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Sports Night: Thespis

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2006 9:55PM

Sports Night(S01E08) While Dana thaws a turkey above the studio as a dry run to making Thanksgiving dinner for her family for the first time, Isaac deals with his daughter, who is having trouble with her pregnancy (Isaac feels guilty because they had an argument earlier). Dan is angry with Casey because Casey doesn't remember that it's the anniversary of their first show on Long Star Sports (Dan thinks Casey was offered Conan O'Brien's job on Late Night and took Lone Star as a "consolation prize." Add to all this various tech glitches and you have a very hectic night at CSC.

All of this seems to be the work of the ghost of Thespis, the first actor, who started acting on this very date, November 23. Is he haunting the studio and causing chaos?

In the middle of Sports Night, water starts to drip from the ceiling. Dana's turkey falls onto the desk in between Dan and Casey.

Isaac's daughter has to be rushed into the emergency room for a C-section. Dana is worried because something similar happened to her brother, but luckily, both mother and her new son come out of it fine. Meanwhile, technical glitches knock the station off the air, which leaves Dan and Casey time to argue. Seems that Casey was offered Conan's job, and he turned it down to work with Dan. This was also the start of the downfall of his marriage.

Jeremy assures a freaked out Dana that she's going to be fine cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and that she's not giving her mother enough credit. Dana calms down when she realizes Jeremy is right.

Good episode. It's often cited as one of the fan's favorites, but there are some things in it that just don't work for me: Dana's overreaction to the whole Thespis thing (and Huffman's overdoing it a bit in one scene), and it's odd that everyone seems to know what's going on with Isaac's daughter even though neither Isaac nor Dana told anyone. Still, it's a good entry.


"I'll tell him that but he's probably just going to ask 'why is there a 24 pound turkey in the light grid.' - Dan, to Dana, about Elliot's question of 'why is there a 20 pound turkey in the light grid' and Dana saying it's 24 pounds.

"For more on that we go to Tracy Hallard, standing outside the Detroit Wed Rings Wocker Womb." - Dan, mispronouncing his hand off to a reporter.

"Impersonating my ex-wife never won anyone a place in my heart." - Casey, after Dan said he was just going to sit over in his chair and not say anything.

"Remembering it would be a step in the right direction." - Dan, after Casey forgot their anniversary and asked him 'how can I make it up to you?'

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i may be wrong, but i believe it was "lone star sports" the dallas station where they anchored their first show.

July 24 2006 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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