Will sulks over not being on the 9/11 broadcast and all the Will McAvoy hate sites he is only now aware of. Ten years as a news anchor and he's never had to deal with audience hate before? Sure.
Maggie moves out of Don's place and back to Lisa's apartment. But first, she tries to get that YouTube video removed by stalking the person who posted it. She and Dr. Dr. Sloan confront the poster in a Laundromat and get her to agree to take it down. Except she doesn't. Ha ha ha! Lisa finally sees it and she is really, really, really mad at Maggie. And when Lisa gets mad, she gives hugs of viciousness and speeches of rightful rage about how selfish Maggie is. It's pretty great and it gives Maggie the drive to get sent to Africa to report on something, anything.
Lisa breaks up with Jim (I didn't realize they were still together) and he seems pretty done with Maggie, too, no longer taking her calls. Also, he's found a new girl named Hallie on the campaign bus who keeps asking him about his life and then pretending she doesn't want to know the answer.
Occupy Wall Street happens. Neal covers it the day it begins, but there are only 300 people there and so MacKenzie laughs at him in front of the entire morning meeting. Neal admits it's a "non-story," but then on September 21, it quickly becomes a story when the NYPD arrest several occupiers for wearing masks on city streets. And then they arrest Neal for filming them doing it. Will bails him out and gets the charges dropped, going only slightly crazy in the police station while doing so.
Don is suddenly obsessed with the Troy Davis case, begging Will to do something and say something on the air about it before Davis is executed for a crime Don doesn't believe he committed. Will refuses, saying it's not his place to do that. Because Will refuses to step up and do advocacy journalism, Davis is executed.
And Anwar al-Awlaki is killed by a drone strike nine days before he was actually killed in real life but just in time to rev up that dramatic tension. Also, everyone acts surprised that an American was on the drone kill list even though that was widely reported back in 2010 and a drone attempted to kill him in May 2011. You can't base this show on real-life events and then fudge them. But it is enough to convince Will to start demanding information from the government about its counter-terrorism methods. Also, MacKenzie throws a drink in his face. I thought we stopped doing that last season.
Jerry Dantana tells MacKenzie about Cyrus West's Genoa operation tip: the Marines used sarin gas on Taliban forces and also a village full of civilians. MacKenzie doesn't believe any of it, but starts to come around when Dantana finds an ex-Marine who says he was there and it's true. Except we already know it isn't.
Finally and most importantly: Charlie demands that Elliot's show gets a Twitter scroll.
Do you guys think this show will get a third season? I do. I can't believe it's already lasted longer than Luck.
Jim tries to get on the campaign bus again. And again, the guy in charge, "Cameron," refuses to let him on. Jim threatens to file a story all about how Romney's campaign won't let him on the bus, and Cameron says that can only help Romney's chances. I do thoroughly enjoy this show when other characters are telling ACN people that no one likes them. A blonde reporter whose first and last names probably start with the same initial peaks out and tells Cameron to just let Jim on. So he does.
The bus is full of reporters who are somehow both overeager and jaded at the same time. Jim takes a seat across from the woman who got him on the bus and thanks her, but she doesn't seem interested in anything he has to say.
"August 25, 2011" pops up on the screen. Which means it's the day after where we left off last week. Those journalists in Libya were just freed, the campaign pool's designated douchebag, "Stillman," announces. Even though everyone else on the bus is reading the same article he is, Stillman just has to read it out loud despite frequent protests from the others. Oh, hi, Stillman. You are sixty percent of my journalism school class. Seventy-five percent if you just saw the headline on Twitter and started talking about it without even bothering to read the article. But guys – that means twenty-five percent of my class was pretty awesome. So there is hope.
The TVs are all on in Dr. Dr. Sloan's office even though she isn't there. It's like 4 in the morning at ACN when she arrives at work. It's still dark outside, which is weird when you consider that it was a beautiful bright morning in New Hampshire. I did not know New York City was in a different timezone. Dr. Dr. Sloan finds Maggie sleeping on the floor of her office. What's Maggie doing? Well, she packed up her stuff and moved out of Don's apartment and wants to keep her luggage in Dr. Dr. Sloan's office for the day so no one will see it and know what happened. Another way to do this would've been for Maggie to keep the bags at Don's apartment, go to work, and then, after work, pick them up and bring them to Lisa's apartment. Special bonus: not having to impose all her crap on Dr. Dr. Sloan's office.
Instead, Maggie apparently spent the night calling Don over and over again (he wouldn't take her calls, which Maggie knows because they went to voicemail on the second ring. That means Don saw who was calling and directed it to voicemail, rather than letting it ring four times and then going to voicemail. Or something. Like most things Maggie, it's unnecessarily complicated and dramatic). She says she'd rather not discuss this with Dr. Dr. Sloan anymore. Yes, Maggie wants to use her office as a storage facility. No, Dr. Dr. Sloan doesn't get to find out why.