As Will deals with insomnia and online death threats, Sloan's frustrating interview with a Japanese nuclear rep about the Fukushima disaster gets her in major trouble.



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April, 2011: Will has insomnia and drops by a psychiatrist's office for a prescription. The doc, the son of a man Will consulted four years before, invites Will to sit: their session becomes flashbacks of the previous week. The Japanese may be downplaying the danger at Fukushima, Will presses Sloane to ask tougher follow-up questions, Mackenzie directs Jim and Maggie to do opposition research on Will (so Charlie can anticipate the next gossip attack), Will insists viewers' Internet comments no longer be anonymous and he receives a threat on his life, and Rick Santorum explores running for President. An engagement ring appears, a gay man interviewed. Who are the bullies? Written by <>

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Sloan Sabbith speaks Japanese several times during this episode. This is real, actress Olivia Munn spent her childhood in Tokyo and minored in Japanese in college. See more »


This episode is set between 11 & 13 April 2011, however the clip of Santorum used was from an appearance on Fox News Sunday in October 2011. See more »


Will McAvoy: Who else's body have you guarded.
Lonny Church: We don't talk about that.
Will McAvoy: Okay.
Lonny Church: Kanye. It was awesome.
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References Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) See more »


The Newsroom Main Theme
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Sorkin at his worst
24 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Aaron Sorkin is a fantastic writer who on his day can be brilliant and tell stories that are a joy.

Sadly he is also guilty at times of being preachy and for writing paper thin characters who he forces us to like.

This episode of The Newsroom features both of those things. It is so full of its own self importance at times that you don't even care about Sloan as she goes through a story that was meant to make us warm to her since he had only been in the background up to this point. However instead she goes on and on, ignoring advice that you almost want there to be more Will and Mac, which is ironic because the episode is meant to be a breather from that.

Sorry Mr Sorkin, you lost me on this one.

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