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Sports Night: When Something Wicked This Way Comes

A rumor is spreading through the studio that the network has hired a ratings expert for the show. Casey makes plans for his first date with Dana. Dana attends a biker-themed bachelorette party and has an epiphany. Dan is invited to Hillary Clinton's fund-raising breakfast. Sam Donovan arrives.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: N-325
Airdate: Tuesday October 12th, 1999

Guest Stars
Greg BakerGreg Baker
As Elliot
Jeff MooringJeff Mooring
As Dave
Kayla BlakeKayla Blake
As Kim
Ron OstrowRon Ostrow
As Will
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Chris
William H. MacyWilliam H. Macy
As Sam Donovan
Episode Quotes
Casey: (to staff members) ...I'm known in some parts for my first date. In certain parts. I have a rep. There's such a thing as street cred. Dan...
Daniel: Listen to this.
Casey: Tell them about my street cred.
Daniel: Seriously...
Casey: Tell them about my rep.
Daniel: You don't have a rep. You don't have street cred. Your last date was 14 years ago, and you ended up with a marriage and a divorce.

Dana: What are you doing?
Sam Donovan: It's gonna be helpful if you get used to not asking that question.
Daniel: Hang on. You can't just come in here and start dictating policy. Now, we're ready to work with you as long as you understand that this is our show, and we feel we do it well. You should also bear in mind that Dana doesn't stand alone here. Unless you want your first action as consultant to cause a full-staff walkout, including the on-air talent and producers, I'd downshift a little.
Sam Donovan: You shouldn't think that just because I'm looking at you while you're talking to me that I'm necessarily listening to or caring about what you're saying. It's just something I do to be polite. I was lying on a beach in Bali. I got a phone call. I got on a plane for 14 hours. I was hired to raise this show's audience share 3 points. Just between you and me, I'm gonna raise it three and a half. I'm not lacking in confidence as far as that's concerned, and because of that, I can say this -- I honestly don't give a damn if any of you work here or not.
[ . . . ]
Dana: I'm not going to like you very much, am I?
Sam Donovan: Oh, don't be ridiculous, Dana. Everybody likes me.

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