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.

Director:

Jeremy Podeswa

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 1 more credit »
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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 Krumholtz ... Dr. Jack Habib
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Damon Gupton ... Sutton Hall
Eve Gordon ... Phylis Greer
Yuki Matsuzaki ... Daisuke Tanaka
Saemi Nakamura ... Translator
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jim Harper: Tell me about the complaint.
Maggie Jordan: There was a desk producer who saw Will yell at me about something.
Jim Harper: What?
Maggie Jordan: Doesn't matter.
Jim Harper: What?
Maggie Jordan: Doesn't matter.
Jim Harper: [looks at Maggie]
Maggie Jordan: I mixed up Georgia the State with...
Jim Harper: No!
Maggie Jordan: yes, Georgia the country.
[...]
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Connections

References Good Will Hunting (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main Theme
Performed by Thomas Newman
Written by Thomas Newman
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Sorkin at his worst
24 September 2015 | by studioATSee 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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