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The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate is the 9th episode of Season 1 on HBO series The Newsroom.


A blackout interrupts the interview with Sandy Whiddles, the witness for hire to congressman Anthony Weiner's indiscretions. Will and the crew preview their new debate format for GOP officials (Adam Arkin as Adam Roth, Jake McDorman as Tate Brady). Jim begins the vetting process for Solomon Hancock, the NSA whistle-blower. Lisa goes off the reservation during an on-air interview while Neal begins his trolling assignment.


Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher, Jr. as Jim Harper
Alison Pill as Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer
Dev Patel as Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn as Sloan Sabbith
and Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner

Guest starring

Adam Arkin as Adam Roth
David Krumholtz as Dr. Jack Habib
Terry Crews as Lonny Church
Paul Schneider as Brian Brenner
Kelen Coleman as Lisa Lambert
Jake McDorman as Tate Brady
Adina Porter as Kendra James
Chris Chalk as Gary Cooper
Lindsey Kraft as Alexandra


Margaret Judson as Tess Westin
Wynn Everett as Tamara Hart
Thomas Matthews as Martin Smallworth
John F. Carpenter as Herb Wilson
Trieu Tran as Joey Phan
Charlie Weirauch as Jake Watson
Alison Becker as Sandy Whiddles
Michael Tatlock as Teddy
Livia Trevino as Meg
Liesel Hlista as Selena Machado
Chasty Ballesteros as Tea
Terrell Carter as Karaoke Singer #1
Diana Perez-Alvarado as Karaoke Singer #2


Opening credits

  1. Francine Maisler &
  2. Nancy Perkins - Casting
  3. Jeff Schoen - Production Designer
  4. Ron Rosen - Editor
  5. Todd McMullen - Director of Photography
  6. Alex Wurman - Music
  7. Thomas Newman - Main title theme
  8. Lauren Lohman - Co-producer
  9. Eli Bush - Co-producer
  10. Dauri Chase - Co-producer
  11. Christine Larson-Nitzsche - Co-producer
  12. Paul Redford - Co-Executive Producer
  13. Greg Mottola - Co-Executive Producer
  14. Denis Biggs - Co-Executive Producer
  15. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  16. Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  17. Alan Poul - Director

Closing credits

  1. Alan Poul - Executive Producer
  2. Scott Rudin - Executive Producer
  3. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  4. Sarah Rath - Associate Producer
  5. Christine Larson-Nitzsche - Unit Production Manager
  6. Mark Tobey - First Assistant Director
  7. Zach Hunt - Second Assistant Director
  8. Julie Camino - Production Supervisor
  9. Hope Hanafin - Costume Designer
  10. David Handelman - Story Editor
  11. Ian Reichbach - Story Editor
  12. Brendan Fehily - Staff Writer
  13. Cinque Henderson - Staff Writer
  14. Amy Rice - Staff Writer
  15. Gideon Yago - Staff Writer
  16. Evyen J. Klean - Music Supervisor


If I was a woman, I'd spend the whole day kissing other women. I don't understand gay men or straight women
—Jim's world


  • First appearances of
  • The episode drew 1.96 million US viewers when it first aired on HBO.[1]




  1. Bibel, Sara (July 23, 2012). "HBO Releases Details About August Episodes of 'The Newsroom'". TV by the Numbers.

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