Dan flags down Jeremy to tell him about his dilemma with Natalie. Jeremy says he has to tell her. "If you don't tell her, I'm going to have to," says Jeremy. "Funny you should bring that up," says Dan. "In your dreams," says Jeremy. In a nice touch, workers walk by carrying a pane of replacement glass for the control-room window. "Bear in mind that I am your secret Santa," says Dan. Jeremy wants to know what Dan's getting him. "I was going to take you to midnight mass," says Dan. "Talk to her," says Jeremy and leaves.
Isaac's office. Casey walks in carrying a big box of cheese graters, all individually adorned with bows. Okay, does Casey do any work at all? It gets worse -- Casey says he bought twelve of the best cheese graters he could find. Sars, does Manhattan have some sort of cheese-grater district where Casey could find hundreds that he somehow whittled down to twelve? ["No. And if we did, I'd know about it." -- Sars] He's going to let Isaac pick his favourite and then distribute the rest to people in the office who need them. Fine man, that Casey. I once sat on the board of the local Cheese Graters For Co-Workers charity, but it was just too time-consuming. There's so much to do and I'm just one man. Isaac admits he doesn't know anything about cheese graters, surprising Casey. "You said you like to grate cheese," protests Casey. If Casey didn't find that statement just a little suspicious, it's his own fault. "Well, it's not something I hate," says Isaac. Casey says he just wanted to get something Isaac likes. "I love my cheese grater," says Isaac pleasantly. "Which one," says Casey. Isaac picks one off the top, then relays a quote from a famous monk: "'I don't always know what the right thing to do is, my lord, but I think the fact that I want to please you, pleases you.'" Casey pretends to miss the point and grumbles about how Isaac would have preferred a book of famous monk quotations, which was pretty funny. Isaac says Casey has given him a greater gift. "I look like an idiot," says Casey. "Added bonus!" says Isaac. Heh. Casey gathers up Cheese Graters #2-12 and says he's going to find something Isaac really likes, and leaves. Touching music plays as Isaac smiles and takes down some sort of glass award-looking thing on a shelf and replaces it with the cheese grater, ribbons and all. Aw.
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!