The episode was called “Contempt” and I don’t think I was wrong to be worried right from the get-go. Not that this episode was bad, per se. It was just so supremely Sorkin. Which means there’s a lot to cover, and my notes alone for this were like 1200 words, so I did you a favor and broke it into sections, from least to most interesting, according to me.
Breaking News and the Love Quadrangle That Never Ends
Baby Meryl’s (Character name: Hallie) got that new job that Jim can’t bother to congratulate her about because he’s too busy wanking to the sound of his own voice. So he’s a little surprised to find that it’s Hallie’s new employer who broke the story that Will was subpoenaed. Hallie didn’t write the story herself, but she told her bosses what to look for.
Jim is still super judgmental about Hallie’s new job and the fact that she’s writing an op-ed for them because how dare he be supportive of his girlfriend and her career choices. So it should come as no fucking surprise that he only lasts two seconds before making a Dear Penthouse quip and I’m honestly surprised she hasn’t dumped him yet. Hallie uses her anger with Jim and her probably good writing skills to post a story about her and Jim’s Analog vs. Digital romance which leads to Jim and Hallie getting into a fight about which side of the “Digital Revolution” each wants to be on and I can’t really hear I’m mentally screaming so loudly, but they break up (I’m pretty sure? and if they didn’t THEY FUCKING SHOULD HAVE) an I honestly can’t find the energy to care.
Across town at a bar, Ethical Train Guy thinks that Maggie’s (still) into Jim and that he feels shitty being the runner up and I honestly don’t see how they’ve been together long enough for him to parse that, and I don’t think that’s been written obviously at all so far this season. He says he can tell because Maggie defended Baby Meryl’s op-ed about her relationship with Jim (how dare she support a former colleague in her new endeavors? How dare she breathe the mere concept of the idea that Jim is in the wrong?). Maggie took Hallie’s side and Train Guy thinks that she was doing so to get him off the scent of her interest in Jim. OH LOOK just like what Joey Lucas said to Josh Lyman about Donna Moss in The West Wing. JUST LIKE. Golly gee, what a surprise.