It's time for an hour in the life of News Night! It's six months after the last episode (there goes Occupy Wall Street!), but Maggie just can't let Africa go so she's drinking and sleeping with strange men. Jim notices, but she criticizes his possible girlfriend Hallie's women's rights column and insists that whatever her problem is, it's not affecting her work. And then she edits the George Zimmerman 911 call misleadingly. Even though that got an NBC employee or two fired, Maggie just gets told off and then has the temerity to tell her boss off right back for giving up an interview to Hallie. And she still isn't fired! Also, her hair is long and blonde, so I guess she didn't decide to cut and dye it until well after she killed that kid.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dr. Sloan's naked photos are all over the internet because she broke up with a guy and he decided to revenge-porn her. It really doesn't seem consistent with Dr. Dr. Sloan's personality whatsoever to have posed for those pictures in the first place, so, I don't know. She deals with it by sulking in Don's office for an hour and feeling humiliated and betrayed and violated, and then she gets over it, goes to her ex-boyfriend's office and viciously assaults him. Makes him bleed and everything. It's still not charming when women attack men on this show, no matter how many times Sorkin insists on writing it.
MacKenzie does her job by preventing a show guest from coming out on the air, accusing him of trying to get famous and turning News Night into Maury Povich, because coming out is totally the same thing as confronting your mustard phobia or finding out who the father of your baby is. What a freak show that would be! What an attention whore that kid who's terrified of telling his parents about his sexual orientation is! Good thing Maggie shut that circus down!
Jim and Martin, being sensible and rational men, deal with a call from the victim of an explosion in Syria, only to find out that it's a prank call before it ever makes it to air. Disaster averted, boys! Unlike Maggie's mistake, which has to be corrected at the end of the show.
Charlie gets a visit from a government official who knows that Dantana has been poking around Operation Genoa and seems to know what he's trying to prove. He asks Charlie why the government shouldn't use any available means to save its soldiers, and Charlie is now convinced that Operation Genoa is real. By the way, if you haven't been keeping score this whole time: it's not.
And Will finds out that his father had a heart attack right before the show starts but keeps it together because he's a man and that's how men roll. MacKenzie keeps nagging him to call his father to make amends, but by the time Will does that, his dad is dead. After a few seconds of dead air, he goes right back to doing the news. He doesn't screw up a 911 call edit or pose for a naked photo or anything!
Finally and most importantly, Twitter is still evil.
It's time for another episode of NewsNight! Except, as I'm only now finding out, it's actually News Night. I've been doing it wrong this entire time! As the credits roll, Will gets a phone call and decides to see who it's from, because 10 seconds before you go on the air is a great time for that. Why would he even have his phone there at all? But it's a good thing he did, because the call is from his father, who I'd always assumed was dead. Will sends it to voicemail after two rings, just like all those men always do to Maggie.
Will opens the newscast with the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation, because it's suddenly March 16, 2012, and we've skipped over six months. Six months! You're telling me they couldn't think of any stories to cover between October 2011 and March 2012? Nothing more about Occupy Wall Street, which is now basically over?
In the newsroom, Kendra gets a breaking news alert, but it's about Syria and bombs so no one cares. Maggie brings it to MacKenzie and Jim anyway, telling them the two bombs are the work of rebels, then admitting to Jim that she's just guessing. Good job, Maggie. Three years she's been doing this now and she's learned nothing? I learned more in the six months of journalism school I was attending in those six months Sorkin just skipped over than Maggie's learned in a lifetime.
MacKenzie tells Maggie to set up a spot for the Syria news (which, by the way, happened on March 17, so AMAZING job by News Night getting that footage from the future!), only to watch as Will stumbles a little when introducing the next speaker. She makes fun of him, and he tells her that he's distracted because his dad just called him "like he fucking doesn't know where I'm at at eight o'clock?" And then asks the control room to switch off his feed before they have to hear any more of it or it is "accidentally" leaked online.
Speaking of things that were accidentally leaked online, Reese found some naked photos of Dr. Dr. Sloan. Charlie insists that they aren't real and someone must have photoshopped them. Reese says that's not likely since she's wearing the same necklace in the photos as she's wearing now. And that's probably the only thing she's wearing in those photos. Also, Reese took the photos to like three experts who all agreed they're the real thing. Dr. Dr. Sloan admits that they're real.
Charlie gets a phone call and leaves, probably pleased with the timing. He tells his assistant to "take him somewhere," referring to a mysterious unseen guest, then returns to his office, where Dr. Dr. Sloan is explaining that she was "seeing a man over Christmas." Charlie tells her she doesn't have to explain herself, but Reese says he needs to know that there aren't more photos out there. Dr. Dr. Sloan says there probably are.