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'The Newsroom' recap: 'Election Night Part 1'

'The Newsroom' recap: 'Election Night Part 1'

"Our elections are the envy of the world. It's critically important that we not make any mistakes tonight. We all know why." --Charlie Skinner

"The Newsroom" returned from its Labor Day hiatus with the penultimate episode of Season Two, "Election Night Part I," which laid the groundwork to resolve the season-long Genoa storyline.

The episode opens on election night 2012 with Jim, who has never found a stylist, brush or hair product to his liking, having a video chat with Hallie. He restates the plot for us, reminding us of how Charlie, Will and Mac had been set to resign, but Leona had instead told them to win back the trust of their...