Season 4 Episode 3

The Public Domain

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Oct 28, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Dave tries to get Matthew his job back. Bill sets up a piano in the elevator and sings about politics. Jimmy brings a camera crew to the office to film a documentary.

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  • Dave N. might lose half his job - Doo-Da, Doo-Da....

    Shortly after Matthew has been fired from WNYX, it is now Dave's job that is in danger as efficiency expert (AKA the office firing squad) Andrea brings in Steve to "help" Dave as WYNX's station manager, convinced that Dave cannot control his staff. Cementing Andrea's thesis is Matthew who keeps showing up to work even though he is fired and Bill who, against Dave's protests, brings in a piano and starts singing political songs set to familiar tunes. Meanwhile, Jimmy brings in a film crew who is making a documentary about him - the problem is that he is very bad on camera.

    I am going to be honest, the Jimmy James storyline is not very funny - the stuff that the script calls for the fantastic Stephen Root to do when Jimmy is on camera gets really old really fast and the only laughs that come out of this type of gag revolves around how Dave or Lisa reacts to the absurdity and how Joe fixes Jimmy's situation.

    But the rest of the episode is great, do not get me wrong. Dave fights Bill, Matthew, and everyone else who might stand in his way of securing his job and Bill gives us all something new to sing on Christmas:

    "Silent night.... holy night.... Jesse Helms sleeps tonight.... something something.... Madeline Albright...."moreless
  • Dave tries in vain to keep the staff under control in front of the efficiency expert (Lauren Graham) and the man she has brought in (Paul Gleason) to help Dave do his job. Jimmy films his documentary and Bill brings in a piano to the office.moreless

    Hilarious episode. Every characters' personality is prominently displayed, surrounding a central theme. Despite the presence of Andrea the efficiency expert and Steve the corporate "enforcer," everything goes wrong and nobody cooperates. Matthew won't listen, Jimmy's eccentricity is highlighted, Beth doesn't actually work except for fetching coffee but "acts" like she's working, Joe rigs something and has to "deal" with Matthew, Lisa tries and fails after sticking her nose in, Bill refuses to be censored without fear of reprimand and Dave's unsuccessful attempts to control the staff leave him in desperation. NewsRadio is at its best when there is chaos.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Dave: Why does every solution to every problem around here involve some covert plan?
      Joe: It's a secret.

    • Jimmy: These guys, they've done documentaries about all the heavy hitters. Talking about, Ted Turner, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Bruce Wayne...
      Dave: Sir. Bruce Wayne is Batman.
      Jimmy: Shhh!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Jimmy: I think Mr. DeVille is ready for my close-up or whatever the hell I'm saying.

      Jimmy mangles a quotation from Billy Wilder's movie classic Sunset Boulevard (1950). The correct quotation, as delivered by Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, is "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille". The Mr. DeMille referred to is Cecil B. DeMille, the legendary director whose career stretched back into silent movie days. In fact he is credited as the first movie director to shoot a movie in Hollywood. Today he is best known as the director of Biblical epics such as The Ten Commandments (1956).