Sports Night

Intellectual Property

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/13/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Casey spins out of control due to jealousy, when Dana starts seriously dating Gordon. He swats flies that no one else can see, kicks fire hydrants and other odd behavior. Dana, Natalie, and Jeremy wonder where all their "good" ideas went, and CSC has to pay royalties after Dan sings Casey "Happy Birthday" on the air.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kayla Blake


  • Josh Charles

    Dan Rydell

  • Peter Krause

    Casey McCall

  • Greg Baker


  • Ted McGinley


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Flies and things you didn't know about songs you sing everyday.

    By FrakkingFrakker, Jul 04, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Dana: You have good ideas, a lot. I find myself saying, "Natalie's got a good idea". Natalie: But you also find yourself saying, "Natalie, if you screw that up again, I'll set you on fire." Dana: That's true, too, but it's the 'Good Idea' thing I'm focusing on right now.

    • Natalie: I think the way you’re handling the Casey situation is very good. Dana: The Casey Situation? Natalie: I’m calling it the Casey Situation. Dana: It’s not a situation. Natalie: It’s a bit of a situation. Dana: It’s not at all a situation. Natalie: I’ve already named it.

    • Natalie: Has anybody else noticed that Casey's been flinching a lot tonight? Kim: He's been doing it for a couple of nights. Dana: Flinching? Chris: Like a tick. Will: It's a flinch. Dana: Casey, why are you flinching? Casey: I'm not flinching. Dana: Not now, but before. Chris: More like a tick. Will: It's a flinch. Dana: A flinch, or a tick. What’s going on? Casey: There's a fly in the studio. Dana: A fly? Casey: Yeah, it's a big one. He’s been in here about 3 days now. Dana: Dave, there';s a fly in the studio? Dave: I'm not seeing it. Dana: Casey says there's a fly. Dave: Is there a fly in our studio? Chris: I'm not hearing anything. Dave: There ain't no fly. Dana: Casey, there's no fly. Casey: Dana, there is a fly in the studio the size of a bald eagle, and every time he buzzes my head in a fly-by it's like a sound check at a Black Sabbath concert. You're not picking this up? Dana: Dan, is there a fly in the studio? Dan: Let him work through it.

    • Casey: ...And Tanana, who obviously can’t see the end zone marker under the virgin snow breaks into his touchdown dance on the ten yard line, only to be given a geee-ography lesson by linebacker Marvin Watkins... That’s an incredibly embarrassing moment for any professional athlete, so when we come back, we’re going to show it to you a couple of more times -- if only so that I can keep saying “virgin snow.”

    Notes (1)

    • Sorkin Intersections: Ted McGinley recurred on The West Wing.

    Trivia (2)

    • Casey and Dana appear to have known each other in college, and worked together previously in the TV markets of Dallas and L.A.

    • Casey's birthday is apparently September 5th.

    Allusions (3)

    • Casey: ...I'm like Tippi Hedrin in there... Tippi Hedren, the star of a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960s films, is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith. While she has been in numerous movies and TV episodes, possibly her best known role was as the heroine of one of Hitchcock's most famous films, 1963's The Birds, in which she is repeatedly attacked (as are many others) by feral birds in this Nature-gone-wild horror/suspense film.

    • Jeremy: ...maybe he only makes himself visible to you, like the rabbit in Harvey Harvey is a classic 1950 Jimmy Stewart film (based on a Pulitzer prize winning play) about a man befriended by a giant, anthropomorphic rabbit (called a 'pooka'), named Harvey, which only he can see. It is a classic commedy of errors (and manners).

    • Casey: ... it's like a sound check at a Black Sabbath concert... Black Sabbath is a British heavy metal band, formed in 1968, with a long lineup of now-classic songs. The band was ranked number one in MTV's list of The Greatest Metal Bands of All Time (as of 2008). The most well-known member is lead singer Ozzy Osbourne. The name of the band is itself derived from the 1963 Boris Karloff horror movie of the same title.

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