"I'm in a spot of trouble," says Casey. "Me too," says Dan. "McArnold committed a bit of a Big-Apple faux pas and Dana won't let me cut it." Dan sees Casey's problem and raises him an imminent nervous collapse. "All right, so we're probably on our own today," says Casey. "Yeah, see ya," says Dan and goes back in the production room while Casey zips off somewhere. Commercials.
When we come back, Jeremy is setting up the tape for the teaser again. "Let's call it take five," says Jeremy, like this is the Dave Brubeck Quartet all of a sudden. "'Let's call it take five'?" says Dan. "What is it really?" "We're up in the thirties now," says Jeremy. Danny does the teaser again and this time he nails "Yevgeny." "I did it!" says Dan and he bumps fists with Jeremy, who then says, "Let's roll tape." "What?" says Dan, who is distressed to learn that they weren't rolling, that Jeremy only pretended to hit "record" because Isaac doesn't like to waste tape. "Dry run, dry run!" says Jeremy encouragingly and waves Danny back to the microphone, but you can tell Dan's going to flub it because he seems mighty nervous. Besides, this time when he does the teaser he sounds like he's on some kind of cocaine high. He can't even say "Yevgeny" or "Yegevny" or anything this time. "I'm out of here," says Dan, muttering he has to see someone. Jeremy says Bubba Smith and Chipper Jones would work fine on the teaser, then realizes he's all by himself and decides to record himself singing over top of old Frank Sinatra songs. Don't laugh. I've done that.
Casey strolls into Isaac's office and plunks his ass down on Isaac's desk and says he has a problem. "Imagine my surprise!" says Isaac. Casey explains that some years ago Shane McArnold gave him an interview when Casey needed a break. "So far I'm not at all interested," says Isaac, maintaining his perfect balance of compassion and cantankerism. "He was my Close-Up interview this morning," says Casey. "How'd he do?" asks Isaac. Casey says it went great, that they got feet and feet of footage, but there was this one small part where it might be possibly to interpret Shane's remarks that he's implying he doesn't like New York. "How?" says Isaac. "By saying he doesn't like New York," says Casey. "Wow," says Isaac, "he's screwed," and "wow" again. Casey asks him how he feels about Casey editing out that section. "Well, since it's news and it's good television, I wouldn't feel very good about it." At this point, Dana comes into the office, but Casey doesn't see her. "How do you think Dana would feel about it?" says Isaac, all Machiavellian setting up Casey. "Ah, who knows with Dana," says Casey. "One day she's up, another day she's down. That girl's nuttier than a squirrel's cheeks in October. The point is, she's standing right behind me, right?" Dana flips out that Casey went over her head. "I can explain this," says Casey. "How?" says Dana. "I went over your head." Sigh. Dana also turns on Isaac: "And you just sat there?" "It's my desk," protests Isaac. Dana orders Casey outside. "Good talking to ya, Case!" says Isaac, cracking me up as Dana shoves Casey out the door.