"Zippity Do Dah"
written by Joel Chandler Harris
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Dan walks outside of the studio while still wearing a winter jacket. He has a skip in his step as he enters the newsroom.
Dan: Zippity-do-dah, zippity-eh. My oh my, what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine... got-my-tickets-today... zippity-do-dah, zippity-eh.
Natalie notices Dan singing to himself, so she grabs a pile off her desk which consists of an information packet, several folders, various notes, and a couple of video tapes, and she heads toward him. The two meet in the center of the room.
Natalie: You're in a fine mood today.
Dan: A fine mood? Why, I am better than fine. And do you want to know why I am better than fine?
Dan: Guess what I got in the mail.
Natalie: A letter saying that you could become the next millionaire?
Dan reaches inside his coat pocket and whips out two tickets.
Dan: Two tickets to the post-fight party.
Dan: Cool? This is better than cool. This is way better than cool.
Natalie: I know.
Dan and Natalie spot Jeremy sitting at his desk.
Dan: Zippity-do-dah, Jeremy.
Jeremy: Hey, Dan.
Dan: Guess what I got today.
Jeremy: Two tickets to the post-fight party?
Dan: Two tickets to the post fight party. News spreads quickly around here.
Jeremy: I've been sitting here the whole time.
Dan: Anyway, there are a very limited number of tickets to this event; and I have two of them.
Jeremy: Who are you going to take to the party?
Dan: My father, of course. We could hang out, eat a little food, drink a little wine-
Natalie: They serve wine?
Dan: Oh do they ever. Eat a little food, drink a little wine, relax, hang out, and maybe even shake hands with the heavyweight champion of the world.
Dan: Better than okay-
Natalie: I've got some information for you on the championship bout.
Natalie unloads all the paperwork into Dan's arms.
Natalie: I've got backgrounds on Rivera and T.J. Clay.
Dan: I already know all about Rivera: fighting professionally for seventeen years, has successfully defended his title over the last six bouts-
Natalie: It's just a refresher, Danny.
Dan: I've been following this guy since I was a kid.
Natalie: And I'm just giving you some information.
Dan: I'm just saying I know all I need to know.
Natalie: And I'm just giving you some information. Plus, there's some info on T.J. Clay.
Jeremy: You know, the opponent?
Dan: I know who he is fighting. I am already prepared on Rivera. I just need to do a little more work on Clay, but I need to get a hold of my father and give him the good news.
"Natalie, Jeremy, and Danny."
The three turn to find Dana standing before them and holding a clipboard.
Dana: I've got some great news. This network has landed a live interview with Rivera and Clay.
Dana: This Friday night.
Dan: I've got even better news.
Dana: What could be better than this?
Dan: I've landed two tickets to the post-fight party. You know, the private party after the fight?
Jeremy: Thus the term, "post-fight party."
Dan: Mock me if you must, but there are a very limited number of tickets available to this event, and only V.I.P.'s are invited. So, to receive two tickets has to justify my status, not only as a sports personality, but as a true fan of this sport.
Dana: You are certainly excited over this party.
Natalie: Danny's taking his father.
Dan: I am taking my father.
Dana: Good for you, Danny.
Jeremy: Where is the interview?
Dana: Friday night, live in our studio. Danny, I need you to prepare some questions-
Dan: You mean-
Dana: Yes, you are doing the interview.
Dan pumps his fist.
Dana: Natalie, I need you to produce this interview. We're going to make it an hour-long special, so we're going to need-
Natalie: Background pieces, interviews with trainers and the sort, and have a talk with the fight promoter.
Dana: Myself and Isaac are meeting with the promoter tomorrow to discuss some minute details over the interview. Natalie, I'm going to need you there. This is a huge victory for us.
Jeremy: Excuse me, but aren't we already airing the championship fight?
Jeremy: How can it be a huge victory to interview the fighters when we are already showing their match?
Dana: Yes... well... Natalie.
Natalie: It helps promote the fight.
Dana: Yes, it helps promote the fight.
Jeremy: And showing five commercials an hour promoting the fight isn't already doing enough?
Dana: Jeremy, you're turning this into a real downer.
Jeremy: I'm just trying to give an accurate perspective on the magnitude of this so-called victory.
Dan: Jeremy's right. The magnitude of this interview is only eclipsed by one other thing.
Jeremy: Yes, the fight itself.
Dan: No, the fact I received two tickets to the post-fight party.
Isaac enters the newsroom.
Isaac: Dana, Natalie? Oh good, you're all together.
Isaac walks over to the group.
Isaac: I'm sure you're telling everybody the good news.
Dana: Yes, I am.
Natalie: But Jeremy is trying to kill the excitement.
Jeremy: I am not. I think you're blowing this interview thing out of proportion.
Isaac: Jeremy may be right.
Jeremy: Thank you, Isaac.
Isaac: But we need to be excited about anything that has to do with this match. This fight is going to be huge.
Dana: Thank you, Isaac.
Natalie: This is the biggest thing this network's aired since...
Dan: Since we last aired a championship fight?
Isaac: How are you doing, Danny?
Dan: Couldn't be better. Zippity-do-dah, Isaac.
Isaac: (to Dana) Is there something wrong with him?
Dana: Danny received his two tickets to the post-fight party.
Dan: Two of a very limited number of tickets.
Isaac stares at Dan.
Dan: Now before you start jockeying for position on my extra ticket, Isaac, the ticket is already reserved for somebody else.
Dan: It's reserved for my father.
Isaac: Does it look like I asked?
Dan: I just thought you would like to know.
Dan: I've got to go call my father.
Isaac: Please do.
Isaac: Would you stop that.
Dan leaves the group and heads for his office while singing his song.
Dana: What's up, Isaac?
Isaac: Rob Williamson has asked for us to move up the meeting.
Dana: To when?
Isaac: From tomorrow to this afternoon.
Dana checks her notes.
Dana: I can make arrangements. We'll have Sarah make some adjustments in order for Natalie to be present.
Natalie: And if Rob Williamson is already going to be here, I could get an interview on tape with him.
Isaac: Who do you have available?
Natalie: We could probably have Danny, or even Bobbi conduct the interview.
Isaac: Have Bobbi put it together.
Natalie: Great. I'll get right on it.
Natalie briskly exits the room.
Jeremy: I'll check with Sarah and see what I can pickup to lighten Natalie's load.
Isaac: Good. You do that.
Suddenly, Dana and Isaac find themselves to be the only ones remaining in the group.
Dana: We're not being overly excited about this interview are we, Isaac?
Isaac: No. We need to be excited over anything which can improve the network's image.
Dana: Then why does something not feel right?
Isaac: They need to sell tickets and we need to get ratings.
Dana: The feeling of desperation?
Isaac: It's the pressure of having to succeed.
Dana: You're feeling the pressure?
Isaac: Aren't you?
Dana: Well... no... I guess... I'm not letting it get to me.
Isaac leaves Dana standing alone in the middle of the newsroom. Dana has the look of concern as she realizes the amount of pressure the network is under.