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Sports Night: What Kind Of Day Has It Been?

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2006 6:48PM

Sports Night(S01E23) This is one of my favorite episodes of the show. It has so many great lines and exchanges that I really can't put all of them down here. It's the first season finale, and the way it ends, it almost seems like they weren't sure if the show was coming back and they wanted to end it in a very definite manner, with many plots tied up and the return of a beloved character.

Casey's son Charlie is coming to the studio, and he seems to have an odd relationship with his father. Meanwhile, Dana bought that camera she talked about endlessly in the last episode and wants to take a picture of the staff in their nice clothes to break in the camera, and Dan is still wondering if Rebecca will change her mind and come back to him.

Dana explains to the staff about the camera and how to pose for the picture she wants to take. But when she tries to take the picture, it doesn't work. There are supposed to be a pause and three beeps, but she can't get it to work on time. She says she'll work on it and take the picture later.

Casey's son Charlie shows up with the nanny, but they have to wait in the conference room because Casey is out interviewing Michelle Kwan (Danny was going to do it but Michelle Kwan hates him for some reason). Charlie seems like a nervous kid, worrying about being late to meet his mom.

Gordon shows up to talk to Dana. He's called off the engagement! He explains that she's too hung up on Casey. Dana flips out, but Gordon says that she's more upset that Casey slept with Sally than he did. And he's right. And Dana knows it. They break up.

Dan comes in to talk to Charlie and asks the nanny to leave. He said he heard about his incredible stats at the baseball game the other night, 3 for 3 with two stolen bases! Dan asks him what a stolen base is, and he doesn't know. Dan puts in a tape of a Sports Night show from the other night, and it's the same exact stats Griffey had in a game. Charlie admits he lied because he sucks at baseball and doesn't want to disappoint his dad. Casey shows up and Dan calls him into the hallway to tell him. At first, Casey is made, then calms down and understands why he did it. He pulls Charlie aside and tells him that he's his father, and he'll never disappoint him. They hug.

This is a really great scene, and the two actors do a really superb job.

Casey asks Dana where her ring is, and Dana says it's at an overnight ring cleaner. She gathers everyone around to take the picture, and the camera practically esplodes. While she's frazzled, Dan asks her where the ring is, and Casey says it's at the ring cleaner. Dana freaks a bit and says there's no such thing as an overnight ring cleaner! She and Gordon broke up! And she's freaked out about everything that has happened lately, and she really really wants something good to happen.

Just then, Isaac comes in! The entire gang poses for the picture.

(Note: "What Kind Of Day Has It Been?" is also the title of The West Wing's first season finale, and in one scene in this episode, Jeremy uses a line from another West Wing ep, that Toby said to Bartlet, about "when the fall's all that's left it matters a great deal.")


"I'm not kidding. There's nothing he can learn in 4th grade that he can't learn in a really good minor league farm system...You should be his agent, because that usually works out too." - Dan, to Casey, who is bragging about his son's baseball skills.

"You're going to take a picture of our clothes?" - Elliott

"Is this part of her psychotic episode? Then sign me up! - Dan, about Dana wanting to take a picture of the entire staff to break in her camera.

"How come we don't use semi-colons anymore?" - Dana

"Charlie, are you selling me an insurance policy?" - Casey, to his son, who's holding his hand out to shake.

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Perfect ending to this episode with Issac's "Hey Lady!You plan on getting my show on the air anytime soon?"

The only cringe-inducing part is when Kim is talking really loud and slow to Issac because I hate it when people do that to me when they see that I'm hearing impaired and wear hearing aids. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, I just want to ask them why they think I need to be treated as if I'm mentally slow.

September 03 2006 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Folks, I didn't say that WW used the line first, I just said that Jeremy used the line that was used in a WW episode.

September 03 2006 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Of all the things that bother me about these recaps (the only other one is that they aren't in depth enough... just because i love the show so much, they are actually decent recaps) is that bob constantly writes that SN borrows from TWW. I know he knows otherwise, and TWW was much more successful than SN, but yet alwsys lines like "used a TWW XYZ"...

September 03 2006 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And by the way, the line's from "The Lion in Winter" -- apparently President Bartlet and I have the same favorite movie.

September 03 2006 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"When the fall's all that's left it matters a great deal."

You make it sound like Aaron Sorkin used that line on West Wing first, he didn't. He used the line on Sports Night first and then used it again on West Wing. He does that a lot, if you watch both shows and "An American President" you will notice a lot is barrowed from each.

September 03 2006 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Dan, to his son...". It would, of course, be Casey's son.

September 02 2006 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeff stiefer

This was a great episode! I really liked the way Issac's return was shot. Damn, why dont i have this on dvd yet?

September 02 2006 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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