In addition to Will's marijuana-infused voice mail, the episode brings back another trope from last season: Charlie and Will's recording of their boss/antagonist Reese Lansing admitting to hacking ACN's phones, which, by way of blackmail, they believe affords them all the editorial freedom they desire. When they realize Reese is again up to no good, they dramatically retrieve the recorder out of the safe and march into his office to remind him of their leverage. (And, admittedly, hearing Sam Waterston utter "son de la bitch" is pretty thrilling). But – whoops! – they don't have the recording after all and Reese isn't all that concerned anyway.
By resurrecting its villain – and undercutting last season's conclusion – the show loses focus on this season's supposed story arc: ACN's poor judgement on the Operation Genoa story.
Early in the episode when discussing his lunch date with Nina, Charlie pleads with Will, "I really thought we were done with our mission to civilize." So did we Charlie. So did we.