That’s mostly it for this week’s serious news coverage, clearing the way for this season’s most eagerly anticipated/prematurely mocked story line: Occupy Wall Street. As the show’s resident Internet Person, Neal is the first to catch wind of the story and pitch it to MacKenzie. On a reporting trip to the wilds of Tompkins Square Park, Neal speaks with organizer Shelley, who’s an anthropology student at NYU, because of course she is (not that she looks like one, but did anyone expect this show to be tapped enough into the zeitgeist to accurately depict a Dirty Hipster stereotype?). Making use of that 20/20 hindsight, Neal mansplains to Shelley that Occupy is too unfocused and risks becoming a “joke.” Shelley spews some statistics at him, then says she’s wary of media attention because they’ll focus on drum circles and not the real issues. Oh yes they will!
Last and least are this week’s stupid romantic subplots. Basically, Don breaks up with Maggie over a YouTube video, and it’s a Finally For Real breakup where he tries to move out of their shared apartment while Maggie’s asleep. The kicker? “All this time I thought I was a bad guy for not being in love with you…” No, dude, that’s not just you. The next day, he’s right back to flirting with Sloan, who, like every other hyper-competent woman on this show, devolves into a neurotic, hysterical mess whenever a Y chromosome enters the picture. And thus we conclude this week’s adventures with cable television’s second-douchiest Don.
Back to Marcia Gay Harden, who’s now prepping MacKenzie for her deposition. We learn more about how much of a Big Fucking Deal the Genoa story is; apparently, it’s going to develop into the most-watched cable news program IN HISTORY, with over five million viewers. While that solves News Night’s ratings problem, something went horribly wrong — so wrong that AWM’s brought in a $1500-an-hour badass who starts her depositions at midnight, when the witness is obviously in peak condition to give a potentially incriminating statement. We end with Will McAvoy and Newly Redhead Maggie passed out in the hallway. To be continued!