The next day, Casey is holding forth in the newsroom about how special the extended coverage is, and I realized here how much more I like Rectangle Nate than Rectangle Casey, who is going off on the "foxhole mentality" of the day and urges everyone to enjoy the moment. Dan strides by and tells Casey he wants to talk to him. Casey protests that he's "firing up the troops," but Dan is clearly agitated, so Casey follows Dan into their office. Dan can barely stand still. He tells Casey that he just went down to Rebecca's office and Steve Sisko was there. Casey considers this carefully, then starts going on about the extended coverage again until Dan says he wants to talk about Rebecca a bit more. Casey wonders what Steve Sisko's doing in the office on a Saturday. Dan says he doesn't care what day it is, what's he doing there, period? A thought occurs to Casey. I know, I know, but seriously. He points out that between Rebecca, Steve Sisko, and Bobbi Bernstein, Dan's going to have quite a day. Dan says he doesn't want to talk about it and sits down to get to work, and keeps saying that he's fine. "And I'm not saying I'm fine in that dramatic way that's obviously meant to indicate that I'm not fine; that's not what I meant." Oh, you mean the Sorkin technique that makes playing a Sports Night drinking game prohibitively expensive? Not to mention endlessly repetitive dialogue, which follows here as Dan repeats over and over again that he's fine, and Casey agrees with him over and over again. Then, blessed silence for a few moments, at least until Casey says he's really frightened about today's broadcast. "I hear you," says Dan.
In Isaac's office, Dana is directing Natalie and Jeremy, who are hanging up a way-too-professionally-done "Welcome Back" banner. Once Dana is satisfied that the banner is straight, she lets Jeremy and Natalie get down and Dana starts babbling about what a nice image the banner makes with the skyline, but she's not satisfied, as signified by her use of the phrase "here's the thing." "What?" says Natalie. Dana says she's not wild about the text, because she thinks it's a little "on the nose." Natalie agrees with that, but it doesn't bother her. Dana says she bets it would bother Casey. Dana's lip curls, and she goes into a tirade about how judgmental Casey is, and in her case, hyper-judgmental. Jeremy makes the nearly fatal mistake of asking if Casey said something about her hair, which nearly sends Dana off into a completely different tailspin. Thank God Danny rushes in, even if it's only to tell everybody that Steve Sisko is in Rebecca's office. Instead of saying, "We care...why?" Natalie says, "On a Saturday?" Dan wants to know why everybody cares that it's on a Saturday. Then we get to Casey's Judgment Of The Banner. He says he likes it, and suddenly the sun shines on Dana. She asks him if he doesn't think it's on the nose. He says he thinks it's "precise" and he praises its "economy of language," but Dana seizes on this and assumes it's a backhanded compliment. "Like I'm the one who can't shut up?" she says. Why does God hate me? Dana's assumption that Casey's mocking her causes her to say she can cut one more word from the banner. This makes sense, what with her being so upset that Casey just praised her economy of language. Dana says she's going to take the "back" off the banner. Casey says, "'Welcome'?" Dana defiantly asks if he has a problem with that. "He'll think he just cleared customs," says Jeremy, and Casey says Jeremy has a point. Natalie suggests adding an exclamation point. Oh, Natalie and her exclamation marks! Dana stomps out of the room, saying she's going to get the cake. Casey casts a critical eye over the banner again and says it should be higher on the right. We hear Dana yelling, "Shut up!" which is really good advice for everyone.