The Newsroom: Season 1, Episode 1

We Just Decided To (24 Jun. 2012)

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Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jesse Eisenberg:  plays the voice of Eric Neal; the MMS representative who was employed to inspect the oil rigs interviewed by Will McAvoy. See more »

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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 »

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Will McAvoy: Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he
[gesturing to the conservative panelist]
Will McAvoy: 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
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Will McAvoy: with a straight face, you're going to tell students that America's so star-spangled ...
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References Man of La Mancha (1972) See more »

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24 June 2012 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Once in a great while there is a show that is entertaining and important. This is one of those shows.

The importance of the forth estate cannot be discounted. The press is the people's objective window into the events of the world. It is our check and balance against corruption. When it becomes corrupt itself we lose the last hope for the truth.

Leadership occurs when someone stands for something. Will MvAvoy may be an ass but his desire to tell the truth opens the possibility for him to lead the news back to what it needs to be abed what we need it to be.

This show has the same possibility.


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