Will and Charlie leave for the day. Will blows off the fans waiting outside the building to get a glimpse of him and asks Charlie, again, what the response has been from the mysterious 44th floor. Charlie says there hasn't been one, and that "she" never watched the old version of Will's show in the first place. Charlie doubts she's watching it now.
Reese says he and his mother weren't invited to a special retreat in Telluride for the first time in nine years, and he blames NewsNight for that. Charlie wanders off to drink bourbon and mutters something about wanting to punch Reese in the face yet again. "You've had enough bourbon for one lifetime," Reese says. Reese is right. If Charlie thinks he can get away with openly drinking and threatening violence in meetings, then they should fire him. And yet, he and Maggie are allowed to stay at ACN and we're supposed to think they are the best the news has to offer. "We lost David and Charles," Reese says. This gets a reaction from both Charlie and Jane Fonda. I believe Reese is talking about David and Charles Koch, and Telluride is their exclusive little annual retreat for rich people.
Aw, crap. MacKenzie is trying to be a newswoman again. She leads a meeting of her awful staff, and Will quickly makes fun of her. "You know what, Hef? There's a Hooters a few blocks from here just filled with waitresses who are stocked like a game fishing pond for you to go ... out like a fish ... with a ... " and then she trails off because she can't even insult her boss without turning into an idiot. Also, she's lucky not to get fired for being so unprofessional and also sexually harassing her boss in front of everyone.
MacKenzie decides to call on the one person in the room who will embarrass herself more than MacKenzie already has: Maggie. Maggie stammers out that the Tea Party claims it's a grass roots movement, so it should be resistant to "traditional power structures." The woman who looks like Melinda Clark(e) and has the misfortune of sitting next to Maggie looks at her like "get your shit together, woman" while Jim is, of course, concerned.
Will welcomes his latest guests, two rubes who represent the Tea Party, to his show. His audience has got to be so sick of tea. How is this show any better than, say, a show on Fox News that shoves the same points down its viewers' throats over and over, again?
And then we're back in the meeting (the MacKenzie meeting, not the Reese/Jane Fonda meeting. I know -- it's hard to keep track of everything now that we're going back and forth between at least three points in time). MacKenzie predicts that the two rubes will say they're the "true voice" of the American people.