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Dana is sitting alone at a table inside Anthony's restaurant. She has a glass of wine with her lunch, and a partially read books sits closed next to her plate.
Her quiet lunch is interrupted when Casey sits at the table.
Dana: Hey, Casey. I'm surprised to see you here. Would you care for some lunch?
Casey: Where's my stuff?
Dana is taken aback by Casey's assertiveness.
Dana: I'm having lunch here.
Casey tones it down.
Casey: Oh. I'm sorry. What are you having there?
Dana: I'm having a glass of white wine with the grilled catfish.
Casey: Looks good. What's your side dish?
Dana: A vegetable mix of baby carrots, squash, cauliflower, and broccoli.
Casey: A vegetable medley.
Dana: See? Isn't that better?
Casey: Much. Say, here's a question for you: where's my stuff?
Dana: Okay, fine. And by stuff, to what are you referring?
Dana continues eating her lunch.
Casey: There are a number of items, and I'm not rating them in order of importance. First, there's my baseball card collection. Second, there's my giant box of magic markers. Third, there's the award I received five years ago from the Arkansas Angler Association.
Dana: They're junk.
Casey: Dana, they're not junk. They are prized possessions. For instance, my baseball cards-
Dana: A small shoe box full of cards whose condition consists of bent corners, water rings from glasses, and unknown players.
Casey: Paul Zuvella is not an unknown player.
Dana: And I'm sure the value of his rookie card has skyrocketed since I threw out the five you previously owned.
Casey: Those were collector items.
Dana: Those were cards children wouldn't tape to their bicycle wheels. And don't get me started on your markers.
Casey: I've collected those over the years.
Dana: Yeah, and how often do you draw or color?
Casey: I find markers can be a valuable tool in the creative process.
Casey: And the award-
Dana: Your singing bass?
Dana: It's a singing bass.
Casey: It was given with good intentions.
Dana: It's a singing bass.
Dana: Why are we discussing this now? This is my quiet me time. I was having a peaceful lunch before my hectic afternoon starts.
Casey: It's not that busy of a sports day.
Dana: Which gives me the perfect opportunity to conduct several interviews.
Casey: For what positions?
Casey: Still haven't found that perfect candidate, huh?
Dana: Did you check the attic?
Casey: The attic?
Casey: You have an attic?
Dana: We have an attic.
Casey: So you're saying my stuff isn't in the trash.
Dana takes a sip of wine and wipes her mouth with her napkin.
Dan and Jeremy are walking down a busy New York sidewalk on the sunny, slightly chilly afternoon. Dan is dressed as if he is ready to go on-air. Jeremy carries a spiral notebook, but he is focused on other matters instead of the notes.
Jeremy: It's going to be crazy.
Dan: We've shot there before. It's only the Garden.
Jeremy: I'm making reference to tonight's party.
Dan: Jeremy, you've got to stop obsessing over this.
Jeremy stops walking.
Jeremy: I can do this.
Dan: Forget about the party. We're shooting the feature about the Knicks.
Dan: And we need to continue walking in order to get to the Garden.
The two continue their journey.
Dan: What's the timetable?
Jeremy checks his notes and then checks his watch.
Jeremy: We're meeting with the coach in ten minutes, the general manager in twenty-five, and finally some of the players after their walkthrough has concluded.
Dan: Great. We've got plenty of time - as long as we keep moving.
The two pick up their pace.
Jeremy: Since we have a plethora of time, as we walk to our destination, we can discuss-
Dan: Jeremy, we're not going to discuss the party.
Jeremy: I need some advice.
Dan: You need to listen.
Jeremy stops and Dan continues on.
Jeremy: Listen to what?
Dan: You haven't been listening!
Dan shakes his head as he walks on. Jeremy has to run in order to catch Dan.
Dan: You haven't been listening to a word we've told you.
Jeremy: I have.
Dan: You were at a party a week ago. The workday was done, and a woman - forget she's a colleague - a very beautiful woman asked you to dance with her. What did you do?
Jeremy: My legs really were cramping that evening.
Dan: Yeah, right. She even offered to massage your legs.
Jeremy: The condition was caused by dehydration. All I needed was some water to build up my fluids.
Dan: She offered to put her hands on your body.
Dan: She likes you.
Jeremy: I'm one of her producers!
Dan: Being my producer is not a valid reason for me to like you.
Dan: Right now, we're working on the Knicks. We'll discuss this later.
The two reach the outside of a building. Before they enter, Dan hears his name being called out. This isn't a case of Dan's ego being stroked by another "Sports Night" fan wanting an autograph; this is a case of hearing a voice that hadn't been heard in years.
Dan searches for the familiar voice inside the crowd.
Dan finds the familiar face behind the voice.
Dan and Rob meet and shake hands.
Rob: It's good to see you, Dan.
Dan: It's been years. How are you doing?
Dan: How's Helen and the kids?
Rob: Helen's wonderful, and the kids are out of college now.
Dan: College? They weren't even in high school the last time I saw-
Dan notices Jeremy standing next to him.
Dan: Oh, I'm sorry. Rob, this is Jeremy Goodwin, an associate producer with CSC.
Jeremy: Good to meet you.
Dan: Jeremy, this is Rob Landers. I used to work with him back in Chicago.
Jeremy and Rob shake hands.
Jeremy: You two go way back?
Rob: Dan worked under me when I was the sports director and lead sports anchor at our station in Chicago.
Dan: Yeah, that was before I went to Lone Star and CSC. So you've moved up since?
Rob: I'm still at the station.
Dan feels slightly foolish for assuming Rob had moved on to another job.
Dan: Great. Chicago is a great city to work, a great city to live.
Rob: Helen and I are here for something more.
Jeremy nudges Dan and points at his watch.
Dan: Jeremy and I are meeting the rest of the film crew to work on a feature.
Rob: I heard.
Dan: You heard? How did you hear?
Rob: I'm here in New York for an interview.
Dan: Of course. The Bulls are in town for tonight's game.
Rob: That's not my sole purpose for coming here. I'm having a different kind of interview: a job interview.
Dan: Wait. You're interviewing with CSC?
Rob: I'm meeting with Dana Whitaker later this afternoon. I'm interviewing for "Sports Night."
Dan is dumbfounded.
Rob: You sound surprised.
Dan: I am. I haven't seen you in years, and now you're here interviewing with my network. You've been in Chicago for how long?
Rob: Twenty-two years.
Dan: I'm surprised... you would leave Chicago and come here.
Rob: I believe one of your headhunters tracked me down.
Rob: If I recall correctly, his name is Sam Donovan.
Dan: Uh, yeah. Listen, I've got to do this feature.
Rob: Sure. Could I give you the hotel number where we're staying?
Rob pulls out a pen and a business card. He writes the name of the hotel and the room number where he and his wife is staying. He hands it over to Dan.
Dan: Thanks. I'll be sure to call you... if I don't see you inside the building.
Rob: Fabulous. It would be great to work with you again, Dan. It's good seeing you again. Nice to meet you, Jeremy. Dan, we'll talk and maybe go out for dinner.
Rob: Take care.
Dan and Rob shake hands, and Rob walks away. Dan stands in amazement and continues to hold the business card.
Jeremy: He sounds cordial.
Dan: Yeah. Yeah, he sounds cordial.
Jeremy is distracted by a woman walking into the building.
Dan continues to stare at the business card.
Jeremy: I believe I just saw Tricia Marino enter the building.
Dan: Hold on there, Jeremy. Tricia Marino?
Jeremy: Tricia Marino from Chicago's front office.
Dan: Let's see if we can get some comments from her.
Jeremy: Maybe she can comment on the state of their season and if they are happy with their current roster.
Dan: They're twenty games under five-hundred. I don't believe they are too happy with their current roster.
Jeremy: Yeah. Let's go. We've got to complete this and get back to the newsroom, so I can prepare this feature and finish the prep work for tonight's filming.
Dan: There's not much prep work in preparing to film a party, even if it's being hosted by the Yankees.
Jeremy: Plus, I need to be adequately hydrated.
Dan: Yeah, just so-
Jeremy: Just so my legs don't cramp up.
Jeremy begins to enter the building and spots Dan taking a final look at the business card before putting it inside his jacket pocket.
Dan: Yeah. This is a coincidence, with Rob in town and you working tonight's party with Lorie.
Jeremy: How so?
Dan: We each may have a new dance partner.
The two finally enter the building.