Sunday evening, May 1, 2011. The ACN news team is at Will's for a party to mark a year of good reporting. Charlie gets a call alerting him to a major news announcement at 10. By 9:00, everyone's on their way to the studio (with Will under the influence of a Vicodin and two pot-laced cookies). Don, Sloan, and Elliot are stuck on the tarmac at LaGuardia waiting for a gate. As the team uses brains and sources to narrow the possibilities - and get confirmation of what's going on - Charlie has to make the call as to when they go on the air: get it right without collateral damage. By evening's end, he gets a second tip suggesting that another story is brewing.
Did You Know?
In Studio 60, Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) mentions catching Bin Laden taking the pressure of their show. In this episode, catching Bin Laden lays pressure on the show. See more
The establishing shot of the plane carrying Don, Elliot and Sloan from Washington DC (DCA) to New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) shows a 747 with its recognizable second level "bump". The runways at LGA are too short for a 747. The interior of the plane has six-across seating typical of the smaller 737s that actually do operate between DCA and LGA. See more
You have to let us off this plane.
I'm not letting you unbuckle your seatbelt, you think I'm letting you off the plane?
If you knew what we know -
[turns to the other passengers
which is nothing- you'd be behind us and they'd be behind us, and I think later on tonight, you're gonna be saying, 'I wish I had been more cooperative with that passenger.'
I think later on tonight you're gonna be saying, 'These handcuffs hurt my wrists.'
The speech made by President Barack Obama to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden, which was the focus of this episode, is played over the closing credits. See more
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