Date: April 11, 2021
Season 2, Episodes 1, 2, and 3
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Interstellar News: I’m feeling froggy, so lets do THREE Sports Night episodes tonight.
Episode 1 – “Special Powers”
“It’s 60 days. Whatcha been waiting on, McCall?”: 90 days have elapsed since Gordon and Dana called off their engagement and Casey spends the whole episode being awkward around Dana. Jeremy and Natalie have been fighting, but figure it out, and Isaac is recovering from his stroke. Casey and Dana finally kiss and it’s absolutely adorable. It’s a wonderful way to start the second season and some foreshadowing of what is to come.
Episode 2 – “When Something Wicked This Way Comes”
“Oh, don’t be ridiculous, Dana. Everybody likes me.”: Isaac hires Sam Donovan, a ratings guy, to help improve the ratings of Sports Night. Sam is played by William H. Macy, who I adore from all kinds of things (including Mystery Men). Dana goes to a biker themed bachelorette party, which allows her to wear a smoking hot outfit but turns out to be the start of the world’s worst dating plan. Dan spends money to support Hillary Clinton, whom he has a bit of a crush on, and totally messes something up and obsesses over it… classic Danny. Another episode that moves this season along, after all of Season 1 was “will they, won’t they” it’s now just a matter of when or a “set number of women” as Natalie posits.
Episode 3 – “Cliff Gardner”
“Men like the sound of a woman whispering in their ear. They get playful.”: The show is stiff and Sam Donovan proves he’s worth his money by playing absolutely everyone and stealing their scripts and turning off the teleprompter so Dana and Natalie have to “whisper in Casey and Dan’s ears”, and it’s wonderful. JJ and two of the network’s directors come to “give notes” and the meeting doesn’t go well (though I get to see Tim DeKay who was phenomenal in White Collar), but Sam shows them the door in the most amazing way with a wonderful story about the guy who invented television and his brother-in-law. This episode shows Sam drawing a line in the sand and the audience gets to see he doesn’t side with the network, even though Dana and the gang don’t really know where he quite fits yet. Casey keeps trying to progress past Dana’s absolutely ridiculous dating plan, which is okay in spirit but terrible on paper.