Recap: ‘The Newsroom’ S3E4 “Contempt”

By Sam Reilly

Oh, my gnosk9su – sorry, it’s hard to type while crying. I blame Aaron Sorkin. The latest episode of ‘The Newsroom’ has left me distressed and heart-broken in all the right ways.

Before you continue, there are absolutely spoilers ahead, so watch the episode or prepare to be very angry at me and then proceed to do nothing about it because, well – I told you so!

Let’s start at the beginning. “Jingle bells” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the ACN staff getting news alerts from their phones. About three “pings” in, you know something big is coming.

Hallie (Grace Gummer) sends ACN and her already-shaky relationship into a downward spiral by pointing her new colleagues from Carnivore towards a gold-mine of anti-Will content. Things only get worse from there when her post-argument rampage takes the form of an online manifesto written about her personal relationship with Jim (John Gallagher Jr.).

Their argument quickly slips into a debate over the use of social media versus old media and Hallie desperately holds onto her Twitter handle while Jim fuels his argument with his own personal handle (if you know what I mean). Drunk Jim stays true to the values of his company, though, which is simultaneously caught in a game of keep away from Reese (Chris Messina). The company gets tossed between buyers until landing in the hands of a millennial villain whom Charlie outwardly declares his new-sworn enemy.

As the conflicts pile up on the corporate level and individual level, Sloan (Olivia Munn) and Don (Thomas Sadoski) keep on running in their game of cat-and-mouse with HR, only to find out that neither of their jobs is in danger. Way to go.

Mac (Emily Mortimer) scrambles to save the story and put it on air, while tackling obstacles ranging from the source’s stubbornness to international travel laws. All this while wondering if she will have to say her wedding vows through bars and to Will (Jeff Daniels) in a jumpsuit. I’d say she’s entitled to some Bridezilla moments.

In the end, though, after an ambiguous revelation of Will when MacKenzie reveals that her source is a woman, Will is sent off in both handcuffs and a wedding band. Cue the tears.

There are two episodes left, which is too little time if you ask me. If this episode was Sorkin’s idea of resolution, then this is going to be a rough couple of weeks.


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