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When we left Will McAvoy, he was reeling from hearing of the death of his father while his show was on the air. This episode picks up a little while later, and is notable for largely keeping Will apart from his usual support network at ACN.
They're not blanking him, but as the team's investigation into Operation Genoa picks up steam, it's decided that Will should be the fresh eyes on the story before broadcast, if it gets that far. Producer Jerry Dantana returns to present the story so far to Don, Sloan and Jim, and scepticism abounds.
If you've just tuned in, Operation Genoa is the codename for the extraction of several US soldiers from Pakistan, in which the marines used sarin nerve gas on a small village. The existence of this highly classified operation has been highlighted by around one new source in every episode so far, including local tweets posted at the time of the attack, a crackpot military analyst and a dodgy mission manifest.
A new break comes with the discovery of General Stanislaus Stomtonovich, a Marine who knows the truth about Genoa. And that's about it. In comparison to other episodes of this show, One Step Too Many isn't nearly as busy with subplots and character development. The A-plot of the episode finally brings Genoa to the point of credibility.
In a comparatively low-key episode, the way is clear for guest star Stephen Root to make a big impression as Stomtonovich. He's an unusual sort, sitting on his couch and chit-chatting about chemical warfare while watching a basketball game, and he's one of the more enjoyable parts of the episode.
With Aaron Sorkin devoting less time to the complex relationship dynamics that have characterised the last few episodes, he uses the time to show us some character pairings that we haven't often seen. Of these, the least successful is Jim and Neal's double date, with Hallie and a mad Ron Paul supporter, respectively.
The dinner scenes, and the inclusion of Mitt Romney campaign spokesperson Taylor Warren from a couple of episodes ago, serve largely to tie off some loose ends from the campaign trail storyline, and for Neal to launch a contemporaneous rant about Paul's candidacy that is at least a year-and-a-half past any sort of relevance.