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Sports Night: Dana and the Deep Blue Sea

Dan attempts to recruit co-workers to speak to Rebecca on his behalf. Gorden has invited Dana to go snorkeling. She's thrilled at the prospect, with the exception of her phobia of fish.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: N-316
Airdate: Tuesday February 09th, 1999

Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Guest Stars
Greg BakerGreg Baker
As Elliot
Jeff MooringJeff Mooring
As Dave
Josephine BarnsdaleJosephine Barnsdale
As Woman
Kayla BlakeKayla Blake
As Kim
Ron OstrowRon Ostrow
As Will
Teri PoloTeri Polo
As Rebecca
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Chris
Episode Quotes
Daniel: The sophomore sensation accredits her agility and quick first step to her father, who used to take her to a neighborhood park all covered with cheese.

Daniel: ...because sportscasters are self-absorbed, narrow-minded people of limited intelligence and limitless ego.
Rebecca: That's right.
Daniel: Let me tell you something. First of all, I'm a sports anchor, not a sportscaster. Second of all, you married a jerk. I know about Steve Sisco. Everybody knows about Steve Sisco. Sister, you married a loser. And the fact that you think that that man's low-grade brand of manhood is any way indicative of my profession is beneath your obvious intelligence and class. What guys like that do to women like you makes me absolutely crazy.

I knew I recognized you.

Will you look at this? You're working late, I have a show to do in 10 minutes just 12 stories up. There's no earthly reason why you shouldn't be having dinner with me after the show. It would be midnight, and we'd go to a great place, and I'd ask you about your day, 'cause I genuinely do care about your day. And I'd be funny, and you'd have a good time. And when I took you home, at like 3 AM and I tried to kiss you good night, I think I'd have been successful. In fact, I know it.

And I can't believe none of that's ever gonna happen 'cause once there was a time you married an idiot.

I've got to get back to my job, which, rest assured, I do considerably better than Steve Sisco.

(Dan pauses, then starts to walk away.)

Rebecca: "Neighborhood park all covered with cheese"?
Daniel: I knew it. You've been watching the show.
Rebecca: "Cheese", Danny?
Daniel: I... I was distracted.
Rebecca: How exactly did the cheese...
Daniel: You know what? I've actually heard them all.

Rebecca: I am serious, Danny. If you turn out to be a jackass, I am gonna -- No kidding, as God is my witness -- I am gonna do something bad to you with numbers.
Daniel: I stand warned.
Rebecca: Do you swear the hideous cheese mistake was because of me?
Daniel: Yes.
Rebecca: That's really nice. Thank you.

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