'The Newsroom' Recap: Repeating History

The voice mail! The tape! 'The Newsroom' brings back the ghosts of Season 1.

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale appear in a scene in HBO's "The Newsroom."

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale appear in a scene in HBO's "The Newsroom."

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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.

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