"Jeremy has to come too," says Natalie, all pushy again. Dana frowns but says, "Fine." "And you're not going to be happy unless Casey's there," says Natalie, without even mentioning that Dana has already told Casey he's got to consider other offers of his own for six months. Sexy offers, that is! "Casey can come," concedes Dana. You see where this is going. Dan comes too. Neither of these two mention the TCs, who I would love to see on air. Kim and Elliot hosting the show, dig it. Ratings bonanza. "Nobody's blaming you," says Natalie again, since it was such a crowd-pleaser last time. But Dana doesn't spaz, she just gets up and says, "We've got a rundown meeting," and they exit.
In the meeting room, the gang is sitting silently, no one looking at anyone else. Dana and Natalie enter. Dana, all false encouragement, says, "That's what I like to see at the noon rundown, some lively chatter, the place alive with energy and ideas!" She even fooled me into thinking she cares. But then Jeremy says, "Dana --" and Dana says, "Stow it, let's take care of business," thereby shattering the illusion. I don't think I've ever heard anyone actually use the phrase "stow it" before, except maybe in Archie comics. ["I used it on the boards the other day." -- "Veronica"] Elliot gets up and says there's a memo from building maintenance telling everyone that one of the legs on the craft service table is wobbly so they should be careful getting food, because of course they make the tubby guy read the food memo. What kind of geniuses do they have at building maintenance anyway? There's a wobbly table leg, so they send out a memo instead of -- full disclosure, I don't have a degree in building maintenance or anything -- fixing the table leg? ["It's a union thing, probably." -- Sars] Dana can't believe there's a memo from building maintenance about this. She seems pissed, and everyone looks at her nervously until she cracks up. Laughing, I mean. Then once everyone realizes it's not crazy laughing, they join in, except Elliot, because of course the tubby guy takes his food accessibility very seriously. Everyone laughs until Casey gets all serious and bangs his fists on the table: "Hey. This show's important." The giggling subsides. "But first things first, there are bagels on that table," sending everyone into paroxysms of laughter again. I myself was fifty percent amused, fifty percent annoyed. Anyway, everyone laughs for about five hours, until everybody stops and does that sigh thing signifying the end of laughter. Then silence again. Then Dana says, "J.J. and some people from the network want to meet with us and --" and Dan groans and says, "I knew it." Hey! I have an idea! Since we just had a scene in which Dana takes crap from one of her subordinates and is forced to defend herself even though she obviously cares deeply about the show, let's have another scene in which Dana takes crap from one of her subordinates and is forced to defend herself even though she obviously cares deeply about the show! Cool!