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The Newsroom: I'll Try to Fix You

Will makes the mistake of chatting up a gossip columnist while inebriated on New Year's Eve, landing him in the tabloids. Will's new status as a national joke threatens to undermine his journalistic credibility. Meanwhile, Don asks Maggie to set Jim up on a date with her roommate Lisa, Mac's boyfriend pitches a story to Will, and Neal tries to convince the team that Bigfoot is real.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Sunday July 15th, 2012

Director: Alan Poul
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jul 31, 2012

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (16 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Adina Porter
As Kendra James
Chris Chalk
As Gary Cooper
Chris Messina (1)
As Reese Lansing
Hope Davis
As Nina Howard
Jane Fonda
As Leona Lansing
Jon Tenney
As Wade Campbell
Kelen Coleman
As Lisa Lambert
Natalie Morales (2)
As Kaylee
Kathryn Hahn
As Carrie
Missy Yager
As Monica

Co-Guest Stars
Charlie Weirauch
As Jake Watson
Chuma Gault
As Assistant Director
John F. Carpenter
As Herb Wilson
Margaret Judson
As Tess Westin
Rene Gube
As Mike
Sarah Scott Davis
As Terry Smith
Thomas Matthews
As Martin Stallworth
Trieu Tran
As Joey Phan
Wynn Everett
As Tamara Hart
Cyndee San Luis
As Paulita Maya
Don Bendz
As Tom Berkeley
Emily Wilson
As Shannon Bryer
Main Cast
Jeff Daniels
As Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer
As Mackenzie MacHale
John Gallagher, Jr.
As Jim Harper
Alison Pill
As Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski
As Don Keefer
Dev Patel
As Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn
As Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston
As Charlie Skinner


The episode begins and it’s New Year's Eve and there's a party going on in the Newsroom. Mac asks Will for a few minutes to talk to her boyfriend Wade, who it turns out is an asst. U.S. Attorney, prosecuting financial crimes. Will, wonders when that prosecuting will start. Wade wants Will to tell the law enforcement side of the story and how the banks are outspending the government in lawyers. Will dresses Mac down for having her boyfriend lobby to him. They then discuss that she is in fact dating him. She mocks him about the "Netflix queue" of women that Will is dating. She said she's not keeping herself in jail anymore for what she did to him. Out in the party Neil is trying convince everyone Bigfoot is real, ..

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Episode Notes
U.S. viewers: 1.94 million

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
ColdplayFix YouAt the end scene of episode

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerScott Rudin  |  Alan Poul  |  Aaron Sorkin
Co-Executive ProducerDenis Biggs  |  Paul Redford  |  Greg Mottola
Co-ProducerDauri Chase  |  Eli Bush  |  Lauren Lohman  |  Christine Larson-nitzsche
Associate ProducerSarah Rath
Production DesignerRichard Hoover
EditorHoward Leder
CastingNancy M. Perkins  |  Francine Maisler
Unit Production ManagerChristine Larson-nitzsche
First Assistant DirectorKenneth Roth (1)
Second Assistant DirectorZach Hunt
MusicAlex Wurman
Director of PhotographyTodd McMullen
Production SupervisorJulie Camino
Main Title ThemeThomas Newman
Warning: The Newsroom season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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