Dan is standing around watching a pretty girl go by and he doesn't say anything. Kim walks by, and he flags her down and says he wants to put her on alert. She looks a little concerned and asks what he means. "You know how ordinarily I flirt with you during the show?" She smiles and says, "Yeah?" He tells her he won't be doing that. She stops smiling and pouts slightly and says, "Okay." "It's not that I don't like you." "Okay." "Even more important, it's not that I don't want you to like me." "I do like you," says Kim, smiling. God love her. This isn't making it easier for Dan, who can't think of anything to say except, "Well, keep it up." Kim seems a little confused, but she says "okay" and walks away. Next Dan searches out my favourite, Allison, to break it to her gently that he won't be flirting with her, she shouldn't be alarmed, "it's just something I'm trying," he thinks it's important. "Okay," says Allison. Like water off a duck's back. I think the fact that Kim and Allison haven't responded by wailing and gnashing their teeth might make things worse for Dan. He gets ready to go on air, looking very nervous.
Dana and Natalie are walking through the newsroom, Natalie telling Dana that Casey just got off the plane. "I'm saying, why doesn't he have the names," says Dana. "They'll be faxed to him when he gets here," says Natalie. Oh, yeah, that makes a LOT of sense. Leaving the newsroom, Jeremy passes them coming into the newsroom, so Natalie detaches herself from Dana and follows Jeremy. "Oh, Jocelyn," says Natalie, since I guess he's no longer Jerome. "Please stop that," says Jeremy. "I'm assuming you fired him," says Natalie. "You know what? He's J.J.'s cousin," says Jeremy. "I could [sic] honestly give a damn," says Natalie. Jeremy asks if it's necessary to go out of her way to pick fights with the network. Natalie counters by asking if it's necessary for him to go out of his way to kiss their asses, which Jeremy denies he does. "It's their network, Natalie. We have to work with these people, and the special delight you and Dana take in..." Natalie cuts him off and says he doesn't know what he's talking about, but the way-out-of-proportion degree of incredulity in her voice leads me to believe he struck a nerve with that one. Jeremy says, "They keep us on the air when our ratings don't support it and their paycheques don't bounce." Natalie skewers Jeremy's sellout rationalization by saying she considers neither of those magnanimous gestures worthy of keeping someone on who almost cost them the show. Jeremy snorts, "Cost us the show, it was a hockey game."