Recap: ‘The Newsroom’ S3E5 “Oh Shenandoah”

By Sam Reilly

The thing about Newsroom (I say that as if there aren’t approximately 4,000 things that I could write a novel about each episode) is that nothing is new. It’s a series full of rehashing events, taking a new perspective, and wondering why everyone forgot about that newsworthy event from 6+ months ago. The other thing is that it’s all still relevant.

This week’s episode of Newsroom showed Don (Thomas Sadoski) striding into battle against the maze of ethics and trust that is coverage of rape. In light of the recent UVA article, which gained national recognition, prompted protests and investigations, and was later retracted because the reporters didn’t know how to navigate this maze.

He travels to Princeton University to engage in a long conversation with the creator of a website on which girls can publicly announce their rapists’ names. Though the embedded allusion to Hoagie Haven hit a sweet spot for this New Jersey native, the subject was undeniably deep and fresh in viewers’ minds.

Meanwhile, Maggie (Alison Pill) and Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.) perform their own series of tricks to get themselves onto a 13-hour flight to Cuba, in hopes of sharing the ride with Edward Snowden, but they, along with dozens of other reporters, are disappointed to find that Snowden does not board the plane.

The two couldn’t stay disappointed for long, though, because shortly after some turbulence, both literal and emotional, Jim and Maggie, to my long-awaited relief, wrap up their three-season saga by kissing and finally admitting to their feelings for each other.

Will (Jeff Daniels) spends some time getting to know his cell-mate, a working class man who hates Will and everything he stands for, while Sloan (Olivia Munn) and Mac (Emily Mortimer) try to maintain the integrity of Newsnight under the company’s new owner.

Sloan rips Neel’s (Dev Patel’s) replacement apart on-air for creating an app for people to publicly post about where celebrities are and what they are doing. Charlie (Sam Waterston) is caught in the middle of the argument and disagreement, both sides tearing at his character until he suffers a heart attack and lands on the newsroom floor.

The episode ended with Will’s release from prison following the coveted-source’s death and the prosecution’s surrender, only to be greeted with the news of Charlie’s death.

Only one episode left and Aaron Sorkin is definitely wrapping things up, but with bittersweet endings that leave you less resolved and emotionally-composed than before.

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