Sports Night

Season 1 Episode 18

The Sword of Orion

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Mar 23, 1999 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Hit hard by the news of his parents' impending divorce, Jeremy pushes himself to solve the mystery of a yachting disaster. This will be his first feature length story. Meanwhile, romance is in the air when Rebecca agrees to watch a baseball game with Dan.

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  • If all my reviews sound the same, it's because this show was top quality and consistently solid. This episode was no exception, because it was just as awesome as the rest of them!moreless

    This was a stellar episode. Yes, that's a pun on the title of the episode which is an allusion to the constellation and of course to the fictional sailboat that Jeremy is obsessing over in an attempt to grapple with the sudden divorce of his parents.

    That's one of the things I love about this show, how it can feed you a plotline or two and you coast along thinking you know what it's about then it turns 360 degrees on you and it becomes...well, a whole new ballgame. This time, the ball game was a boat race, but that's beside the point.

    On top of Jeremy's moral issues, we have Dan's attempts to get Rebecca to see a...well, a ballgame. Basically I found those scenes to particularly good. Witty and fun...and packing enough of an emotional punch to delve deeper into these lives and relationships.

    This was a good episode. A great episode, but to me...everything in the first season was wonderful and great.

    This one stands out in my mind as one of the best of the best.

David Macer

David Macer


Guest Star

Josephine Barnsdale

Josephine Barnsdale


Guest Star

Dennis Hadley

Dennis Hadley


Guest Star

Kayla Blake

Kayla Blake


Recurring Role

Greg Baker

Greg Baker


Recurring Role

Teri Polo

Teri Polo


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Chris: 30's up.
      Dana: Well that blows.
      Chris: (To graphics) She's not wild about it.

    • Dan: First of all what makes you so sure that I like you right now?
      Rebecca: Well you follow me everywhere I go and you ask me out all the time.
      Dan: You're reading way too much into that.

    • Dan: Eleven years ago he pitched a perfect game.
      Rebecca: A perfect game.
      Dan: Yes ma'am.
      Rebecca: And a perfect game is good?
      Dan: Listen I know there's a lot of jargon but some of these are self-explanatory.

    • Casey: Maybe he met another woman and forgot all about you.
      Natalie: Maybe I'll jam a number 2 pencil up your nose.

    • Rebecca: There's nothing about you I don't hate.
      Dan: And yet you're mysteriously drawn to me.
      Rebecca(smiling, then looking down): Yessss.

    • Rebecca: Have people ever tried to kill you?
      Dan: Yes, but I defend myself with my superior wit and guile.

    • Dan: ...'cause we're pumped!
      Casey: Dan's pretty excited.
      Dan: Casey's speaking in tongues.
      Casey: Allison, did you know I speak four languages?
      Dan: You speak three languages.
      Casey: I speak four languages.
      Dan: You speak French, Spanish, and German.
      Casey: I dabble in a little English.

    • Dan: Elliot! Did Orlando Rojas pitch this afternoon?
      Elliot: He's pitching tomorrow.
      Dan: Did he pitch in the bullpen yesterday?
      Elliot: Yeah, Kelly was there, she saw him throw.
      Dan: How'd his fastball look?
      Elliot: Should be crossing the plate any minute now...

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured song: "Sloop John B" by the Beach Boys.

    • The "previously on Sports Night" contains a scene of Jeremy talking to Natalie about taking a couple days off to go home, due to his parent's impending divorce. This explains Jeremy's absence at the start of the show. The scene in question never occurred in the show, however. Instead, the news of his parents impending divorce was revealed during Jeremy's voice-over letter to his sister Louise during the previous episode, How Are Things in Glocca Morra? and the scene, apparently shot but elided, appears only briefly in the teaser.