The handheld camera, chaotic hallways, and droning twenty-four-hour news in the background all alert us to the fact that we are still in 2001. Matt's watching the news, boggled as to how it's going to take "weeks" to defeat the Afghanis. He and Danny start pedeconferencing, Danny saying that the past few days have really shown him that he and Matt will be ready to take over the show from Wes when he retires. Matt doesn't want to be talking about this, since Wes is still in the hospital and all, and he'll never retire. And he certainly won't go down in a hail of bullets, screaming about how TV is for shit these days, what with its twenty-four-hour Fear Factor marathons and all. Matt, the newspaper from the last scene still in his hand, tells Danny about Karl Rove's Hollywood excursion. Danny says that news is three days old, but Matt's just getting to it now because he spent the last three days looking for material that wasn't controversial. "I've been lookin' at news on J. Lo," Matt laments, and considering that the fall of 2001 was her "Yes, Cris Judd. Seriously!" phase, I can see where Matt would encounter some difficulty. Matt continues to push the Rove story while Danny downplays it, in no small part because Jack Rudolph was one of the executives Rove met with. So they're both talking around the fact that Jack is trying to restrict content due to political expediency, while Matt makes his pitch for a sketch about Rove and the producers "trying to beat the terrorists with movie pitches." Danny says that's exactly what they were told not to write about, but Matt says the sketch is about Hollywood, a subject Jack explicitly said they could write about. Matt finally gets to the meat of his argument: if they go on the air with content that ignores what's going on in the world, they become irrelevant. Danny says that he hates being irrelevant and asks for a first draft of the sketch so he can run it by Wes. He asks Matt to do his best not to get them fired, seeing as the show is all he has. Hold up a sec, I'm beginning to make a connection between Danny's situation back in 2001 and --
WHOOSH! Oh, good, the show made the connection for me: we're back in 2007, where Danny is demanding to see his daughter. See, Danny now has LOTS of things in his life besides the show. Glad there was that dramatic cut, or else I'd have totally missed that. Anyway, this is easily the most irritating subplot of the evening, so as we often do when this show becomes too eye-rollingly obnoxious to bear, we'll be getting to the gist: Danny wants to see "his" daughter, but he can't, because he doesn't have an ID bracelet. He doesn't have an ID bracelet because he's not an approved visitor, blah, blah, blah. He does let loose with this gem: "That is my daughter in the ICU, and I want her to see that there is a big grown man who's going to take care of her for the rest of her life, starting now." It is hard to come off as creepily paternal towards someone you actually intend to parent, yet Danny manages to do so here. Also: replace "daughter" with "fiancée" in that sentence and it could have been used in any of the "Danny woos Jordan" episodes. So Harriet finally talks Danny down off his crazy, self-righteous ledge and offers to speak to the nurse alone. She doesn't have much luck either, but she's much more pleasant about it. Danny sends her off to get some news about Tom.