The Newsroom

Season 2 Episode 9

Election Night, Part II

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 15, 2013 on HBO
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Episode Summary


As Election 2012 coverage is put to bed, Reese must make a decision that affects Charlie, Will and all the senior staff of News Night, Don looks at his legal alternatives with Rebecca, and Will and Charlie have simultaneous epiphanies. Elsewhere, Neal asks Hallie's assistance finding a gift for Mac, Jim tries to make amends in his personal life and urges Maggie to do the same, and Sloan finds out who purchased her book.


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  • Soured.

    Overall the show is not good; not even kind of good anymore, the quality has faded very rapidly -it feels like this is a season 9 or something.

    The romances are getting increasingly more soap opera-esque and I have low tolerance for it.

    They clearly have had their characters paired up since season 1 -Will and Mac, Sloan and Don, Jim and Maggie.

    The truly worst part is that they have done a terrible job at hiding it all along so even when they were trying to do the whole 'will they, wont they' BS -anyone with an iota of mass between their ears recognized their BS.

    And WTF going on with Will and Mac? Will went through that arc where he supposedly understood that he wasn't feeling rejected by Mac but betrayed -just like how he felt when his father beat him.

    That was meant to be serious character development but now in a couple of seconds -he has an epiphany and suddenly all those feelings of betrayal and justified anger just disappears and he asks her to marry him. . .WTF?

    Also playing shitty music louder doesn't make shitty writing less shitty.moreless
  • Sorkin and company deliver

    First of all, season one was way much better. However I loved the story arc of season 2 being balanced on the Genova incident and the way everything went through and around it. Unlike some series that drag on and on, they did justice to Will and Mac's romance much to the relief of the audience.

    Like the other comments here, I am glad Maggie has been pushed to the back. I, for one just find her and her character irritating. Jim's new squeeze is way more hot and talented. Well done on that.

    Hope Season 3 allows more of the team members to play pivotal roles that just being background props. Don and Sloane nailed it while the friction between Neil and Mac should be explored some dubious reasons, she hates him and lets him know of it chance she gets !

    Charlie rocks as do too the mother and son duo as the owners. Interested to see the direction they are take for season 3. Keep up the good work Sorkin and company.moreless
  • An intelligent and quick fire drama finished on a high!

    Best drama show on TV, shame season 2 was shortened to only 9 episodes, could do with expanding to more! Only flaw in season 2 was the sudden & complete loss of the chemistry between Jim & Maggie? couldn't come to terms with this it was an odd piece of writing to suddenly switch Jims interest for Maggie completely off from the start of s2 when she breaks from don, just what he had been hoping for in most of s1??? Likewise her loss of interest in him also was strange, it appeared as if her character was changed just so the storyline of her experience in Africa could be accounted for??? Apart from this the Characters of Will, MacKenzie & Charlie were outstanding in all areas of drama & professionalism with a fair slice of humour thrown in. While the characters of Neal, Don & Sloan all provided for equally impressive performances along with the cameo from Jane Fonda & her slimy son Reese!!!

    Can't wait for season 3!moreless
  • such a boring drama

    At first i felt very excited by this show as I have been waiting for a new show to be as interesting as the West Wing.

    But as it keeps running, my attraction for Newsroom is fading...

    the whole thing about Maggie's hair, that has lasted for almost 6-7 episodes now, is very boring. She really looks ***ed and her character is definitely killing the show
Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Kathy Ling

Guest Star

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Jane Barrow

Guest Star

Amy Holland

Amy Holland


Guest Star

Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden

Rebecca Halliday

Recurring Role

Chris Messina

Chris Messina

Reese Lansing

Recurring Role

David Harbour

David Harbour

Elliot Hirsch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (5)

    • Music:
      "Let My Love Open the Door" by Luminate (closing scenes through end credits)

    • The first and last episode of this season both close with songs penned by Pete Townshend. The first episode, "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers", closes with "You Better You Bet" written by Pete Townshend and performed by The Who. This episode, the season's finale, closes with a cover of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door".

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Emily Bruza (Art Productions Assistant), Marty Grimes (Additional Assistant Prop Master), Hunter Cain (Lead Man), John Pollard (On-Set Dresser), Alex Pletcher (Set Dressing PA)
      Carrie Dacre (Set Costumer), Josh Coleman (Set Costumer), Summer Browning (Set Costumer)
      Karen McDonald (Department Head Make-Up Artist)
      Sharon Rivera (Department Head Hair Stylist)
      Sean J. O'Shea (A Camera First Assistant Camera), Coy Aune (A Camera Second Assistant Camera), Rich Floyd (B Camera First Assistant Camera), Dan Squires (B Camera Second Assistant Camera), Steve Pazanti (Additional First Assistant Camera), Tim Sheridan (Additional First Assistant Camera)
      Mike Langford (Digital Loader), Corey Gibbons (Digital Utility), Kevin Faber (Utility Sound), Christopher Cundey (Video Content Coordinator), Steve Irwin (Playback Engineer), Mark Scott (Playback Engineer), Erik Adams (Playback Engineer), Kris Killian (Video Engineer), Jim Sevin (Playback Technician)
      Deborah Ricketts (Archival Footage Clearance)
      Randall Green (Playback Production Assistant), Biz Thorsen (Video Content PA)
      Chris Tango (Lighting Technician), Sam Wayman (Lighting Technician), Conan Mastrangelo (Lighting Technician), Ron Provenzano (Lighting Technician)
      Curtis Andrews (Rigging Chief Lighting Technician), Richard Botchlet (Rigging Assistant Chief Lighting Technician), Lyle P. Robbins (Rigging Lighting Technician), Daimon Shippen (Rigging Lighting Technician) Chris Scurria (A Dolly Grip), Pete McAdams (B Dolly Grip), Kirk Greenberg (Key Rigging Grip), Larry Miller (Rigging Grip)
      Christopher Silverman (IFB Talent Mixer)
      Tom Rowe (Studio Camera Operator), Jeff Devino (Studio Camera Operator), John Purdy (Studio Camera Operator), Zeke Hernandez (Studio Camera Operator), Bonnie Blake (Studio Camera Operator), Jesse Acosta (Jib Camera Operator), Tom Schurke (Tape Operator), Eric L. Roberts (Tape Operator), Wayne Luna (Chyron Operator), Aimee Nelson (Chyron Operator), Geoff Carpernter (Chyron Operator), Melissa Moseley (Still Photographer)
      Gary Clause (General Foreman), Mark Comperry (Labor Foreman), Kevin Mahoney (Paint Foreman), Pete Medina (Toolman)
      Andrew Haspel (Second Assistant Accountant), Justin A. Desantis (Clerk)
      Jason Saunders (DOT Administrator)
      Orlando Chongo (Assistant Craft Service), Kismet Burroughs (Assistant Craft Service)
      Jason Shrier (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Dan Sarrow (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Daniel Leviton (Assistant to Mr. Poul), Kelly Kreiser (Assistant to Mr. Biggs)
      Randin Brown (Set Production Assistant), Jennifer Tunberg (Set Production Assistant), R. Ben Parker (Set Production Assistant)
      Lauren McMeikan (Post Coordinator)
      Daniel Nakamura (Mix Stage Technician)
      Lori Jones (Deluxe Post Supervisor)
      Pankaj Bajpai (DiTV Final Colorist), Dan Boothe (DiTV Dailies Colorist)
      Karen Boyle-Anastasio (Smoke Artist)

    • Company Credits: Rich King Casting (Extras Casting), Ken & Art's Catering (Caterer), Hollywood Babble On (Loop Group), Encore VFX (Visual Effects), Huge Designs (Main Title Design), Deluxe (DiTV Services), Todd AO Studios (Post Sound Services), EPS-Cineworks (Avids), Evan M. Greenspan, Inc. (Music Licensing), PIX System (Digital Dailies), Otto Nemenz (Alexa Cameras), Sunset Gower Studios (Filmed).

    • Original International Airdates:
      Finland: May 14, 2014 on YLE TV1