The Newsroom: Season 1, Episode 10

The Greater Fool (26 Aug. 2012)

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Will is in the hospital and is too discouraged to return to work as his colleagues get the final clue needed to thwart the execs wanting to fire him.

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On a night in August, 2011, there are many top stories as voter ID laws take hold and Congressional Republicans hold the nation's credit hostage. In flashbacks, we see the eight days leading up to a hard-hitting broadcast. Will is in hospital, resolved not to come back to "News Night," Brian's published a savage piece in "New York," Charlie's source at the NSA may not be rock solid, and Nina is pursuing confirmation that Will was high on the night he announced bin Laden's death. Sloan surprises Don, Don surprises Maggie, Jim takes a "Sex and the City" bus tour, Neal eggs on the haters, and a somewhat-familiar young woman sits in the newsroom. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When Will is in hospital on his laptop, he is watching the footage of his tirade against the sophomore student at Northwestern University. However, the camera angle from which the video was taken would not have existed, as there were no cameras in that position. It was obviously extracted from the Pilot "We Just Decided to". See more »

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MacKenzie McHale: [while Will lies in a hospital bed, Jim reveals to them that Don is about to ask Maggie to move in with him. She scolds Jim for continuing to date Lisa rather than pursue a relationship with Maggie] You've got to do something before he asks her.
Jim Harper: No!
MacKenzie McHale: Why not?
Will McAvoy: It doesn't seem like a very nice thing to do to Don or Maggie or Lisa.
MacKenzie McHale: So you're willing to end up like the two of us? A strong, beautiful, vital woman and a hallowed-out shell of a man.
Will McAvoy: [to MacKenzie] You know I'm awake now?
MacKenzie McHale: [to Jim] That's a...
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Doesn't get better than this
1 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hope this first installment of Newsroom is just a preview of more to come; and not just one Perfect episode. TV doesn't get better than this. It's paced, intelligent and well acted by all involved; especially Daniels. It deals with the real world in an extremely entertaining fashion; and when it's over , you know you just watched something Great. This show will be the long awaited jump to the A-List for Jeff Daniels. He nails the role of a cantankerous self absorbed complacent Newscaster, not liked by his peers; like he was born to play it. I've always been a fan of Emily Mortimer's, and she is outstanding as usual. The rest of the supporting actors were cast perfectly for their roles, and it all comes together to make a Top Shelf Pilot for this new series.


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