Anyway, Natalie scoots off, so Dana decides to bother Jeremy some more, despite him having explained that he's writing a letter. I can understand his frustration here. People in my office do this to me all the time. They'll stroll up to my desk while I'm working and says something like, "You're awfully quiet," and of course office politics dictates that I have to say something like "yeah, gotta get this finished" and sort of indicate my general displeasure at having to work, when the truth is I actually enjoy working and like my job and wish I could say something like "I'm quiet because I'm busy working; guess you wouldn't know what that's like." So I understand how Jeremy feels (even though he's not working per se) when he finally has to interrupt Dana's stream of inane questions and say, "You know what's hard? Writing here and talking there." Dana explains that she has unscheduled time on her hands. Jeremy explains -- again -- that he wants to finish this letter. Dana seems to accept this and turns away, then turns back and asks if he wants to play garbage-can basketball. She asks him twice, and he has to firmly say "no." He goes back to writing, and we hear his voice-over explain that he knows his sister is upset about their parents apparently getting divorced, so he figured he'd take his mind off her concerns by telling her some Tales of Sports Night, like, dude, just point her to Mighty Big TV and be done with it. Anyway, he writes that he's going to have to get up for a second because he knows what's about to come from Dana. Dana: "Is it 'cause you're chicken?" Jeremy's voice-over: "Be right back." He gets up, and he and Dana leave. I hope they find a secluded room for their little game, one where Natalie won't find them and get upset at the fact that Jeremy would sooner play garbage-can basketball than make out with her. Commercials.
When we come back, Jeremy's voice-over alludes to getting his ass kicked by Dana. And we have another round of credits to sit through, because this episode's opening segment was so long; I mean, the show's half-over already. Jeremy explains that everybody has gone to a neutral corner to wait out the hold. Dan and Casey are by the snack table, where Casey is complaining that there's no provolone. What? No provolone? What kind of sorry labour laws does the U.S. have, anyway? ["Word. That's grounds for a class action." -- Sars] Casey still doesn't want to talk about what's on his mind. Dan asks if this is one of those times when he says he doesn't want to talk but he really does. Or, as I like to call that, "every single episode of Sports Night ever." Casey says no, but it's shaping up to be one of those times where he says he doesn't want to talk about it and they wind up talking about it anyway. Or, as I like to call that, "every single episode of Sports Night ever." Dan and Casey head for their office as the voice-over tells Louise that Dan finally got a date with Rebecca, but she's taking things slow because she just got out of an "emotionally abusive" marriage. Okay, two things: first, I don't see how the emotional abuse in Rebecca's marriage is Jeremy or Louise's business. Second, this is going to take Louise's mind off their parents' divorce -- how?