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Debbie Fidderer is on the plane and Sam is briefing her on what to expect in the coming days.

She is going to go through an extensive background screening - which she questions why, she's worked at the White House before - Sam points out that she has a "crash button" on her phone and this isn't her last job.

Many of The Newsroom characters will be familiar to the Sorkin faithful — the kind of people who remember Pixley from Sports Night, or can quote Leo's Big Block of Cheese Day speech in full — because most of them owe serious debt to the fast-talkers who came before, and whom you side with on Newsroom may very well depend on whom you loved on Sports Night or The West Wing (or, um, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.) This seemed as good an excuse as any to rank the old characters, and so Vulture did — though we would like to note that the process became more emotionally draining than we could possibly have imagined. Because the rest of us are trying to figure out how on earth Sorkin decided to build a sketch comedy show around a deeply unfunny, proselytizing female lead. Natalie Hurley (Sabrina Lloyd), When Sorkinese goes wrong, it goes terribly wrong — as exemplified by Natalie, who turned the rhythmic, witty banter into a grating mix of perkiness and yelling. Margaret Hooper (Ni Cole Robinson), how to be a feminist! Then a friend walks by, 'Hey, Joe, it's me, can you help me out? Dan Rydell (Josh Charles), He loves Hillary Clinton. He outsmarts network executives by delivering a stirring monologue on the effects of drug abuse. Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen), He has Bartlet's smarts and fury; Leo's prickly charm; C.

Elsewhere, in the fallout, Josh (Bradley Whitford) is upset with his girlfriend Amy's (Mary-Louise Parker) decision to accept a particular job interview; working for the third party candidate who will steal votes that would otherwise go to the President.Things are getting out of control and the President whispers to Leo they are going to need a lawyer. is talking with the press and then is told by Bruno the President may get a question about Title IX.Air Force One is making its way to Michigan where the President will make an address. Bruno turns to talk to Sam to tell him the court decision may come down on presidential debates.The approval process of executive secretary-to-be Deborah Fiderer (Lily Tomlin) hits a snag when new evidence is uncovered.The President (and Leo) arrive in the Situation Room to be briefed on Qumar.