"First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers"
Season 2, Episode 1
Season 2 Episode 1
Air date July 14, 2013
Written by Story by:
Ian Reichbach,
Aaron Sorkin
Teleplay by:
Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Alan Poul
Episode Guide
"The Greater Fool"
"The Genoa Tip"

"First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers" is the first episode of the second season of The Newsroom and the eleventh episode of the series overall. It was written by Executive Producer Aaron Sorkin. This episode first aired on July 14, 2013; the events of this episode begin on August 23, 2011 and conclude September 12, 2011.

Teaser Edit

Season Two Premiere. Will and the News Night staff are questioned by their lawyer about a story they've aired that's become a network crisis. An on-air remark from Will has him pulled from 9/11 anniversary coverage. Jim volunteers to cover for an embed reporter on the Romney campaign, and Neal investigates the beginnings of Occupy Wall Street.


On November 5, 2012, Will McAvoy is being interviewed by a corporate attorney investigating a supposed controversial secret operation known as "Operation Genoa," which alleges that the U.S. committed a war crime via nerve gas and the Pentagon covered it up which helped News Night achieve highest viewership and the "most viewed program in the history of cable news." Maggie shows up with short red hair to which the attorney comments about her drastic hair change. Will responds that it was due to a report she made in Uganda.

The episode then flashes back to August 23, 2011, Mac notices a problem with a graphic and replaces it with a TV monitor, Charlie comments about how well she works on "auto-pilot." During this, Will sings a few lyrics from Rebecca Black's "Friday." Not willing to stay in the newsroom with Maggie, Jim lobbies to be sent on the campaign trail to report on the Romney campaign. At first, MacKenzie is apprehensive but reluctantly accepts his request. To replace him, she is assigned Jerry Dantana from the Washington D.C. branch, who is monitoring U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East. During a panel with Sloan, a panelist reports to Dantana about a story that "makes careers and ends presidencies."

Will is pulled off the News Night coverage for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 for calling the Tea Party "the American Taliban." 

Don watches a YouTube footage featuring Maggie pronouncing her feelings for Jim and promptly leaves their apartment.

Neal convinces MacKenzie that the newsroom should pursue the Occupy Wall Street movement. MacKenzie encourages Neal to attend a general assembly meeting, where he meets Shelly Wexler.





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External linksEdit

The Newsroom Season 2 (2013)
#201 "First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers" #206 "One Step Too Many"
#202 "The Genoa Tip" #207 "Red Team III"
#203 "Willie Pete" #208 "Election Night, Part I"
#204 "Unintended Consequences" #209 "Election Night, Part II"
#205 "News Night with Will McAvoy"

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