April 20, 2010. Will McAvoy comes back to his national news anchor desk two weeks after a PR disaster at a college forum. He discovers that most of his staff are following his executive producer to another show, and his boss has hired Mackenzie MacHale as the new EP. McAvoy wants nothing to do with her and talks to his agent about getting her fired. While he and MacHale hash things out in his office, the news wire carries a report about a fire at BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well. McAvoy's old EP dismisses the intelligence that MacHale's assistant is discovering. How will McAvoy handle the opportunity to devote an hour to this news - and can the team put a show together on the fly? Written by
Did You Know?
The episode takes place on April 20, 2010, the day that was the start of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. On the screens in the background in the news room there are images of a Space Shuttle touching town. That is Discovery that landed at Kennedy Space Center on the morning the same day, marking the end of mission STS-131. See more
To point out that the US is not the greatest country in the world, Will sums up some statistics:
"We're seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, etc.
According to the CIA World Factbook the US is currently indeed close to number 178 on the infant mortality scale (november 2015 it is at 167). However: other than the rest of Will's examples, here we have a bad-to-good list, with Afghanistan being the worst at number 1, and Monaco the best at number 224. So this is a case where being the world number one is not something anyone should wish for. See more
I was in a bar in Da Nang...
1969. I was embedded with the 144th Artillery for UPI, and I was sitting there with a warm Coke watching a beautiful Vietnamese woman doing an exotic dance right in the middle of everybody. A beautiful, beautiful woman, and I thought to myself "I will never know what it is to be with a woman like that." And at that exact moment, the woman spun twice, teetered over, and fell right into my lap. That was a story about how sometimes some things just fall into ...
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