9 Episodes 2013 - 2013
Aaron Sorkin's Golden Globe-nominated drama set at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) flashes back to September 2011 as the second season opens, but an on-air remark by anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) gets him KO'd from coverage of the 9/11 anniversary. Meanwhile, Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) volunteers to fill in for a reporter covering the Mitt Romney presidential campaign in New Hampshire; and Neal (Dev Patel) investigates the beginnings of Occupy Wall Street. But there's a ticking time bomb that threatens the reputation—and existence—of "News Night" in a controversial report about U.S. soldiers using chemical weapons in the Middle East, and the show's attack-dog lawyer, Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden), comes down hard on the staff, especially Maggie (Allison Pill), whose integrity is questioned after a life-changing experience while on assignment in Africa. Also starring in Season 2 are Hamish Linklater as Jerry Dantana, Jim's temporary replacement; Grace Gummer as Hallie Shea, another reporter on the Romney campaign; and Constance Zimmer as Taylor Warren, a Romney spokesperson who is unhappy with the candidate's treatment by the press.
The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 55 mins
It's September 2011 as the second season opens, but Will's remark on the air gets him KO'd from coverage of the 9/11 anniversary. Meanwhile, Jim volunteers to fill in for a reporter covering the Romney presidential campaign; Neal investigates the beginnings of Occupy Wall Street; and a lawyer for "News Night" questions the staff about a controversial story.
The Genoa Tip
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 55 mins
Neal gets arrested on Wall Street; Maggie lands a coveted assignment, but loses a friend; MacKenzie and Sloan push Will for more coverage of drones.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 55 mins
A new Genoa witness emerges on Twitter; Will decides to tell Nina Howard the truth; Jim can't get any answers to his questions in New Hampshire.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 55 mins
Maggie attempts to persuade Rebecca that her trip to Africa with Gary didn't have any lasting effects. Meanwhile, Will's lousy on-air interview with an Occupy Wall Street protester hinders Neal and Jerry's future access; and Jim helps Hallie land an important interview, but gets an earful from Mac in the process.
News Night With Will McAvoy
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 55 mins
Will gets distracted by a phone call and a Twitter post during a telecast; Charlie is visited by an old friend in naval intelligence with news about Operation Genoa; Sloan's emotions run the gamut from humiliation to rage following an act of revenge on social media.
One Step Too Many
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 55 mins
Mac and Charlie hope that a retired Marine general will be a key witness in their quest to corroborate the Operation Genoa story. Meanwhile, Nina advises Will to make an appearance on a morning talk show to improve his image; and Jim has a reunion with Hallie when she's in town for a Romney rally.
Red Team III
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 55 mins
The newsroom staff's depositions help Rebecca piece together the events that led to the decision to air Jerry's Operation Genoa bombshell, but the post-air revelations could ruin "News Night" and overshadow breaking news on another 9/11 anniversary.
Election Night Part I
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 55 mins
Part 1 of 2. Election-night coverage proceeds—in the wake of Leona's refusal to accept the resignations of three staff members—with Will in charge of morale. Meanwhile, Sloan is miffed when her book is auctioned off with a forged signature; Neal is tasked with fixing an inaccurate Web page; Jim mulls retracting a prediction; and a Senate race is too close to call.
Election Night Part II
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 55 mins
In the conclusion of the Season 2 finale, election-night coverage winds down as Will and Charlie await Reese's decision on the future of ACN and its staff. Meanwhile, Don discusses a legal maneuver with Rebecca; Sloan learns who won the anonymous auction for her book; Neal asks Hallie for gift advice; and Jim tries to make peace with Lisa, and hopes Maggie can do the same.