Sports Night

Season 2 Episode 11

The Cut Man Cometh

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 18, 2000 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions