TV Without Commercials: Newsroom 1.6 &1.7

Alright alright, I have to get this out of the way first, and spoiler alert for anyone who missed last night’s Newsroom but Osama Bin Laden is dead.  The navy seals killed him and President Barak Obama addressed the nation on May 1st, 2011.  Appropriately, this week’s episode was entitled “5/1” and was a very obvious reference to the date in which this particular episode takes place.

I don’t know how I feel about Sloan, Elliot and Don all being stuck on the same plane together.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed that entire sequence with them, and the interactions between Don and the random passengers were absolutely hilarious.  What I don’t understand, is why Sloan is with Elliot and Don in the first place.  They obviously went to some sort of event to cover something but since when does Sloan work with the 8 o’clock team or is that just something I missed from last week?  Either way, we see them on their way back to New York and it would appear as though we missed Don complaining about his relationship with Maggie (definitely for the better), but the random comments from the passengers about it were down right hysterical.

So I didn’t discuss last week’s episode which was called “Bullies” so I’m going to talk about it briefly right now.  There’s a new character that we have been introduced to, Lonny, who is Will’s bodyguard thanks to a death threat he received on the comments section of his website.  I really enjoyed the way this particular episode was structured and how it centered around Will’s sessions with his psychiatrist but with flashbacks from the not so distant past thrown in.  Finding out that Mackenzie cheated on him for four months with her ex boyfriend was pretty shocking.  I think in a way it explains why Will takes it much more personally, but what was with him buying the ring?  That was down right cruel and I guess what we really learned from this session was that Will has a cruel side to him.  He showed it when he bought that ring and he definitely showed it when he questioned his guest, Sutton Hall, about his support of Rick Santorum despite Santorum’s hatred of homosexuals.  In fact Santorum does not think that Sutton Hall should even be allowed to teach college because of his sexual preferences.  Will pushed Sutton until he was yelling and on the verge of tears.  He claimed later that it was not his intention but it did happen.

So the big thing this week was the team being able to get the news story up and running and on the air given the extremely short notice.  Not to mention that Will had just ingested two extremely potent medical marijuana cookies during the party he was hosting well before giving the broadcast.  Despite acting hilarious leading up to the show, Will still managed to do a perfect newscast.  This is not the first time we have seen Will being fairly open towards marijuana and I feel like Aaron Sorkin is perhaps trying to interject his own opinions about it through Will.  I‘m probably just reading into that too much, but I find it interesting that this is not the first time Will has used marijuana this season.

So what is going on with Jim and Lisa?  Jim has seemed completely uninterested but as soon as she dumps him he’s interested?  Yeah that’s gonna work out real well.  Either way Maggie and Jim need to just get over it and be with each other.  Everyone can see it and somehow they are in complete denial.  I am starting to get the feeling that we will have to wait for the final episode for it to finally happen.  Maybe it will happen in the second to last episode and the last episode Will involve Don going from sad panda back to sarcastic rude panda when he finds someone, maybe even Lisa.  Who knows, most likely none of that will happen, but I guess we will just have to wait and see.