This is not the first time Dan hasn't worn dress pants during the show-within-a-show Sports Night broadcast. In the pilot, the opening scene shows him in shorts, and in the closing scene he wears jeans.
Casey:I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Danny. I have information most people don't have. It's my cross to bear.
Phi Beta Kappa is considered by many the most prestigious honour society for arts and science undergrads.
They have houses in such places as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and other Ivy League Colleges.
Continuity Gaff: During the final scene, Casey, Dan, Jeremy and Natalie are talking and drinking. Casey is holding two different coffee mugs -- sometimes a Yahoo! branded mug, sometimes a plain white mug.
Editing Gaff: At the end you see Dan, Natalie, Jeremy and Casey talking. Casey is standing with the other three around him. Natalie says: "The thing is with you Casey I never heard it." Casey says "Heard what?" Natalie turns to Dan and asks if he heard it. The camera shot changes and you're looking at Casey, Dan, and Jeremy from Natalie's point of view. For some reason Jeremy starts to talk. Although you can't hear it, you can see his lips moving. In fact he looks exactly the same when he finally does talk a few seconds later.
Natalie: Good News! Pluto isn't being demoted as a planet.
This has since actually happened. As of August 2006 Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
This episode carried directly over from the episode of SPIN CITY that aired before it. Sports Night (the fictional Sports news program the SPORTS NIGHT takes place at) is on a TV screen at the end of the Spin City Episode "INTERNAL AFFAIRS", with Casey doing a story, that scene continued without interruption. The camera pulled into a closeup of the TV screen and then when Sports Night began, it panned off the screen (which had become a studio monitor) to reveal Casey and Dan in the studio.
Dana's fear of fish is a subject of comment. The technical term for this is ichthyophobia.
It seems odd that Tennessee Western University would be in Chattanooga, as the city of Chattanooga is in the far south and eastern part of the state.
In this episode they list the show's website as "www.csc/sportsnight.com" which is, of course, not a possible web address, as slashes are not allowed where shown.
Jeremy's reasoning as to why Natalie can't have a full house is flawed. He mentions how she has 3 7's, but Dan folded one of the 6's she needed and he had the other one. But of course there are many ways to have a full house. In addition to the 7's, any pair would do, not just 6's.
Isaac mentions leaving his 1.5 acre property in New Canaan, Connecticut, and coming to work in a 54-story glass high rise. Although the show's exteriors are always the late World Trade Center's Twin Towers, Isaac's description means the studio is not in the towers.
This episode reveals more details about the characters. Besides the 16-year-old daughter described in the last episode, Isaac has an older daughter Cathy, who is married to Douglas, a radar officer in the navy. They live in San Francisco.
Dan and Casey's first TV broadcast was five years ago on a show called Lone Star Sports. They've known each other for ten years, and Dana states is 33 years old.
Casey passed on hosting what became Late Night With Conan O'Brien, a job that would have triggered the beginning of the end for his marriage.
Dana: Casey! Gordon's taking me to Gracie Mansion tonight, for a dinner with the mayor.
Gracie Mansion is the official residence of the mayor of New York City. Due to some odd "blue-law" type legal restrictions, several mayors have not been able to live there, due to marital status.
The show has four rundown meetings a day; at 12 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm for the 11 pm -12 am broadcast.
In this cleverly written episode, Jeremy reveals the background of some of the characters. Isaac Jaffe, the managing editor, started out as a stringer for the Atlanta Journal, and went on to win the Pulitzer Price for his coverage of the Gemini Mission. He later went on to be the London Bureau Chief for CNN, which he retired from. Three years ago, Luther Sachs bought Continental Corp and brought Isaac out of retirement to run a new cable sports show. He has a 16-year-old daughter.
Jeremy has a sister Louise who is deaf and is a sophomore at Amherst College. Dana has six brothers, one of whom plays for the Denver Broncos. She attended all-girl schools prior to her time in college (an earlier episode suggests she and Casey went to the same college).
Nitpick: Before the show's titles, as Jeremy is writing and everyone is talking to him as they leav for the day, Dan leaves the office and turns out the light. He reaches for a place where, in "storefront" offices, typically the light switch is on the door jamb. However, in earlier views of the office (when, for example, Dan and Jeremy talk about restaurants in the previous episode, The Head Coach...(etc)), there is no switch located there.
At the time of this episode airing, there were no major college (i.e., Div. I) head coaches named Rostenkowski