WE'RE ALL CRAZY!  4:15 pm July 2, 2012

A Comprehensive Recap of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom,’ Episode Two

by Jim Newell

No LabelsJust with fewer good parts and more berating of female coworkers.

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nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

When does Olbermann sue?

ChernobylSoup July 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Do not say anything mean about the Muppets.

Barb July 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Kermit looks like he's in a blender. Frog nog?
Or maybe he drank from Bristol's kid's sippy cup. Gotta stay frosty for the cameras because mommy isn't going to say or do anything the total of 12 viewers wants to see.

nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Needs more "Bass-O-Matic".

Jus_Wonderin July 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Or a Kenmore frontload. Dribbit!

actor212 July 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Or an automatic coffee maker: Drippit.

Lube July 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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Chet Kincaid July 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Where is the fucking banhammer?

Barb July 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Chet, I keep complaining about this, trust me.

Nostrildamus July 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Looks like Mitch McConnell's porn stash.

Chill_Bill July 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm

If this shows sucks so bad, why do we keep posting about it?

ChessieNefercat July 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

As nearly as I can tell, reviewers and media types everywhere hate it, and plain old viewers like it. A lot.

I read that episode 2 mocks Sarah Palin, so it can't be that bad.

BarackMyWorld July 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Right on all 3 counts.

Baconzgood July 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm

What is this show?

nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

It's about "telling truth to stupid".

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

TV sucks!

coolhandnuke July 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Looks like Kermit found Sorkin's shrooms stash.

el_donaldo July 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm


elviouslyqueer July 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm


rickmaci July 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

You all have a very bad case of Aaronsorkin's Disease. I know it's painful but you need to push the off button on the TV remote and walk away from the room. You will see how quickly your condition will clear up if you stop watching. It gets better. Just be strong.

MumbletyRadio July 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

This is not the humping progress report I was led to expect.

Schmannnity July 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Miss Piggy sure gives a vigorous BJ.

nounverb911 July 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Miss Piggy was in "BJ and the Bear"?

Generation[redacted] July 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Waka waka waka!

MumbletyRadio July 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

You are terrible. (*fapplause*)

WhatTheHeck July 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

She just has a frog in her throat.

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 12:54 am


Butch_Wagstaff July 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

The snout helps.

Joshua Norton July 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I dunno guys. It's almost like every review of this show from the media propagates the concepts that the show is putting forward.

Advn2rgirl July 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Snort. I was prepared to disdain it, based on reviews by people I like. Then I watched it yesterday and, while it IS Sorkin on a rant, it was well-done. I TiVo'd Ep. 2 to watch tonight.

actor212 July 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Wow. Kermit needs two hands. Impressive little frog-gigging there…

Beowoof July 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

It ain't easy being green with a giant peen.

actor212 July 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Everytime he plays leapfrog…

DemmeFatale July 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

(No snark)
It occurs to me that hating on this show may be worse for critics than anyone else.
After watching the pilot, we had to look up reviews to see what all the "this is the worst show ever" fuss was all about. Sure, it needs work on some parts, but it brought up a lot of interesting points.
The comments following scathing reviews were mostly of the WTF? mode, and not trusting reviewers opinions to cover their own industry.
See Joshua Norton above.
(Sorry to be so serious.)

Jus_Wonderin July 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I like the idea. If only the media where this/that idealistic. I'd love to hear the truth, just once. Not an anchor just letting a pundit spew for five or six minutes.

That said, by 9 central, I am in a vodka haze and the rapid fire banter requires I turn on subtitles.

anniegetyerfun July 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

That's what has always bugged me about Sorkin's work. I talk fast – too fast, according to most people. I get irritated with people who talk at a normal speed (or god forbid, pause occasionally to think while speaking). And even I have trouble keeping up with the oh-so-fast dialog that Sorkin can't seem to get enough of.

Geminisunmars July 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I've been puzzled by the vitriol. It's a tv show, and I found it entertaining and has more substance than most of what is available. Some flaws, but it is a new show. I am now waiting for a good ole' wonking flagellation.

DemmeFatale July 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I know, right?
I guess the walk and talk banter is disturbing.
But what do I know?
I used to watch "The Gilmore Girls" with my youngest, so nothing phases me!

Advn2rgirl July 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Sometimes I think about Josh and Sam doing a walk-and-talk and then I have to go do a walk-and-talk by myself.

calliecallie July 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Looks like Kermit's in a vagina.

shortsandpants July 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

See what happens when you ask Kermit about the state of network television?

Nibbler of Niblonia July 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

The only difference between McAvoy and every other cable news loser is how much they talk about saving the world in his office before going on-air and doing the same old crappy show.

BarackMyWorld July 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Bold prediction: the season 1 finale will be titled "What Kind of Day Has It Been."

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 12:56 am

How about "I Heard the News, Today. Oh Boy…"

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

So, the show has improved from the pilot?

Antispandex July 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

What is that frog doing in there, and why is he trying to get out?

Chow Yun Flat July 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

TeeVee blows. This show is on TeeVee. Therefore…

a_pink_poodle July 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I'm getting out of here YAAAAAAAAAAAY!

MumbletyRadio July 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

As if I needed to prove how suggestible I am — last week's discussion of Sorkin's latest oevre prompted me to go rent "Social Network" finally, because, hey, good cast, Sorkin wrote it, etc.
Then the storm #1 knocked out power for 2 days, which was restored only to have all energy focused primarily in reconnecting w/ folks online (via Facebook of course, ha!) and zero impetus whatsoever to watch the film, until Storms #2 and #3 interrupted my progress about halfway through the belated viewing.

It's just my way of celebrating Independents Week, half-heartedly ratcheting up my late fees so my local independently-owned movie-rental joint can survive another business cycle of diminishing returns.
Sorry — we were talking about Sorkin, right?

Goonemeritus July 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Thanks for ruining it for me Jim, maybe a spoiler alert next time if it isn’t too much trouble.

Estproph July 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I have now seen Kermit the Frog in an epileptic fit. My life is complete.

actor212 July 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I think he might be auditioning for the biopic on Luigi Galvani.

SorosBot July 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Jeff Daniels announces that a plane carrying the London Symphony Orchestra has been forced to jettison some of its instruments; a piano falls on his head.

actor212 July 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The crate said "ACME Shipping"?

not that Radio July 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Statler: "You Old Fool! You slept through the show!"
Waldorf: "Who's the fool, YOU WATCHED IT!"

BloviateMe July 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I believe Kermit is vigorously attempting to wipe the bacon smell off his finger.

Jus_Wonderin July 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Kermit is giving me those Tokyo fidgets. I need a break.

YouBetcha July 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I'm too drunk to change the channel after True Blood. I suspect I will watch this show forever, always, also, such as, too. Until HBO cancels it. Which will be 8 seasons from now.

SorosBot July 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

You're all weirdos!

Warpde July 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

No sound? Really?
I can't possibly get excited without the grunting.

But I do appreciate that you have looped the best part….He,he,he,he….Ohhhh!

fuflans July 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

i guess it really isn't easy being green.

owhatever July 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

They talk too damned fast in the Hotsheets Newsroom. I can't figure out what they're saying, so I don't know if they are disparaging women, planning to assassinate Hitler, trying to get laid, or playing Monopoly. One thing they ain't doing is covering the news.

Mac (looking frustrated): Yadogouuhkllfne xc,lvyweslrfn gcom!!

Will (usual sheepdog expression): I heggytg krgmeh chodooehton gruw!!

Off camera voice: Hey Mac.

Both MacKenzie and MacAvoy turn and yell: jIOOof ekhoia yfqeel!!!

ChessieNefercat July 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

Why that's exactly what I see on the closed captions! I have an older TV and captions (which I desperately need since I can't hear voice frequencies) are often either total gibberish or vaguely Klingonese.

OldRedneck July 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I watched the first episode. Watched half the second episode. That's it.

Too much inter-personal bullshit, chatter, chatter, blah, blah, blah.

If it were not for Bristol Palin's reality show, Newsroom would be the worst show on teevee.

valgal2342 July 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Tried to watch last night but that little blonde chick in the constant state of frenzy was just too obnoxious to tolerate.

ttommyunger July 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I'm mostly retired and I don't have time to watch fictional shit on the teevee machine. What am I doing wrong?

ChessieNefercat July 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I like Kermit. It is funny watching him hopping around. Is this an innocent animation, or is there something dirty that I am missing (as usual)?

BZ1 July 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

for a contrary view, I liked it … go figure.

barto July 3, 2012 at 12:34 am

I thought we were done with this <sigh>. Now there will be an Episode III, no doubt.

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 1:00 am

Episode III will include copious amounts of Wookies, stormtroopers, and Yoda, I'm sure.

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 12:58 am

What I don't like is when that one character that one time said that one thing, but even less is my liking of how he said it. If he said it like this, it'd be so much better.

DahBoner July 3, 2012 at 6:56 am

But did you remember to put the new cover sheet on the TPS report?

ChessieNefercat July 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

I finally saw the first episode and with it's faults, I still like it as entertainment. It's not a documentary for God's sake.

nonbeliever7 July 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

I agree. It's not based on real life like The Ten Commandents, but it's fun to watch.

Nopantsmcgee July 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I doubt I would have watched the show if 1) it didn't come on right after True Blood and , B) Wonkette hasn't obsessed about it.

So, I watched it, and now I look forward to it.

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