Dana comes bustling in and asks, "Is he here?" meaning Sam. Shes very tense and tells everyone to start the show, so Natalie points out theyre still ninety seconds from air. Dana doesnt care. "Start the show!" she orders, and Natalie insists they cant, and Dana concedes that she might be right. Hands up, all those who think the metamorphosis of Dana from plucky, strong-willed executive producer into spastic, scatter-brained harridan is a positive evolution. Danas worried Sam will mess with the rundown. Natalie tells Dana not to let Sam make her crazy, as if that particular ship hasnt already sailed. Dana insists shes not "letting" him, that he is doing it all by himself. Jeremy tells her about the exclusive interview with Michael Jordan, and by "exclusive interview" I mean "PR sham." "Is that supposed to make me feel better?" snaps Dana and steers the conversation back to Sam breezing in and out of various cities and always right before the show and always tweaking the top of the rundown. Natalie tells Dana Sams got her psyched out, which Dana denies, but as she denies it, she grips Daves shoulder so hard I was surprised her fingers didnt actually tear into his flesh.
Sam comes in. Woo hoo! Everyone seems happy to see him, except Dana, who says "welcome back" and "welcome back from England" in what I think was supposed to be an English accent, but sounded Irish if it sounded like anything at all, which it didnt, really. Dana makes a snide comment about the need for a ratings consultant in England "in the dog-eat-dog world of the BBC." Sam picks up a clipboard and says, "Hows the rundown?" which lights Danas fuse, and she says, "The rundowns fine," and Sam says, "It looks good," and Dana says, "What do you want to change?" all passive-aggressively. Sam says he doesnt want to change anything and Dana calls him a liar, I guess aggressive-aggressively. She accuses him of always changing the top of the rundown at the last second just to see everybody scramble. Sam says he doesnt do that, and Dana says, "Not this time, my British friend!" even though hes from Philadelphia. Sam suggests Dana is a little psyched out and that maybe Natalie should run the show, which Natalie thinks is a good idea. I think Sam and Natalie are in cahoots! Well, I dont really, but I like using the word "cahoots." Dana says shes running the show, Sams not going to change the rundown (grabbing the clipboard), and she calls Sam "King George" in a reference to crazy old King George III, as in The Madness of King George, who incidentally founded my university in 1789, so this is yet another shout-out to me and they might as well go ahead and rename tonights episode "Shout-out to Daniel the Recapper" and get it over with. Dana announces she herself is changing the rundown, even though they are thirty seconds to air. Then she says a bunch of nonsensical industry-esque jargon and everybody stares at her until she snaps, "Do it!" and chaos erupts, everybody talking at once, shouting, changing the order. Sam watches the Madness of Queen Dana with a big grin on his face. As things calm down, Dana says, "Okay, that is exactly what you wanted me to do, isnt it." Sam stares her down. Dana, suddenly unsure, says, "Go back. Go back!" and pandemonium again erupts with people barking orders again and its too bad they cant just hit command-Z to undo. Dana says to Sam, "Youre having a really good time, arent you?" Sam says, "Yes. Its good to be back," and he leaves the control room, smiling. There is something I love about William H. Macy, and its that he KICKS ASS.