This episode starts with Casey on air saying, "With his superior reach and much-ballyhooed punching power, Willis has been the second-best light heavyweight in the world over the last two years. Tomorrow night, could he become the best? Mike Greenwey is live," and they throw to Greenwey live at Ballys Park Palace in Atlantic City. Explain to me please why Greenwey needs to report live before the fight. And please explain to me how CSC landed the rights to broadcast this fight live, instead of forcing boxing fans to pay $79.95 for pay-per-view. Anyway, we move to shots of various production people bustling or sitting around the control room.
Now that Casey and Dan are off air, they start throwing punches at each other and quizzing each other on which types of punches theyre throwing. Casey throws nothing but left jabs, except Dan still cant figure out the pattern and dodge and find an opening until finally Casey tags him with a right. Then 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. Then they put their dukes up again, and I know most women would roll their eyes at this scene, but it seemed real to me -- it reminded me of when I was about ten and my friends and I went to see Rocky IV and we were all pumped at the surprise ending (SPOILER -- Rocky beats all odds to win) and so we gleefully beat the crap out of each other in the parking lot and I broke my friend Logans nose. Good times, good times. Then again, we were ten. Anyway, we learn that Casey was once knocked out by a haymaker from Stevie Green in the third grade. Let it go, Casey. Dan cant believe Casey got a fat lip from a haymaker, since he should have seen it coming. Casey claims Stevie kicked him, too. In the mouth? Did he say Stevie Green or little Stevie Seagal? This scene is annoying because last week the editing of the "coming up next week" scenes totally left the impression that Casey accidentally clocks Dan. Sadly, this doesnt happen.
Meanwhile, in the control room, Dana and Natalie finally decide to take a time-out from making non-stop "men!" faces and start delivering lines. Natalie starts nattering on at Dan, asking him if hes seen the schedule she put on his desk, and Dan says he hasnt but hell look at it. Natalie starts telling him whats on the schedule, while Dan keeps promising to look at it. This goes on almost interminably until Dan says, "Natalie?" "Yeah?" "Theres a schedule on my desk?" "Yeah." "Ill look at it," and Natalie says, "Thank you," only she kind of sounded like Apu on The Simpsons when he says, "Thank you! Come again!" Then Dan says, "That girl generates a lot of paperwork," even though he obviously doesnt want her to just tell him whats on the schedule. Natalie tells him she heard that, so he repeats it for some reason, then adds, "Maybe too much," while making a full-body "little too much" gesture. Dana asks Natalie if theyre "there" and Natalie affirms that they are. Dana says, "These guys know everything theyre supposed to know, theyre going to be hot tomorrow night?" Natalie says, "Sure." Dana says, "Im asking, are they ready?" Oh, we missed that the first two times you asked it. Natalie says, "If theyre not, they only have themselves to blame." Nice team spirit, Natalie. Dana quite rightly says, "That may be so, but I have you to blame, so make sure they are in gear." Casey and Dan are currently trying to figure who knows more about boxing than they do, and they determine that only boxers, boxing experts, and boxing fans do. Which is great, except it means they expect boxing fans with more knowledge to tune in and watch their coverage. Casey is making rah-rah positive-attitude statements like "We are going to nail this!" and "We are going to stick the landing!" while Dan ignores him. Casey says they are "game-day players" even though its not game day. Then he gets a paper cut. I wish I were making that up, because how lame is that? Dan asks, with way more concern than is necessary, "You all right?" and Casey promises to "play through it" and Dan says okay, and Casey says, "I play with pain!" over-dramatically, and it was actually funny. Sports Night plays its Comedic Moment music and Dana and Natalie look at each other with their respective "men and their shenanigans!" faces. Natalie is indulgently smiling, while Dana is all dour and looks like someone pissed in her Dating Plan cornflakes. Commercials.