The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Unintended Consequences 

October 3, 2011: When Will's interview with Shelly of OWS goes horribly wrong, the Genoa team are at risk of losing a potentially valuable lead. Recounting her trip in Uganda to Rebecca ... See full summary »


Carl Franklin


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 9 more credits »




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
Marcia Gay Harden ... Rebecca Halliday
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Hamish Linklater ... Jerry Dantana
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Aya Cash ... Shelly Wexler
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Constance Zimmer ... Taylor Warren


October 3, 2011: When Will's interview with Shelly of OWS goes horribly wrong, the Genoa team are at risk of losing a potentially valuable lead. Recounting her trip in Uganda to Rebecca Halliday, Maggie relives the experience. Jim's frustrations with the Romney campaign continue. Written by Nadia Nassar

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A later episode (One Step Too Many) established that Maggie was not in the room during the taped Stomtonovich interview, rendering pointless both Jerry Dantana's claims about Maggie's state of mind and the long interrogation by Rebecca Halliday. There's also no explanation for why this fact did not come up during the Red Team meetings. This is a major plot mistake affecting several Season 2 episodes. See more »


Don Keefer: I too believe Will and Sloan can be a little smug, and I think you guys are showing a lot of wisdom by having me be the one to come and fix it.
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References Titanic (1997) See more »


The Newsroom Main Theme
Written by Thomas Newman
Performed by Thomas Newman
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The Newsroom episode #14 is titled "Unintended Consequences." I'm titling the show "Slap-Happy" referring to the characters on screen as well as to how I, as a viewer, feel.

The problem with this show is that it can't make up its mind. What kind of show is it? A serious drama or a sit-com? You can't mix the two without having the viewers feel jerked around. And in this last episode, we see some characters totally changing their character. People don't change their personality from week to week.

We see a totally new Maggie in this episode. Her long blond hair is gone, and she is now a redhead with a spiky pixie cut. Her public meltdowns and scatter-brained proclivities are gone, and she's all no-nonsense steely. Perhaps a trip to Arica and an attack by bandits can do that for a person. (Or maybe Sorkin, the series creator, just got tired of the constant barrage of "Maggie's an idiot" comments in the press, and so he did a character transplant.) On a better show, this incident in Africa where a young child who Maggie befriended is killed as Maggie tries to help him escape from the bandits would be poignant; on this show it just seems out of place.

This is an except from the full review on my blogspot blog: Premium Cable Reviews

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Release Date:

4 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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