I’ve never seen Rudy, so sorry in advance for me not getting all of Will’s speech perfectly fit into this recap. That being said, I liked this episode more than last week’s. It was less preachy and less misogynistic, which was nice.
We’ve made it to early February and the episode is all about the Arab Spring and the events in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Elliot, the 10 o’clock anchor, is reporting from Cairo where he is stationed in a hotel room. ACN cameras taken down, gunfire under the correspondents room, and other than that he doesn’t have much information. To find out more he bravely/stupidly goes outside and is promptly beaten up by a bunch of thugs. Or something. Long story short he broke some ribs, an arm, and his face is all cut up.
Don’s still lurking around because his boss is a foreign correspondent this week and he has nowhere else to go? I’m not sure. I still dislike him, but I’m starting to recognize Don’s merits. Perhaps because we didn’t see as much of him this week? Anyway, as much as I dislike him on a personal level, Don makes a good antagonist. He annoys Mac in the control room and instigates trouble with Jim (understandably so, what with Maggie’s attention waning). But you can’t say that he doesn’t care. He fights valiantly for what he believes in, even if that’s the opposite of what everyone else thinks is right.
Jim and Maggie are still in that limbo where Jim has a crush on her but isn’t making moves and Maggie has a crush on Jim but is in full-blown denial. So, to make life easier on herself, Maggie corrals Jim into being Lisa’s date for Valentine’s day. Jim’s confusion with “us” is adorable because, No, Jim. Of course Don didn’t get a hotel room for you and Maggie. But where Jim is funny, Maggie, try as she might, is not. It’s cute how she wants to tease Jim and pull his pigtails and dip them in an ink well or whatever, but her jokes fall flat.
Being the good guy that he is, Jim agrees to a Valentine’s day dinner with Lisa. Of course he forgets, what with the mild concussion he probably got when Maggie kept swining the door into his forehead. (Sidebar: did anyone else think of Mean Girls when Maggie was doing first-aid? “You’re hair looks sexy pushed back.) Lisa turns into a raging she-monster and tears through the office screaming for his attention. Apparently Lisa gets stood up every year (and yet V-Day is still her favorite holiday? Okay, girl.)
So let’s take a little poll? Who is worse about the airing of public grievances? Lisa, Maggie, or Mac? (Surprise! They’re all women!) I’m going to have to go with Lisa, right? Because at least when Maggie and Mac freak out it’s in their place of work and it’s directed toward someone else who works there. But Lisa storms into someone else’s workplace disrupting who-knows-what. Right?
Moving on. Normally I would rant about Will pointing out that Mac has to subtract on her fingers, but I do too, so… Solidarity! Also, this tiff brought us the delightful fact that Will took tap-dancing when he was eleven, which is adorable, and I’m still giggling. So we’re cool on this one, Show. This interaction makes me believe they were a couple and could be again. Especially when Will tells Mac that everything will be alright after ACN Morning Show talks about Mac’s boyfriend being such a frequent guest-of-the-show and her showing favoritism, yadda yadda yadda. (Man, I wanted to pull a Neal and just punch the screen when that guy wouldn’t shut up. Good on Charlie for shutting him down.)
But the women of this show can’t catch a break. While neither Mac nor Maggie had a huge in-office break-down, freak-out, what-have-you, Maggie was still clumsy and Mac was still painted as incompetent. Then again, sometimes I am both of those things. Mac doesn’t understand the economy at all, you see. But neither do I. And that’s why we keep Superwoman Sloan in the building anyway, for stuff like explaining the American banking system.
On the news end of things, ACN needs a foreign correspondent and Neal found one, once again giving me all of the feelings, guys. His rapport with Khaled, the Egyptian journalist is awesome. Neal talks about how he got his start in journalism and why he didn’t end up being a mechanic like his father. It’s a heartbreaking story about him being on one of the London trains that was bombed in July of ’05. He recruits Khaled to be their on-the-ground Egyptian correspondent and does a bang-up job until he is captured trying to get footage of the government burning documents.
At the end of the episode, we see everyone in the office chip in to get Khaled back and it’s really cute. The “coach” memo line on the checks have to do with the whole Rudy metaphor, but you know, I don’t get it. Still, it’s a nice scene.
Will graced us with another speech this week. He defended his employees and all of the work that they do. It was nice to see Will showing that he’s been paying attention to his staff, doing more than rote memorization of their names like he was in the beginning of the season. I don’t particularly care if Will is a good guy or a self-involved a-hole, as long as it moves the plot. Instead of his staffers constantly talking about what a good guy he is, with the audience only seeing some of his douchey actions, we got to see him genuinely being a good guy this week. it was a nice change.
So, what did y’all think? Still sticking around? Still shipping characters? I really enjoyed getting a better glimpse into Will/Mac this week and am starting to be excited about them as a possible couple. Jim and Maggie still have a long ways to go and I’m not quite there yet. Almost, but not quite.