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Will and the 'News Night' team struggle to simultaneously two huge breaking stories. Abroad, Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak is being deposed by his own people. At home, an anti-public section union bill in Wisconsin has sparked statewide protests against the governor. Will earns more executive ire for targeting billionaire donors the Koch brothers, who he believes to be behind the WI bill.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Sunday July 22nd, 2012

Director: Dan Minahan
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Aug 07, 2012

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (14 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Adina Porter
As Kendra James
Chris Chalk
As Gary Cooper
David Harbour
As Elliot Hirsch
Hope Davis
As Nina Howard
Jon Tenney
As Wade Campbell
Kelen Coleman
As Lisa Lambert
Merle Dandridge
As Maria Guerrero
Patrick Fabian
As Tony Hart

Co-Guest Stars
Charlie Weirauch
As Jake Watson
Chasty Ballesteros
As Tea
John F. Carpenter
As Herb Wilson
Margaret Judson
As Tess Westin
Sarah Scott Davis
As Terry Smith
Tara Sands
As Roberta
Thomas Matthews
As Martin Stallworth
Trieu Tran
As Joey Phan
Wynn Everett
As Tamara Hart
Amy French
As Cory
Amy Miller (2)
As Elliot's Wife
Daniel May
As Karaoke Singer
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 with the live pictures of the protests in Egypt being shown on ACN. Will then proceeds to tell the audience how Mubarak said he would resign, but later refused to resign, resulting in people coming out on the streets in outrage. Elliot who is in Cairo then describes to Will, as to what is happening there right now. They later cover a teacher’s protest in Wisconsin. Later Mackenzie tells the team and Will that they need someone on the ground in Cairo. Jim feels it’s too dangerous, but Mackenzie suggests that it should be someone local, and someone who can blend into the crowd. Neal then tells her that, he actually has a guy who might be able to help. ..

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Episode Notes
U.S. viewers: 1.95 million

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerAlan Poul  |  Scott Rudin  |  Aaron Sorkin
Co-Executive ProducerPaul Redford  |  Denis Biggs  |  Greg Mottola
Co-ProducerDauri Chase  |  Eli Bush  |  Lauren Lohman  |  Christine Larson-nitzsche
Associate ProducerSarah Rath
Production DesignerRichard Hoover
EditorRob Seidenglanz
CastingNancy M. Perkins  |  Francine Maisler
Unit Production ManagerChristine Larson-nitzsche
First Assistant DirectorMark Tobey
Second Assistant DirectorZach Hunt
MusicAlex Wurman
Director of PhotographyTodd McMullen
Production SupervisorJulie Camino
Main Title ThemeThomas Newman
Warning: The Newsroom season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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