I, however, will be getting my blood pressure checked, since Natalie uses this time to get on the intercom and remind everyone that she's still Jeremy's girlfriend, and she apparently does this every night at this time. I really wish Natalie's stupid plots were as fleeting as Dana's stupid ones, because I had my fill of this one about three seconds into "Ordnance Tactics." Jeremy gripes about this and reminds Natalie that he broke up with her, but she continues to refuse to acknowledge it.
Speaking of plots that annoy me, back at the desk, Casey is still crabbing about how Dan used to be with him but has since "moved on." They go live, with their usual poetic teases at the top of the show. Commercials.
When we come back, Jeremy's on the phone, practically shouting, "You're breaking up!" and eventually loses the connection completely, and then there's a throwaway gag about how Jeremy keeps talking even after there's no longer anyone there. Thankfully, we're saved from more "Jeremy talks to himself" hilarity filler crap by Dana coming into the editing room, apparently looking for something. She's too preoccupied to pay much attention to Jeremy. Like, Jeremy tells her he was just talking to a guy in Trinidad, and Dana asks when Jeremy was in Trinidad. Stuff like that. Jeremy explains that the guy was in Trinidad, telling Jeremy about a cricket match in New Delhi. Uh oh. My Contrivance Alarm is going off.
Jeremy follows Dana as she scours every single Sports Night set, all the while trying to tell Dana about some big cricket match that he doesn't really understand. Dana, who we eventually find out is looking for her shoes, is of the opinion that if there was such a big sports story going on, they'd know about it. Jeremy insists that they do; he just doesn't understand exactly what it is. Okay, Jeremy, some advice. If you have to talk to a guy in Trinidad about a cricket match in New Delhi, the potential audience in the continental U.S. is going to be miniscule. I think there's a reason that you and Dana, who both work for a major sports television channel, don't know anything about cricket. It's that no one cares. Sports isn't like real news, where you have to find the right balance between the news people want and the news people need; sports is all about what people want. That's why Dan makes fun of soccer, but would be lynched if he did that in Europe. That's why Canadian sports highlight shows lead with pre-season hockey over baseball playoffs. And it's why, if any of your viewers sees you wasting time on a cricket match, your network will never get out of third place. Anyway, Dana is looking for her shoes under the conference table and telling Jeremy that the only thing she knows about cricket is that the players drink tea.