Natalie is working as Dan strolls up. She says she's late for rundown, not realizing Dan's rundown of her is imminent. "Did you talk to Dana yet?" "Natalie, you got a lot of potential. You know your stuff, you can write, and you look good," he says as they walk. "So what's the problem?" she says. "You're a couple years away from being ready," he says, stopping her dead in her tracks. "A couple years?" "Yeah, if you're lucky." Dan apologizes for blowing her off before. "A couple of years?" she says again, a little more quietly and discouraged this time. "Why?" "'Cause that's how hard it is to make this look easy," says Dan. Then he talks about how he once thought being a field-goal kicker looked easy, but it wasn't and he gave up. Natalie thinks he's telling her she should give up. He hastily tells her that she should keep trying, because if he had kept trying, he might have become a field goal kicker. This is really sad, Dan. "Is that what you really wanted to do?" asks Natalie. "Nah. I wanted to do this," says Dan. He asks her what it is she really wants to do. "Just something more," she says. He tells her she's headed in the right direction. She nods and says, "Thanks, Danny." Then she smacks him upside the head. "That was for lying to me all day," she says. He protests and she smacks him again. "And that was for doing it during this holiday season of peace and joy." Then she smiles and kisses him on the chin. Aw!
At the meeting, Jeremy is expounding the virtues of a fighter named "Melan Comos," who fought in the year 49 A.D. and was 53 and 0, but he never threw a punch and was never hit; they think he talked his opponents into surrendering. Dana says he fought too long ago to be the Athlete of the Millennium, but Jeremy says he was man enough to span two millennia. Dana says, "I say we go with Muhammad Ali and be done with it," and everybody votes with her. Would it have killed them to even mention Wayne Gretzky? While hockey is admittedly not the world's most popular sport, I think we can all agree that it is easily the greatest sport ever invented, and Gretzky was the greatest player. Ah, forget it. Elliot gets off the phone and tells Dana that her brother is in her office. She says she'll be back in a minute and leaves.