As always, Waterston and Daniels are the best thing in the episode (Waterston is the MVP of this series, no doubt about it), with an honorable mention to Munn. I also didn't mind seeing Maggie's roommate in her, ahem, intimate apparel.
The rest of the show is a waste. Why are all the women incompetent, shrill, and hanging on every word that Will McAvoy, The Great Man, has to say?
I actually thought that the plot point of Leona trying to take Will down through her tabloids was an incredibly interesting development and a prescient commentary on media consolidation. Yes, this is what Rupert Murdoch does. Can we have more of that? I found Will's dates charmingly comical as well. Even Maggie's boyfriend's phone call was clever! But then why do we have to spell out what is going on after it happens? I think that's what grates me the most about this show.
It's like Sorkin hasn't seen television since 1997. We can handle nuance. We can handle subtext. We can handle quiet moments that make larger, unstated points.
The closing montage on the Giffords shooting was ridiculous. Atlantis was, really, the only major news network not to report Giffords was dead? Give me a fucking break. These people may be at the top of their game, but they're neither infallible nor super human. Couldn't Will just have said something to the effect of: "MSNBC, Fox, CNN, and NPR are reporting that Congresswoman Giffords has passed away, but we have yet to receive independent verification of that fact. Reports all stem from NPR's story."