The Newsroom

Season 1 Episode 10

The Greater Fool

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 26, 2012 on HBO
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  • Episode Summary


    In the Season 1 finale, Mac is agitated by a possibly devastating announcement from gossip columnist Nina Howard. Meanwhile, Sloan ponders a new job opportunity; Neal's Internet alias could avert a catastrophe; and Will, Mac and Charlie confront Leona and Reese during a volatile lunch meeting.

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    • Great ending to a fantastic show!

      As usual, a very humorous yet enlightening appearance by Will, especially in his hospital bed, and the mean nurse and Mac helping out. I think his role has really developed from a mean grumpy old man to someone much more humane and likeable while still amazingly intelligent, witty, and gutsy.

      The supporting cast also did a great job, I liked how the Maggie, Jim, Don and Lisa love circle almost ended the way the audience hoped for but still didn't, and it was very entertaining to see the negotiation between Charlie and Leona, especially how it ended.

      The only negative part maybe was Mac having her usual tantrums, seriously her character's credibility is decreasing with each episode, she really isn't impressing with her girly pouts and mood tantrums about her past relationships. Get a grip Mac and be more professional like Sloan!

      On a final note, it was a fantastically smart way to play "the Greater Fool", and nobody pointed out that that was the title of the supposedly negative article about Will in the magazine. Perhaps Brian wasn't so critical about Will afterall, just like Will said, it was all true what he wrote.

      Really looking forward to the next season, way to go Aaron Sorkin!moreless
    • This was....

      by far the greatest TV show episode ever across the board for any show ever developed!!! :D yes it was. I don't care what anyone else thinks! It had a lot of everything squeezed in and yet it didn't feel squeezed in at all. So many heart warming, goose bumping moments. I absolutely loved it. It was better than the pilot. Way better. THIS SHOW BETTER NOT BE CANCELLED!!!
    • American Taliban ...

      ... simply great!!!
    Stephen McKinley Henderson

    Stephen McKinley Henderson

    Solomon Hancock

    Guest Star

    Angela Sargeant

    Angela Sargeant

    Nurse Cooper

    Guest Star

    Kenneth Choi

    Kenneth Choi

    Dr. Lee

    Guest Star

    Chris Messina

    Chris Messina

    Reese Lansing

    Recurring Role

    Hope Davis

    Hope Davis

    Nina Howard

    Recurring Role

    Terry Crews

    Terry Crews

    Lonny Church

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Sloan Sabbith: The greater fool is actually an economic term, it's a patsy.
        Will McAvoy: Thanks for that.
        Sloan Sabbith: For the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool. Someone who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their life trying not to be the greater fool. We toss him the hot potato, we dive for his seat when the music stops. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where others have failed. This whole country was made by greater fools.

      • Will McAvoy: (on his hospital bed) Not well? What is sickness to the body of a knight-errant? What matter wounds? For each time he falls he shall rise again, and woe to the wicked! Sancho! My armour! My sword!

      • Will McAvoy: Ask me your idiot question again.
        Jennifer Johnson: What makes America the greatest country in the world?
        Will McAvoy: You do!

    • 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), Dave Egerstrom (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)
        Mike "Kiwi" Langford (Digital Loader), Shannon Mita (Digital Utility)
        Kevin Faber (Utility Sound)
        Christie Mullen (Location Manager-New York)
        Craig Kvinsland (Lighting Technician), Terrence McNally (Lighting Technician), Eric Davidian (Lighting Technician), Ron Provenzano (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), Kismet Burroughs (Assistant Craft Service)
        Matt Morrissey (Video FX 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), Glenn Hazlett (Talent Audio Mixer)
        Robert Pastoriza (Studio Camera Operator), Tom Rowe (Studio Camera Operator), Joe Tamel (Studio Camera Operator), Matt Cohen (Studio Camera Operator), Jesse Acosta (Jib Camera Operator)
        Eric Roberts (Tech Utility), Eric Adams (Tape Operator), Tom Schurke (Video Playback)
        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: October 1, 2012 on HBO
        Turkey: November 18, 2012 on CNBC-e
        Germany: December 20, 2012 on Sky Atlantic HD
        Finland: May 28, 2013 on YLE TV1

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