Will says good-night to his audience. He compromised his principles, reported on Casey Anthony and now it's time for the mysterious Terry Smith to do his or her fine upstanding program.
The next day, ACN ads are already billing NewsNight as the place to go for Casey Anthony coverage. Reese cheerfully tells Will he got 150,000 more viewers last night, "almost all women!" I think that's only because women in the Newsroom universe are too stupid to know how to change the channel away from ACN and to a channel with the kind of petty gossip news ladies love. Will assures Reese that ACN will continue its Casey Anthony coverage and Reese comments that it's really hot today -- almost record-breakingly so. Will clearly doesn't care what Reese has to say. They are no longer happy fun friends. Reese pushes Will to report on the weather today. Will refuses to "do a fucking weather report" because things like hot temperatures and tornados are not what a "serious news organization" like ACN should cover. Yeah, tell that to Hurricane Katrina, Will. Or any of the heat waves that almost always result in casualties. Also, Will, don't try to be as awesome as Jeremy Paxman. Only Paxman gets away with thinking he's better than a weather report. You do not. Reese reminds Will that he just got back 150,000 viewers he lost "while you were trying to be above it," so Will shouldn't try to think he's above telling America that it's hot outside. "98 degrees is when we have power outages," he says. THIS WILL BE IMPORTANT LATER. Also, he's wrong. Everyone knows that 98 Degrees is when we have classic boy band hits.
It took Charlie, Will, and MacKenzie an entire day to get whatever they need to get together to give Jim the assignment to vet Hancock and tell him about what the NSA and AWM are up to. MacKenzie says that either they have an amazing scoop on the NSA (and ACN's parent company), or someone is trying to set Will up like Dan Rather. Jim will have to find out by "filing a couple of hundred of freedom of information act requests" and somehow not letting the NSA know. Jim says he is up for the challenge because he is the best senior producer ever who never does anything wrong.