The normally laid-back Charlie (as played by Sam Waterston) has enough of asking Don to be quiet and outright threatens him:
"I'm a Marine, Don! I will kick the shit out of you, I don't care how many protein bars you eat!"
And then Will has to step in to calm Charlie down. Doubly hilarious because the scene started with Will and Don arguing, with Charlie appearing to be the mediating benevolent boss, but goes absolutely apeshit when Don starts accusing Will of being incompetent.
Will repeatedly trolling Mackenzie as she gives a passionate speech about what the news should be like. "I need to think a bit...yeah, that whole speech did nothing for me."
Concerning the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Will is grilling the spokesperson for one of the companies about why there wasn't better safety inspections and the spokesperson is dodging with the usual "thoughts and prayers" line:
Spokesman: Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of-
Will: Everyone's thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. No one's thoughts and prayers are with the fire.
Will's continued surprise that he has a blog.
Brian: Will doesn't write Will's blog?
Mac: Will can't find Will's blog.
At the karaoke bar in the second episode:
Jim: I really only drink when I'm scared. Maggie: [staggering in, drunk] I would like to have a word with you. Right here, right now. Jim: [drinks a shot]
Will is studying the names of his new staff, when a piece of the ceiling almost falls on his head. The maid deadpans that there are new neighbors.
Shortly after, Will starts showing off how he now knows everyone's name and how to pronounce them, starting with a few examples of people who no longer work for him. Still, Mackenzie says it's the thought that counts and everyone should give him a round of applause for effort. Which they do, completely in earnest.
Also, this exchange from the same scene:
Will: Muhammad El-Muhammad Al-Muhammad Bin Bazir?
Don: Went to FOX.
Will: FOX hired a guy with three "Muhammad"s in his name?!
Will interviewing three people who are supporters of SB 1070, all of whom are so incompetent that Will literally has to make their arguments for them.
"Bigfoot is real."
Will going completely apeshit while reporting the Gabby Giffords shooting. He's doing a remarkably calm job reporting the news one minute and screaming like a maniac the second he's off the air. Also, the entire conversation between him, Charlie, Mac and Don descends into a Cluster F-Bombof Heartwarming.
Will: (to Charlie) You tell Leona that if she wants me out of this chair, she'd better bring more than just a couple of guys. Charlie: That's exactly what I'll fucking tell her. Will: (flails his fists) I'm not FUCKING around Charlie!! Charlie: Feet of fucking steel! Will: Mac! MacKenzie: I'm sorry... Will: It's not your fault- MacKenzie: I fucked everything up! Will: It's gonna' be alright! Don: (just entering) What the fuck is going on? Will: You're a fucking newsman, Don! I ever tell you otherwise you PUNCH me in the face!! Don: (beat) Okay, but you're back in 30. MacKenzie: Back in 30 seconds!
Maggie hitting Jim with a glass door. TWICE.
"Do you know what you're- ow. Do you know what you're- ow. Do you know what you're doing? Ow."
"Hey, I love you every day. Valentine's Day is just an excuse to spend the night in a hotel room." Also, because it's Don, one of the most heartwarming statements ever. Damn.
"The United States is in no greater danger of falling under Sharia law than it is the rules of Fight Club."
Will. Vicodin. Marijuana. It's exactly as funny as you would expect.
Will: [repeatedly] Hmm??
The first sign that Will is not himself.
Will: Martin! Throw me the remote, it's right next to ya.
(Martin throws the remote at Will, which goes sailing past Will's head and out the open window. Will doesn't even react.)
Will: Martin! Throw me the remote, it's right next to ya.
OBAMA GOOD. OSAMA BAD.
Will: Good thinking.
Prior to that:
Will: Hey! We got Obama!
Will: Bin Laden! I got that out of my system!
Charlie's reactions to news that high-as-a-kite Will missed a 20-minute-old email from Joe Biden confirming the death of Osama bin Laden.
Mac: Check your Blackberry.
(Will pulls out his Blackberry, stares at it, then turns it over to study that side, and all the other sides in turn)
The Associate Producers desperately pulling seniority so that they don't have to talk to a woman who exchanged dirty tweets with Anthony Weiner and wants to be interviewed about it. Eventually it goes all the way down the line until everybody is staring at Maggie, who then proceeds to flail her arms.
Maggie: Can people still see me?
While Don is explaining how Nancy Grace emotionally manipulates her viewers.
Mac: Question: Hell? Is it as bad as everyone says it is?
Later Tess Googles said question, and informs her that "It looks pretty bad. There are a lot of fires."
Mackenzie is defending Will against Brian.
Mac: You know what I like about Will? He's not absolutely sure about anything. He struggles with things, he's never certain about anything, and sometimes he's not, but he tries hard to be. He struggles with things!
Sloan, Don, and Elliot are all desperate to get off a plane. Sloan finds a website with seven ways to get thrown off a plane, including yelling unpopular political opinions out loudly. Elliot decides to try it out:
Elliot: Boy, that Genghis Khan had some really great ideas!
That list also includes "being dressed in an inappropriate or revealing manner":
Don: [to Sloan] Take off your clothes.
Don's impatience with a particularly annoying passenger is also memorable:
Don: Lester, I'm gonna lose my shit on you.
Mackenzie giving an inspiring speech about how the power going out is the best thing for the News Night team (as it'll bring them together again and help them to keep on reporting on important news stories), only for the power to come back on again right as she finishes.
Son of a bitch!
Jim: All I know is that if I was a woman the first thing I'd do is kiss another woman. I don't understand gay men or straight women.
Mackenzie beating Jim with a pillow after she finds out he screwed up his chance with Maggie again.
The entire scene with the Republican representative trying to get people from the team to host his dumbed-down debate is simultaneously tense, awesome, heartwarming, and funny.
Tate Brady: Don Keefer!
Tate: How would you and Elliot Hirsch like to have one of the debates?
Don: [without missing a beat] Eat me. *bland smile*
Tate: Mr. Skinner, I'm trying to be as diplo-
Charlie: When Don says "Eat me," that's usually the end of the conversation.
Will singing the "Friday" song for no particular reason during the off time in the broadcast.
When Mackenzie finds out she has to send somebody from the newsroom to cover the Romney campaign (right after comparing him and his ilk to the Taliban in universe), Charlie suggests sending whoever she wants punished. Cue Will walking past, still singing.
Mackenzie: Can I -
The entire scene where Maggie and Sloan confront the woman who uploaded a video of Maggie screaming at a Sex and the City tour bus and try to convince her to take it down... while she's at a laundromat in Queens.
Neal finally gets the chance to have an OWS spokesperson on the show, but worries that Will won't be fair during the interview. Mackenzie indignantly rebuffs that... unaware that Will, who is bent on finding out whom in his staff leaked some important information, is still on the warpath in the background.
Mackenzie: He's a lot of things, man, but when has he ever been unfair?
[Cue Will storming through the office in the background]
Will: If I don't get a name soon I'm gonna just start randomly firing people!
[Neal smirks. Mackenzie blinks.]
Mackenzie: ... I mean in real-life?
Sloan's EP, Zane, drags her into Don's office to complain that she's being disobedient under Don's advice. We get this marvellous exchange.
Jim attempts to lead a revolution of sorts among the reporters following the Romney campaign trail. Inspirational music plays as he, Hallie, and Stillman all start asking the important questions that the campaign managers have been dodging the entire time - only to be kicked off the bus in the middle of nowhere.
Hallie: Do you have a plan?
Jim: I'm formulating one.
Stillman: ...I lifted some turkey sandwiches. *pulls out a giant ziploc bag full of sandwiches*
Hallie: [deadpan] Nice.
Maggie finding out about the side effects of a vaccination she took for her Africa trip after she already took the pill.
Maggie: OH MY GOD!
Mackenzie: There it is.
Maggie: "Side effects include depression, confusion, hallucination, severe vomiting, suicidal thoughts, homocidal thoughts -"
Mackenzie: Anything else?
Maggie: Itchiness. I'm going to be itching while I'm confused and hallucinating.
During a GOP debate in Florida, a gay American soldier fighting in Iraq (on his fifth tour of duty) asks if the candidates will try to circumvent the progress made for homosexuals in the military if they're elected. Following the question, a number of audience members at the debate openly boo the soldier. Will's response when reporting this?
Will: The audience members who were booing were in Orlando. Soon they'll surely be in hell, though not soon enough.
Sloan's talking with Mackenzie and says she finally saw Titanicnote Titanic was rereleased in theaters in 3D in 2012.; she's also watching the market trending down for Kodak:
When the News Night crew try to tell Leona they're resigning due to misreporting the Genoa story, Leona continuously shuts them down by bragging about her wardrobe and makeup, complaining that Daniel Craig wasn't at the fundraiser she just came from (and telling Will he does/doesn't look like him), and inventing a new nickname for Mackenzie: McMac. Also they suspect she might be stoned. Spoilers: she's not.
During the hours leading up to the 2012 election coverage, Will (who Charlie describes as the unhappiest person in the building) appoints himself in charge of morale. It's as funny as it sounds.
Jim accidentally calls the Michigan projection during the election, and while he and Maggie are discussing whether they can risk a retraction Charlie parades through the newsroom waving a job application for the New York Department of Sanitation and threatening to give it to the first person who fucks up that night.
Maggie: We can't retract it.
Reese, of all people, segues into a rant about his mother, being a typical multi-billionaire concerned parent who refuses to die because she wants grandchildren, asking if he's gay (and that's okay), and he replies he hasn't found the right woman yet before being shut up by Charlie. Glad to see our resident Smug Snake has his own little weaknesses.
Don and Maggie, through a series of new stories being traded for even newer ones, find out about the General Petraeus scandal before anybody else. They come to Charlie to tell him about it.
Charlie: Well, as long as it isn't slander against any of our armed forces or their commanders we should be fine.