Sports Night

Season 1 Episode 2

The Apology

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Sep 29, 1998 on ABC
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Dan is misunderstood on his opinion over marijuana and the law. When Luther Sachs reads this, he demands an on-air apology; Isaac seconds it, as does Dana. But no one will answer as to whom he should be apologizing to. Casey worries about why he is not considered "cool" like Dan is. Dan is stalked by one of the CSC fitness show stars.

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  • This episode was by far one of the most surprising and stunning episodes of television I had seen.

    10
    The old ads for the show said "the best hourlong drama on television is a half hour sitcom." This episode proved that.



    For twenty five minutes you laugh and think with two humorous subplots and a what seems like a controversial and thought provoking main plot. Then...WHAM! It hits you with a huge surprise by way of a character developing dramatic monologue...that stills makes my eyes tear.



    Superb acting by Josh Charles in this episode.Just...completely stunning. No weak links on the support for this one, but he just stands out. The rebel with a cause...and what a cause it is.



    This was a wonderful episode of television and an exemplary episode of Sports Night at it's best. And ...what?...it's only the second episode? No show should be this good this early. But Sports Night broke the mold. I hope the mold never comes back...moreless
David Graf

David Graf

Chase

Guest Star

Aaron Lustig

Aaron Lustig

Gilbert

Guest Star

Amy Powell

Amy Powell

Kelly Kirkpatrick

Guest Star

Kayla Blake

Kayla Blake

Kim

Recurring Role

Greg Baker

Greg Baker

Elliott

Recurring Role

Ron Ostrow

Ron Ostrow

Will

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Isaac: ...No rich young white guy has ever gotten anywhere with me comparing himself to Rosa Parks.

      Rosa Parks performed a highly influential act in the early civil rights movement. In the fifties, in Montgomery, AL, black people rode in the back of the bus, white people in the front. The middle sections varied, depending on need and the decision of the conductor/driver. In 1955, Parks was on a bus, seated in the middle section. When the white sections filled up, and more whites got on, the conductor directed the black people in frontmost middle row to get up to make room for them. Parks refused, the conductor had her arrested. The subsequent bus boycott was a significant part of the nascent civil rights efforts, especially since it provided a very public soapbox for a then-little-known minister named Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (after spending hours trying to help Jeremy cut trivial parts out of his far-too-long wrapup of an unimportant baseball game)
      Jeremy: If people just want the score they can listen to the radio! We have an opportunity to affect their appreciation of baseball!!
      Casey : God knows you've affected mine.
      (Dana steps into the editing suite)
      Dana: Casey, what are you working on?
      Casey: An epic mini-series.

    • Isaac: Danny?
      Dan: Yeah.
      Isaac: You know I love you, don't you?
      Dan: Yeah.
      Isaac: And because I love you that I can say this... No rich young white guy has ever gotten anywhere with me comparing himself to Rosa Parks. (pause) Got it?
      Dan: Yes sir.

    • Dan: I have a younger brother named Sam. Sam's a genius. I mean, literally. As a kid, he tested off the charts. The first computer I ever had, he built from a kit he bought with money he earned tutoring other kids in math. He's energetic and articulate, curious and funny. A great source of pride to our parents. And there's no doubt that he'd be living a great life right now, except for that he's dead. Because when you're fourteen years old, all you ever really want to be when you grow up is your sixteen year old brother. And in my case, that meant smoking a lot of dope. The day that I went off to college was the day Sam got his driver's license. And he celebrated by going for a drive with some of his friends. Drunk... and high as a paper kite. He never saw the red light that he ran. And he probably never saw the eighteen-wheel truck that put him into the side of a brick bank, either. (long pause) That was eleven years ago tonight. And I just wanted to say... I'm sorry, Sam. You deserved better in my hands. And I apologize. (pause) That's all. Casey and I will be right back after this with the American League wrap-up. You're watching Sports Night on CSC, so don't go away.

    • Casey: 1978, they win the Grammy for Best New Artist. You know who they beat? Elvis Costello. Now is it your belief that Elvis Costello isn't cool?
      Dan: No, it's my belief that the Grammy voters aren't cool.

    • Dana: You got a whisk?
      Casey: A whisk?
      Dana: Yes.
      Casey: That's the thing you, uh...
      Dana: For scrambled eggs. You stir it really fast in a bowl.
      Casey: I can't just use the fork?
      Dana: Truthfully, yes.

    • Dan: The validity of your read on what most of the country thinks notwithstanding, Stanley.... Actions are immoral. Opinions are not. And I won't apologize for mine. Discussion is good, and for those of us fortunate enough to be the subject of magazine articles, it may be our responsibility from time to time to try and raise the level of debate.

    • Dana: Hey, look everybody, it's two sports anchors. And that's a good break for us 'cause we're about to do a sports show.
      Casey: Sarcasm, thy name is Dana.

    • Dana: I need to talk to you.
      Casey: There is a perception in the press, no clearer than in this article, that I'm not cool. Now, where do you think this perception comes from.
      Dana: I think it comes from reality.

    • Elliott: Toby Bennes has a no-hitter going in the 7th.
      Dana: Put Bennes in the teaser. If he takes it to the 9th we'll patch it in on 1.
      Jeremy: We shouldn't put it in the tease.
      Dana: Why not?
      Jeremy: It's bad luck.
      Dana: It's bad luck...
      Jeremy: To talk about a no-hitter.
      Dana: It's bad luck for the pitcher.
      Jeremy: Yes.
      Dana: We don't work for the pitcher.
      Jeremy: That puts us in a hell of a dilemma...
      Dana: Actually, I'm fine.
      Jeremy: ...About teasing the no-hitter. It was a tough call, and even though I don't agree with the decision, I have a lot of respect for you for making it.
      Elliott: Bennes just lost the no-hitter.
      Jeremy: (puts his hand on Dana's hand) Don't blame yourself.
      Dana: (sarcastically) Thank you.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Casey mentions the Starland Vocal Band.

      The Starland Vocal Band was a 70s one-shot-wonder known for their only hit Afternoon Delight. They actually got to host a summer "replacement" TV variety show as a result of the hit.

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