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Sports Night

Season 1 Episode 4

Intellectual Property

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 13, 1998 on ABC
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Episode Summary


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.


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  • Flies and things you didn't know about songs you sing everyday.

    Yeah... I'm gonna totally go with the whole Happy birthday thing. Wow. It took two people to write that song?...yeah, that's what I was thinking.

    This was a fun solid episode that taught me an important lesson about Happy birthday. Now I know why all those big chain restaurants don't actually sing Happy Birthday, but their own crappy version of the song. lol. Thanks Sports Night!

    I've always enjoyed the titles. I mean, it really makes sense in this case...being about both Dan and Casey's plots in the show. Think about it, and you'll see why it fits with Casey and his relationship to Dana.

    In the end, what more can I say? A solid episode from a great show. And you don't have to be intellectual to figure that one out.moreless
Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Malory Moss

Guest Star

Kayla Blake

Kayla Blake


Recurring Role

Greg Baker

Greg Baker


Recurring Role

Ted McGinley

Ted McGinley


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • 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)


    • 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.