Maggie thinks building a show from scratch could be a good experience. "Okay," Jim says with a laugh. Maggie, suddenly angry because people on this show's emotions turn on a freaking dime, thinks Jim thinks she's making a choice based on her relationship and cares more about marriage than her career. Jim has no idea what she's talking about. Enough talking then happens that Maggie agrees to do the phone call run through. That's when she finds out that the guy she'll be speaking with is named Glen Fisher. THIS WILL BE IMPORTANT LATER. Actually, it's important right now, but Maggie doesn't say anything about it.
Jim walks Maggie through the basics and she gets mad again. "I've done this before," she growls. Oh really? Because the only time we've seen her talk to anyone on the phone, she couldn't figure out how to use the hold button and she almost decapitated herself on the headset cord. So I can understand Jim's lack of faith in her. Instead of just dealing with the fact that the people who are in charge of her might want to make sure she knows what she's doing before trusting her with the pre-interview for the lead story of the show, she keeps being sarcastic and angry until Jim asks her what her problem is. "I have no idea why I'm being mean to you." "Do you think you'll stop?" Jim asks. "It doesn't feel like it. I'm just being honest," Maggie says. Fire her. Instead, Jim says he "can't ask for more than that. Except rational thought." "WHAT WAS THAT?" Maggie barks. Fire her right now. At the very least, act like you're her boss and not her employee.
By the way, Maggie also sucks at pre-interviews, which may have been why she didn't want to do the pre-pre-interview in the first place. She starts off by attacking Arizona and how horrible it is. Jim responds by saying that Arizona has a hard enough time paying for its legal citizens these days, and Maggie is so angry that she forgets about the phone receiver she was miming and yells at Jim for "scapegoating these people." "Stop," Jim says, "ask the follow-up." Maggie's follow-up is that Arizona should be proud that it's such a hot destination. Jim says the correct follow-up question would have been to ask how much illegal immigrants cost, and that the governor's response will be that they are happy to accept people from all walks of life into their state as long as they are allowed to be there. Maggie is done with this helpful instruction that she could clearly use, saying "I'm going to ask the right questions, you dweeb!" Fire her. Also, "dweeb?" That's worse than MacKenzie's "punk" last week. Maggie says her point in all of this (which she shouldn't have because she's not there to argue with show guests, but to do a freaking pre-interview so that the world may know precious facts) is that people can be so dismissive of illegal immigrants that they don't think of them as people who are just trying to make better lives for themselves and their children. Well, go yell at MacKenzie for that, because she's the one who doesn't want to put a human face on the issue. Also, maybe you should stop referring to them as "these people." That's kind of marginalizing. Maggie also has a problem with the term "illegals." Yes, because "undocumented workers" makes them seem that much more human. Something about Maggie's argument convinces Jim that she's ready for an unsupervised pre-interview. Or maybe he's just sick of listening to her.