Sports Night: The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee
(S01E11) This is one of my favorite episodes of Sports Night. Not only for the plot (six football players refuse to play at a Tennessee college where the Confederate flag is displayed), but also for the fact that we get to see future West Wing cast member Janel Moloney is a small but pivotal role.
While CSC owner Luther Sachs sides with the college, Isaac says on the air that he doesn't agree. Will this cause a problem for Isaac and the show?
But back to Moloney. She plays a wardrobe person on the show that is indirectly insulted (along with the head wardrobe person) by Casey when he goes on The View (warning: Star Jones appears in this segment). The women compliment him on his wardrobe, and he takes the credit without even thinking about the people who actually pick his wardrobe or any of the other crew members that work on the show. This leads to one of my favorite moments on the show. Dan shows Casey the error of his ways, and Casey and Dan make up for it by mentioning everyone who works on the show at the end of one of their Christmas broadcast. A good moment.
Isaac and Dan talk about what's going on in Tennessee, and Isaac tells him "you have to stop thinking about me as the champion of all things black."
Another one of my favorite Sports Night moments: the gang gathers around the table to pick the Best Sports Moment of the Year. They debate women's ice hockey, baseball, soccer, Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, and other things, and there are so many clever, fast lines here that I can't even name them all (one is below).
Dan wonders what's up with Isaac, and he admits that he isn't saying anything about what's going on in Tennessee because Luther Sachs has been looking for a reason to fire him. Dan is shocked because Isaac doesn't realize that if he was shown the door, everyone who works there would line up right behind him.
In the end, Isaac decides to not only say something, but say it live on the air, giving a stirring defense of the football players and the South. He keeps his job.
"But fundamentally, we're still a news gathering organization, right?" - Isaac, to Dana, who says she doesn't know what's going on with a developing story.
"You can say his name as many times as you like, I'm still not going to know who he is." - Casey, to Dan, who keeps saying the name "Jerome" without telling Casey who he is (but Casey should know he's one of the camera guys).
"And because we have soccer highlights, the sheer pointlessness of a 0-0 tie." - Casey, teasing soccer highlights coming up.
"Well, I take the nouns and verbs and Danny takes the adjectives and prepositions. If there's an umlaut, we flip a coin." - Casey, after being asked by Star Jones how Casey and Dan split up the writing on the show.
"Since I really don't care what you have to say, I think it should be me." - Isaac, to Dan, after they both had something to talk about and Dan asked who should go first.
"Our goal isn't to be cunning, is it?" - Jeremy, after being questioned about how "obvious" his choice for Mark McGuire's home runs as a possible Sports Moment of the Year.