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
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When Will McAvoy is interviewing Eric Neal from the MMS, he verifies numerous facts including the number of inspectors (56), the number of wells (35,591), and the fact that each well is supposed to be inspected once a month. Doing the math, McAvoy says that this is equal to 635 wells per inspector, which would require inspecting two wells per day, six days a week for a year. This statistic doesn't take into account that each well is supposed to be checked once per month. The real stat should have been that each inspector has to inspect 21 wells per day, 365 days a year. See more
Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he
[gesturing to the conservative panelist
gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin' smart, how come they lose so GODDAMN ALWAYS! And
[to the conservative panelist
with a straight face, you're going to tell students that America's so star-spangled ...
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