She walks into Casey's office, and he asks her to take thirty seconds off the NFL injury report so he can have it for a thing on ACC recruiting violations. She says "fine" and then, "You're screwing up my show, Casey." He tells her to keep the thirty seconds. Then we get "that's not what I meant" and "I was joking" and "I know" and blah blah, and he says if she came in to give him a pep talk (yeah, most pep talks I've received included the phrase "you're screwing up," but whatever), can they just pretend she already gave it to him and blah blah blah some more. I know Sorkin's been pretty successful with The West Wing, and I'm no television screenwriter or anything, but can I suggest that if you want to build an audience, you want viewers to care about the characters, don't you? Or at least like them? And having said that, was it really a good idea to have most of the Sports Night characters come across as a bunch of cranky assholes in its very first episode? Just a thought.
Anyway, Dana says, "Now, I know you think that there are 250 people in this business who can produce this show..." but Casey interrupts her to deny this. She goes on about how she has the job and she loves it and she loves the rush. "I love doing Sports Night," she says, "and you used to too." She seems really mad, and as she walks out she yells "Natalie!" and Natalie says "yo!" and Dana says, "Let's meet with your guy." Natalie is very excited as they go back over to where Jeremy is.
Jeremy gets hired.
Next scene, Danny is at the desk, reading his script...
What? You want more on Jeremy? Aw, come on. See, I think what happened with this scene is that the network decided that Jeremy was going to be the main source of comic relief, in the absence of a wacky neighbour they could use a la Kramer or, um, Urkel. And this must have been the big comedy scene for the pilot, because all the gestures and movements and delivery were really exaggerated in this next scene -- approaching slapstick territory, I'm not kidding. And the laugh track goes wild during this scene, which is irritating, for no more reason that the obviousness that it is a laugh track. And it was really fucking annoying. I know Sars and Wing Chun don't want us to swear a whole lot in these recaps, and I don't use "fuck" a whole lot, but it's warranted here. This scene would have been nice without the laugh track. As it is, it made my head bleed.