Recap: The Newsroom Season 2, Episode 4 [A Bro's Thoughts]

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So we finally find out what happened to Maggie in Africa. While it was extremely sad, poignant and very unexpected; I feel like the other major plot points that happened in this episode almost diminished the impact of what happened to Maggie since we’re almost at the halfway point of the season with no true path in sight when it comes to Operation Genoa. ACN has kept us on our toes for this long, and it seems like it has no intention of stopping.

In Which Jim Gets A Rebound

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So this whole time, through bus revolutions and bitter campaign managers and really sucky living situations of splitting a hotel room with 3 people, Jim really was just on the rebound! Shout out to the Romney campaign for being the best wingman ever. While Jim has to conveniently head back to New York as soon as Maggie gets back, he at least made a bit of an upgrade with Hallie; who got the Romney interview that Jim coveted this whole time. When in doubt, just give up a career-making interview, you know? Gotta take that one down for serious, Jim.

In Which Maggie Goes Through Hell

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That’s the only way to describe it. While the deposition sequences were really off-putting and swaying the emotional impact for me, to be honest. I really didn’t like the way the Africa scenes were off color, almost fantasy sequences told through Maggie’s voiceover. The entire time you knew something horrible was going to happen, but you just couldn’t pinpoint your finger on it. Once the kids got involved, it was kind of a dead giveaway. The actual event though; that a child blocked a bullet meant for Maggie; it was absolute devastation for a character. While we have already seen that she is damaged, what we didn’t know what that Maggie was prescribed anti-psychotics she is not taking, along with her need to cut off all her hair stemming from the dead child. Suffice to say, Maggie still has a long way to go, and it’ll be interesting to see who will be there to catch her when she falls.

In Which The Rest of the Staff Takes On Occupy Wall Street

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Also, if Neal doesn’t get laid out of this, he seriously can’t close. I mean, he’s bringing out practically everyone ever that could get this OWS girl some TV time, and she’s just pissed that she looked like a fool on TV against Will. While there was a bunch of unnecessary comic relief moments as Neal tried to get the entire network of ACN to apologize to her; the fact that this was only needed in order to push forward on their Operation Genoa story felt forced. Since we already know the story is fake, there’s an unneeded urgency behind the storyline/character development that frankly is dragging the show down. I’m not interested in seeing the whole news network fail since all I really want to do is see them succeed.

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Anyway, Olivia Munn continues to show her value as one of the best supporting characters on television right now. Practically every time she’s been on screen this season, she’s stolen the episode. While next episode might be a bit more melodramatic since Jim’s back and we’ve seemingly caught up a bit with the deposition storyline, here’s to hoping that we don’t lose the heart that was in this episode. Let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter.

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