in the music budget so they could only afford the rights to the song but not Townshend's performance of it?) so I couldn't hear what they were saying. Also, Maggie admits to Jim that she cut and dyed her hair because of the kid she killed in Africa. She does not explain why it took her ten months to do it.
Best of all, the D.C. bureau gets stroppy, with Jane "Wheel" Barrow getting all mad that the crappy reputation-ruining New York staff gets to call the election and not her and making fun of them for inaccurate reporting about sarin gas. Also, she says she's going to take all of their jobs. Jane Barrow rules. I've decided that Terry Smith proposed to her, too, finally putting their difficult past behind them and allowing them to move forward with their happy new lives!
Also, Obama won.
It's almost over!!
As we open the conclusion to this suspenseful two-parter, Don talks to those Petraeus sources to try to nail the story down while Maggie, Charlie and MacKenzie listen in. He says the story is as confirmed as anything will ever be, which is kind of what they thought about Genoa, but whatever, and they have two on the record and two off the record sources.
Jim and his bad bad hair are called into the office. "I can explain," he says, assuming it's about his Michigan/Mississippi mistake. "Nope!" Maggie and her bad bad bad hair say immediately. Jim realizes that this meeting is not about him and shuts up.
MacKenzie and Charlie exposit what we just saw last week about Brody and his rape quote. Maggie reads the quote in order to kill three minutes. Jim is clearly annoyed that she found the story and he didn't, so good job with that, Taylor! Jim is asked to weigh in on which story they go with: Brody now and Petraeus when the official announcement that he's resigning comes in, or Petraeus now and Brody the next day, after the election. Everyone says Brody except Don, who doesn't understand how these people are his co-workers or at all involved in the news business.
MacKenzie explains that it's 6 p.m. in Brody's constituency and polls are open, so there are some voters left to inform, which is the only purpose of the news ever. Don says if they break the Petraeus story then it'll really help their credibility. Yes, except no one is going to believe them about the story anyway. For that matter, I don't think anyone will believe them about the Brody thing. Since the Petraeus story doesn't include anything voters need to know before they make their decisions, they decide not to go with it. Meanwhile, if this Brody was THAT important that it's worth passing on a huge story to tell it, why did they just wait over an hour to report it in the first place? How many people voted for Brody without being fully informed in that time?
Charlie says they'll report Petraeus's resignation when it actually happens. That's great because it's not like the director of the CIA resigning or the events that lead up to it isn't a huge national story or anything like that. Don signs off on it and Charlie just stands around looking pretty pleased with himself.
Will continues being an anchor. There is a problem in Wisconsin! They ran out of ballots. But don't worry, guys. I have a good tip that Obama will win the presidential election. Don't ask me how I know.