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The Genoa Tip is the 2nd episode of Season 2 on HBO series The Newsroom. There is a flashback via stock footage of the morning of September 11, 2001.


A tip on a story that will ultimately cripple the network starts to become more real. Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) and Sloan (Olivia Munn) continue to push Will on drones as Don (Thomas Sadoski) urges Will to advocate for Troy Davis. Maggie (Alison Pill) is un-friended by her roommate, but gets the assignment she's been begging for. Neal gets arrested on Wall Street.


  • the events of this episode begin on August 25, 2011 and conclude September 13, 2011.

Will ponders his ruined career, while Maggie and Sloan concoct a scheme to track down the user that posted the YouTube video. Don wrestles with the impending execution of Troy Davis. Mac encourages Jerry to pursue the "Operation Genoa " tip and she green-lights Maggie's assignment to Uganda. Meanwhile, Jim meets opposition from the Romney campaign and a reporter from a "rival competitor." Will restrains himself from anything that might offend "America". Sloan and Elliot take over for Will during the 9/11 10-year anniversary coverage. A couple of technicians in the control room discover footage from the morning of September 11, 2001 in which we see the first meeting of Will and Charlie. Neal is arrested at an Occupy Wall Street protest with Shelly Wexler. Will attempts to bail him out of jail.


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

David Harbour as Elliot Hirsch
Hamish Linklater as Jerry Dantana
Grace Gummer as Hallie Shea
Chris Chalk as Gary Cooper
Adina Porter as Kendra James
Kelen Coleman as Lisa Lambert
Aya Cash as Shelly Wexler
Maria Dizzia as Erica
John DiMaggio as Police Sergeant


Margaret Judson as Tess Westin
Wynn Everett as Tamara Hart
Thomas Matthews as Martin Stallworth
John F. Carpenter as Herb Wilson
Charlie Weirauch as Jake Watson
Trieu Tran as Joey Phan
Riley Voelkel as Jenna Johnson
Joel Johnstone as Cameron
Cameron Gharaee as Stillman
Kosha Patel as Jill
Shaun Brown as Zach
Chasty Ballesteros as Tea
Scott Aiello as OWS Officer
Peewee Piemonte as Stunt Coordinator
Brian Smyj as New York Stunt Coordinator
Sarah Scott Davis as Terry Smith


  • Will nervously anchored the attacks on September 11, 2001 for ACN as the network's anchors hindered. At the time, Will was a Legal Counsel Correspondent




The Newsroom
#201 "First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers" #206 "One Step Too Many"
#202 "The Genoa Tip" #207 "Red Team III"
#203 "Willie Pete" #208 "Election Night, Part I"
#204 "Unintended Consequences" #209 "Election Night, Part II"
#205 "News Night with Will McAvoy"