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Contempt 

Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Hemingway

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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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 (credit only)
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
Marcia Gay Harden ... Rebecca Halliday
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
B.J. Novak ... Lucas Pruit
Clea DuVall ... Lilly Hart
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Jimmi Simpson ... Jack Spaniel
Brian Howe ... Barry Lasenthal
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Storyline

Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of the middle east safely, and ACN's new buyer's style of news doesn't sit well with Charlie. Sloane and Don keep dodging Human Resources, and Mac sets up a secret meeting of her own. Sloane and Charlie try to find another buyer for ACN. Jim tries to be supportive of his girlfriend's online column. Written by Lisa Garner

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

"Kundu" is the country mentioned in the confidential documents, however it is a fictitious country. Aaron Sorkin also used this fake nation in his series, the West Wing. See more »

Goofs

Outside the Bryant Park Hotel, there's an bus shelter ad for the movie Lucy, which wasn't released until 25 July 2014. The episode purportedly takes place in April 2013. See more »

Quotes

Sloan Sabbith: His logic is inconsistent.
Don Keefer: How?
Sloan Sabbith: He doesn't believe his source should have leaked classified documents.
Don Keefer: Neither do I.
Sloan Sabbith: But, he's unwilling to help law enforcement capture the source by identifying him.
Don Keefer: He can't. I'd be unwilling, and so would you.
Sloan Sabbith: I know. But, following that logic, he should also not be willing to broadcast the story. If he believes no one should ever leak because it poses a credible threat, then why is he broadcasting the story?
Don Keefer: Well, I can't speak for Will, but I will. Uh, this...
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References Working Girl (1988) See more »

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All I Want
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Performed by Bob Moses
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In one word: dynamite! The best episode since the very first one, two years ago. Bravo
3 December 2014 | by kandotomSee all my reviews

This is an Edward Snowden situation. While fully sympathetic with Will and the rest of the ACN crew, any intelligent viewer has got to feel ambivalent as well. This is about the clash of conflicting principles and moral imperatives, the conflict between the First amendment and national security.

I wont spoil things, and just say: "Contempt" is superb. It is by far the best episode since the first season premiere (where Will explodes in a fiery diatribe after a naive student asks him why "America is the greatest country in the world").

"Contempt" is arguable even better. The music, the acting, the plot line, the repartees, everything.

Also: In the second season, things became almost too convoluted at times. There were so many subplots and the dialogs were so rapid and witty that it sometimes became difficult to follow all of it. So far this year, this is no longer a problem.

And one more thing: what a treat, whenever Jane Fonda/Leona appears.


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