Then Ray starts explaining about a deal with an Australian carrier named OzTech, and now I'm envisioning a wicked crossover season finale in which the SN gang is sent to a maximum-security prison and has to form their own gang to survive. I think we all know who everyone's bitch would be: Cough cough Jeremy Goodwin cough. Notice how when Isaac speaks, Bert listens respectfully instead of delivering non-stop sarcasm like he does to Dana? Anyway, Ray (who, based on the one scene I've seen, is a complete weenie) explains that OzTech will share costs in Sydney and supply supplementary manpower. Dana craps on that plan. Bert lectures her condescendingly about how they keep her employed, not interested, and tells her to watch her mouth, even though she didn't say "sucks" or "crap" or anything this time. Isaac says he's angrier than Dana is and wants to know why Bert is even in this meeting, and I think it's because this guy is another of Sorkin's favoured Feature Players who previously did a guest spot on the West Wing as a pollster who got to sample Marlee Matlin's primary date, if you know what I mean, and I think you do. I'm also told this guy was on Star Trek, so my guess is that he's entered Career Rehabilitation mode. ["He's John de Lancie, and he's a minor Hey, It's That Guy!." -- Sars] He says, "I'm in it because I'm in it," and I don't know which is more annoying, Bert's sarcasm or his little Zen koan. Isaac's point is that it's odd for finance to take such a hands-on role in the operation, and Bert says finance is going to take more of a hands-on role, a revelation that doesn't set Isaac's toes a-tappin' (I love that phrase). Time for Isaac's Duelling Sarcasm: he comes up with a pretty good line about the sensitive hand of finance always leading to prizewinning coverage. Bert blah blahs about Sports Night's prizewinning coverage running a deficit (a deficit that's roughly one-sixth of their CEO's bonus, I might add). Isaac asks how the deal will work. Weenie Ray explains that the travelling staff will be limited to on-air and support, since Dana wondered why they would need any producers at all (they won't). Weenie Ray sarcastically asks if she really would do a better job as producer if she was producing from the back of a truck in Sydney instead of back home, which I have to say is a REALLY dumb question, even for a bean-counter. Bert gets up to leave after explaining that this is the way it is, and he shakes Isaac's hand and leaves. Isaac kicks Weenie Ray out after WR tries to sell him on the plan.
Episode Report CardDaniel: A- | 1273 USERS: C+
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