Out at the desk, Danny is surveying the scene around him. "This day's got the earmarks, Casey," he says. "Where's Rebecca? I ask you that." I'm assuming she's on her back on her desk in her office, Dan -- what do you want to hear? Although I do like this scene -- the sense of impending doom is palpable here. "Rebecca isn't here, Isaac isn't here..." says Dan. He glances over at Casey. "There's a strangeness about this day," he says. Casey's pretty oblivious, so I guess the day's not totally out of the ordinary. Dan thinks a little bit longer, then says, "Eli's coming." "'Eli'?" says Casey. Dan says he means from the Three Dog Night song, and Casey of course is all "duh" (I'm paraphrasing here). Dan explains that Eli is a darkness, something bad. Casey says, "'Eli's coming, hide your heart, girl.' Eli's an inveterate womanizer." Dan says he knows that, but he misinterpreted the song when he was a kid and these things stick with you. Yeah, I mean, I was eight when Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" come out. I thought it was about a woman who likes to dance. The show goes live with the boys teasing their upcoming March Madness coverage, and I would like to say that next to the Stanley Cup playoffs, the NCAA basketball tournament is my favourite sporting event. In fact, I even go so far as to take the first Thursday and Friday off work so I can watch the entire first round. I hope my boss doesn't read these recaps. Not Sars, my other boss. The one who likes me. "They say it's calmest before the storm," says Dan, who goes on to explain that he's "a serious sailor" so he knows that's not true; stuff happens before a storm. The Impending Disaster strumming kicks in as Natalie comes in and says, "Look who's here!" and Bobbi comes in. She says, "Hello, Casey," pleasantly and, still pleasantly but with a slight edge, "Hello, Dan," then heads backstage. Dan turns away and stares into the distance. "Eli's coming," he says. She bop he bop a we bop. Commercials.
When we come back, it's the exact same thing as the first Bobbi Bernstein episode. You know, where Dan's all jittery and she's the epitome of professionalism. Finally he asks her how she's doing, and she says she's fine. They go live, and Dan introduces Bobbi to the audience. They do that fake interviewing thing that commentators do with each other, where they ask each other planned questions, like, "Is Virginia's first-half press a surprise to anyone?" and Bobbi acts like she's so glad Dan asked her that, and she blah blahs about it and oh look! they have some videotape to look at to illustrate her point. Meanwhile, in the control room, Elliot comes in and Dana asks, "What did they say?" Elliot says Isaac's plane landed four hours ago and there's no answer at his house. Jeremy tries to reassure her by saying that on a Saturday night, coming up from JFK on the Triborough, four hours wouldn't be a record. Dana tries to accept this. Jeremy tells Elliot to check with the airport and make sure Isaac got on the plane. Dana tries to smile at Natalie, but Natalie doesn't smile back.