The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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5/1 

When Charlie gets a tip from a mysterious informant that the President is about to make a major announcement, the news team tries to confirm what it is about.

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Joshua Marston

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer ... MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher Jr. ... Jim Harper
Alison Pill ... Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski ... Don Keefer
Dev Patel ... Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Solomon Hancock (voice)
Christina Kirk ... Flight Attendant
Natalie Morales ... Kaylee
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Jane Barrow
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Storyline

Sunday evening, May 1, 2011. The ACN news team is at Will's for a party to mark a year of good reporting. Charlie gets a call alerting him to a major news announcement at 10. By 9:00, everyone's on their way to the studio (with Will under the influence of a Vicodin and two pot-laced cookies). Don, Sloan, and Elliot are stuck on the tarmac at LaGuardia waiting for a gate. As the team uses brains and sources to narrow the possibilities - and get confirmation of what's going on - Charlie has to make the call as to when they go on the air: get it right without collateral damage. By evening's end, he gets a second tip suggesting that another story is brewing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Trivia

The Rock's ...Land of the free home of the brave." Tweet discussed by Neal, Kaylee and Charlie really happened. The Rock sent it out about an hour before President Obama's news conference. In addition The Rock really does have a cousin who was a SEAL, a fact The Rock mentioned in a 2008 interview. See more »

Goofs

Special significance was assigned to having a United Airlines crew operating the flight between Washington DC and New York's LaGuardia Airport. The United flights between those airports are a code-share and operated by US Airways' crews. See more »

Quotes

Captain Louis Embry: Is there a problem, sir?
Don Keefer: Yeah, I was asking how paranoid you have to... you have to be...
[sees the Captain belongs to United Airlines]
Don Keefer: Captain, my name is Don Keefer. That's Elliot Hirsch and that's Sloan Sabbith. We work for Atlantis Cable News. And we wanted you and your first officer and Flight Attendant Crazy Lady to be the first ones on this plane to know that our armed forces killed Osama bin Laden for you tonight.
Captain Louis Embry: You're serious?
Don Keefer: Yes, sir.
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Crazy Credits

The speech made by President Barack Obama to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden, which was the focus of this episode, is played over the closing credits. See more »

Connections

References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »

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Sunshine
(uncredited)
Written by Jonathan Edwards
Performed by Jeff Daniels and John Gallagher Jr.
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Problems in the newsroom
7 July 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Following a good run, there's something very off about '5/1'. More like a few things, and it really doesn't come off smoothly.

It starts with a party at Will's apartment, and the interactions in those scenes are stilted. It moves on from there with the staff chomping at the bit to report the news of bin Laden's death, a series of false starts as they wring their hands for confirmation. it doesn't help that the romantic triangle element (the show's real weakness) is doted in during this downtime. Eventually, we get to that historic announcement, and the show plays up the personal significance, this being New York. But there's never a crescendo. A lot of the writing here is obvious, stagey; which is a shame because it can also be very funny (Terry Crews again with the one-liners, and Will being high on pot brownies).

I wanted to like this more than I did. It just never seems to get off the ground.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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