The discussion about college basketball reminded me to look back at that other March -- March of 1999. Another month of March Madness . . . and, right at the end of the month, Eli's Coming, an episode set against the background of the show's coverage of the NCAA tournament.March 9, 1999 - How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
Rebecca: I'll be down in my office. Will you give me a call when the tennis match that wouldn't end ends?
Dan: Absolutely. (starts to walk away, stops and turns to look at her) Rebecca?
Dan: I'd never make a fool out of you.
Rebecca: Okay. What made you say that?
Dan: Nothing. No reason. I'll see you in a few minutes.
Gordon: So what are you saying?
Dana: I'm saying this is MY show. This isn't my hobby. And I'd appreciate it if you didn't come in here and try to broker deals between Sally and me.
Gordon: I need to get something from you Dana. I need a sign. I mean, I thought you wanted a life. I need you to give me something. Or...
Dana: What? Or what? (Gordon simply looks at her. Dana takes a deep breath and goes into the conference room) You know what? It's one a.m. I'm dumping Sports Night. Sally, you'll run the show with my team in the room and Dan and Casey at the desk.
Jeremy (voice-over): I'll never get it, Louise. I understand what makes a woman think that any man is better than nothing. I'll just never understand what makes a woman think she's got nothing . . . Dana handed off the show for the night and went out with Gordon and his friends. Casey didn't see it coming and to see his face at the moment he found out, you'd think a string inside of him broke. I have a hunch it's gonna be a while before Casey and Dana are quite the same with each other.March 23, 1999 - The Sword of Orion
Rebecca: What happens if they win?
Dan: The Orioles?
Rebecca: Nothing happens if they win the game?
Rebecca:: They don't go to the championship?
Dan: No, actually the season hasn't started yet. It's what's called an exhibition game. They play about thirty of them before the season starts as a tune-up.
Rebecca: Then why does everyone care who wins?
Dan: Nobody cares who wins. But if Orlando Rojas can put some innings together, he may not get cut from the team as quickly as most people think he's gonna. There's really nothing like seeing a guy realize he's not done yet. Usually it goes the other way.
Rebecca: Steve made it clear that he didn't want me in that world. It was very important to him and I...he had a hard time mixing those things.
Dan: I had a hunch.
Rebecca: I want to tell you that I appreciate the extraordinary effort you went throughtoday. I want you to know I appreciate it. And it's hard...because, well--
Dan: The wall of pain?
Dan: With the bricks and the tears--
Rebecca: --and the third thing, yeah.
Dan: I'm gonna tear down that wall, Rebecca, bit by little bit. It may take weeks, it could take months, but I'm gonna do it. I'm hunkered down for a long period of wall-demolition. Just bit by little bit. I expect the process to be excrutiating, but ultimately worth it.
Rebecca: I've booked a suite at the St. Regis for tonight. Room service has a bottle of champagne chilling in the room right now. Could I take you there, please?
Dan: Well, that'll speed things up considerably.
Rebecca: Follow me.
("Sloop John B." by The Beach Boys starts)
Rebecca: Take the tape.
Dan: The tape?
Rebecca: Take the tape.
Dan: (smiles) Excellent.
(Dan and Rebecca walk through the News Room and then past the Control Room where they stop and wave goodbye to Casey, Jeremy & Natalie who are talking together.)March 30, 1999 - Eli's Coming
Dan: If you want to work on repairing your marriage... I will, in whatever way you want, support that.
Dan: Yeah. (Rebecca kisses him) Really.
Rebecca: I think I'd rather not think about it anymore today.
Dan: That's okay too.
Dan: (starts to leave, then turns back) He's such a bad guy, Rebecca. I'm sorry if that hurts you, but I know these things. I'm not that good myself.
Dan: What a jerk I was.
Bobbi: To who?
Dan: To you. I should have called you. If my not calling you made you feel like any less that what you are... I'm sorry.
Bobbi: Thank you.
Dan: All right, so I start you off on the North Carolina bench.
Casey: Isaac's had a stroke. ("Eli's Coming" by Three Dog Night starts to play)
Dan: Is it bad?
Casey: We'll go to the hospital after the show.
Dan: Is it bad?
Dave: In ten.
Casey: Are you okay?
Dan: Casey. I'm fine.
Dave: In three...two...
Dan: Welcome back, if you're joining us from East Rutherford, I'm joined once again by CSC analyst Bobbi Bernstein. Bobbi, let's talk about the North Carolina bench.
(Casey sits nearby and watches as Dan and Bobbi continue to talk.)
Edited by nicodelaney, Mar 17, 2012 @ 2:03 PM.