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Back in the main plot, the crucial development finds Jerry, in a fit of frustration at the team's tentative approach, editing the eventual interview footage of Gen. Stomtonovich. "If we used sarin, here's how we used sarin" becomes "We used sarin [ï¿½] Here's how we used sarin."
As with earlier episodes in the season, there isn't a lot of tension in watching the team go after the Genoa story, when we already know that it all turns out to be fabricated- a point that's reiterated in Charlie's final line of the episode. We know that Jerry is way too invested in it, but we don't really know him well enough to care.
Things are likely to start going awry in the next episode, but the weakness of One Step Too Many is down to that lack of tension and investment. Although Stephen Root gives an entertaining turn, there's not a whole lot to latch onto, and that's why this review is a little shorter than those from previous weeks.
By contrast, it's nice to have fewer scenes between Will and other regular characters, after last week's episode- it really underlines his pathological need to be popular with the audience. Granted, we've seen that before, but at least when it's revisited this time around, it feels like the character's learning something, even if it's to say that breakfast television is the work of the devil.
In that much, there are some stakes to Genoa after all. We've heard subtle references to News Night's declining audience numbers- from two million earlier in the series to a million and a half last week, and, in the deposition room, Charlie testifies that their Genoa show eventually got six million viewers. A new high for News Night 2.0, but how much lower can they fall, when such a big, loaded story turns out to be false? Our hero doesn't even know about the story yet, but what will happen when it affects his precious relationship with the audience?
One Step Too Many is not the strongest episode of the run, but it's far from the weakest, and as discussed, it does keep some interest in the ongoing season arc, and mines some nice scenes from a number of unexplored character pairings.