Don't Shoot the Messenger

Original Release Date: April 2, 2002

Teleplay by:
Jim Hamilton

Estimated Run Time:


Some of you may read this story and ask, "Where is Dana?"


Bobbi and Dan are in the middle of their broadcast.

Bobbi: (on-air) The race for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference is down to four teams- all of whom are separated by two-and-a-half games. With more news on the final week of the NBA season, here's Connie Morton.

Inside the control room, everybody is busy working.

Elliott: Two-and-a-half back.

Lindsey walks into the room and hands Sally a note.

Sally: Thank you very much, Lindsey.

Lindsey: You're welcome.

Lindsey starts heading toward the studio.

Sally: Where are you going?

Lindsey: I'm passing a note to Dan.

Sally: We're still on-the-air.

Natalie: She's got time. There's still over a minute to go.

Sally: I'd prefer not to have Dan distracted. It shows in their performance.

Lindsey: It's just a note.

Jeremy: What kind of distraction?

Sally: From my experience, it is better to keep the anchors focused on the show. If they begin to think about issues outside of the show, they begin to talk a little bit slower and lose a little bit of their crispness. The show is tight tonight, and I don't want any distractions.

Bobbi is taking a drink from her mug as Dan looks at her.

Lindsey walks up to the anchor desk.

Lindsey: I am here to let you know that Natalie found a mistake on your shot sheet. It's three pages later.

Bobbi and Dan flip three pages ahead on their hard copy.

Dan: What is it?

Lindsey: Halfway down on the story about the Seahawks, the word 'receiver' is spelled wrong.

Bobbi: It's looks fine on my copy.

Dan: It's correct here also.

Lindsey: I know. I'm really here because Sally wouldn't let me bring you a note since she thought it might distract you. Instead, I'm going to tell you that Casey is in your office.

Dan: Casey's here?

Lindsey: Yes.

Dan: Is that what the note said?

Lindsey: Yes.

Dan: Why didn't Sally-

Lindsey: She doesn't want you distracted.

Dan: Is he dying or missing any limbs?

Lindsey: No.

Dan: Casey's fine?

Lindsey: He looks in good health.

Dan: Next question. Is he wearing something blue?

Lindsey: I wasn't paying attention.

Dan: What is he wearing?

Lindsey: I don't know. He's wearing a coat and some clothes.

Dan: Any particular patterns or color schemes?

Lindsey: I wasn't paying attention. Should I have been?

Dan: Don't worry about it.

Lindsey: This isn't going to distract you, is it?

Dan: I'm fine.

Lindsey: Good, because I don't want to get into any trouble.

Dan: You're fine. Thanks.

Lindsey heads back toward the control room.

Dan: Casey better be wearing something blue.

Bobbi: Is this some kind of juvenile game in which you need to wear a certain color on a certain day?

Dan: Only if you want to get two dollars off a drink which is big and blue.

Bobbi: A big and blue drink?

Dan: With the emphasis on big and blue.

Dan takes a drink from his water bottle.

Dave: Back in 5, 4, 3, 2...

Dan is looking down and straightening his papers as the live feed is focused on him.

Dan: (on-air) Oh... wait... we're back. Thanks Connie for that report. We're going to step aside for a few commercials. When we come back, I'll have the late scores from the National League, and Bobbi is talking soccer, which isn't saying much. You're watching "Sports Night" on CSC.

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