Season 1, Episode 7
Air date August 5, 2012
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Joshua Marston
Episode Guide
"The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn"

"5/1" is the seventh episode of the first season and the seventh episode of the series overall. It was written by Executive Producer Aaron Sorkin and directed by Joshua Marston. It premiered on August 5, 2012 and drew 1.76 million viewers.[1]

Charlie receives a call from an anonymous source telling him that he will receive an email from the White House press secretary. The email informs him of an impending nationwide presidential address. The team race to discover what the address will be about and assumes it is about the death of Osama bin Laden. The news that bin Laden has been killed by American special forces is soon confirmed and Will is able to report it. Takes place on Sunday, May 1, 2011.


Charlie receives a call from an anonymous source at the beginning of the episode on Will's balcony, and under the pseudonym of "Deep Throat"(previously used during the Watergate era by former Associate Director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Mark Felt), which is later changed to "Late for Dinner", informs him that he'll be receiving an email from the White House press secretary telling him "to get to work". "Late for Dinner" claims to be trying to establishing his credibility which Charlie finds preposterous, but nonetheless is later seen to be slightly bothered and worried about the credibility of the source, which had told him that the email will be sent at eastern 9PM.

Charlie later rejoins the party the newsroom staff were having in Will's house to celebrate the one-year anniversary of News Night 2.0, where Will was sabotaged into making a short (and humorous) speech by Mackenzie. The staff is later seen to be playing a game of charades (Neal), beer bar games, individual chess (Gary) and guitar jamming (Will and Jim as Maggie watches on), while Charlie is seen to be pacing around and checking the time.

Will is later seen to be explaining, in order to justify his prior use of, the use of marijuana to Neal and his companion, Kaylee, (who had presumably given him the drug) and recounts his days as an athlete and the benefits of medicinal marijuana in curing athlete problems, which Kaylee brushes off as a "WebMD" recital.





Guest starring



Opening credits

  1. Francine Maisler &
  2. Nancy Perkins - Casting
  3. Richard Hoover - Production Designer
  4. Howard Leder - Editor
  5. Todd McMullen - Director of Photography
  6. Alex Wurman - Music
  7. Thomas Newman - Main title theme
  8. Lauren Lohman - Co-producer
  9. Eli Bush - Co-producer
  10. Dauri Chase - Co-producer
  11. Christine Larson-Nitzsche - Co-producer
  12. Paul Redford - Co-Executive Producer
  13. Greg Mottola - Co-Executive Producer
  14. Denis Biggs - Co-Executive Producer
  15. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  16. Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  17. Joshua Marston - Director

Closing credits

  1. Alan Poul - Executive Producer
  2. Scott Rudin - Executive Producer
  3. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  4. Sarah Rath - Associate Producer
  5. Christine Larson-Nitzsche - Unit Production Manager
  6. Mark Tobey - First Assistant Director
  7. Zach Hunt - Second Assistant Director
  8. Julie Camino - Production Supervisor
  9. Hope Hanafin - Costume Designer
  10. David Handelman - Story Editor
  11. Ian Reichbach - Story Editor
  12. Brendan Fehily - Staff Writer
  13. Cinque Henderson - Staff Writer
  14. Amy Rice - Staff Writer
  15. Gideon Yago - Staff Writer
  16. Evyen J. Klean - Music Supervisor




External linksEdit

The Newsroom Season 1 (2012)
#101 "We Just Decided To" #106 "Bullies"
#102 "News Night 2.0" #107 "5/1"
#103 "The 112th Congress" #108 "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn"
#104 "I'll Try to Fix You" #109 "The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate"
#105 "Amen" #110 "The Greater Fool"

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