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Sports Night: Intellectual Property

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2006 7:57PM
Yeardley Smith(S01E04) Did you know that "Happy Birthday" is a copyright-protected song? Sing it on TV or the radio and you'll get a bill from the family of the two women who wrote it. Dan learns that lesson when he sings it on the air and a CSC business affairs woman informs him of how much money it's going to cost. Oh, and the business affairs woman is played by Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson!

While Dan deals with that, Casey deals with a giant fly that is buzzing around the studio. Trouble is, no one else has seen the fly and they think Casey is going loony, which has to be frustrating when you not only know the fly exists but you have to deal with the woman you like dating some Gordon.

Gordon is played by Ted McGinley, and can we put to rest once and for all that he's a bad luck "show killer?" Hope & Faith just ended a long run on ABC, and Married With Children lasted many, many years after he joined the show. As for Happy Days, well, that show was well on it's way out when he joined the cast.

Besides his fly problems, Casey is limping from kicking a fire hydrant in a jealous moment over Dana and Gordon going to Vermont for the weekend. Natalie talks to Dana about her relationship with Casey and her relationship with Gordon. She even bought new lingerie.

At the end, after Casey and Dana have it out over what's going on in their relationship, we find out that Dan's not going crazy regarding the fly, because Dana sees it in the studio too. It's big as hell.


"That's an incredibly embarrassing moment for any professional athlete, so when we come back, we're going to show it a couple of more times." - Casey, on footage of a football player celebrating before he reached the end zone.

"Double Chivas on the rocks?" - Dana, guessing why Isaac is so happy every night at the same time.

"When I got up this morning I decided not to put my hand in the blender." - Natalie, answring Dana's question, "what was the last good idea you had?"

"I think it's sweet that you and your partner sing 'Happy Birthday' to each other on the air. Others might think it's vaguely gay, but I disagree." - Mallory,  the business affairs woman who says the song is copyright-protected.

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I knew that Happy Birthday is copyrighted. That's why my family always sings "You're the birthday, you're the birthday boy or girl."

June 23 2006 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love how upon hearing about this news, everyone -EVERYONE- asks, "it took two people to write that song?!"

June 22 2006 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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