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Dana and Natalie are standing outside of the control room.
Natalie: Is it true?
Dana: Isaac's finding out.
Natalie: Because we could certainly use the help.
Dana: Now do me a favor-
Natalie: This would definitely help ease our workload.
Dana: -and not tell anybody.
Natalie blankly looks at Dana.
Dana: Not a word.
Natalie: Nothing from this point on.
Dana: Thank you.
Jeremy walks up.
Jeremy: Is it true?
Dana: What's true?
Jeremy: The rumors that our budget is being-
Dana glares at Natalie.
Jeremy: -increased, which will allow us... am I missing something here?
Dana continues to glare at Natalie.
Natalie: I haven't said a word.
Dana: Then what is he talking about?
Natalie: He is asking a question.
Dana: What would have made him ask such a question?
Jeremy: You two do realize-
Natalie: Maybe he is inquisitive.
Jeremy: -that I am standing right here.
Dana: Maybe someone told him when I specifically asked no one be told.
Jeremy: I guess not.
Jeremy waves his hands and catches Dana's and Natalie's attention.
Dana & Natalie: Later!
Jeremy backs away into the newsroom.
Natalie: You can't ask me to keep a secret.
Dana: You need to be able to keep confidential matters private.
Natalie: You didn't ask me before.
Dana: I've asked you many times.
Natalie: No, you haven't.
Dana: Remember the secret about Quo Vadimus?
Dana: Yes, you do.
Natalie: I choose not to.
Dana: And my secrets about Kevin and I... and those were personal secrets, too.
Natalie: Not ringing a bell.
Dana: And about lingerie and panties and such.
Natalie: About those personal items?
Natalie: If they were personal, then why did you tell me?
Dana: I trusted you and I asked you not to tell anyone.
Natalie: Well, to be honest, you really didn't tell me about some of those secrets.
Dana: Then how-
Natalie: I did a little investigating on some of those.
Natalie: It helped me hone my skills as a producer. It helped me with stories- not to take everything superficially and dig below the surface to find the real, true story.
Dana: So my personal life is your training ground?
Natalie: Would I be as good of an associate producer if it wasn't for you?
Dave walks by.
Dave: Hey, Dana? Have you heard-
Dana: Not a thing. I haven't heard a thing!
Dave walks into the control room.
Dana: The point is that I share things with you in confidence, and I expect you to keep it quiet.
Natalie: You can tell me about it, and then three hours later tell me to keep it quiet? I can only do what you specifically ask me to do, and you asked me not to tell anybody. I haven't told a single person since the moment you told me to keep the budget meeting quiet.
Natalie: Right now. You told me not to tell anybody right now.
Natalie: And in the past minute, I have not told a single person.
Dana: When did I tell you about the meeting?
Dana: When did I tell you about Isaac's meeting?
Natalie: This morning.
Dana: I didn't tell you.
Natalie: Oh. That's right. I was looking over your agenda for today.
Natalie: I need to make sure things run smoothly.
Dana: That's my job, Natalie.
Natalie: Yes it is, Dana. I also like to keep informed of what is going on.
Elliott walks by.
Elliott: Have you guys heard the rumor-
Dana: Yes, Elliott. We both have heard the rumors. In fact, it was Natalie who started the rumors.
Elliott looks confused.
Dana: Yes, and I'm sure Natalie could elaborate further considering her resourcefulness as a Nosy Rosy.
Dana: So, from this point on, you can refer your questions about this rumor to Natalie. It is out of my hands.
Dana: Go ahead. Ask away.
Elliott looks at Dana and then at Natalie.
Elliott: Natalie, who was your source on the possible trade between the Bucks and Sonics?
Dana: Hold on there. That's not the question.
Elliott: That's the rumor.
Dana: Your rumor is about a basketball trade?
Dana: And its not about Isaac's budget meeting?
Elliott: What about it?
Natalie: Possible good news.
Dana: (to Natalie) Hush. (to Elliott) You didn't hear that. There is no rumor about it.
Elliott: Are they going to increase the show's budget?
Dana: (to Natalie) Now look what you did.
Natalie: I didn't do anything.
Elliott: Is is alright if I just avoid this and try to forget this conversation?
Dana: Yes, that is the objective of this conversation. Forget everything you have heard.
Elliott starts to walk away.
Dana: Oh, Elliott?
Dana: I haven't heard about the basketball rumor.
Elliott: Okay. I'll work the phones and try to turn the rumors into confirmations.
Kim and Marcus are by a desk in the newsroom.
Kim: What have you got?
Marcus hands Kim a tape.
Marcus: A lot of editing and little substance.
Kim: What's that supposed to mean?
Marcus: They've been giving me the run-around on some questions and ignoring the rest of them.
Kim: So we're going to need to rework the segment with other resources?
Kim: You've been having a tough time lately.
Marcus: It's like pulling teeth to get good answers to simple questions. If the question comes from another reporter, they answer it precisely. If I ask the question, then it becomes a complicated situation.
Kim: Is it something you said?
Marcus: I've been trying to do my job. I haven't been saying anything to offend them. These are "softball" questions.
Kim: Try asking football questions instead of softball one.
Marcus: Funny. These questions have been simple. I don't understand it.
Kim: Well I'm going to have to find out what is going on.
Elliott walks by.
Elliott: You guys have any info on the Bucks and Sonics?
Kim: They play basketball.
Elliott: I know that. There's a possible trade between the two teams. I'm going to work the phones.
Kim: Hold up, Elliott.
Elliott stops and Kim hands him a tape.
Kim: I need you to edit this down into something we can use.
Elliott: What is it?
Marcus: Coach Bradley's press conference on the upcoming Syracuse-Boston College game.
Elliott: I'll try to work it in.
Kim: You know you're still my man-slave, don't you?
Elliott: No, I'm not.
Kim: Yes, you are.
Elliott: I'm busy today.
Kim: It's going to get busier.
Elliott: I'll try and get it to you in a couple of hours.
Kim: I want it in less than an hour.
Marcus is standing behind Kim and he is making a face and pointing at Elliott. Kim quickly turns around, and Marcus straightens up and becomes serious.
Marcus: Yes, Kim, yes. An hour should be plenty of time to get the tape done.
Kim: Good. And you can give Elliott a hand also.
Elliott: I'm working the phones.
Elliott walks away.
Kim leans over and reads a computer screen. During that moment, Marcus "checks out" Kim and attempts to be charming.
Marcus: You know, Kim... I could be your man-slave.
Kim looks at Marcus from the corners of her eyes.
Kim: Yes, you could.
Kim straightens up, and the two are now face-to-face.
Marcus: Have you ever thought about going out and getting a drink? Just you and me?
Kim: Yes, I have.
Kim: You don't have the time.
Marcus: I've got plenty of time.
Kim: You don't because you've got to get me the Big East and ACC previews in the next hour.
Kim hands Marcus a handful of papers.
Kim: And you're helping Elliott, and you still have to prep for MSG.
Kim starts to walk away.
Marcus: You're just a slave-driver, aren't you?
Kim: You wanted to be my man-slave.