The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Amen 

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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... Will McAvoy
... MacKenzie McHale
... Jim Harper
... Maggie Jordan
... Don Keefer
... Neal Sampat
... Sloan Sabbith
... Charlie Skinner
... Nina Howard
... Elliot Hirsch
... Wade Campbell
... Lisa Lambert
... Maria Guerrero
... Tony Hart
... Kendra James
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Neal talks about being on one of the tube trains on 7/7 which left Liverpool Street but he was evacuated to Kings Cross after the explosion. None of the affected trains travelled in that direction. See more »

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[Maggie cleaning up Jim's bleeding head]
Jim Harper: Do you know what you're doing?
Maggie Jordan: I could've been a doctor!
Jim Harper: What happened?
Maggie Jordan: Well, I didn't go to medical school or anything.
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Hello
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Written by Lionel Richie
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Flowers, chocolates and broken ribs
25 May 2017 | by 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.

7/10


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