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    Sorkin' In It March 1, 2024
    2.25 What Kind of Day Has It Been (The Newsroom S3E6)

    Today, Lex and Brian cover the series finale of The Newsroom. It’s an episode with a funeral, plenty of flashbacks, music, bowling, and Sorkin just trying to tie up a few loose ends. Did Lex and Brian find themselves satisfied? Elated? Relieved? There’s only one way to find out.

    Also, stay tuned to the end of the episode for the big reveal of what Sorkin show we plan to cover next!

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    Sorkin' In It February 23, 2024
    2.24 Oh Shenandoah (The Newsroom S3E5)

    In this penultimate episode of this season of Sorkin’ In It, Lex and Brian cover what is possibly the least-beloved work of Aaron Sorkin’s career; and we’ll come right out and say that it earns every bit of that terrible reputation. Will is in jail, Maggie and Jim are in Russia, and Charlie’s getting worked up trying to hold it all together. Spoiler: It ends poorly. But we keep our chins up and find that we still enjoy getting to talk about it… even if some of our focus is on how not good it is.

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    Sorkin' In It February 15, 2024
    2.23 Contempt (The Newsroom S3E4)

    Subpoenas. Rushed (but beautiful) weddings. Courtrooms. Handcuffs.┬áIt’s an overstuffed Newsroom, and boy does Jim disappoint us. Almost as much as he disappoints Hallie. Meanwhile, Mackenzie and The Source get soaked, and ACN gets acquired. Brian and Lex get… kind of frustrated.

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    Sorkin' In It February 9, 2024
    2.22 Main Justice (The Newsroom S3E3)

    Richard/Toby sees no cause for optimism, but Brian and Lex do: They’re here covering season three, episode three of The Newsroom: Main Justice. We’re at the White House Correspondence dinner, and so is BJ Novak, who is so ridiculous. And we meet the source! Oh, and the steady downfall of Jim (and perhaps Jim and Hallie) continues. No matter what, though, our obligation (and yours) is to keep Sorkin’ In It.

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    Sorkin' In It February 2, 2024
    2.21 Run (The Newsroom S3E2)

    In this week’s episode Brian briefly forgets the entire concept of the written word and how TV works. We forge ahead, undaunted by any single hosts unhinged intro, and cover Newsroom S3E2, called “Run.” We meet a few new characters and see familiar faces while the network is faces a takeover, Maggie scores a new lead, and Neal is definitely in trouble. Which we mostly don’t care about.

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    Sorkin' In It January 26, 2024
    2.20 Boston (The Newsroom S3E1)

    It’s the premiere of the final (short) season of The Newsroom, and Brian and Lex are watching. Sadly, the Genoa storyline is STILL sticking around — this time affecting the team’s reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing. Plus Neal gets a Genoa of his own. (Where by “Genoa,” we mean, “storyline we wish would go away.”) With all that said, you might think this is a lousy episode, but we actually… like it? And this episode just might bode well for the final season of the TV show!

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    Sorkin' In It January 19, 2024
    2.19 Election Night, Part II (The Newsroom S2E9)

    Brian and Lex agree that this season finale feels like it was potentially a series finale, maybe written before Sorkin knew he had one more season of The Newsroom to go. Mac and Will walk off the set, Jim worries about a mistake he made, and Maggie remains alive. Oh, and spoiler alert: Obama wins. Add to that love is in the air with MANY of our characters, and you just know you’re gonna love Sorkin’ In It.

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    Sorkin' In It January 10, 2024
    2.18 Election Night, Part I (The Newsroom S2E8)

    It’s election night, in 2012, and the team has decided to resign, but what’s this? The head of the network won’t let them? This and much more coming up in the first of a two-part collection of episodes to round out Season 2 of The Newsroom.

    “Hey Lex, do you think we should resign, too?” “No way, Brian, we’re going to keep Sorkin in it!”

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    Sorkin' In It January 4, 2024
    2.17 Red Team III (The Newsroom S2E7)

    We won’t retract a single word of this podcast episode, but the same can’t be said for the team at News Night. The Genoa report blows up in their faces, with nary a whiff of chemical weapons in sight. Who’s resigning? Who’s in trouble? Who’s Sorkin’ in it? We definitely know the answer to that last one.

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    Sorkin' In It December 20, 2023
    2.16 One Step Too Many (The Newsroom S2E6)

    Jerry Dantana starts playing fast and loose with reality. Will makes a guest appearance on a morning show. And Jim gets a visit from Hallie… and his old nemesis. Oh, and Maggie’s drinking alone. At least Brian and Lex have each other!

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    Sorkin' In It December 14, 2023
    2.15 News Night with Will McAvoy (The Newsroom S2E5)

    Will’s dodging calls from his dad. Sloan’s private photos are on the Internet. Jim’s worried about Maggie. Plus, there’s news to report. Can the staff of News Night keep their heads above water? One thing is certain: They will — with a little help from Brian and Lex — find a way to keep Sorkin’ In It.

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    Sorkin' In It November 29, 2023
    2.13 Willie Pete (The Newsroom S2E3)

    Who the heck is Willie Pete — another new character?! We investigate that, while Will tries to figure out who leaked info to Nina. Jim tries to overthrow the Romney bus. And Maggie’s getting ready for Uganda. Meanwhile, Brian and Lex are still struggling to love the Genoa plotline. We’re trying.

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    Sorkin' In It November 22, 2023
    2.12 The Genoa Tip (The Newsroom S2E2)

    With a title like “The Genoa Tip”, you might be excused for thinking this episode of The Newsroom is about a piece of genoa salami, but no, my friend, this an episode about lots of things that aren’t that. It’s actually the title of Season 2, Episode 2 of The Newsroom, and while there are lots of complicated plot lines that may or may not hold together, you’re safe in Lex and Brian’s capable hands.

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    Sorkin' In It November 15, 2023
    2.11 First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers (The Newsroom S2E1)

    It’s a brand new season of The Newsroom. Lex and Brian have high hopes for a reboot that helps the show gel better. And there’s a new theme song! New characters! New hairstyles! Join us as we determine whether the headline is: “Newsroom improves” or just “Newsroom is more of the same.”

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    Sorkin' In It November 8, 2023
    2.10 The Greater Fool (The Newsroom S1E10)

    It’s the Season 1 finale of The Newsroom. Maggie’s handing out sandwiches. Jim’s on the bus. Will’s in the hospital. Brian and Lex? They’re Sorkin’ in it.

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    Sorkin' In It November 1, 2023
    2.9 The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate (The Newsroom S1E9)

    The Blackout continues! And then immediately… it ends. The News Night team pitches the RNC on why they should get the debate, Maggie and Jim convince Lisa to talk about her barely-there relationship with Casey Anthony, Neal is trolling, and there are rosebuds and flowers afoot. Brian and Lex just try to keep up.

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    Sorkin' In It October 25, 2023
    2.8 The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn (The Newsroom S1E8)

    It’s the first half of a Newsroom two-parter. Will succumbs to ratings pressure and starts covering Casey Anthony, because he’s desperate to reinvent presidential debates. Leona’s desperate to find a way to fire Will. Anthony Weiner… Well, he’s just plain desperate. Oh, and Mackenzie’s ex is writing a cover story on Will — at Will’s invitation. Brian and Lex are just trying to keep Sorkin’ In It.

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    Sorkin' In It October 18, 2023
    2.7 5/1 (The Newsroom S1E7)

    Charlie meets a whistleblower. Sloan, Don, and Eliot get stuck on the tarmac. And Will? Will gets stoned. Plus, Obama good, Osama bad. Brian and Lex break down the highlights and lowlights of a jam packed Newsroom episode. You get to Sork it all up.

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    Sorkin' In It October 11, 2023
    2.6 Bullies (The Newsroom S1E6)

    Who ARE the bullies? Will’s journalistic integrity is threatened by an interview that pushes the boundaries of both his professional and personal ethics. Sloan stumbles in covering a Japanese nuclear accident. And Brian and Lex don’t necessarily agree on who the real bullies are. One thing they DO agree on, though: It’s time to get Sorkin’ In It.

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    Sorkin' In It October 4, 2023
    2.5 Amen (The Newsroom S1E5)

    It’s the Valentine’s Day episode, so of course The Newsroom focuses on… an embedded stringer reporter in Egypt during Arab Spring. Meanwhile, Will sets his sights on the Koch brothers, and Mackenzie’s becoming gossip fodder. But mostly, Brian and Lex are really frustrated with the ridiculously misplaced Rudy homage. Amen to that.

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    Sorkin' In It September 28, 2023
    2.4 I'll Try to Fix You (The Newsroom S1E4)

    This episode of The Newsroom is all about feelings. Aaron Sorkin feels that smoking is cool. Neal feels more people should listen to his Bigfoot theory. And Lex and Brian feel that Don’s the worst. You, too, can have feelings about Sorkin, Bigfoot, and much more in this week’s episode.

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    Sorkin' In It September 20, 2023
    2.3 The 112th Congress (The Newsroom S1E3)

    Fire up your fax machine, because this episode of The Newsroom offers all the ingredients of a classic Sorkin show, with multiple plot lines, jumping forward and back in time, grandiose speeches, and Sorkinisms like “Can we have the room please?” But, does it hold together? Your pals Lex and Brian decide if it’s time to BLEEP around or just play golf in another episode of Sorkin’ in It.

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    Sorkin' In It September 13, 2023
    2.2 News Night 2.0 (The Newsroom S1E2)

    Lex and Brian were excited to dive into the second episode of The Newsroom, News Night 2.0. Fresh off the high of their successes in Episode 1, now Will’s team drops the ball a few times with some pretty predictable gaffes — but we also get meet a few new interesting characters. Is News Night 2.0 2 much 2 soon? Let Brian and Lex tell you.