Sports Night

Season 1 Episode 3

The Hungry and the Hunted

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 06, 1998 on ABC
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Jeremy gets the "call" -- his first field production assignment. Unfortunately, it's for CSC's sport hunting show, and he has a problem with modern sport hunting, and with high powered weapons being "sport" of any kind. Natalie tries to orchestrate romance between Casey and Dana during one of Chairman Luther Sach's dinner parties, which does kindle Casey's interest, but Dana already has a new boyfriend named Gordon, who is at the party.

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Dan: Also, grab your notebooks, we're going to take you inside the 4-3 defense, on this week's edition of Inside The 4-3 Defense

        The 4-3 defense is the most common defensive organization used in modern professional football, consisting of four linemen (located immediately adjacent the line of scrimmage) and three linebackers located behind the linemen, who can shift function depending on whether the developing play appears to be a run or a pass play. Other common variations of the defense are 3-4 and 4-4, defined by the number of linemen and linebackers. Legendary coach Tom Landry is often credited with creating the modern version of the 4-3 in the 1950s.

      • Casey: Those stories, plus -- grab your galoshes, we're gonna take you out to the Iditarod.

        The Iditarod is an annual Alaskan dog sled race, run since 1973 along the Iditarod Trail, a pioneering dogsled route.

      • The door to Dan and Casey's office is moved starting with this episode. In episodes 1-1 and 1-2 the door was located at the corner of their office. Starting with this episode it is moved one pane in, closer to the middle of the office.

    • QUOTES (12)

      • Casey: (reading Luther Sachs' reception invitation) "October the 8th, 1998, A.D." A.D. They're worried I might accidentally show up 2,000 years before the birth of Christ.

      • Dave: ... aaand we're out. Back in sixty.
        Dana: Dave, Chris, Will, what are you guys doing tomorrow morning at ten?
        Dave: Got a basketball game at the Y.
        Chris: It's a three-on-three game with the guys from...
        Dana: (talking over Chris's response) Dave, Chris, Will, what are you guys doing tomorrow morning at ten?
        Will: Fixing the sound system...?
        Dana: There you go.

      • Casey: Those stories, plus -- grab your galoshes, we're gonna take you out to the Iditarod.
        Dan: Why? 'Cause we just can't believe it ourselves. Also, grab your notebooks, we're going to take you inside the 4-3 defense, on this week's edition of Inside The 4-3 Defense

      • Dana: Yes! That's a problem -- If I can't hear the show, I can't produce the show. They taught me that in producing school. You've got ninety seconds.

      • Dan: I tell you what else: I'm starting to get a little cheesed at people telling me the reason I don't like soccer because I don't understand it. I think I do understand it, I think I understand it just fine. I just happen to think that it's a mind-numbing bore and that any reasonable person would rather be playing it than watching it.
        Casey: Well, I know it doesn't match the pulse-pounding excitement of a good sailboat race...

      • (as Kim is pinning something back on his tuxedo dress-shirt)
        Casey: Owww!?
        Kim: Well, hold still!
        Casey: You're stabbing me in the chest!
        Kim: I'm stabbing you in the chest because you're squirming.
        Casey: I'm really pretty sure it's the other way around.

      • Isaac: It's taken me a lot of years, but I've come around to this [conclusion]: If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people, and if you're smart surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.

      • Dan: Newport's gonna put up a challenge, New Zealand and Australia each have new keels, and Japan is looking for an American tactician, maybe even a whole new aftercard. Now interestingly, Italy has developed a new 140% Genoa but the IORC says it may not meet specs because of a bolt in the backstay.
        Dana: Honest to God, I have no idea what sport you're talking about.
        Casey: Dan's talking about the rough and tumble, live on the razor's edge, run till you drop, never say die world of off-shore yacht racing.
        Kim: Time for the America's Cup?
        Dan: We're only a year and a half away.
        Dana: I don't want to get scooped, but we can probobly postpone our coverage for, I guess, like, a year and a half? Can't we?
        Dan: Greatest sport in the world, Dana. Greatest sport. Great for kids.
        Natalie: All you need is 40 million dollars and a dream.

      • Dan: (obviously quoting) "I must go down to the sea again. To the lonely sea and the sky. To the flung spume and the blown spray and the…" I don't know, "thing in my eye."
        Casey: Hmm.
        Dana: Thank you.
        Dan: That was a poem by Mr. Henry David Thoreau
        Casey: It's Wordsworth.
        Dan: Or Wordsworth.
        Elliot: Uh, it might be Whitman.
        Kim: It might be Byron.
        Dan: It's not Byron.
        Casey: I think it is Whitman.
        Dana: OK.
        Isaac: It's not Whitman.
        Casey: I think it is.
        Isaac: It's not Walt Whitman.
        Casey: Well, I'm saying I think it's Slim Whitman.
        Dana: Fellas, we have ten NHL games, eight NBA, two of them on the West Coast, so let's stay in business on thirty through fifty. Edmonton's at Calgary and we'll pick it up on the two a.m.
        Dan: Can I say something?
        Dana: Sure.
        Dan: There's a chance it might be Dylan Thomas.
        Dana: You have to imagine, Danny, how much I don't give a damn about blown spume.
        Dan: It's...flung spume and blown spray, but actually, I like your way better.

      • Dan: I got to tell you, at this point the length of this conversation is way out of proportion to my interest in it.

      • Casey: (Reading invitation) “October eighth, nineteen-hundred and ninety-eight A.D.” A.D. They’re worried I might accidentally show up 2000 years before the birth of Christ.

      • Isaac: He's going to go for it.
        Casey: He's gonna kick the field goal.
        Isaac: Nah, he's gonna go for the first down.
        Casey: They gotta score twice to win, why not just get three right now? He's got the wind at his back.
        Isaac: He doesn't have the leg.
        Casey: He's got the wind at his back.
        Isaac: I don't care if he's got the wind at his back and a song in his heart, he doesn't have the leg.
        Casey: You're a crazy man from St. Louis, you have no business being in sports.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Aaron Sorkin won the 1999 Genesis Award for, "Best New Television Series" due to this episode. Robert Guillaume presented the award to Sorkin, but got a standing ovation himself due to the fact he was still in recovery from the then-recent stroke.

      • Featured song: "Hymn to Her" by The Pretenders

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Dan: "I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky. To the flung spume and the blown spray and the... I don't know, the thing in my eye."

        Actually, this is two nonsequential lines from a poem titled, Sea Fever, by British poet John Masefield.
        The completed first line is perhaps more recognizable:
        I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by
        and the second line is:
        And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

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