TV: The Newsroom – Episode 5 Summary + Review

“I could have been a doctor… if I’d gone to medical school…”

(Niel finally has everyone’s attention… just don’t talk about Big Foot)

Airing on: Sky

Genre: Drama, Politics, Romance, Age: Adult

Released: 24th June 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Egypt is going through it’s revolutionary overthrow of the government in 2011. When their current ACN reporter is too scared to get closer to the violent protests, Niel suggests a blogging journalist he knows called ‘Amen’.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Alongside the Egyptians riots, there’s a teacher’s protest in Wisconsin. Maggie wants equal coverage of that because it’s closer to home.

Valentine’s day seems to be breathing down everyone’s necks. Maggie hooks up Jim with her roommate again, this time to give her the perfect Valentine’s day, so she won’t disturb her and Don.

Jim is skeptical about this plan, and it doesn’t turn out so well when everyone is distracted and he accidentally stands up Maggie’s roommate.

(“You’re going to romantic on Valentine’s Day, or I will beat you up!”)

MacKenzie’s relationship is on the upset when she and Will find out that her boyfriend, Wade Campbell, is using her position at ACN to get more coverage on air.

ACN is being accused of unethical practices because Wade was running for congressmen, although MacKenzie had no knowledge of this. She breaks up with him, but Nina Howard, the gossip column journalist, still plans to run stories about her.

‘Amen’ is officially hired by the the ACN as their Egyptian correspondent, after being identified as Kahlid Saleem. For trying to get into a army-protected government building, he is captured and help for ransom.

(Surprise birthday parties are truly a surprise, when they’re not on your birthday)

ACN won’t pay for his release, so Will, after having a passionate conversation with Nina Howard, pays the full amount of money. He is seen as being generous, and everyone helps out with the costs by paying Will back with what little they have.

Overall, this was a good, but confusing episode. With many plot-lines overlapping each other in a short space of time, it got muddled very quickly.

The summary doesn’t even cover the multiple injuries that several people sustain over the course of 50 minutes. It’s supposed to show how passionate they are as journalists, that they can withstand broken ribs, and still come to work.

Kahlid Saleem was an interesting character. His brief moments on screens were him reporting from a poorly lit room. I’m unsure if he has any value in the series anymore, since it’s unlikely that the next episode will focus on the Egyptian revolution.

Interestingly, Niel’s passionate account of the 7/7 bombing should have gotten more attention. He just developed into a more rounded character.

Rated 3.5/5 – Fast-paced, muddled, and a bit Hollywood at the end.

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