Hey guys, I’m back! First off, a giant thank you to Bethany for her awesome job recapping last week’s episode. I would’ve done it, but I was obliged to go to a family reunion at a Polish Festival in Michigan. Be jealous.
This week we’re taking a look at the Death of Osama, putting us at May 1, 2011.
There’s a party going on at Will’s place celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of Newsnight 2.0. There’s a mysterious deep voice calling Charlie to prove its credibility by saying that Charlie will be receiving an email at 9pm from the White House which will tell them to get to work. Inside WILL AND JIM ARE JAMMING! It was phenomenal. My only complaint with that scene was that it needed to be, like, three times as long.
Jim and Maggie have sequestered themselves in Will’s home office. No, not like that, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere. He’s checking a baseball score and Lisa is calling to say she’s on the way. And, I hate to admit it, but Lisa is kind of a cute girlfriend, knowing Jim well enough to know he was checking a score instead of watching porn (despite what Maggie tried to convince her). Jim and Lisa’s super awkward Facetime conversation results in Jim having to listen to not-so-crazy-Lisa say “I love you” to him. It was anything but a gas. Really just incredibly awkward for everyone involved. Because, really, is there anything worse than being on the receiving end of an “I love you” and not wanting to say it back? Maybe having the girl you’re actually in love with standing next to you at the time. Fine, you win Jim.
Jim needs to shit or get off the pot. He either needs to be like, “yes, I’m falling in love with Lisa. Put a lid on it, Maggie.” OR he needs to stop talking about how great Lisa is to Maggie. Especially since he seems to be the one of the pair that isn’t blatantly denying his attraction/love/whatever it is at this stage to Maggie. But he’s stuck in this weird place where he’s rationalizing saying “I love you” to a girl that ISN’T MAGGIE when he doesn’t. But he’s all sad puppy about it and wants to pull a Chandler Bing and run away to Yemen. Maggie needs to lay off pushing Jim to break-up with Lisa. Whatever her reasons, she can’t be the one pushing for it. But Lisa handles it like a champ and proves to be a lot classier than I had given her credit for. Well played, Lisa. There is hope for you yet. (Though probably not with Jim, despite his best efforts.)
Neal’s Parks & Rec girlfriend is back. They’re talking about weed with Will and I love it. Ha, she’s his supplier. He took Vicodin and then ate 2 pot cookies when a quarter of a cookie would have been great. This should get fun. And oh boy, does it. Can Will be stoned all the time? He and Kaylee together are especially cute. I want to see them play Guitar Hero together. Will, still high as a kite, decides that Lonnie isn’t getting him to the newsroom quickly enough. So, instead of waiting patiently like a good little boy, he cheekily pockets his phone, undoes his seatbelt and runs down the streets of New York like a bat out of hell. On the way to the office, he pauses his sprint to get a falafel and call someone from NATO confirming that the “Big News” has nothing to do with Libya. Later, Will – still stoned – ramblingly confesses to Mac that he’s “wasted” and later sounds like Regina George. “No, wait, shut up.”
Kaylee’s having a rough night. Apparently her father had been in one of the towers on September 11th. While everyone else is celebrating, Kaylee can’t bring herself to. She thought she would feel relief or vindication at finding Osama having been killed, but she doesn’t.
And fine, I admit it. I didn’t totally hate Don when he “reported the news” on the plane. God, it was kind of nice. Whatever. You know who l liked more? Will when he was whispering sweet nothings into Lonnie’s ear. And when Lonnie got to break the news to the two uniformed cops that had followed him up to the office. But I had to actually laugh out loud when Will figured out how to press the buttons on his blackberry (a recurring problem in this workplace, huh?) to see that 20 minutes previously he had been given the green light to report that Osama had been killed. And I laughed even harder when we realized it was a message from Joe Biden whom Will knew because they played in a Senate softball league together. Precious. Funnier yet? The fact that the message read: ”Reportable. Knock ‘em dead, just like we did.”
Nice use with the Obama voiceover at the end. Much better than the Coldplay ending, at least. And, not to be forgotten, Deep Voice calls Charlie and discloses that he works for the NSA. And guess what? TMI – ACN’s tabloid – has been News of the World-ing. That’s right, hacking info from phones.
Notable & Quotable:
- Kaylee playing blindfolded Guitar Hero and embarrassing Jim.
- That guy was too cute to be a Lester.
- Neal, thinking way outside the box, and suggesting the breaking story could be the discovery of alien life.
- Sorkin needs to stop reusing plot-lines. Last week was the POTUS has insomnia and needs a psychiatrist episode and this week is the POTUS gets accidentally super-stoned.
“I’m not calling you deep throat. That’s a sacred pseudonym.” Charlie, to mystery man
“Lester I’m going to lose my shit on you.” Don
“Nothing I can do about being big and black at the same time.” Lonnie
“Do not take a tone with me, American Giggilo.” Maggie, to Jim
“You can’t have a relationship while someone’s here and someone’s there!”
“On a plane back from DC – Was that a dig wrapped in a metaphor?” Maggie, to Jim
“She set the Treasury Secretary on fire.”
“Just to show the other Cabinet Secretaries that I could.” Sloan, winning everything
“Miss Sabbath, a lady always buttons her top button. If you buttoned your collar on television, you would be a lady. If you spilled water all over your front I would like that, too. It’s from a fan.” Sloan
“Do you want to be like Spiderman?” Maggie
“I’d love to.” Jim
“The musical! They didn’t have enough rehearsal and actors died, Jim. They lost their lives.” Maggie
“I don’t think anyone died.”
“Well, they got bruised…”
That’s all I’ve got. What were your favorite moments? Did you laugh as hard as I did at the Biden text? God, I hope so.