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The Newsroom: The Greater Fool

Will is hospitalized due to a stomach ulcer, and learns about an important voter ID story while in recovery. This becomes the focal point of 'News Night' upon his return to the desk. Elsewhere, Charlie informs Solomon that he can't go public with his information about the NSA, due to Hancock's questionable past, Sloan considers a job offer, and Neal tries to prevent a catastrophe. Finally, everything comes to a head during a contentious meeting between Will, Mac, Charlie and ACN executives.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x10
Airdate: Sunday August 26th, 2012

Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Sep 11, 2012


Guest Stars
Adina PorterAdina Porter
As Kendra James
Chris ChalkChris Chalk
As Gary Cooper
Chris Messina (1)Chris Messina (1)
As Reese Lansing
Hope DavisHope Davis
As Nina Howard
Jane FondaJane Fonda
As Leona Lansing
Kelen ColemanKelen Coleman
As Lisa Lambert
Stephen McKinley HendersonStephen McKinley Henderson
As Solomon Hancock
Terry CrewsTerry Crews
As Lonny Church
Angela SargeantAngela Sargeant
As Nurse Cooper
Kenneth ChoiKenneth Choi
As Dr. Lee

Co-Guest Stars
Charlie WeirauchCharlie Weirauch
As Jake Watson
John F. CarpenterJohn F. Carpenter
As Herb Wilson
Margaret JudsonMargaret Judson
As Tess Westin
Riley VoelkelRiley Voelkel
As Jenna Johnson
Sarah Scott DavisSarah Scott Davis
As Terry Smith
Thomas MatthewsThomas Matthews
As Martin Stallworth
Trieu TranTrieu Tran
As Joey Phan
Wynn EverettWynn Everett
As Tamara Hart
Josh RachfordJosh Rachford
As Mailroom Kid
Leigh Dana JacksonLeigh Dana Jackson
As Tour Guide
Main Cast
Jeff DanielsJeff Daniels
As Will McAvoy
Emily MortimerEmily Mortimer
As Mackenzie MacHale
John Gallagher, Jr.John Gallagher, Jr.
As Jim Harper
Alison PillAlison Pill
As Maggie Jordan
Thomas SadoskiThomas Sadoski
As Don Keefer
Dev PatelDev Patel
As Neal Sampat
Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
As Sloan Sabbith
Sam WaterstonSam Waterston
As Charlie Skinner


The episode begins on August 8th 2011, with Will presenting his show. He tells his audience how Standard and Poor has downgraded the US credit rating. He goes on to sight the various examples of how dismally the economy is performing world over. He then specifies that the economic downturn isn’t his big story, his top story of the night is instead about a woman named Dorothy Cooper. The scene then flashes back to eight days earlier. Mac comes searching for him at his house, but doesn’t find him there. Mac and Lonny eventually find Will lying senseless on the bathroom floor, it also turns out he is bleeding. ..

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Episode Notes
U.S. viewers: 2.30 million

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerAlan Poul  |  Scott Rudin  |  Aaron Sorkin
Co-Executive ProducerDenis Biggs  |  Paul Redford  |  Greg Mottola
Co-ProducerChristine Larson-nitzsche  |  Dauri Chase  |  Eli Bush  |  Lauren Lohman
Associate ProducerSarah Rath
Production DesignerJeff Schoen
EditorHoward Leder
CastingFrancine Maisler  |  Nancy M. Perkins
Unit Production ManagerJeffery T. Bernstein  |  Christine Larson-nitzsche
First Assistant DirectorKenneth Roth (1)
Second Assistant DirectorZach Hunt
MusicAlex Wurman
Director of PhotographyTodd McMullen
Production SupervisorJulie Camino
Main Title ThemeThomas Newman
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