Dan and Casey are hanging out in Dan's office. Casey is standing in the middle of the room, while Dan is seated at his desk.
Casey: I kind of like this.
Dan: Just hanging out?
Casey: Yeah. The familiar sights and sounds. The feel. The smell. This is good.
Dan: You no longer work here. You don't do any work in this office.
Casey: Yes, but there are memories abound.
Dan: I have work to do.
Casey looks toward the newsroom.
Casey: No, you don't.
Dan opens his laptop.
Dan: Yes, I do.
Casey: Sally's coming.
Dan closes his laptop.
Sally enters the office.
Sally: Good afternoon, gentlemen. Casey McCall- it's a pleasure to see you again.
Casey: Yes, it is.
Sally: Working for HBO and on the New York Times Best-seller List. You've rebounded nicely after being let go from the network.
Casey: I saw where you were named one of the hottest women in sports television.
Sally: Yes, I was. Thank you.
Dan: I'm trying to work here.
Sally: What brings you back to CSC, Casey?
Casey: I have some tickets for Dan.
Dan perks up as Casey pulls out the tickets.
Dan: Now, you got what I was asking for?
Dan gets out of his chair and walks toward Casey.
Casey: They're pretty good seats.
Casey hands the tickets to Dan.
Dan: Fourth row, center. These are good. Thanks, man.
Casey: My pleasure.
Sally: What are they for?
Dan: The middleweight championship of the world. Hector Luis versus Tony Maxwell.
Sally: Those are good seats.
Dan: Casey's covering the fight, so he was able to get me these... these awesome seats.
Sally: Isn't that a little bit of conflict of interest?
Dan: What do you mean?
Sally: I mean, a member of one sports network giving tickets to a member of another sports network.
Casey: I considered it a friend getting tickets for a friend.
Dan: Plus, I'm not part of the fight coverage.
Sally: Why not?
Dan: I'm not asking for credentials. I am just going as a fan- a true spectator of the sport. By the way, what did you need?
Sally: I was looking at the piece for Tennessee and North Carolina State, and I think it could use a little polishing.
Dan: I'd be happy to look at it.
Sally: Great. Also, if you get a chance later, I'd like to talk some more.
Dan: You're here, I'm here- we can do this now.
Sally: It can wait.
Casey: Would you two like some privacy?
Sally: It's not necessary.
Casey: Whatever you guys say.
Sally: Casey, you look really good.
Casey: Thanks. I've had some free time over the past few months. You still look great Sally.
Sally: Thank you and still a gentlemen. We should do lunch sometime.
Casey: I guess so.
Sally: Great. When would be a good time for you?
Casey: Around lunchtime.
Sally: I mean, which day?
Casey: I guess any day next week.
Sally: How about Wednesday?
Dan: That's it. I'm stepping in. I don't need to hear the sordid details of your secret rendezvous.
Dan: Ah! Not another word.
Casey: Wednesday's good.
Dan: No! I'm trying to work here!
Sally: Great. I'll meet you down at the front desk around 1.
Dan types at a furious pace on his computer.
Sally: We'll talk later, Dan.
Sally leaves the office.
Dan gets up and closes the door.
Dan: What are you doing?
Casey: Scheduling lunch?
Dan: No! That... that... that was scheduling a date with disaster.
Casey: It's just lunch.
Dan: Her fangs were showing and there was drool coming from her mouth.
Casey: We'll be in a public area. It's not like I'll be having lunch at her place.
Dan: You need to cancel. You already have other plans.
Casey: What plans?
Dan: Plans that do not include Sally.
Dan: I'm telling you right now, Dana will not be happy.
Casey: Who's going to tell Dana?
Dan: Aren't you?
Casey: Because she wouldn't be happy.
Dan: Boom. The path to disaster, my friend. Whatever you do, you cannot have lunch with Sally.
Casey: I don't need your permission.
Dan: Are you telling Dana?
Casey: I don't need Dana's permission either.
Dan: Ffffffssshhhhuuuu. Boom!
Casey: You are totally overreacting.
Dan: Am I?
Dan: Then tell me, when was the last time you saw Sally?
Casey: Probably when I was working here.
Dan: Right. And has she tried to contact you over the last five months?
Casey: No... but that's because she was probably busy.
Dan: She didn't contact you because you were an out-of-work aspiring writer.
Casey: That status didn't stop you from hanging out with me.
Dan: That's because I'm your friend. Sally's... Sally's just Sally. You are with another network, and your book is successful. She's looking out for herself, and when she's on the prowl- watch out.
Casey: It will just be a casual lunch and we'll talk. It will only be a few hours, then it will be over with.
Dan: Don't do it.
There's a knock on the door. It opens and Dana walks in.
Dana: You two are certainly having an animated conversation.
Dan: Yes, we are.
Dana: What about?
Dan looks at Casey, and Casey looks at Dan.
Dana: What? You can't tell me?
Dan: The fight. We were talking about the fight. Casey got me some great tickets.
Dana: Let me see.
Dan picks up his tickets and shows them to Dana.
Dana: Those are some really good seats, Danny. What did you have to do for Casey for him to get you these?
Dan: Nothing at all.
Dana: Danny, aren't you lucky? Casey? Natalie and I switched our days off next week. I switched mine from Thursday to Wednesday. If it's not a problem, we can make plans for Wednesday.
Dan: It shouldn't be a problem.
Dana: What are you? His secretary?
Casey: We can do something on Wednesday night. I have some plans earlier in the day, but I'll be free later.
Dana leaves the office.
Dan: Boom. I'm covering for you already.
Casey: I didn't ask you to cover for me. You were the one who said we were talking about the fight.
Dan: Only because you weren't making a peep.
Casey: So? Does your girlfriend know everything you do?
Casey: Well, what's the harm?
Dan: I can't be involved in keeping secrets, Casey. Soon, a barrage of lies will have exploded. We've started with the first one-
Dan: It's started, and now the only way to stop it is for you to tell Dana the truth.
Casey: I haven't even lied to her. It is only a lunch.
Dan: Be very careful, Casey. Be very careful.
Casey: More memories are abounding. I am reminded of the times you constantly drove me crazy.
Dan: I'm only looking out for your best interests.
Casey: I'll take that into consideration. I'll catch you later.
Dan: See ya'. Don't do it!
Casey shakes his heads as he leaves the office.
Jeremy and Natalie are walking through the newsroom.
Jeremy: Have you learned anything else?
Natalie: That there is a bruise on my knee from falling into Isaac's office.
Jeremy: Besides that.
Natalie: Oh, I'm doing fine. The bruise will eventually heal.
Jeremy: I had earlier asked if you were okay.
Natalie: That was then. I'm injured now.
Jeremy: I didn't notice you limping a second ago. You seem to be walking pretty normally.
Natalie: You look fine, but is your brain functioning normally?
The two continue walking down the hallway.
Jeremy: We need to work together on this.
Natalie: About the new anchor?
Natalie: Yes, we should.
Jeremy: Any clues on who it will be?
Natalie: I think they might pick Dan's new on-air partner today or tomorrow.
Natalie: I need to get a little more information.
Jeremy: From Dana?
Natalie: You betcha.'
The two walk into Dana's office. Dana stops what she was doing.
Dana: Can I help you two?
Natalie: You can leave now, Jeremy.
Jeremy: I thought we were a team.
Natalie: We are.
Jeremy: But right now?
Natalie: Not so much.
Dana: What's going on?
Natalie: I need to talk to you, and Jeremy has a ton of work to do.
Jeremy: Hodges has a contusion on his wrist, which should not limit his playing time tonight.
Jeremy: Andrew Gibson will be starting in place of Daryl Wilkerson because Wilkerson failed to qualify academically.
Jeremy: A point-eight GPA this past semester.
Jeremy: And the release of the 2002 baseball schedule has been pushed back one month.
Dana looks at Jeremy, she then looks at Natalie.
Dana: Sorry, Natalie. Jeremy's caught up on all his work.
Natalie leans toward Jeremy.
Natalie: Jeremy? Go see what Dan has to say.
Jeremy: Why can't I stay?
Natalie: Time's a ticking. Tick-tock.
Dana: For you two coming in here and attempting to work as a team, you are failing miserably.
Natalie: Don't listen to Dana, Jeremy. We need to spread our resources right now.
Jeremy: I think I'll go speak with Dan.
Jeremy: Because Dan is much less annoying.
Natalie: That'll work.
Jeremy leaves the office.
Dana: Okay, Natalie. What's going on?
Natalie: I hear you have inside information on the new anchor.
Dana: If you are asking, I am a part of the selection committee.
Natalie: Good. So, you'll be able to comment on who is in and who is out of the running.
Dana: Who gave you the authority to come in and attempt to sponge information off me?
Natalie: I did.
Dana: I have no comment.
Natalie: Dana... we share everything.
Dana: Not everything.
Natalie: Some things.
Dana: Yes, some things. And I cannot reveal information from our behind-closed-door meetings.
Natalie: Yes you can.
Natalie: You can't keep secrets.
Dana: Yes, I can.
Natalie: We already know that the network is looking inside for the new anchor.
Dana: And I heard about you and Jeremy crashing into Isaac's office during a meeting.
Natalie: Jeremy pushed the door wide open, not me.
Dana: I'm not saying anything.
Natalie: Just give me a clue.
Natalie: A hint?
Natalie: I guess Sam was right.
Dana: What about Sam?
Natalie: He said that you really don't have much input on the selection, you are basically just a figure-head on the committee.
Dana: It's my show, and I do have input.
Natalie: Not according to Sam.
Dana: Listen. That sexist pig knows darn well that I've been trying to evaluate strong candidates-
Natalie: Sexist pig. Now we're getting somewhere.
Dana: We're getting nowhere, Natalie. This selection is just a farce.
Natalie: So, they already know who is going to be the new anchor? And with two women outside of the network turning down the position, it sounds like Sam is aiming for a woman.
Dana: He says a woman would attract more male viewers.
Natalie: I would hope.
Dana: They might be trying to get a pretty girl in there. Soon we'll have to change the anchor desk to just a table, just so all those men can get a good look at her legs.
Natalie: Are you serious?
Dana: Not yet. But I bet that is what they'll eventually do.
Natalie: Why are you so hot about this?
Dana: Because the network is taking the approach that we have to hire a woman.
Natalie: It's about time.
Dana: Whatever happened to just hiring the most qualified person? What do you mean by "it's about time"?
Natalie: I mean, it's about time we get a woman in there doing sports. We do everything else at the network level, why shouldn't we have a permanent female anchor?
Dana: I'm not saying that we shouldn't hire a woman. I would want a qualified woman to take the position, but I keep hearing discussions about "chemistry with Dan" and "improving the ratings."
Natalie: Well, maybe if we get a woman in there, she'll do really well. Besides, if they are looking inside the network, you already know they are looking at qualified candidates.
Dana: Qualifications is the third item they are checking- after 'woman' and 'chemistry.'
Natalie: I see.
Dana: If they were examining male candidates, then they would be looking at 'qualifications' first.
Natalie: Dana, calm down.
Dana: It's not fair, Natalie. This is a serious business, and the hiring practices throughout are just wrong.
Natalie: You hired me, right?
Dana: Yes, but that was different.
Natalie: I took some ribbing as being a kid since I had just graduated from college, and I'm sure there were guys who thought I was just a 'cutie pie.'
Dana: But you've done a really good job.
Natalie: Exactly. I overcame the 'cutie pie' image and I'm considered a tough associate producer.
Dana: You're right.
Natalie: Just give the new anchor a chance to prove herself. You can't add the pressure of having to succeed. They already know that. Heck, everybody has the pressure to succeed. Just don't intensify it.
Dana: Give her a chance, huh?
Natalie: And if she does a horrible job-
Dana: Set her on fire?