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The Newsroom

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 22, 2012 on HBO
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  • Episode Summary


    Two uprisings occur simultaneously and the news crew does their best to report on both equally. First, the ousting of President Mubarak in Egypt, then unrest in Wisconsin in response to the governor's call for budget cuts.

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    • Same Old

      Just same old routine for this show. A news item, they scramble to get the "news" on the air and then the rest of the show is dedicated to their annoying relationships. Why is it every time a noteworthy news issue is resolved at the end of the show. Don't issue continue for weeks on end, wouldn't it be nice if we didn't know what happened to their Egyptian reporter until the next week or week after? Mortimer is just miscast for this show. I cringe when she Pegg and Waterson are one. No good female character, they're all weak - and when I say weak, I mean not strong people. Well except for maybe Olivia Munn and the Witch, the Witch you ask, I'm referring to Jane Fonda - Miss Evil. No why does the "strongest" female character have to be evil?? This show is brutal!!moreless
    • Characters given good time, comedy hits right, and two very important news pieces

      I'll try to be brief. The comedy, while heavy-handed, was great, especially the stripper. The ending was inspiring, although drawing a strange parallel to Will if you think it through. And overly dramatic with the hug and Neal's well-timed reunion with Kahled. Will's second to last scene shows he still hasn't let go of that annoying tendency to defend JOURNALISM. Great development for Sloan (I learned stuff!) and Neal, but I actually wanted a break from Jim/Maggie. I didn't like the ending to the Valentine's Day thread, except Don's continued good guy-ness. I like Don now--another developed character. And Mackenzie and Wade are done! Yay... He was awful, and I liked how she dealt with him. Overall, a 9.moreless
    Jon Tenney

    Jon Tenney

    Wade Campbell

    Guest Star

    Merle Dandridge

    Merle Dandridge

    Maria Guerrero

    Guest Star

    Patrick Fabian

    Patrick Fabian

    Tony Hart

    Guest Star

    Hope Davis

    Hope Davis

    Nina Howard

    Recurring Role

    David Harbour

    David Harbour

    Elliot Hirsch

    Recurring Role

    Kelen Coleman

    Kelen Coleman


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Will: Do me favor and see if there is a connection between the Koch brothers and Citizens United.
        Jim: I'm way ahead of you.
        Will: How?
        Jim: Well, no. I'm exactly where you are. It's just an expression.

      • Will: What are the 'disinfectant brigades'?
        Kahlid: Most of Tahrir Square is old ladies sweeping up right now. The kids change the country and then they call in the moms to clean up after them.

      • Sloan: I'm the closest thing to a female friend you have, right?
        Mackenzie: Wait, are you telling me I don't know female friends or that you are not entirely female?
        Sloan: What do you think?
        Mackenzie: The first.

      • Mackenzie: In this order: Leave. Lose the Election. And go to hell.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Company Credits: Rich King Casting (Extras Casting), Ken & Art's Catering (Caterer), Hollywood Babble On (Loop Group), MFX (Visual Effects), Shine (Main Title Design), Deluxe (DiTV Services), Todd AO Studios (Post Sound Services), G.E.P. (Avids), Evan M. Greenspan, Inc. (Music Licensing), PIX System (Digital Dailies), Otto Nemenz (Alexa Cameras)

      • Crew Additions and Clarifications:
        Emily Bruza (Art Production Assistant), John Hill (Lead Man), Scott Bruza (Gang Boss), John Pollard (On-Set Dresser)
        Carrie Dacre (Set Costumer), Ruben Calderon (Set Costumer), Summer Browning (Additional Costumer)
        Jane Galli (Department Head Make-Up Artist), Barbara Lorenz (Department Head Hair Stylist)
        Sean J. O'Shea (A Camera First Assistant Camera), Coy Aune (A Camera Second Assistant Camera), Brice Reid (B Camera First Assistant Camera), Betty Chow (B Camera Second Assistant Camera), David Erickson (C Camera First Assistant Camera), Kristen Laube (C Camera Second Assistant Camera), Mike "Kiwi" Langford (Digital Loader), Shannon Mita (Digital Utility)
        Kevin Faber (Utility Sound)
        Craig Kvinsland (Lighting Technician), Nathan December (Lighting Technician), Steve Reinhardt (Lighting Technician), Eric Arendt (Lighting Technician)
        Curtis Andrews (Rigging Chief Lighting Technician), Chris Scurria (A Dolly Grip), Pete McAdams (B Dolly Grip), Ron Miller (Key Rigging Grip)
        Jeff Tartaglini (General Foreman), Adrian Rutiaga (Labor Foreman), Kevin Mahoney (Paint Foreman), Rick Belosic (Toolman), Luis Aguilar (Stage Foreman)
        Tina Sparks (Second Assistant Accountant), Justin A. Desantis (Clerk)
        Orlando Chongo (Assistant Craft Service)
        Matt Morrissey (Video Effects Supervisor), Dave Henri (Playback Content Supervisor), Steve Irwin (Playback Engineer), Mark Scott (Playback Engineer), James Visconti (Computer Engineer), Jim Sevin (Playback Technician)
        Deborah Ricketts (Archival Footage Clearance), Randall Green (Playback Production Assistant)
        Srdjan Popovic (IFB Talent Mixer), Zeke Hernandez (Studio Camera Operator), Tom Rowe (Studio Camera Operator), Jesse Acosta (Jib Camera Operator), Stan Harrison (Tech Utility), Eric Adams (Tape Operator)
        Melissa Moseley (Still Photographer)
        Jessica Held (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Dan Sarrow (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Daniel Leviton (Assistant to Mr. Poul), Nicholas Baker (Assistant to Mr. Biggs)
        Mallory Squeo (Set Production Assistant), Jenny Tunberg (Set Production Assistant), R. Ben Parker (Set Production Assistant)
        Andrew Myatt (Post Coordinator)
        Daniel Nakamura (Mix Stage Technician)
        Lori Jones (Deluxe Post Supervisor), Pankaj Bajpai (DiTV Final Colorist), Dan Booth (DiTV Dailies Colorist), Rob Williams (Smoke Artist)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Czech Republic: August 27, 2012 on HBO
        Turkey: October 14, 2012 on CNBC-e
        Germany: December 6, 2012 on Sky Atlantic HD
        Finland: April 23, 2013 on YLE TV1

    • ALLUSIONS (0)