"September 7, 1983" by Sary
"Place Your Vote!" Result:
Which show is going to have Sally as executive producer?
The newsroom is bustling with activity this evening. People walk through the newsroom focused on their individual tasks. Natalie is going from desk to desk and keeping track of their progress. Jeremy is typing at his computer. Dave and Will are talking about the sequence of graphics for tonight's show. As you pan around the room, you see Dana and Sally walking side-by-side.
Sally: Since Kim is a new executive producer, I hope she feels she can come to me about any issues involving her new position.
Dana: Why have you been telling me this, Sally?
Sally: You have worked with Kim since the inception of Sports Night, and I know she will come to you first if she has any problems.
Dana: Well, I know she will.
Sally: And I realize that the new 6:30 broadcast is going to pose challenges for her and the network, so it is in everybody's best interest to make sure it is the best show it can be.
The two walk over to the wall, and Dana pulls out a video tape. She reads the spine.
Sally: And the fact that I have much experience producing my own show and the fact that I have been nominated and won awards should give her the confidence to confide to me any problems she might incur. I hope you could pass this information to Kim. We are one big family and she needs to know that we are all here to help.
Dana pulls out a second tape, and the two start walking through the newsroom once again.
Dana: One big family?
Dana: Since you have concerns and are so willing to help, I think you should go to Kim with this.
Sally: I don't have a problem with Kim being the executive producer. It's a wonderful opportunity for her.
Dana: I agree. Go. Share with Kim your wisdom.
Sally: I mean, just because I wanted the position, does not mean I hold ill feelings toward her. In fact, I understand where the executives were coming from on this. It is a new time slot for a broadcast, and they feel they need to experiment and see if Kim can stand on her own. They already know I run a tight ship, so it is only best to see if Kim can handle the new responsibilities.
The two stop next to the doors.
Dana: That's mighty professional of you, Sally. (turns her head) Elliott?
Elliott walks by, holding some papers in his hand.
Elliott: Wood struck out the side in the 7th. He now has 12 K's.
Dana: Thanks. (turns back toward Sally) Is there anything else?
Dana: Dan! I need you to trim 10 seconds off UCLA!
Dan waves from the other side of the room.
Dan: Got it!
Sally: Yes, Dana. I was hoping to use the piece on the Buccaneers' Doug Nettles for my show.
Natalie walks up to the two, and Dana hands her the video tapes.
Dana: (to Sally) So were we. (to Natalie) The first tape is from the game over the weekend. The second tape is from the rest of the preseason.
Sally: You wanted to save the piece for my show?
Natalie: What piece?
Dana: Doug Nettles.
Natalie: I thought we were using it.
Dana: We are.
Sally: So, you'll have it done?
Dana: If it will be ready by 11, surely it will be ready for your 2 A.M. show.
Natalie: The last I checked, Jeremy was finishing up on it.
Sally: Okay. When I earlier checked with the assignment desk, they said the status was unknown.
Dana: We'll have it ready.
Sally: But the assignment-
Dana: Sally, I'm sorry I did not go to the assignment desk and personally keep Sara abreast on the piece.
Sally: So, it will be ready then?
Dana: We'll have it ready.
Natalie: I think Jeremy wanted Chris to touch up the graphics, though.
Dana: That's fine. That will take... what... two seconds?
Natalie: Knowing Chris, one-and-a-half.
Sally: So, it will be ready then?
Dana starts using sign language as she speaks.
Dana: We... will... have... it... ready.
Sally cuts into the studio.
Dana: Natalie, there are days...
Natalie: Tell me about it.
Dana and Natalie down the hallway.
Dana: I just wish I had an axe, then I could cut her down at her knees.
Natalie: Make it at her waist- bring her down to my eye level.
Dana: Do me a favor and double-check with Jeremy about the Nettles piece.
Natalie: I was planning on it.
Dana: I really don't want Sally getting under my skin-
Natalie: She already has.
Dana: I know Natalie. She's just... oooofff.
Dana: Okay. You'll check with Jeremy, and that will be great. Run down in... (looks at her watch) ...six minutes.
Natalie: See you later.
Dana continues down the hallway as Natalie goes into the newsroom.
Natalie: Run down in five minutes!
Natalie walks over to Jeremy's desk. Jeremy is working at his computer.
Natalie: Jeremy? Dana wanted me to double-check-
Jeremy: The Buccaneers?
Natalie: Doug Nettles. Yeah.
Jeremy: Sally's been pestering me about it.
Natalie: What did you tell her?
Jeremy: I told her I wasn't sure if I would be able to get it done in time.
Natalie: Why did you tell her that?
Jeremy: She was really pestering me.
Natalie: Good job. What about the piece?
Jeremy looks up.
Jeremy: Here comes Chris now.
Chris walks over and hands Jeremy a tape.
Chris: Touched it up a bit. I put together the stats you pointed out. It's complete.
Jeremy: Thanks, Chris.
Natalie takes the tape from Jeremy.
Natalie: Thank you very much.
Natalie: I was going to give it to Dana.
Chris: I'll check with you guys later.
Chris walks away.
Natalie: (to Chris) Oh! Run down in four minutes! (to Jeremy) What are you working on right now?
Jeremy: Nothing. Does anybody else need a hand?
Jeremy: Okay. I was going to get started on a letter to Louise.
Natalie: How is she?
Jeremy: She just got back today from her vacation. My mother called earlier to inform me.
Natalie: Three months in Europe. I bet she had an exciting time.
Jeremy: Yes, she did. I received her postcards from all the different countries.
Natalie: Awesome. I'll let you write, but don't forget about the run down.
Jeremy: Four minutes?
Natalie: Yup. Make it three.
Natalie clutches her clipboard and two video tapes as she walks away.
Jeremy turns back toward his computer and starts typing. As you look at his computer screen, you notice several postcards on small wire stands next to the monitor.
Jeremy's letter continues.
Dana: I was looking over the rotation for next week.
Dana gets up out of the chair.
Dana: Here, Isaac. Sit down.
Isaac sits in his chair.
Dana: Are you okay?
Isaac: I am fine today.
Isaac: I am fine today, and I was fine yesterday, and the day before and the day before that.
Dana: Good. Did you drink your water?
Dana: And I noticed you haven't been drinking those protein shakes which are just sitting in your refrigerator. You haven't been drinking alcohol or soda have you?
Isaac: I just came back from Anthony's after having three rum-and-cokes. Dana, I don't need you to treat me like I'm an invalid.
Dana: I know that. It's just that alcohol and soda can help accelerate the dehydration process. Water is the best thing for you. (pause) Did you drink your water?
Isaac throws his hands in the air.
Isaac: I had four glasses of water today.
Dana: Big glasses or little glasses?
Dana: You need to be drinking between three and five regular glasses of water a day.
Dana goes over to Isaac's bar, grabs a glass, and pours some water.
Isaac: I am growing gils, Dana.
Dana: You know what the doctor said.
Dana takes the glass of water and gives it to Isaac. Isaac takes the glass and sets it on his desk.
Isaac: I tripped and fell, and I hit my head.
Dana: Yes, and the doctor also said your were exhausted and dehydrated. You had been working long hours and stressing yourself. Your sodium and electrolytes levels were abnormal. Your condition is common among elderly people, Isaac, and it could lead to seizures or death. You need to keep drinking liquids to keep your body regulated.
Isaac: I've had to make six trips to the restroom today alone.
Dana: Good for you, Isaac. Now drink your water.
Isaac looks at Dana.
Dana: Go on. Drink up.
Isaac takes a sip of water.
Isaac: Don't you have something better to do?
Dana: You know, that shot you took on your head has made you crankier.
Natalie walks into the office.
Natalie: Dana? David Ralston took the third stage today, and Joseph Fresquez still leads the rest of the field by eight-and-a-half minutes.
Dana: Great. Let Dan know.
Natalie: Already did.
Natalie: How are you doing, Isaac?
Natalie: You seem to be walking well.
Isaac: It's left foot then right foot, correct?
Natalie: Did you drink enough water today?
Isaac sarcastically smiles and holds up his glass.
Isaac: I'm on my way, Natalie. I've become a jellyfish. Now get out.
Dana and Natalie start to leave the office.
Natalie: Isaac, that shot on the head you took has made you crank-
Dana quiets Natalie.
Dana: He's already heard enough today.