Sports Night

Season 2 Episode 11

The Cut Man Cometh

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 18, 2000 on ABC
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While prepping to cover a major fight, Dana and Casey duke it out over their stalled fling, and Dan's dad, Jay, hits town for a tense visit. But after the match goes south, the CSC staff bands together to knock out a killer show, including an hour's worth of coverage of a fight that lasted under a minute and a correspondent who only will respond to being called "the cut man", calls Dan; Casey, and Casey; Dan. He also shows he has no idea what he is talking about, when he talks about the last winner of the Miss America pageant, Miss Rochester.moreless

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  • What season 2 should have been like....

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    With Season 2 SportsNight changed from a comedy to a drama, and often a soap opera-like melodrama at that, but this episode struck a near-perfect balance between the drama needed to reveal more about characters and the clever, hilarious comedy of season 1.



    The exploration of Dan's relationship with his father was brilliantly written. Restrained but poignant. Your heart just breaks for Dan, throughout but especially when he asks Casey, "Soon?"



    Then when the fight takes place we are treated to hilarity that we originally fell in love with. Any other show would have taken this over the top dialog and overdone it until it was painful to watch.



    This episode also finally brought some resolution to Casey/Dana thing that had gone on for far too long.moreless
Peter Riegert

Peter Riegert

Jay Rydell

Guest Star

Allen Garfield

Allen Garfield

Chuck "the Cut Man" Kimmel

Guest Star

James Edson

James Edson

Mike Greenwey

Guest Star

Kayla Blake

Kayla Blake

Kim

Recurring Role

Greg Baker

Greg Baker

Elliot

Recurring Role

Jeff Mooring

Jeff Mooring

Dave

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The issues between Dan and his father in this episode become a continuing storyline for Dan's character and tie to the first season episode 'The Apology' where Dan admits guilt (as he feels he was a poor role model) over the death of his younger brother.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Cut Man: Thank you Casey.
      Dan: Hey, Cut Man, you see that television monitor under your camera?
      Cut Man: Yes, sir.
      Dan: I'm Dan. He's Casey. We're ringside at Bally's Park Place, and the voice in my ear says we're ready to go right now.
      Dave: Go.
      Casey: Is this guy drunk or a moron?
      Dan: (Laughing) Like there's no chance he could be both?

    • Cut Man: (Referring to the boxing match they are covering) 12 rounds from here at Bally's Park Place, just a stone's throw down the boardwalk from where a new Miss America was crowned just a few months ago. Miss Rochester I believe it was.
      Dan: Okay, well, uh, Rochester's not a state, but we'll have somebody look that up.

    • Casey: (Responding to Cut Man saying that Rochester is a state) No, it's a city, Cut Man, in upstate New York. Contestants in the Miss America pageant have to come from one of the fifty states.
      Cut Man: (Laughs) Well, I hate to correct you on your own show, Casey, but there's fifty-two states with Alaska and Rhode Island.
      Casey: Okay.
      Cut Man: Though I'm no college professor, you see.
      Dan: That's almost hard to believe, Cut Man.

    • Jeremy: Casey, remember, it's a good idea to get naked and have two men rub you down with soft Turkish towels.
      Casey: And that's to harden the skin?
      Jeremy: Yes sir.
      Casey: Okay.

    • Dana: I thought they were suppose to be prepared Natalie?
      Natalie: Dana...
      Dana: Let me see some of that homework you're supposed to have done, Casey.
      Casey: Cut Man, this has to be a heartbreaking loss for Clayton Willis. Do you think the outcome would have been any different if Willis had taken mild doses of physic to work on his bowels?
      Cut Man: No doubt about it Casey.
      Isaac: (watching on a monitor, turns) Bowels, Jeremy?

    • Casey: Who knows more than we do about boxing?
      Dan: Boxers.
      Casey: Besides them?
      Dan: Boxing experts.
      Casey: Besides them?
      Dan: Boxing fans.
      Casey: Besides them?
      Dan: No one.
      Casey: Damn straight.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Sorkin Intersections: Allen Garfield guested on the West Wing.

    • Robert Guillaume and Allen Garfield received "and" billing for this episode, while Peter Riegert was billed as "Special Appearance by".

    • Peter Smokler, director of photography, won an Emmy for this episode in the category of Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series. The episode was also nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series.

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