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
After dismissing Jim Harper from the newsroom, Don walks away saying "there's a truck covering the Rose Bowl and I can't get in touch with them." The month is superimposed as April, however, the Rose Bowl is held in January. See more
You're the spokesperson for Halliburton.
And I came on this program voluntarily.
I don't have subpoena power, everyone comes on this program voluntarily.
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