The Morning Show (2019) s01e08 Episode Script

Lonely at the Top

1 ["NEMESIS" PLAYING.]
[MUSIC ENDS.]
[ALARM BUZZING.]
[ALARM STOPS.]
[PAIGE.]
Here's your coffee.
Thanks.
Two more days of being 49.
Enjoy.
Yep.
[INHALES.]
[SIGHS.]
[VEHICLE APPROACHING.]
Paul, Paul, Paul, what are you doing here in the middle of the fuckin' night? - I don't know.
Just couldn't sleep.
- I get it.
And, hey, happy early birthday since I won't be seeing you Sunday.
Thank you, but I'd rather forget about this one.
[CELL PHONE BUZZES.]
[MITCH.]
It's from Alex.
Same stupid song she sends me every year.
[CHUCKLES.]
Let's do it, boss.
[SONG PLAYING.]
[BOTH CHUCKLING.]
She is such an idiot.
I love this song.
Happy, happy birthday, baby Although you're with somebody new Thought I'd drop a line to say That I wish this happy day Would find me beside you And Chip's wondering if you'll reach out to J.
Lo, see if she's interested in talking about the situation in Puerto Rico.
- Sure.
Of course.
- I'll set that up this evening.
Questions for the education reform debate Tuesday.
Wait, Tuesday? That's the same day as the wild card game.
I'm doing that.
Yeah, that's what I thought.
I'll talk to Chip about it.
[GREG SIGHS.]
Hey, hey, hey! - Happy birthday weekend, Big Daddy! - Okay! Thank you.
Thank you.
- Happy birthday! - Hi! [BOTH.]
Oh! - Hey, happy birthday, man.
- Jake! Oh! Man of the hour.
- Don't shortchange me there, Daniel.
Hey! - [MAN.]
There he is! - Man of the year.
- There you go.
- Hey! - Happy birthday.
Thank you.
What do we have? What do we have? Oh "Power's yet to be restored in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria"? Thank you.
The perfect gift for the woman who has everything.
- Mm-hmm.
- So how old does this make you? [SIGHS.]
Well, if this were Logan's Run, they would've killed me 20 years ago.
Uh, help me out? Old enough to have seen Logan's Run.
Hey.
[MIA.]
Hey.
Uh Happy birthday.
Thanks, not till Sunday.
- Oh, yeah.
- But thank you.
- Happy birthday to you - Thank you.
Oh! Um You got the Hurricane Maria copy there? - I do.
- Okay.
- See you in a bit.
- All right.
- Hey! - Hey! It's the fuckin' birthday boy! What's that spot? Um, that's just a finger smudge.
My bad.
[ALEX.]
Oh, my gosh.
There it is.
- [CHUCKLES.]
Wow! It's here.
- [CHIP.]
Mm-hmm.
Thanks, man.
Appreciate you bringing it this early.
- [ALEX.]
Hey, thanks.
Wow.
- That's why they call it a crotch rocket.
Oh, my God.
Mitch is gonna love this.
- Which is so lame.
- I agree.
Um, Chip, we have a scheduling conflict here.
You have me doing the education reform debate.
And it's the same day as the wild card game.
- Yes, about that.
- Yes.
Mitch is gonna cover it.
What? Why? It's not a big deal.
The network just wants to try Mitch on the playoffs.
But I do the playoffs.
Yeah, but I think they just wanna try it.
YDA's closing the gap.
They're just throwing shit at the wall, see if they can get more eyeballs in the morning.
You'll be back on it next year.
It's fine.
Chip, people expect to see me in the studio after the game as a tradition.
Isn't that what baseball's all about? Tradition? It's a museum masquerading as a sport? Look, I'm on your side, okay? It's just The network gets a little nervous, and they they did a test.
What? A test? The network did a test? I see.
So they pay people 50 bucks to come in for a ten-cent opinion.
Exactly.
It's stupid, and it's random, okay? It's just that Mitch happened to test very well.
Mitch tests really well when he tests with me.
Okay? - I agree.
- Did they test him with Alison? Because that's when they should've tested him, when I was away last month.
Because this party of one, this focus group, saw it and it sucked.
Look, they're gonna do more tests.
The cream is gonna rise to the top.
You are gonna be fine.
Relax.
Oh, my God.
Chip, you used to be my producer.
Don't pull that shit on I am still your producer, okay? I found you.
Hello.
I found you.
And now you've found your golden goose? No, you are my golden goose.
It's just that, technically, I have two golden geese.
Mmm.
But now Mitch has you and Fred and Reid in his side pocket.
And I know what you guys do.
You hang out, you you talk about girls.
You smoke cigars, you play golf.
You give Mitch more good stories, then more people love Mitch.
The more people that love Mitch, the better he's gonna test.
Come on.
I get this.
I'm not an idiot.
It's not that complicated.
- I know.
- Come on.
- What? - Makeup's ready for you.
All right.
Thank you.
I'm not done with this conversation.
- Okay.
Okay.
- Okay? - Seriously? - What? Don't worry.
Do I look worried? Worried.
Jesus.
- Coffee for you.
- Claire, right? - Yes.
- Okay.
- And one of these is yours.
- Yes, thank you.
- And, Lay Layla - Thanks.
I'll be fine with that.
Okay.
- Lindsey - Yes, hi.
- Take that.
- Thank you, Carla.
- And - It's Claire, but And Donny.
Donny Oh, Donny! That's yours.
And Jared Oh.
[PHONES RINGING.]
- Coffee.
- Thanks.
Sorry to bother you, but who is Jared? Sorry, there are just so many names to learn here.
I'm Jared.
Head booker.
Learn my name.
Sorry.
- Don't take it personally.
He's just - An asshole? Well, yeah.
Sorry he's your direct superior.
It's all a learning experience.
But I have my goals I'm here to achieve, so I just figure I'll use every part of the buffalo, even the asshole.
- Claire? - Yes.
Go make sure Alison's dress showed up for the birthday segment, would you? - Will do.
- Thank you.
Thank you for being human.
- Hey, Jared.
Come here.
- Yeah.
- What's up? - What the fuck, dude? What do you mean "what the fuck"? What's going on? Why is Alex talking to Owen Gorman for the Homeland Security story? You asked me to find someone to cover the confirmation hearing.
No, I asked you to find a senator to cover the hearing.
Someone who is, I don't know, in the actual Senate.
Here you go.
Thank you.
As you know, Gorman is a member of the House of Representatives.
We do not care about the opinion of Florida's second district.
Gorman is great TV.
Gorman's an attention whore.
[CHIP.]
He's also an attention whore that you book biweekly.
So from now on, there is a moratorium on booking Gorman, unless there's a fucking atomic bomb in Tallahassee.
I had Reuben Bowen, but his press secretary just pulled There are 14 senators in this committee.
- One of them wants to talk.
- It's late in the game.
I have some connections in Sadie Worthington's office.
I can see if I can get her.
Yes! Fuck, yes! This Why did you wait until now to share that information? - Guys, who cares? - I - Who cares? Just go.
Go.
Go.
- Going.
I'm gonna push the story as late as I can.
- Keep me updated.
- [HANNAH.]
Okay! [JARED.]
Jesus.
Fuck.
- She's a go-getter.
- Yeah.
Gorgeous too.
Oh! You're so shallow.
Get your head out of the gutter.
I learned by watching you, Dad.
Do you ever pinch yourself because you got me instead of Alex? I gotta be more fun.
Gee, you think? [MITCH LAUGHS.]
- Good mornin'! - [ALISON.]
Oh, well, well.
Happy 5-0, Mr.
Kessler [CHUCKLING.]
Wow.
Am I old enough for you yet? Give it a couple of years.
Nothing gets my juices flowing like an AARP discount.
Oh.
I will put it in my calendar.
[ALISON CHUCKLES.]
Alison, wow.
That dress is something else.
Really nice.
- Alex! - Yes.
You see that dress that Alison's wearing? That dress that was just in my immediate eyeline? Yes, I did.
- I did see it.
- Why don't you wear any dresses like that? - Oh, I'm sorry.
- Hey, Chip, Chip.
Can we get some dresses like that for Alex? Is that doable? [CHIP.]
Yeah, I'll see if I can pull some strings.
Nope.
Don't pull anything, Chip.
We're good.
[FLOOR DIRECTOR.]
We are live in 30 seconds.
- You know what? - Mm-mmm.
I would take you in that dress over Alison any day.
[FLOOR DIRECTOR.]
Last looks.
Oh, you're so sweet.
Because if you were wearing the dress, that would mean she's naked.
- [TAPS RIM SHOT.]
- [CHUCKLES.]
- There it is! - Right? We had it.
First of the day, guys.
[BOTH LAUGHING.]
- You saw that coming.
- I did.
You knew.
You knew I was gonna do that.
- I didn't wanna spoil your punch line.
- Thank you.
- Thank you for going with me.
- We are live in five, four, three - [THEME SONG PLAYS.]
- Wow.
Good morning, everyone, and welcome to The Morning Show.
Our top story today: Puerto Rico continues to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as criticism escalates over the federal response to the deadly storm.
We now go to Yanko Flores, who is reporting live from Puerto Rico.
Yanko.
- [DIRECTOR.]
And take it.
- [YANKO.]
Morning, Mitch.
It's been devastating to witness conditions here in San Juan today.
The power lines are down.
So many homes are destroyed.
More resources from FEMA, from the Pentagon, are expected to arrive early next week.
But until then, the recovery efforts are They're proceeding slowly.
How is morale there, Yanko? Resilient.
Truly beautiful, the way that people are hanging together here on la isla del encanto, the Island of Enchantment as it is affectionately known.
They will recover, but they could use some caring.
They've had plenty of this force of nature that just comes through by its own will, destroys everything and doesn't care.
[MALE VOICE.]
You have reached the office of Senator Sadie Worthington.
Due to high call volume, we are currently unavailable to take your call.
Fuck.
[CELL PHONE BUZZES.]
- [WOMAN.]
Hannah? - Christine, hi.
Thanks for calling me back.
I can't get through to Senator Worthington's office in DC [CHRISTINE.]
I don't work for Senator Worthington anymore.
Could you possibly put me in touch with your You never even RSVP'd to my baby shower.
[SIGHS.]
I'm so sorry.
I'm always traveling for work.
But I do need help.
Or to my goodbye party.
[SIGHS.]
I blew it.
I fuckin' blew it.
I threw myself into work, and I didn't prioritize our friendship.
I didn't prioritize any of my personal relationships, which is clearly not healthy, but I don't give myself time to think about that.
I never asked you to put me ahead of your work.
I only asked for a small amount of decency from someone I considered my friend.
Listen, I know it doesn't excuse anything, but, um living in New York by myself without family, without support has been a bitch.
I moved home because I needed it too.
I've just been trying to survive, you know? It gets scary.
You really hurt my feelings.
I am so sorry.
Really, Christine, I I feel horrible.
[CHRISTINE SIGHS.]
It's okay, Hannah.
Tell me what you need.
Really? Coming up, more of our top stories.
And later in the hour, we sit down with the star of fall's hottest new show that's already setting ratings records.
Elsa Hanford from UBA's own Late Bloomers is with us next.
- Supposed to be great.
- Yep.
Oh, wait.
What's that? Yes, yes, yes.
Oh, and I also hear that it's someone's big birthday coming up this weekend.
No, no.
- We are not going to do that, are we? - Jesus! [MAN.]
Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Apparently, we are going to do that.
[ALEX.]
Oh, yes, we are, my friend.
Stay tuned, everyone.
We will be right back.
Oh, no.
You thought someone shot you, didn't you? 'Cause I did.
And we're clear.
- Oh, God.
- Hey.
Sorry.
What bullshit has been planned for this horrible, horrible birthday? Just the normal love wrapped in mockery.
You know it well.
A cake, possibly.
God.
Fifty! Kill me! - Yeah.
- Just kill me right now.
- You make 50 look so good.
- [EXHALES.]
You really do.
Happy birthday, honey.
I would not wanna spend it with anyone other than you.
- Thanks, honey.
- [VACUUM WHIRS.]
- [YELLS.]
Jesus! - [MITCH.]
God! [ALEX.]
My God! - Gimme that.
- I hate this.
I'm sorry.
It wasn't my idea.
- I gotta get it outta there.
- Get it off of me.
- Here we go.
- Oh, oh, oh! Don't [MITCH.]
Don't What are you doing? What are you doing? [BOY.]
I can't get it off! No, no.
Come on.
Come on.
No! You can't pick up that ball.
You can't pick up that ball.
No.
- [BOY 2.]
Goal! - No.
He got it.
He got it.
Oh, no.
[LAUGHS.]
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
You gotta go.
No, he's coming in.
- [DOG BARKING.]
- He's come Don't do it.
Don't do it.
Mitch.
[GROWLS PLAYFULLY.]
I thought you were getting ready.
Okay, guys.
Guys.
We're supposed to meet Fred and Geneva at the restaurant in less than an hour.
Like a herd of turtles.
Oh.
Come on.
Get up.
[PAIGE.]
Oh, good boys.
Thank you.
Let me see.
Whoop.
- Thanks, Mom.
- Napkin on your lap.
Napkin on your lap.
[SIGHS.]
[BOY.]
Mmm! - Here.
Let me cut that for you.
Come here.
- Thank you, Mom.
[PAIGE.]
Can I use your fork? Thanks, honey.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
There you go.
I'm sorry, Paige.
Are you kidding? No, I'm not.
I've been thinking a lot.
Since your most recent affair broke up? Yes.
[SIGHS.]
I'm sorry.
Okay.
Paige, we've built a life together.
We have two beautiful kids.
I wanna try.
It's hard for me to believe you.
[SIGHS.]
I know.
- [CELL PHONE BUZZES.]
- Oh, shit.
Hey, Chipper.
Don't say anything uncouth.
Paige is in the car.
- [CHIP.]
Hey, guys.
- Hi.
So sorry to bug you on a Sunday night.
Yeah, and on my birthday, asshole.
Oh, shit.
I'm an asshole.
I am so sorry, but I swear this will just take one second.
Look, pain in the ass, we gotta move up the attorney general interviews.
I really wanna get you this research in copy so you're not flying blind for tomorrow.
- Yeah? - Fine.
Just send it to the house.
The restaurant's right by the studio.
We could just stop by in, like, five minutes and pick it up.
That would be great.
You sure you don't mind? No, it's fine.
Right, Mitch? Yeah.
Yeah, sure, we'll be late for our dinner, but that's fine.
Okay.
I will leave it with security.
Have a good night.
It'll just take a second.
[DEEP INHALE, EXHALE.]
[ELEVATOR BELL DINGS.]
- Hey, Jim.
- Hey, Mitch.
What are you doing here? Chip said he had some papers for me.
He didn't leave anything with me.
But I can look around and see if he left them with Pat before I got here.
Is Chip here? Yeah.
Looks like he's in the studio.
You have to go through the control room.
They're buffing the floors outside the greenroom.
- Okay, thank you.
- You're welcome.
"Buffing the floors.
" [SIGHS.]
- Surprise! - Surprise! Oh, my God! - Oh, God.
Were you surprised? - Oh! So fucking surprised.
Oh, well, buckle up, mister.
This is gonna get better.
- [WHISTLE BLOWS.]
- [MARCHING BAND PLAYS.]
Here we go.
Come on.
- Look at that! - I know.
When did you do this? Oh, you know, all the spare time that I have.
[WHISTLE BLOWS.]
Oh, my God! What the fuck? [MITCH LAUGHING.]
- [MITCH.]
No, no.
- [ALEX.]
You're in heaven.
- You're in heaven.
Come on.
Look.
- Oh, yes.
Look.
Sit, sit, sit.
Sit, sit.
- Sit, sit.
- Oh! - [WHISTLE BLOWS.]
- [DRUMROLL.]
[CYMBAL CRASH.]
Let the party begin! [CHEERS, APPLAUSE.]
[WHISTLE BLOWS.]
Ladies! [MUSIC PLAYING.]
When you hear the alarm Go ding-a-ling So early All tune in to watch The morning king Oh, great one When ratings come YDA stands not a chance Those losers Mitch Kessler turns 50 tonight Privilege can't change him He's always one of us Hold on now Speaks truth to power Brings down the treasonous Mitch Kessler? He's a millionaire But he'd do it all for free - Ha, ha, ha - Mitch Kessler turns 50 tonight No, no, no.
[DICK.]
Oh, hello! [WOMEN.]
Joan of Arc made just 19 Buddy Holly, 22 Old JC was 33 When we bid him adieu Which brings us to the thing We ask for - This an interview - You're a dead man.
If only the good die young, old man What does that say for you? No, stop it! Hang on.
Stop it.
Stop it.
Stop the music.
Enough.
- [MUSIC STOPS.]
- [SHOUTING.]
Can you hear me? [LAUGHTER.]
Are you able to walk to your seat? Don't do this.
Please don't do this.
This man has a very delicate prostate.
So this is a long journey for him.
Ooh.
Oh, boy.
- [SIGHS.]
- [WOMAN.]
Uh-oh.
Wait a minute, girls No one likes a bitch So just pump the brakes And let's give praise to Mitch But then, on second thought The girls might know you best This asshole turns 50 tonight He fawns on preening stars And throws them all softballs Thinks his jokes deserve a curtain call They don't [DICK CONTINUES SINGING, FADES.]
[WOMEN.]
Fifty tonight Mitch Kessler turns 50 tonight [CHEERS, APPLAUSE.]
- [MAN.]
Whoo-whoo-whoo-whoo-whoo! - [MAN 2.]
All right! Yeah! - [WHISTLES.]
- [DICK.]
Happy birthday, baby boy.
Oh, my God.
You are insane.
Thank you.
Oh! Let's do it again! [ROCK MUSIC PLAYING.]
Hey.
More please, sir.
Really.
Oh, yeah.
This is where he breaks it before he rides it.
Ooh! - That fits like a glove.
- Yeah.
That's it.
- I like it.
- I wanna try this.
- Oh, no.
- Don't do No.
- [DICK.]
Ready? - Okay.
- God Put your leg over the back of it.
- No, no, no.
I wanna I'm doing sidesaddle.
Fred, why hasn't Dick done a show for the network? Oh, I'm sorry.
You might have him confused with some other Dick Lundy who would deign to do broadcast television.
I mean, this guy is a filmmaker, damn it.
He wears berets.
We should send Dick to meet with Cory Ellison.
Yeah, do a little spin-off of Late Bloomers.
I mean, after all, it is the number one show in America.
All the bus stops say so.
It's gotta be true.
That's the middle-aged lesbian show? The major hit "middle-age lesbian show.
" Listen, I gotta hand it to the guy.
Only Cory would have taken that pitch, let alone put it on the air.
Oh, Jesus.
And in his first development season? It's ballsy.
The guy takes chances.
- Yeah.
- Now, he's a little unusual.
- He's weird.
- He does take chances.
Well, that's why he's the president of entertainment and not news.
I don't know, Reid.
You might have to take some big swings.
Your Day, America's nipping at our heels.
Okay.
I'll start by adding lesbians.
Good call.
All right, gents, I'm gonna go check on the real cake.
Good talking to you, Chip.
How much did the Ducati cost us? Oh, not that much really.
I mean, it's a custom job.
Ninety K or so.
It hardly seems enough given how much money he's made for the network.
- Yeah.
- I'm glad to see him so happy.
We're lucky to have him.
He just gets better with age.
Yeah.
Have you seen the last numbers on Alex? Yeah.
I can accept the scores on trustworthiness.
In this climate, every journalist has taken a hit, but her authenticity and relatability numbers? - Yeah.
- Shit.
- Yeah.
- When did that fucking happen? People just see her as rich and powerful now.
A "girl next door" was always her magic.
Yeah.
Breaks my heart.
It never would occur to me, when I hired her, that I might still be around to put her out to pasture.
Come on.
We're not there yet.
We can still reinvent her a little.
Yeah.
Yeah.
Course.
Sure.
We give it time.
Let's see what happens.
Time is cruel, and youth is wasted on the young.
Excuse me, Yanko.
I just wanted to introduce myself.
I'm Claire.
I'm the new PA.
- Oh, hey.
Nice to meet you.
Hi.
- Hey.
Nice to meet you.
Well, welcome.
Welcome to the show.
It's quite a baptism into this world.
[CLAIRE.]
Yeah, and I plan to christen myself in gin and tonics.
- Nice.
- By the way, I really enjoyed your piece on Puerto Rico.
It was incredibly moving.
You're very good.
And I can tell that doing the weather actually means something to you, which is unusual.
And nice.
- [LAUGHS.]
- Well, thank you, Claire.
You have a great deal of depth, don't you? No.
No.
I'm actually incredibly shallow.
Well, I'll be the judge of that.
- Enjoy the party.
- Yeah.
You too.
[FUNK MUSIC PLAYING.]
- Here's some people.
Hello, everyone.
- Oh, hey.
Hi.
- How are you? - I know, I know.
Don't make a big deal.
Oh, hey.
Hey.
Nice job getting that senator Friday.
Oh, yeah.
Wow.
How'd you know? Well, I kinda know everything that goes on around this place.
I know that Jared Where is he? Jared is lazy and complacent, and you did the right thing speaking up.
You know what you did? You made the show better on Friday.
Categorically better.
So, thank you for your efforts, and keep up the good work.
Thank you so much.
Mitch Kessler, we are lucky to have you.
I am so lucky to have you.
Happy birthday, honey.
Get up here and make some wishes.
- You've got about 50 of them.
- [APPLAUSE.]
[ALL.]
Happy birthday to you - Here you go.
- Oh, my gosh.
Happy birthday to you Happy birthday, dear Mitch Happy birthday to you [CHEERING.]
Uh I'm very, very fortunate to have friends like this and like this in my life.
- And as the last candle burns out, - [LAUGHTER.]
I say thank you so much for coming and for being my friends.
Thank you.
Cheers.
[CHEERING.]
For he's a jolly good fellow For he's a jolly good fellow For he's a jolly good fellow Which nobody can deny Nobody can deny I can't believe you.
You put together that whole thing.
I picked the song, I wrote the lyrics, I auditioned the dancers.
Oh, that's it.
That's it.
It all makes sense now.
No.
Stop it.
Stop it.
I did it because I love you, Mitch.
- I do.
- Oh, God.
It just so happens that loving you comes with certain fringe benefits.
- Mm.
- [CHUCKLES.]
There are some people out there who would vehemently disagree with you.
Oh, fuck 'em! You know? One of the great things of getting old.
You can just say, "Fuck 'em, fuck it, fuck off.
" And be at peace with it.
You've nothing left to prove.
You've You've carved out your place in the world, and no one and nobody can take that away.
Yeah, I get that I've accomplished a lot, but it just doesn't feel like it really matters.
You know? I mean, this is all fun, but is that all there is? I've let down people I love.
Maybe that's my legacy.
At the end, maybe that's it.
Please.
Please, please, please, please.
Look, I don't know what you've done, and you certainly don't have to tell me, but, trust me, - they're gonna get over it.
- Mm.
They will.
Although Penny [CHUCKLES.]
Penny never got over it.
What did you do? I married Rita.
- And that was a big success, wasn't it? - Yeah.
Jesus Christ.
How do I even have any money at all? - I don't know.
- [CHUCKLING.]
You know what? Here's the thing.
You are Mitch Kessler.
That matters.
Don't forget that.
Doesn't really feel like it matters.
You know, you do all of this stuff, you achieve all of these things, and then, at the end of the day, you're just looking at it through a car window as you drive by.
Just doesn't fill you up.
You have your films.
Oh, please.
Dick Lundy films will be around forever.
I am ephemeral.
Nobody re-watches the news, unless it's a plane flying into a building or assassination or something.
Thank God those things don't happen very often.
But nobody re-watches "Fall Fashion Trends 2006.
" [SCOFFS, CHUCKLES.]
So you say.
Where do you think I got the idea for this outfit? Mm.
- [DICK EXHALES.]
- [DRINK POURING.]
Well, I have had too much to drink.
So you're heading out? Nah.
I have to be here in a couple of hours.
I'll sleep when I'm dead.
Fuck it.
[TAPS ON TABLE.]
Fuck it! That's my boy.
[NOTIFICATION CHIMES.]
- Chip.
- I'm up.
What happened? There's a shooting in Las Vegas, happening as we speak.
Oh, fu Holy fuck.
Okay, I got it.
[HANNAH.]
It's active.
Outside a concert near Mandalay Bay.
The police have been dispatched to the hotel.
Wait, someone's firing into a fucking concert? Rena, get in here.
I mean Is it still active? How many are dead? Jesus Christ.
It's not clear.
Someone is saying that there are multiple shooters in multiple hotels.
[HANNAH.]
I saw that, but it's unconfirmed.
Let's get Let's get somebody from LA to cover it right now.
- Go get Mitch and Alex and tell 'em we - Mitch is still here.
Get him! Make sure he gets on a plane as soon as fucking possible.
- Got it! - I'll call Reid, get the jet approved.
Get Mitch and Alex on that plane fucking five minutes ago.
Copy.
[CHIP.]
Oh, Mitch.
Good, you're ready.
Car is waiting outside, and Alex is already on her way to the airport.
We're sending Alex too? You think that's necessary? I mean, this is huge.
We're doing the whole show from there, so I need you both.
Okay.
If that's your call, Captain.
Chip, I can't get ahold of Jared.
I'm still trying Oh, you know what? Fuck Jared.
He's slipping.
Send that junior booker, Hannah.
She's excellent.
Yeah, that's a good idea.
- Let's find Hannah, and find Mia for me.
- Okay.
Hey, I've been meaning to talk to you about Mia.
I think maybe you should take her off my team, put her on Alex's team.
It's just kind of uncomfortable right now.
She's great, but it's not a good situation.
[CHIP.]
Mitch wants to move you off his team.
Why? I think it's it's just too awkward.
He's punishing me for breaking things off.
- No, he is not.
- Yeah, he is.
Come on.
Do not take this personally, okay? Things got messy, okay? It's nobody's fault, but he does have a right to say who he wants on his team.
And I'm sorry.
It's Where you gonna put me? - On Alex's team.
- Oh, my God.
It's gonna be best, all things considered.
I'll speak with her about it.
So I'm not going to Vegas? No.
You get to stay back here with me.
[CHUCKLES.]
Listen.
I really need your help on this one.
Okay, boss.
I'll get on social, figure out everything I can.
- [DOOR OPENS.]
- [SIGHS.]
- [DOOR CLOSES.]
- Shit.
It's gonna be a block of rooms.
Fifteen people.
At least two suites, as close to the scene as possible.
- [HANNAH.]
You're looking for me? - Yeah.
You're going to Vegas to do the booking.
- Me? - Yeah, you're leaving now.
What about Jared? Mitch wants you.
So Congrats.
Now get the fuck out of here.
Please.
Thank you.
[WOMAN.]
All units, we have shots fired at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
- [GUNFIRE.]
- Shots are coming from the higher floors.
[MAN.]
Details are extremely limited at this time, but here's what we do know.
There is one, possibly two shooters that began opening fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino - Oh, my God.
- on one of the top floors.
They're firing into the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
We'll feed you updates as we get 'em.
- Concert performer Jason Aldean - Okay.
- had just taken the stage.
- All right.
Let's go.
The concertgoers thought they were hearing fireworks.
[MALE REPORTER SPEAKING SPANISH.]
[ALEX GROANS.]
[MAN.]
Sick.
- [SIREN WHOOPS IN DISTANCE.]
- [CHATTERING.]
[ALEX SNIFFLES.]
Why do people keep doing this? [MITCH.]
I wish I knew.
It's just so overwhelming.
- You can't cry right now.
- I know.
I know.
- Think of something else.
- Okay, okay, okay.
- Do Kegels.
- Oh, God.
- Okay.
We're live in five - I'm sorry.
four, three We're coming to you from Las Vegas, where over 50 people are confirmed dead and hundreds injured in what will go down as the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Last night, a gunman opened fire from the window of a guest room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino into a sea of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
A motive has yet to be determined.
As a city and a nation mourn in the wake of this horrific tragedy, we will be with you to try to make sense of an act that cannot be made sense of.
Yes, okay.
Of course.
All right, see you soon.
- Hey, Greg.
Um - Yeah.
I'm gonna meet a girl whose friend was killed last night.
Um, she thinks she might be willing to go on the show tomorrow.
Good work, Hannah.
Okay.
[PHONE BUZZES.]
Do you think we're dead inside? I think we're in an induced coma.
How long can we keep doing this? It's just not natural to face this kind of pain this often on this level.
Yeah, I don't know.
It's awful.
But it might be the most natural thing there is.
Pain is the most innate part of the human experience I can think of.
Oh.
It's very depressing.
It's funny, because, really, the unnatural part is having this much money.
Part of being this successful is having enough money to not have to see the pain.
That's why everybody wants to live in these really nice, upscale, safe neighborhoods.
So they don't have to see the realities of life.
The world is unfair and sad.
It's ugly.
And we hide from it in our wealth.
But then the way you and I make our money, is we put ourselves right in the middle of everybody else's pain.
[SCOFFS.]
But here we are, with no escape hatch on this very lucrative, highly visible hamster wheel from hell.
I don't know how I would do all of this every day if I didn't have you.
I really don't.
Well, Alex you are my best friend, and all bullshit aside, you're like a part of me.
You always will be.
Me too, honey.
Okay.
We should get back to the hotel.
No.
No, no, no, no.
Don't go.
There's a bar somewhere with our name on it, calling to us.
We should We should go drinking.
[CHUCKLES.]
You have barely slept in 48 hours.
It's time to put you to bed.
- I know.
You're right.
- I know.
- You're always right.
- Yeah.
Will you always tell me what to do? - I can do that.
- [LAUGHS.]
[PIANO MUSIC PLAYING.]
[CHATTERING.]
[MAN SINGING.]
- Hey, man.
What's up? - Hey.
[SINGING CONTINUES.]
Hey.
Hiya.
How you doing? Oh, I'm I'm fine.
Really? You shouldn't be.
There's nothing fine about this.
[HELICOPTERS WHIRRING.]
Let's walk back to the hotel.
[SONG CONTINUES.]
This is tough.
This one especially.
You know, you can't beat yourself up over not being a robot.
Sometimes you just have to feel sad as shit and live with it.
Okay then.
I'm sad as shit.
[CHUCKLES.]
That-a-girl.
I don't think I've ever learned so much in a single day.
Yeah, you're a sponge, aren't you? You just absorb stuff.
Absorb all sorts of information.
That's what makes you smart.
And you really care about your job.
That's why I wanted you to be here.
Thank you.
Thank you.
[SONG CONTINUES.]
[SONG ENDS.]
[ALEX.]
Chip, this doesn't make any sense.
I was just with him.
He didn't mention a word about this.
Does he honestly think I'm No, I'm not I'm not taking Mitch's hand-me-downs.
Alex, Mia is not a hand-me-down.
So, he's not comfortable with her on his team? Well, I'm not comfortable with her on my team.
You know what? He can shit where he eats all that he wants, but I am not his fucking trash can.
Okay.
Hold on.
Okay.
Mitch has done really, really well with Mia on his team.
And maybe with her on your team, you know, she might help you Are you really trying to tell me that Mia on my team will help me test better? No, Alex, all I am saying is you No, that's it.
I'm done.
I'm hanging up on you.
I'm over this.
Alex Come on.
[LINE BEEPS.]
Fuck.
Great.
[MITCH.]
You know what I think about when I'm sad as shit - What? - and trying not to kill myself? Stupid things.
Like this one time, I was younger than you, just getting started.
KQWK in Sacramento, ten minutes before 6:00, the anchor's appendix burst.
That's No.
That's not That's not the funny part.
So, none of the fill-ins were available, so they came to me.
Now, I assure you, I was way, way down on their list.
I bet that they went to the janitor before they came to me.
They asked him, he turned it down, and then they came knocking on Mitch Kessler's door.
And I was scared shitless.
My shit had left town on a bus.
Um But I just figured, you know, I want this.
This is my opportunity to show the people who make the decisions that I got the goods.
So, I gathered myself, I put on my very finest tie, and I went and I assumed my place at the anchor desk.
And then I passed out.
[HANNAH LAUGHS.]
And I went right over the back of the chair.
And I woke up in an ambulance.
The EMTs told me that I kept throwing to them for sports and weather.
Twenty-seven stitches.
Look at that.
Right there.
- Oh, my God.
- Yep.
I am very happy that I don't have Daniel's hair.
You You didn't fall out of a chair.
You're doing great.
I know that this is a really dark day to associate with your big break, but that's the gig.
Sometimes it's strange, sometimes downright awful, but you're doing it.
And you are helping to bring the news to the world, and you should be proud of that.
- Thank you.
- Oh, yeah.
I'm a font of wisdom.
I appreciate the pep talk.
Yuck.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Oh! Actually, when I'm really depressed, there is one thing that I do have in my arsenal.
[MAN.]
Why don't you improve your lie a little, sir? - [MAN 2.]
Yes, yes.
Winter rules.
Right.
- [MITCH LAUGHS.]
I can't believe you've never seen this.
[MAN 3.]
Double farts! [MITCH CHUCKLING.]
- [MAN 4.]
Fore! - [MAN 1.]
Fine shot.
[CHUCKLING.]
- Oh! - I shoulda yelled "two.
" - Wow.
Is it really that bad? - Why don't you walk this off, sir? - You hate it.
- I'm sorry.
Hey, what do you got in here? Rocks? Are you kidding? When I was your age, I would lug 50 pounds of ice up five It's just I'm not an expert at shoving it down just yet.
I'm sorry.
- I'll try - No, no, no, no.
[SIGHS.]
You're probably healthier than I am.
Maybe I'm just tired, and it's catching up with me.
Yeah.
I should go.
I know you have to be up early, 'cause I do too.
No, it's okay.
Thanks.
You smell good.
[KISSES.]
I like you.
I like you too.
This isn't what I expected when I came up here.
I know.
It's a nice surprise though, isn't it? You know? Hey.
It's okay.
Just wanna feel good.
You're so beautiful.
[BELT BUCKLE CLINKING.]
It's okay.
[GASPS.]
Uh Um [MOANS, GASPS.]
[MOANS, EXHALES.]
- [MAN.]
Push that story in.
- [MAN 2.]
Yes, sir.
- Yeah, everything's up and ready.
- [MAN 1.]
Right.
- Ready to go.
- [WOMAN.]
Yeah.
[MAN 1.]
We just need to come up with [WOMAN.]
No, that's exactly what he said.
So we're just gonna put that up front now.
We're turning to something a little bit more [RENA.]
Hannah.
[SINGSONGY.]
Hannah.
Here are the Springsteen tickets that Jared needed for the mother of the septuplets.
- Oh, right.
Yeah.
- Yeah.
I'll get those to him.
Hey.
How was Vegas? - It was really sad.
- Yeah.
- [WOMAN.]
Hey, Mitch.
Welcome back.
- Thank you.
Hey, Hannah.
[FOOTSTEPS, MUFFLED.]
[FOOTSTEPS FADE.]
[MAN.]
Hey.
You can't go in there right now.
I work downstairs.
I need to speak to you.
- I'm sorry.
I told her - No, it's fine, James.
Give us a moment.
I just got back from Las Vegas with The Morning Show.
What is it, dear? Mitch Kessler invited me to his room to watch a movie, and he wound up [SHAKY BREATHING.]
He [VOICE CRACKS.]
He wound up [SOBS.]
He You don't have to say it.
You don't have to say anything.
What's your name? Uh I'm Han I'm Hannah Shoenfeld.
I'm a junior booker.
Hannah Shoenfeld.
I've heard about you.
I hear you're doing some great work.
Hannah Shoenfeld, I heard head booker might be in your future.
So So this is how it happens? Absolutely.
People do fantastic work, and they get promoted.
That is absolutely how it happens.
So I'm head booker now? Yes.
Okay.
[DOOR OPENS.]
[DOOR CLOSES.]
The Times article details shocking allegations against Weinstein from eight different women, ranging from workplace harassment to sexual abuse, including unwanted physical contact, promises of career advancement in exchange for sexual favors, and claims that the Hollywood mogul threatened retaliation if his sexual advances were rejected.
The story also alleges that Weinstein has been paying off his accusers for over three decades [MITCH.]
Wow, what a creep.
- [SIGHS.]
- including actor Rose McGowan.
In 1997, the Scream star reportedly received a $100,000 I'm gonna finish our pretape for tomorrow.
- [ALEX.]
Okay.
- during the Sundance Film Festival.
Harvey Weinstein now intends to sue the New York Times for defamation, - allegedly for $50 million.
- What a pig.
A spokeswoman for the Times states that Mr.
Weinstein and his lawyer have confirmed the essential points of the story and that Mr.
Weinstein has not pointed to any errors or challenged any facts in the story.
This comes after the Oscar-winning producer first issued an attempted conciliatory statement saying, "He came of age in the '60s and '70s when all the rules about behavior at workplaces were different.
That was the culture then.
" Weinstein went on to say he's brought on therapists and plans to take a leave of absence from his company and deal with his issues head-on.
[VOICE FADES.]