Sports Night

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

2-22
Recap

Quo Vadimus

Quo Vadimus - Isaac tells Dana they'll know more by the end of the day and tells her not to start a "brushfire," which refers either to her loose lips or her tendency to throw lit cigarettes into wastebaskets.

05.15.2000
05.15.2000
A

Daniel

2-21
Recap

La Forza Del Destino

La Forza Del Destino - Casey reminds the viewers that it's "Day 6" of the CSC "fire sale" and is offering the network to any viewers with four or five billion dollars, and that's kind of funny.

05.08.2000
05.08.2000
B

Daniel

2-20
Recap

Bells And A Siren

Bells And A Siren - Dan wants to know who else is going to be at the restaurant, and Katherine lists a bunch of nobodies, including "the other girl who used to be married to Donald Trump" except she can't remember her name, and I don't think Sports Night is so deluged with viewers that they can afford to casually take swipes at Marla Maples.

04.03.2000
04.03.2000
B+

Daniel

2-19
Recap

April Is The Cruelest Month

April Is The Cruelest Month - The full-grown adult's name is Bert, and Dana is saying something about the Olympics and that whatever Bert thinks of her decorum, she's doing her job, and I am glad that for once in Isaac's office, Dana is yakking about something work-related.

03.27.2000
03.27.2000
B+

Daniel

2-18
Recap

Draft Day: Part II - The Fall Of Ryan O'Brian

Draft Day: Part II – The Fall Of Ryan O'Brian - Jeremy told Natalie that Jenny is a choreo-animator. WE KNOW ALL THIS, LET'S KEEP IT MOVING, PLEASE. Can we please get to Danny's meltdown? No wonder Dan is going off the deep end, working with this pinhead.

03.20.2000
03.20.2000
C+

Daniel

2-17
Recap

Draft Day: Part I - It Can't Rain At Indian Wells

Draft Day: Part I – It Can't Rain At Indian Wells - Dana goes back to her notes and asks Natalie where she should put "Tommy Castro," and we learn that they are making predictions for the NFL's draft day which is tomorrow.

03.13.2000
03.13.2000
B

Daniel

2-16
Recap

The Local Weather

The Local Weather - Dan says "When it's showtime, it's showtime." Flashback!

03.06.2000
03.06.2000
B-

Daniel

2-15
Recap

Celebrities

Celebrities - Dan pats his stomach and says, "this is Yehudi Menuhin" like he just ate Yehudi Menuhin or something. But what he means is that patting his stomach is the signal for Yehudi Menuhin, which clears nothing up for me. Casey wonders why they need a signal for Yehudi Menuhin, but Dan says Casey would be amazed at how many times it will come up.

02.28.2000
02.28.2000
B

Daniel

2-14
Recap

And The Crowd Goes Wild

And The Crowd Goes Wild - Dan says, "Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Reid's head should contact the proper authorities." It's not a bad line, but delivery is everything and Dan sounds like he's been novocained. However, Dana still goes into paroxysms of laughter in the control room.

02.07.2000
02.07.2000
B-

Daniel

2-13
Recap

Dana Get Your Gun

Dana Get Your Gun - We learn that Dan wants to see Tom Waits tomorrow night. Dan's coolness quotient has just been multiplied several times in my mind.

01.31.2000
01.31.2000
B-

Daniel

2-12
Recap

The Sweet Smell Of Air

The Sweet Smell Of Air - If I could somehow have William H. Macy’s children, I probably would consider it.

01.24.2000
01.24.2000
B+

Daniel

2-11
Recap

The Cut Man Cometh

The Cut Man Cometh - Casey says, "Lull you to sleep with the left jab, knock you out with the crushing right." Dan is making this "yeah, yeah" face, probably because Casey is an expert at lulling people to sleep.

01.17.2000
01.17.2000
B-

Daniel

2-10
Recap

The Giants Win The Pennant, The Giants Win The Pennant

The Giants Win The Pennant, The Giants Win The Pennant - Sars says, "You could work that into the recap, like, ‘Whoa! Danny has the same name as me!’ That would be pretty cute." I don’t say anything and the silence grows increasingly awkward.

01.10.2000
01.10.2000
C+

Daniel

2-9
Recap

Truth or glare

A Girl Named Pixley - The concept of truth is a tough one for the Sports Night crew this episode, and we learn that you shouldn't tell the truth if it hurts someone. We learn it twice. In half an hour. Casey begins the Dating Plan, Jeremy prepares a speech for an award Natalie knows he won't win, and Daniel loses his mind.

12.28.1999
12.31.1999
B-

Daniel

2-8
Recap

Brother's gonna work it out

The Reunion - Dana's a bit on edge -- to use a word repeated eight hundred times in this episode -- because her little brother, who's facing a suspension from the NFL for buying steroids, is coming to visit. Natalie needs a little work before she's ready for the desk, but Dan has a hard time telling her this, so he lies to her. Casey buys twelve cheese graters because Isaac says, "I like to grate cheese."

12.20.1999
12.24.1999
B-

Daniel

2-7
Recap

Sisterly Love

Kyle Whitaker's Got Two Sacks - Dana is devastated by news of a professional football scandal that involves her little brother, Kyle. Dan's flirting has reached apparently deadly levels, so Abby instructs him to cut it out. Jeremy can't bring himself to fire a Suit's cousin, no matter how much he's hurting the show.

12.13.1999
12.17.1999
B

Daniel

2-6
Recap

Shane

Shane - At Anthony's, Abby is further blurring the date/appointment distinction, since she's having a drink with Dan, but he's talking about his family. I know you do that on the first few dates anyway, but the thing with Abby is she asks questions that I know would have me paranoid that she was cataloguing and analyzing everything I say.

12.06.1999
12.06.1999
B

Daniel

2-5
Recap

Kafelnikov

Kafelnikov - Dan Rydell may seem like a completely self-assured big kahuna on Sports Night, but as he faux-reluctantly reveals to this woman, he had an unhappy childhood and didn't get the things he needed as a kid and what happens is "you come to rely on the love of three or four million strangers," and he looks soulfully at the woman at this last bit, and I have to say Dan is pretty good at this shtick, even nailing the recommended eye contact.

11.01.1999
11.01.1999
B

Daniel

2-4
Recap

Dana's secret

Louise Revisited - Casey is flustered when Dana has dinner with an old high school friend -- and even more flustered when she comes back from dinner without her panties on.

10.25.1999
10.29.1999
D+

Daniel

2-3
Recap

Cliff Gardner

Cliff Gardner - "Could the show be any stiffer tonight?" asks Dana. Jeremy says it will loosen up. "It could only loosen up, Jeremy, because I don't think it's possible for it to be any stiffer," she says, quashing Jeremy's optimism with a big ass-plant of negativity.

10.18.1999
10.18.1999
B

Daniel

2-2
Recap

When Something Wicked This Way Comes

When Something Wicked This Way Comes - Jeremy doesn't bother to include them in his Paranoia Tally, since the extras and Lesser Tertiary Characters are not considered people on this show.

10.11.1999
10.11.1999
B

Daniel

2-1
Recap

Special Powers

Special Powers - Day 86, at Anthony's, Dana is guzzling her ever-present martini and Casey is staring at her from across the bar and I guess he's going to make a move now because we get a weird making-his-move-now close-up of Casey as he sets his drink down and as he looks up again, some guy is talking to Dana.

10.04.1999
10.04.1999
B

Daniel

1-23
Recap

In camera

What Kind Of Day Has It Been - Dana and Gordon have it out over Dana's reaction to Gordon's infidelity. Casey has to examine a parenting defect handed down from his father when he finds out that Charlie's been lying to him about what a good baseball player he is. Dana just wants one good thing to happen -- and Isaac's just the guy to provide that.

05.04.1999
05.08.1999
A

Daniel

1-22
Recap

Word of mouth

Napoleon's Battle Plan - Despite Dan's urging, Casey refuses to tell Dana about Gordon's affair with Sally, so Dan decides to take matters into his own hands, with disastrous results.

04.26.1999
04.30.1999
B+

Daniel

1-21
Recap

Something wicket this way comes

Ten Wickets - Casey is still going on about the bomb hoax from last week, until Dana drops an even bigger (metaphorically speaking) bomb on him. Rebecca drops a bomb on Dan, and Jeremy finally gives in because Natalie is da bomb. Daniel responds by getting bombed.

04.12.1999
04.16.1999
B

Daniel

1-20
Recap

Bombast

Ordnance Tactics - Dan and Casey get very freaked out over a bomb threat in the CSC building, and it isn't even a Very Special Episode hastily written after the September 11 attacks, making it annoying instead of moving.

04.05.1999
04.09.1999
B

Daniel

1-19
Recap

I'll call you

Eli's Coming - Bobbi returns to the Sports Night studio while Dan is in the midst of his own little crisis with Rebecca. Casey and Dana go at it tooth and nail over Dana handing off the show to Sally. Also, where's Isaac?

03.29.1999
04.03.1999
A+

Daniel

1-18
Recap

This is the worst trip / I've ever been on

The Sword Of Orion - Natalie tries to figure out what's wrong with Jeremy, other than the fact that his parents are divorcing after years of blissful marriage, while Dan tries to convince Rebecca that nothing could be finer than eating pretzels and watching a pre-season Orioles game.

03.22.1999
03.26.1999
B+

Daniel

1-17
Recap

This guy won't die

How Are Things In Glocca Morra? - When Sports Night is delayed due to an extended tennis match, Dana has to decide whether to hand the show off to Sally. Complicating things is an ultimatum from Gordon, and Casey's knowledge that Gordon's sleeping with Sally. Also complicating things is another episode title that has nothing to do with the episode.

03.08.1999
03.12.1999
B

Daniel

1-16
Recap

Here's the thing

Sally - Casey does a little steppin' out and forgets to keep his shirt on. Dana quivers like a bowl full of jelly because Gordon stands her up. Natalie and Jeremy kind of pretend to have a plot.

02.22.1999
02.26.1999
B-

Daniel

1-15
Recap

She's afraid of Abe Vigoda?

Dana And The Deep Blue Sea - Dana and Gordon appear to be back on track after he invites her to go snorkeling. The problem is, she's scared of fish. Dan continues to stalk Rebecca and she seems to weaken, in much the same way Chinese water torture weakens a person.

02.08.1999
02.12.1999
B

Daniel

1-14
Recap

Reblecha. Get it? "Blech"?

Rebecca - Dan tries to let a woman down gently but instead gets dumped on his ass. Dana turns to Casey for help when it appears certain that Gordon's going to break up with her.

01.25.1999
01.29.1999
B-

Daniel

1-13
Recap

Unconfirmed retorts

Small Town - Dana and Casey go out on a double date on their night off. Dan faces the fury of a woman scorned; Natalie holds everything together while trying to land a hot story.

01.11.1999
01.15.1999
B-

Daniel

1-12
Recap

On top of Old Smoky

Smoky - The Sports Night crew starts jockeying for position when a rumour gets around that Isaac is leaving the show. Sally has zeroed in on Casey, who needs to go to Dana for flirting lessons.

01.04.1999
01.08.1999
B

Daniel

1-11
Recap

What's in a name?

The Six Southern Gentlemen Of Tennessee - Casey's dismissive attitude towards the lesser lights in the Sports Night universe lands him in trouble with a tough-talkin' wardrobe assistant named Monica. Meanwhile, Isaac fears that criticizing the alma mater of his boss could cost him his job.

12.14.1998
12.18.1998
B

Daniel

1-10
Recap

Long Tall Sally

Shoe Money Tonight - Jeremy and Natalie run into a little rough patch after Jeremy callously decides to play tennis with an old friend instead of attending to Natalie's every need. Dana butts heads with Sally Sasser, who is like the Lex Luthor to her Superman, if Lex Luthor were tall and sexy with an amazing body and Dana were, well, Superman.

12.07.1998
12.11.1998
B-

Daniel

1-9
Recap

Take a load off, Sorkin, and you dump the load right on us

The Quality Of Mercy At 29K - Dan searches for some way to be part of the solution and not the problem. He could start by smacking Jeremy and Natalie, who are falling deeper in love and public displays of affection.

11.30.1998
12.03.1998
C+

Daniel

1-8
Recap

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

Thespis - A mischievous ghost plays havoc with the Sports Night gang. Dan has trouble saying "Red Wings locker room," Dana trips, a frozen turkey falls from the sky. And, oh yeah, Isaac's pregnant daughter might die. Then Jeremy teaches us all What's Really Important.

11.16.1998
11.20.1998
B

Daniel

1-7
Recap

Geez Louise

Dear Louise - Jeremy writes a letter to his sister telling her about all the wacky goings-on at Sports Night. They are: Danny getting writer's block, Casey getting the gears from Dana, and Jeremy getting a kiss from Natalie.

11.09.1998
11.13.1998
C+

Daniel

1-6
Recap

Someday he'll find it, the restaurant connection

The Head Coach, Dinner And The Morning Mail - Jeremy loses sleep over the hate mail and threats Natalie is receiving, while Casey goes out of his way to prove he doesn't mind Dana dating Gordon.

10.26.1998
10.31.1998
B

Daniel

1-5
Recap

Someone's in the locker room with Natalie

Mary Pat Shelby - The show lands an interview with a football player that's a ratings jackpot, but when the player sexually assaults Natalie, Dana faces some tough decisions.

10.19.1998
10.23.1998
A

Daniel

1-4
Recap

I don't know why she swallowed the fly

Intellectual Property - Danny gets in trouble for singing Happy Birthday on air, while Casey loses it over Dana's trip to Vermont with Gordon.

10.12.1998
10.16.1998
B-

Daniel

1-3
Recap

The only true hunter is Fred Dwyer

The Hungry And The Hunted - Jeremy's views on hunting collide with his first production assignment, while Casey falls for Dana -- who's going out with some guy named Gordon.

10.05.1998
10.09.1998
A

Daniel

1-2
Recap

The Apology

The Apology - Dan is forced by the network to apologize after he makes remarks about the legalization of marijuana in an Esquire piece. To whom and for what exactly he's supposed to apologize, he's not sure. Jeremy's first highlights package is longer than Don DeLillo's Underworld, but Casey needs to help him with it since Natalie's lovestruck. Dana acts goofy around back-on-the-market Casey.

09.28.1998
10.02.1998
B

Daniel

1-1
Recap

Pilot

Pilot - Casey's hair is way more skater-ish in this first episode. It's brushed to the side and I think it's longer; it practically covers his right eye, and he looks more like one of the Thompson Twins than a sports show anchor.

09.21.1998
09.21.1998
D

Daniel

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