The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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On the week of 2011's Valentine's Day, the news team is forced to hire a local Egyptian stringer to report on Arab Spring developments and find they have placed him in great danger.



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It's the week leading up to Valentine's Day, 2011. ACN needs someone on the ground in Cairo: Neal helps them recruit Amen ("the hidden one"), a young blogger who masks his face. Before they'll use him, the network insists that Amen drop his anonymity. Governor Scott Walker seeks elimination of collective bargaining for government employees in Wisconsin; Will covers the story with reports of behind-the-scenes funding from the Koch brothers. Someone is playing Mackenzie, the network's morning show repeats gossip about her furnished by Nina Howard, and the newsroom staff finds a touchstone in the movie "Rudy." Written by <>

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Mackenzie tells Amen that he must take off his bandana to prove himself as a credible source, but he is actually using a keffiyeh to cover his face. See more »


Nina Howard: Hey Will... We're journalists.
Will McAvoy: I wish you hadn't said that.
Nina Howard: What?
Will McAvoy: Everything would've been cool if you hadn't said that. You just talk too much.
Nina Howard: You have a problem with me calling myself a journalist? Only the elite few who cover stories nobody cares about get to call themselves...
Will McAvoy: [Cutting her off] I've got a guy on my staff who got hit in the head with a glass door Thursday. His forehead wouldn't stop bleeding, but he wouldn't go to a doctor 'cause I got another guy who got beat up covering ...
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Written by Lionel Richie
Performed by Lionel Richie
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Flowers, chocolates and broken ribs
25 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Putting aside the blatant "Rudy" homage at the end (a callback to an earlier scene, but still heavy-handed) 'Amen' has its heart in the right place. Against the backdrop of Mubarak's resignation, there's plenty of drama over a missing associate producer in Egypt, as well as the attack on Elliott (David Harbour). And the office romances are handled rather naturally, for once. Throw in a history lesson on Glass-Steagall, and that's how "The Newsroom" does Valentine's Day.

But my favorite scene is Will's righteous speech to Nina (Hope Davis), basically telling her to go eff herself instead of digging up dirt again on his staff.

It's a genuine moment for Will McAvoy.


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