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Sports Night: Sally

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 26th 2006 9:30PM

Ted McGinley(S01E16) This episode has one of the great surprise lines in sitcom history (in my opinion anyway, don't want to oversell it).

While Dana is upset that Gordon stood her up last night and Jewish Jeremy is freaking out that he has to spend three days with Natalie's Catholic family, Casey talks to Dan about a shirt of his that's missing, and Dan figures out how and why this particular shirt is missing.

Dana talks to Isaac about Gordon standing her up, and Isaac isn't too thrilled to hear about it. She leaves and runs into Casey who is coming into Isaac's office, and she lies to him that her and Gordon had a great night at Rainbow and Stars. After Dana leaves, Casey tells Isaac about his one night stand, and Isaac needs a drink.

For some reason, Jeremy is making egg nog for Natalie's family, even though it makes him sick. He's getting his holidays mixed up. Dana talks to Natalie about her Gordon problems, and Natalie ticks her off by saying she thinks Dana doesn't really love Gordon. She also tells her not to call Gordon, and Dana agrees, then immediately picks up the phone and calls him. He's coming to the studio to watch the taping of the show and take her out to a late dinner.

Everyone on the staff is incredibly bored because it's a slow news day and the games haven't started yet, so Jeremy tells them all about the Gordon/Dana/Casey triangle, thereby not only catching the staff up on what's going on, but viewers as well. Meanwhile, Dan is trying to guess who Casey slept with, and rattles off a bunch of names that mean nothing (Pam, Victoria, Moira), but Casey doesn't want to tell them. Just then, Sally walks in and tells Casey she couldn't find the shirt. So now Dan knows it was Sally (and you probably did too when you read the episode title). Dan tells Casey not to tell Dana, and Casey says of course not.

Gordon arrives and is kissing Dana in the editing room. Casey walks in and Dana goes to work. Casey tells Gordon that there's nothing going on with them, but that she's a very good friend and he doesn't want to see her hurt. Gordon asks him what's on his mind.

"You're wearing my shirt, Gordon."


"You are way off base, that's not what happened, except...that is what happened." - Casey, to Dan, who guessed that the shirt was missing because he left it at a woman's house.

"#2, I'm Jewish, and her family is, you know, incredibly not. Which isn't any kind of a problem for me but it might be a problem for them, after all there are those who think I killed their Lord Jesus Christ. Not me personally, mind you, I didn't drive the getaway car or anything. In fact my family is from Latvia, so we have a pretty good alibi." - Jeremy, on why he's nervous about meeting Natalie's family.

"That's an interesting theory, and you'd be completely right, if it weren't for the fact that you're totally wrong." - Dana, on Natalie's theory about her and Gordon.

"Well, you know, that's not gonna happen." - Casey, to Dan, who said that he could whisper the woman's name in his ear.

"This relates to the bunny rabbit how?" - Jeremy, to Isaac, wondering about the Bible and Easter.

"No, but now I have to look up that word." - Dan, to Sally, who asked him if he was feeling 'diminuative.'

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When Casey said, 'You're wearing my shirt, Gordon,' I recall that I gasped out loud. It was so out of left field and so brilliant, and tied everything up in the episode so perfectly.

I still miss this show.

August 27 2006 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sports Night should still be on the air!

August 27 2006 at 6:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I marathoned Sports Night for the first time about 6 months ago. When I got to the shirt scene I did a double take and rewound the dvd. I couldn't believe it.

August 27 2006 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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