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.