Leona asks Reese if this is true. Reese says he was just trying to make sure TMI "stayed competitive." And yes, he ordered hacking. Wow, that was easy. He didn't even ask to see the proof or talk to his mother about this in private like any normal, reasonable person would have done. "This is what you wanted," Reese says. No, it is not what Leona wanted. And then Charlie whips out his recording device. Yes, he was recording this the whole time! Of course he was! He thinks he's pretty freaking special now, and smirks accordingly. There was a lot of smirking in this episode.
Reese tries to call their bluff. He says he'll go to jail before he lets these people blackmail him. Good for Reese! I don't care that he's a sleazebag for hacking phones! I'm rooting for him against Charlie, Will and MacKenzie any day of the week. But Leona gets to make the final decision. Charlie says it's time for her to "stand for something," like Will and MacKenzie do (they do? Will just admitted that he went on the air high. He has no right to hold himself up as a paragon of journalistic virtue here) or like Hancock did by throwing himself off a bridge (uh... okay). Charlie says they can "do the news" and stand up to those bigots in the Tea Party. "You and me," he says. Ah, Sam Waterston and Jane Fonda are trying their best in this scene, but it can't be easy. These are really bad lines. Also, every time Sam Waterston gets this cheesily sincere, I remember that SNL commercial he did for robot insurance.
Leona doesn't say anything. Charlie tells Reese that TMI won't run the story about Will because TMI no longer exists -- Reese is going to shut it down. Leona says she doesn't "negotiate" like this. Charlie says this isn't a negotiation. While Will does the show tonight, Leona can think about what she's done here and either send her son to jail or not. Will stands up looking insufferably smug and tells Reese to "give six month's salary to a school or something." "Don't shoot and miss," Leona tells him. Will and Leona exchange ridiculous nods, only for MacKenzie to ruin the moment by saying "lucky for Will, he's got the aim of a sharpshooter who's been trained to shoot and... hit the target... " She closes her eyes and turns around to leave. "You can't just start to say something ... " Will mutters after her. If MacKenzie hadn't spent the season being so awful at everything and so unbearable to watch, I would have really enjoyed that little scene.