Anyway, after this filler dialogue ends, Natalie says, "The cars are waiting downstairs," and I guess the cars waiting upstairs would have been a neat trick, and then Natalie pointedly says to Dan, "Right? Dan? The cars?" like please be a little more obvious, please, Natalie. Dan goes into his and Casey's office and tries to be as subtle as he can about it and says, "I can ride with Isaac if you like," and Casey is a little taken aback and wants to know what difference it makes and Dan says, "So you can ride with Dana," and then we get this lengthy exchange along the lines of "Why would I want to ride with Dana?" and "Why wouldn't you want to ride with Dana?" and stuff until finally Dan, channeling me, says, "I gotta tell you, at this point the length of this conversation is way out of proportion to my interest in it." So they leave it at that. Or try to, anyway, except Casey has to start bitching about what a long day he's had, and he's not in the mood to go to a party or notice Dana's dress and all that. "I'm not in the mood to notice anything tonight," he says, and stomps out into the newsroom, where he passes an hourglass in a black Richard Tyler dress shimmying beside him. The hourglass smiles and says, "Forgot my purse," and Casey falls down all Jack Tripper. Danny, coming up behind, calmly says, "On your feet, partner. Let's go."
They pass Elliott, who goes running to the control room, looking for Isaac. "Bob Schumaker's calling from the Adirondacks," he says. "Something happened with Jeremy." Isaac picks up the phone.
The next night, they're five minutes to air when there's an audio problem. Dana sends Natalie to find out why Dan isn't in the studio, instead of just summoning him over the intercom like she usually does. When Natalie finds Dan, he tells her Casey is making him crazy. "It doesn't work for me," he says. "I'm more comfortable when I'm making him crazy." Dan reveals that Casey is now enamoured of Dana. "It was the dress!" says Natalie, excitedly. Oh, and also the "musical cars," says Dan. Then he reveals that she was spending time with another guy at the party. Natalie's eyes widen. "Lord, I would love to be out of the loop for the next little piece of drama that's going to happen around here," he says, channeling me again. Then, since the scene's done, Dana is now free to use her Voice of God intercom to summon Danny to the studio, and does so.
The TCs fix one audio problem and have another! My god! It's like The Perfect Storm for TV production geeks!