"The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate"
Season 1, Episode 9
Mock Debate
Air date August 19, 2012
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Alan Poul
Episode Guide
"The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn"
"The Greater Fool"
The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate is the ninth episode of the first season and the ninth episode of the series overall. It was written by Executive Producer Aaron Sorkin and directed by Executive Producer Alan Poul. It premiered on August 19, 2012.

A blackout interrupts the interview with Sandy Whiddles, the witness for hire to congressman Anthony Weiner's indiscretions. Will and the crew preview their new debate format for GOP officials (Adam Arkin as Adam Roth, Jake McDorman as Tate Brady). Jim begins the vetting process for Solomon Hancock, the NSA whistle-blower. Lisa goes off the reservation during an on-air interview while Neal begins his trolling assignment.


First appearancesEdit

  1. Adam Roth - a representative of the Republican GOP and a college friend of Will McAvoy.
  2. Tate Brady - a senior representative of the Republican GOP negotiating with News Night regarding debate coverage.
  3. Alexandra - a customer of Lisa Lambert.





Guest starring



Opening credits

  1. Francine Maisler &
  2. Nancy Perkins - Casting
  3. Jeff Schoen - Production Designer
  4. Ron Rosen - 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. Alan Poul - 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



The episode drew 1.96 million US viewers when it first aired on HBO.[1]


  1. Bibel, Sara (July 23, 2012). "HBO Releases Details About August Episodes of 'The Newsroom'". TV by the Numbers.

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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