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On the November 6 episode of The Daily Show, the cast was covering election night live.
The episode starts with Jon Stewart reporting some of the results from state elections, which he continues to report throughout the show. They even include a little graphic with some of them, like a boat throwing one of the Massachusetts candidates overboard like tea. The whole episode is, of course, making of how the news networks do their coverage. Everything is over the top and over-complicates simple ideas that are kind of a waste of time in the first place.
The best example of this is John Oliver’s coverage of social media. He has two large screens and seems to have tables attached to his forearms, but on the underside where he would not be able to use them. In this segment, Oliver is full of frenetic energy and excited about the meaningless social media he is covering. He reads one tweet and postulates from that that Mitt Romney is going to win. He even takes an Instagram picture of himself covering the social media reactions to the election to post on a social media site.
In the next segment, Jessica Williams and Aasif Mandvi are with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns’ parties. According to Williams, Obama’s campaign is still sending e-mails asking for money to pay for the party they are having and the amount keeps rising because the parties costs more than they expected. At the Romney campaign, Mandvi says that party is absolutely crazy, because these people have been holding back, since Romney is the “squarest” man ever.
Samantha Bee then interviews undecided voters again, which was filmed the night before. The goal of this is, of course, to make fun of voters who still cannot decide by the night before the election. As she talks to them, she realizes that these are the same exact people she interviewed last election. She then talks to Professor Sheena Iyengar, who specializes in studying how people make decisions and she is still undecided. Bee then tries to force them into making a decision by not letting them leave, threatening them and trying to kidnap one guy’s girlfriend.
The last bit of the show (before the closing statement part) was holographic George Washington. There is not really much to say about this part, other than the joke was for George Washington to be disappointed in everything about modern day America. The episode ends, though, with Stewart talking to Stephen Colbert as a transition into the Colbert Report. Colbert does not want any spoilers to ruin his clean slate for the episode, to the point where Stewart saying it is election night is a spoiler.
I was really excited when they started doing this, because I have really missed these little exchanges at the end of each episode. I think that these two are really funny together and I miss seeing that. The whole episode was fun, but it was probably best watched live. I did really enjoy the different segments, but it was a lot more exciting when I saw it live than when I re-watched it to write this.