The Newsroom-Election Night Part Two-Emily Mortimer

Whatever you thought the season finale of The Newsroom would be like; we’re guessing you were far off base. “Election Night, Part 2” covered every issue we expected with none of the assumed results. The show has finally become the impressive giant it’s always threatened to be.

The Players:

  • Director: Alan Poul
  • Writer: Aaron Sorkin
  • Cast: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, Sam Waterston, Marcia Gay Harden , David Harbour, Chris Messina, Constance Zimmer, Grace Gummer, Kelen Coleman, Chris Chalk, Kyle Cartieri, Lauren Tom, Margaret Judson, Adina Porter, Michael Rosinsky, Charlie Weirach, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Wynn Everett, Thomas Matthews, John F. Carpenter, Trieu Tran, Riley Voelkel, Brian Henderson

Episode Title: “Election Night, Part Two”

Reese decides the News Night team’s future as Election Night coverage comes to a close.

The Good:

  • Principals of Principal: Like Sloan, we were shocked that Will, Mac, and Charlie weren’t expecting their senior staff members to support them by staging a walk out. However, we were even more taken aback by Leona’s choice to allow Reese to decide News Night’s fate. Here is where you can debate whether Leona’s intoxicated ramblings were more entertaining than Reese and Charlie volleying for the moral high ground. Reese refused to accept Will and Charlie’s resignations and Charlie by rescinded said resignations. Who are we kidding? Leona’s the winner. The only thing better than her calling Reese’s date a, “synchronized nutcracker,” was her pondering if her marketing department is growing their own stash of marijuana or whether being queen is the only thing keeping Elizabeth Windsor alive. Dear Leona, never change.
  • You Have To Ask: How is it that Maggie’s very public cry for help never made sense to us when she was obviously working for the attention of her friend? Lisa’s sudden reappearance and Halle’s realization that Maggie cut her hair was the chance for Jim to force reconciliation. To her credit, Lisa tried to remain indifferent when Jim suggested something earth shattering happened to Maggie in Uganda. The snippet of the two alone in an ACN hallway was all we needed to know the air would finally be cleared. There are few things that can end a yearlong disagreement with your best friend. The admission that a child died on your back in a war-torn country is sure to be one of them. This was the right way to go. Another romantic resolution would have felt forced, especially with Halle and Jim continuing to win the cutest couple ever award.
  • Sidney Falco: We worried that Sloan’s book search was headed nowhere. For once it’s good to be wrong. It seemed like the biggest thing she was involved in was being purposefully ignored by Will on camera for no other reason than it was highly amusing. As usual, Neal found a way to fix the minute problems he’s tasked to. This time figuring out that whoever won the book fabricated a bidding war using the names of fictional characters, winning as Tony Curtis’s character in Sweet Smell of Success. The beauty of Sloan’s revelation that Don bought her book and her dramatic strut into the control room to lay a well-deserved kiss on him was one of the sweetest moments of the night. 
  • The Credible Threat: There are two reasons that Don and Sloan weren’t the best part of the episode and their names are Will and Mac. Again, they use the doubly stressful night as a cathartic release for all their romantic issues. The most humorous/scariest moment of the night was watching Will (almost) come clean about buying the ring last season instead of all those years ago. Still, any of you claiming you knew Will was going to propose is as ludicrous as Mac’s married name being Mackenzie Morgan McHale McAvoy. Knowing that season three will focus on something other than will-they-or-won’t-they is the most heartwarming gift Sorkin could give his viewers.

Overall:

“Election Night, Part 2” proved the difference a year can make. Though the season started a little rocky, its finale was every bit the swan song that last year’s bumbling ending wanted to be. Complaints that the romance was headed nowhere?  Two couples got together in extremely dramatic fashion, with an engagement to boot. Too reliant on hindsight news you say? They created a news story for them to screw up that was more compelling than anything else they’ve covered to date. You still don’t understand why they rail so hard against the Tea Party? Will’s speech to Taylor on why he’s a Republican was perhaps the most poignant explanation they’ve ever given. By the time the final montage blazed on we had to agree with the chorus. The love the writers wove into the story opened our hearts to a show everyone was ready to dismiss. We can’t wait for season three.

Rating: 10/10

The Newsroom airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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