Sports Night

Season 1 Episode 22

Napoleon's Battle Plan

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 27, 1999 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Gordon has proposed to Dana, and Casey is seething, but tells Dan he plans to "take the high road' and follow Napoleon's Battle Plan: Show up and see what happens next. Dan reminds Casey that Napoleon lost at Waterloo and died in exile, and announces his intention to "step in".

So Dan tells Natalie about Gordon's fling with Sally. Natalie runs straight to Dana, who confronts Gordon who, in turn, tells Dana about Casey's fling with Sally. Then Dana confronts Sally, who reveals she has been sleeping with Casey for months. Confused? You won't be on the tonight's episode of . . . oh wait, that's another show!moreless

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    Darren Foreman

    Darren Foreman

    the Waiter

    Guest Star

    Laura Elizabeth Ford

    Laura Elizabeth Ford

    the Waitress

    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)

      • This is not the first time Dan hasn't worn dress pants during the show-within-a-show Sports Night broadcast. In the pilot, the opening scene shows him in shorts, and in the closing scene he wears jeans.

      • Casey:I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Danny. I have information most people don't have. It's my cross to bear.

        Phi Beta Kappa is considered by many the most prestigious honour society for arts and science undergrads.

        They have houses in such places as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and other Ivy League Colleges.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Dana: (into mike) Guys, you're going to have to do the first two blocks without your pants. Casey, you should feel right at home.

      • Dan: So listen... I don't quite know how to say this, but things have changed since the last time we spoke.
        Casey: (going back to work) What kind of things?
        Dan: Well... you know how you didn't want anyone to know about Gordon and Sally?
        Casey: (warily, looking up) Yeah?
        Dan: That's not so much the way it is anymore.
        Casey: I see.
        Dan: And... people not knowing about you and Sally?
        Casey: (more upset) Yeah?
        Dan: That's a thing of the past as well. So here's what I think we gotta do. I think we gotta live in the now. I think we say "Okay. This has happened. I think we do those things."
        Casey: (getting up and coming around the desk) Really.
        Dan: Yeah.
        Casey: I think I beat the crap outta you.
        Dan: That's not what I would call living in the now.
        Casey: No, it's a lot more like beating the crap outta you.

      • Gordon: What's on your mind? You've been strange all through lunch.
        Dana: Gordon, I've been strange my entire life.

      • Dan: But you have information she doesn't have.
        Casey: I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Danny. I have information most people don't have. It's my cross to bear.

      • Dan: Allyson, as you can see, Casey and I aren't wearing any pants, so I think in the interest of office professionalism you should avert your eyes.
        Allyson: Okay.
        Dan: Either that or take off your pants.
        Allyson: I'll avert my eyes.
        Casey: Suit yourself, but you should know I play squash three times a week and my calves have been called shapely.

      • Casey: Technically, I have a plan.
        Dan: What's the plan?
        Casey: It's Napoleon's plan.
        Dan: Who's Napoleon?
        Casey: A 19th century French emperor.
        Dan: You're cracking wise with me now?
        Casey: Yes.
        Dan: Thanks.
        Casey: He had a two-part plan.
        Dan: What was it?
        Casey: First we show up, then we see what happens.
        Dan: That was his plan?
        Casey: Yeah.
        Dan: Against the Russian army?
        Casey: Yeah.
        Dan: First we show up, then we see what happens.
        Casey: Yeah.
        Dan: Almost hard to believe he lost.

      • Casey: (as they walk across the newsroom) I'll tell ya what really makes this outfit work are the socks.
        Kim: I was gonna say.

      • Dan: (looking out the window) You think there are people in the building across the street looking at us in our underwear?
        Casey: (looks over his shoulder at the window) Yes, I do.

      • Dan: We're in our underwear. There's no question about that.
        Casey: Yes.
        Dan: We're two grown men with important jobs who are standing in their underwear. (Casey nods) Let's sing a song. (pause) Seriously.

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