Back at the desk, Casey and Dana are having a staring contest again. Jeremy scurries up and wants to know what they're doing. Dana calls it showing Casey that he can't psych her out. Jeremy, with no time for politeness, says, "Okay, well, this is really stupid and I need to talk to Casey, so --" and luckily for him Kim and Elliot show up with the danishes. Dana apparently has the peripheral vision of Wayne Gretzky, because without taking her eyes off Casey she reaches around and grabs Kim by the arms. Dana explains to Casey that she's only breaking eye contact because the danishes have arrived. Kim gives her a look like the two of them are being really stupid, which means she correctly understands the situation. After the womenfolk leave, Jeremy repeats his line about walking the shadowy line between honesty and deceit. Casey says that's a line he knows well and thinks back to Dana and Gordon and Sally and him. Jeremy reminds him that this is about him and explains the Jenny crisis. Casey doesn't appear to sympathize too much with Jeremy, since he loves draft day "to an admittedly psychotic degree." Casey's advice, and I think it's good advice, is to bite the bullet and tell Natalie so he can "stop living in fear and start rooting for rain at Indian Wells!" "Yes!" says Jeremy. "I will go!" He does not move. See? Beckett. Then he does go, which would have been the ending of Waiting for Godot, had Beckett showed his play to focus groups before rewriting it. Then Casey yells at a Lesser Tertiary Character that it's draft day, but the <TC doesn't know what that is. The <TC is named Allison, but she looks to me like a different Allison than Casey's Sideburn Checker. I have that episode on tape, so I suppose I could check, but -- naaaah. Can I point out that Jeremy and Casey's conversation must have been interesting to Natalie in the control room? I guess these mikes must have that special Punchline Function, which means the control room only overhears Casey and Dan when it's necessary to the plot.
In the newsroom, the gang is eating danishes, except Natalie, who is pacing and doing some sort of affirmation of her good qualities. Jeremy walks in and tells her she's just the girl he needed to see, and Natalie starts acting rude and bitter and condescending, and they bicker a little about who broke up with whom, which is always nice and professional to do in front of your co-worker, until Jeremy ushers Natalie into a room. Once there, they both manage to be a little more civil to each other. Jeremy hems and haws before getting to the point, and of course Natalie already knows that he's seeing somebody, but she's glad he told her: "I appreciate your bravery and honesty in coming to me." Jeremy says, "I appreciate your saying that and I appreciate your being cool about it," like could these two Mars-Venus nudniks please stop saying the word "appreciate"? Natalie calls Jeremy an upfront guy and that he should stay that way. As Jeremy turns to go, Natalie asks the dreaded "what does she do?" question. Jeremy, upfront guy that he is, finally comes up with "choreo-animator." See how that snuck up on you? Don't look now, there's trouble a-brewin'.