The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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5/1 

When Charlie gets a tip from a mysterious informant that the President is about to make a major announcement, the news team tries to confirm what it is about.

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Will McAvoy
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Sunday evening, May 1, 2011. The ACN news team is at Will's for a party to mark a year of good reporting. Charlie gets a call alerting him to a major news announcement at 10. By 9:00, everyone's on their way to the studio (with Will under the influence of a Vicodin and two pot-laced cookies). Don, Sloan, and Elliot are stuck on the tarmac at LaGuardia waiting for a gate. As the team uses brains and sources to narrow the possibilities - and get confirmation of what's going on - Charlie has to make the call as to when they go on the air: get it right without collateral damage. By evening's end, he gets a second tip suggesting that another story is brewing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

The Rock's ...Land of the free home of the brave." Tweet discussed by Neal, Kaylee and Charlie really happened. The Rock sent it out about an hour before President Obama's news conference. In addition The Rock really does have a cousin who was a SEAL, a fact The Rock mentioned in a 2008 interview. See more »

Goofs

Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) incorrectly references the the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) which was replaced with the current Emergency Alert System (EAS) in 1994. See more »

Quotes

Don Keefer: [to fellow passengers on the plane] She set the Treasury Secretary of fire.
Sloan Sabbith: [to Peter] It's true.
Peter: Why?
Sloan Sabbith: Just to show the other Cabinet Secretaries that I could.
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Crazy Credits

The speech made by President Barack Obama to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden, which was the focus of this episode, is played over the closing credits. See more »

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References Brothers & Sisters (2006) See more »

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Frankenstein
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Performed by Edgar Winter Group
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Problems in the newsroom
7 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Following a good run, there's something very off about '5/1'. More like a few things, and it really doesn't come off smoothly.

It starts with a party at Will's apartment, and the interactions in those scenes are stilted. It moves on from there with the staff chomping at the bit to report the news of bin Laden's death, a series of false starts as they wring their hands for confirmation. it doesn't help that the romantic triangle element (the show's real weakness) is doted in during this downtime. Eventually, we get to that historic announcement, and the show plays up the personal significance, this being New York. But there's never a crescendo. A lot of the writing here is obvious, stagey; which is a shame because it can also be very funny (Terry Crews again with the one-liners, and Will being high on pot brownies).

I wanted to like this more than I did. It just never seems to get off the ground.


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