The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Bullies 

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Charlie Skinner: You're suspended with pay until I figure out...
Sloan Sabbith: [Sloan cut's him off] They we're lying about a public safety issue.
Charlie Skinner: You're suspended with pay...
Sloan Sabbith: [Sloan cut's him again screaming] I don't want the goddamn pay!
Charlie Skinner: Don't front off with me, girl!
Sloan Sabbith: Don't call me girl, sir!
Don Keefer: Hey!
Don Keefer: Everybody calm the f**k down!
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References Animal Crackers (1930) See more »

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The Newsroom Main Theme
Performed by Thomas Newman
Written by Thomas Newman
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A cold hard look into the mirror
7 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Using a therapy session to unfurl a story is a common trope (this being HBO, I'm surprised there wasn't a Sopranos joke) but it's also convenient' especially this one. At first, the bullying is a straightforward death threat from a website comments section. But the layers come into play with both Will and Sloane (Olivia Munn) who press the issues way too far in their respective interviews and they take on the role of aggressor. Having Will lay this out to a therapist offers real dep0th to him as a character (the most thus far); the same for Sloan, who';s at a crossroads as a veteran reporter. It makes me want to see more material for Sloan and elevates her character.

Some of this is very uncomfortable, but also pretty good TV.


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