'Newsroom' recap: Demonstrations
Even though he's a man, Neal almost cries when the Egyptian reporter NewsNight hires - on his recommendation - to get in-depth coverage of the protests is captured by a fringe group. Neal feels very bad about this, so he punches a monitor and breaks his hand. Jim helps him get medical attention, even though Jim is also the walking wounded - he has a cut on his head from running into the glass door of the control room. Twice. Elliot gets it even worse when, at Don's urging, he leaves his Egyptian hotel room to report what's going on in the streets and is promptly beaten up. Don feels so bad about this that he runs into Reese's door and hurts his shoulder. Basically, we have three people getting hurt because they're idiots and one getting hurt because he wanted to get a story no matter the risk. And yet Elliot's the one who's not doing the kind of awesome news Will's team is.
Speaking of Will, he learns that Nina can be paid off to stop reporting on him and MacKenzie. He's just about to write her a check for $50,000 when she says that they are both journalists. Instead of $50,000, she gets another Willecture about what a terrible person she is. Will ends up spending $250,000 on ransom to free Neal's Egyptian friend from his captors. When the rest of the newsroom find out about this, they give him checks to help cover the cost and then they all pat themselves on the back for being good people.